I couldn’t quite contain my happiness and excitement that a big branch of Saizen discount store has opened at the Faura Wing of Robinsons Place Manila (Robinsons Place Ermita, if you wish!) As I love all things Saizen, this is bad news for my wallet, but am certainly glad it is just a few steps away from where I work now. It used to be that I waited for the opportunity to go to their branch in Robinsons Galleria to buy all those cute and funky stuff I adore!
The good thing with shopping in Saizen, there’s new items each time. But you really have to allot time and effort to go through each stacks and try to decipher the labels which are often written in Japanese.
For instance, I just discovered how wonderful the food section in Saizen is.They have all these sauces and dressings, noodles, furikake, biscuits, rice crackers and all those chichirya.
A great shopping find: Buy One Take One on Meiji Chocolates!
The friendly store clerk recommended their bestseller mukiguri or peeled chestnuts and true enough, it was good! It’s great just for munching or for adding to savory dishes like chicken. Christmas being the chestnuts or kastanyas season, I plan to buy some for placing on the holiday table 🙂
The make-up and beauty tools racks are another popular section in the Everything 85! retail store. Even celebrities go here for unique finds! I spotted interesting items like a nose powder, marine lotion and horse fat foot cream.I bought this lipstick style hair dye for fixing my white hair (uban). Ouch! let’s see if this is effective
Featured here are three kinds of soap bars: the rice bran soap, stainless steel smell remover and the charcoal soap.Bar in the middle is not really a soap, you just rub it on your hands to get rid of strong odors like fish. I thought it’s amazing!
My other favorite stop is the kitchenware section where you can find bento tools, Japanese lacquer ware, dainty cups, bake ware and other items of interest. Spotted: pretty lunch boxes a la Cath Kidston !
Prettily embroidered chair leg covers. I never thought stuff like this existed… hehe.
Tsinelas in attractive designs and colors ….
These stackable wooden boxes are made from the Paulowania tree, “a special kind of tree,” so the label says.
I could spend hours and hours exploring the racks and the crux of the matter is: you’re better off not bringing your significant other along with you. He will surely get bored with the passing time, haha. Now that the Christmas season is here, you know where to scour for some of your gifts!
Thanks to Ms. Josette Salac and the amiable staff of Saizen Manila for inviting us. The store was crowded even on opening day. I guess a lot of people love Saizen shopping 🙂
Aside from Robinsons Manila, Saizen branches are found in Robinsons Galleria, Ali Mall, Marquee Mall, Trinoma, Abreeza Mall (Davao City) and Pavilion Mall. More branches opening in other parts of the country soon.