Black Friday shopping – Successes and Fails

As I mentioned previously, I fell victim to buying all the things during Black Friday.  The deals really got me and I have no shame for the amount of stuff that I purchased. Throughout the week following Thanksgiving, all of my package started arriving and it was like Christmas every single day but not really because I bought it myself.  It actually got to a point where I couldn’t always remember what I had purchased and what was arriving.

Here are my success and fails in terms of what I purchased:

  • Skyroam wifi: Have you heard about this? It’s basically pocket wifi that works in 130 countries! After looking into other things like Google Fi, I think that soon I’ll probably no longer need Skyroam but for now, I am super excited to have this in preparation for my trips.  The day pass is $1 cheaper than what my cell provider for unlimited data over a period of 24 hours.  But the Black Friday sale gave me 10 days free so not only did I get the little wifi thing for myself, but I got 10 days free which means that I now have the device/powerbank for all my travels and I am able to use it on my trip to Asia this year. This will be a new thing for me considering I usually fly by the seat of my pants and don’t connect to data.
  • Skincare products: After turning 30, I’ve decided that I want to do better about taking care of my skin. I’ve been working really hard to test out new product offerings and trying see what really works for my skin. Now that it’s winter, I know that I need more moisturizing products because my skin is really suffering.  So I have a few products from Claudlie and Clinque that I’ll be trying.  Obviously, I won’t know if this one is a success for a few weeks but I am excited, especially because everything is travel size so I can bring it with me on all of my trips.
  • A velvet shirt: This needs to be returned. Why I bought a velvet shirt, no one will ever really know. I thought that it was something I’d want to wear all the time because it’s soft and it looked cute.  But that thing is basically a crop top for me so it needs to go back.
  • A pj set: I bought a flannel pj set. I’m still undecided on whether I want to keep it or not but I think that I will probably end up returning it.  It doesn’t really fit me that well so I think that I will return it for something else that is much more my style when it comes to sleeping.
  • An Instapot: AH! I am so excited. I want to start cooking and meal prepping for work so that I stop going out to eat all the time.  The food offerings around the office are great but let’s be honest, I spend way too much money on food that isn’t necessarily healthy or really that great for me. So I need more varieties so that I can eat all the foods and be healthy about my consumption decisions.
  • Leggings: These are very specific leggings. I bought the Oiselle bird hug leggings again. When I say again, I really mean I bought my second pair. I got my first pair and then immediately put them on, sat at my computer after they arrived and purchased my second pair of them.  If you haven’t tried these, you are missing out. Plus they seem to repel dog hair which is great!
  • Turtleneck sweaters: The weather is starting to get cold and I think that we’re going to have a cold but mildly dry winter which means that I need all the warm clothing possible. I am so excited about sweaters and I’ve been looking for some good sweaters, luckily Nordstrom had a great deal this time around for them.
  • An Aritzia Puffer Jacket: I have the Everlane super long puffer that they released last year and it is amazing but it keeps me way too warm when it’s only 35 degrees outside. The Aritzia puffer was on super sale and is the same length as my Everlane one but is definitely more light weight so I am very happy with that purchase. Plus I finally branched out from my standard black jackets and got something dark red/burgundy to spice up my wardrobe. I cannot wait to bust this out and see how it works in the weather.

Overall, I am pretty proud of the purchases I made and cannot wait to test them all out.  To be honest, the Instapot might be my number one purchase. Yes, it may even beat out the Skyroam pocket wifi.  We shall see how this all goes.

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Black Friday Shopping

I have decided that I am the perfect target for all forms of Black Friday shopping and Cyber Monday deals. It’s a bit of a problem but it’s a problem I am actually okay with. This Black Friday, I spent the morning scouring the internet for all sorts of deals to see what I could get and surprisingly enough I spent money on practical items. I didn’t think that I would actually get to a point where all my purchases would be all practical items and I feel pretty proud of myself.

That being said, I spent a decent chunk of money because I also realized that I was only a few weeks away from my big trip and I hadn’t purchased any flights or hotels.  So I used Black Friday as an opportunity to find some discounts through Expedia to get cheaper hotels and flights.  But unfortunately, I spent quite a bit of money because I was pairing all of my shopping with the travel bookings.

It’s interesting because what I learned through this entire experience is that I feel more than okay purchasing hotels and flights. In fact, when it is time for me to pull the trigger on a travel experience, it is so very easy for me to decide that it is something I want. When it comes to purchasing anything really tangible, I have a hard time actually making the purchase. Usually I will put a million things in my cart, and then continually shop around until I decide what I want.  This usually ends up with me removing a bunch of items from my cart and then purchasing about one item total.

I remember back when I decided that I wanted to purchase a vacuum for my apartment – I shopped around for days and months and couldn’t pull the trigger to purchase one.  Even though Target had one for about $50 that could do a quick loop around my tiny apartment. I still couldn’t get myself to actually purchase the vacuum until I absolutely needed it because I hadn’t vacuumed my apartment in months.  But on the other hand, I purchase flights without hesitation.  It’s kind of surprising but to be honest, I am totally okay with it. I feel like this allows me to maintain a minimal lifestyle with what I own and I get to experience all the great things.

Anyway, I am so very excited for all my packages to start appearing for the things that I purchased.  I know that there’s a possibility I will return a decent amount of these items but I love opening packages.

Episode 11: Night adventures in Bangkok

We did a group dinner at the Radisson Blu in Sukhumvit because it was an all you can eat buffet.  It was a bit on the pricier side but it was delicious.  I’m pretty sure I ate about 6 plates of food plus 2 plates of dessert (maybe because I felt that I had to get my money’s worth of food).

After that, the girls separated from the boys so that they could celebrate their last night in Bangkok for the bachelor party.

I’ve done the nightlife in Bangkok before and this time we decided to do something a little more on the low key side.  I think that we were all tired from the traveling, the traffic and the moving around plus it was super hot while we were there. So the ladies went to Asiatique which is an outdoor shopping center along the river in Bangkok.  I feels almost like a night market with with established storefronts all the way through.  But you still have the various tiny streets that you can weave in and out of with adorable shops full of trinkets to buy.  One of the things there is that bartering is a little harder there because they have established storefronts so the tenants have a bit more on the line when they barter the price.

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After some debacles of ATM machines eating cash, some bartering, gifts and trinkets purchased we headed back to Sukhumvit.  One thing to note about this district is that because it is a highly populated area and it is a main attraction, it always has traffic (or at least it has the last two times I’ve been there).  Another thing is that the main road there is about 4 lanes in either direction so cross walks are non-existent.  They have sky bridges all along the road that you can utilize to get from one side of the street to the other.  So when you’re taking a taxi, there’s a chance that they won’t be able to turn around to get you onto the other side of the road so it’s easier to get out and walk.

At night, those streets open up street vendors all up and down the street. They close around 10 or 11PM dependent on how much foot traffic they have on the weekdays and will stay open longer on the weekends.  We made our way through the crowded sidewalks, crossed the street via skybridge and walked down the alley way to our hotel.

Our evening ended up with some time hanging out in the room before we all went to bed to get ready for our flight to Taipei the next day.