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The Chic and Smart Girl Shopping

Holiday shopping is gaining more and more popularity all around the world. Usually, those who go to a foreign country just to shop prefer places like Turkey, Singapore, Philippines, Hong-Kong rather than renown shopping cities like Paris, London, Milan or New York. Why is that? Well, mostly because of how cheap you can find anything around there and also because it offers them a new experience, people will always like to discover something new.

If you go shopping in Turkey you must visit all the bazaars you can find. In bazaars you can find thousands and thousands of street vendors selling from hookahs :twisted:to 24K gold jewelery. Here if you don’t bargain, the seller may consider this a disgrace (huh!), furthermore by bargaining you can easily get a 30% discount.

In Istanbul you can find the grand bazaar at Kapali Carsi (which is more than huge) or along the main avenue of Taksim. In Ankara bazaars can mostly be found in the center of the city in the Kizilay area. As for in a paradise like Kusadasi bazaars are almost everywhere.

Grand Bazaar Turkey

The other part of the Turkish shopping experience is their malls. Although you can’t bargain, their malls can be very different with what you are familiar in U.S.A or in the rest of Europe. In Istanbul, malls and high-end shops can be found on Nisantasi and Bagdat Avenue like Akmerez, Capitol, Kanyon, Kule Carsi or Istinye Park. In Ankara we also have a few big malls like Migros, Ankaramall or Armada. As for Kusadasi there is Scopa Nova Marina, a great shopping center.

Thailand is a more extravagant destination that Turkey. Thailand is mostly famous for it’s shopping markets, which are all around Bangkok, where you can find designer clothes or handmade crafts very cheap. For example the Chatuchak Weekend Market, it has over 1000 shops, or the OTOR shopping market, full of hand made souvenirs. Another great place is the night market called Suam Luun Night Bazaar.

Shopping malls in Thailand aren’t something special so I will only mention the best ones: Central World Bangkok and MBK.

Philippines has the 3rd biggest mall in the world, SM Mall of Asia, so you can imagine why it’s a popular shopping destination. The number of malls the Philippines, especially in Manila, is just amazing. Malls like 168 Mall, Greenbelt, Divisoria or Tutuban can be found everywhere in the world. The biggest bargains you can found in stores located in this shopping centers, stores like Surplus or Greenhills. At Surplus you can find famous labels very cheap as for Greenhills, imitations rull (but there are some very good imitations).

Discount Duvet Covers Online Shopping

Discount Duvet covers are available online. If you are looking for the best price for a duvet cover, you can find one in online auction stores. From down comforters to designer comforters and other beddings and bedding accessories, they are all available at online shops.

Duvet looks a lot like a comforter. However, duvets have covers that are replaceable and washable. They are useful because you cannot wash duvets on a regular basis. Regular washing may cause damage to Duvet and to its filling. Duvet covers are changeable according to the mood of your room and it comes in variation of sizes, designs, and color. They are made of cotton, rayon, silk blends, microfiber, and suede.

You can find discount duvet covers practically in any department store that offers clearance sales. They are also available in flea markets, thrift shops, and bedding outlet stores. Duvet covers found in a flea market does not automatically mean that it is not brand new. Most flea markets today are wiser than before. They buy overstock items in bulk to get the maximum discount. Therefore, they can still sell at cheaper price than the regular retail price at the market.

Shopping for duvets online has its advantages. You can shop at the comfort of your home and you get the VIP treatment because it is delivered right to your doorstep. There are many shopping portals available in the internet that will give you 50% off the retail price or even more. It is best to do your online shopping after Christmas where people tend to put up their unwanted gifts for sale. You can always find one that will fit your fancy.

When you do your shopping online, here are some points to remember:
1. Make sure that the size of your duvet is correct.
2. Colors shown in pictures or on screen may be different in actual view.
3. Always check on shipping rates
4. Understand the refund policy.

There is a wide range of choices when you shop for duvet online. You save a lot of time and energy plus you get the right service in your shopping needs. Retailers online directly communicates with their consumers. They do not have to go through a lot of channels for their items to reach you. In this manner, there is a few operating expense thus cheaper prices are offered.

Secret Shopping Guide

Being a great secret shopper is simple, but that does not mean that it is easy. Secret shopping is a business, and successful secret shoppers are professionals who take their work seriously. The tips in this article will make you a great secret shopper and help you get more and better secret shopper jobs.

Doing these seven things will make you a better-and a more successful-secret shopper.

1. Do a great application. The information on the application will be all that the mystery shopping company knows about you. The more they know, the easier it is to match you to appropriate mystery shopper jobs. Answer every question completely and honestly. Provide a good writing sample with proper spelling, grammar and punctuation so they can see that you have the writing skills needed.

2. Be reliable. As many as 25% of secret shopper jobs accepted by shoppers are not completed and have to be reassigned. This creates lots of work for the companies as those jobs still have to be done, often at the last minute. If you take an assignment, do it on or before the due date.

3. Hone your writing skills. You do not have to be a great writer to be a great secret shopper, but you need solid writing skills. If you think your grammar and writing may not be up to par, take a business writing class at your local community college or keep a couple of good reference books on hand to check your writing.

4. Communicate. Do not hesitate to contact the mystery shopping company when you have questions about an assigned shop, or if something goes wrong before, during or after the shop. This is critical. Do not be embarrassed if you do not understand something or that you made a mistake. When you have a question or a problem, let the mystery shopping company know right away. They will appreciate it.

5. Read and follow the guidelines for the shop. The guidelines describe exactly what the client wants you to evaluate. Failing to follow the guidelines means that your shop may not be accepted and you will not be paid.

6. Complete the shop and the report on time. When you are offered a mystery shopper job you will know when it must be completed. There may be a range of days and times, or it may be very specific. In either case, put it on your calendar so you remember to do it before the deadline. Then do your report as soon as possible after your shop visit-the client needs the information while it is still fresh.

7. Be a pro. All of the tips in this article are about doing your best for your secret shopping clients. Mystery shopping companies have told me that only about 10% of their shoppers are excellent shoppers-people they know will always do their assignments reliably and correctly. Make it your goal to be one of the 10%. It is not always easy, but it is simple.

Thailand! A Shopping Guide Written by a Local

Gifts, Souvenirs, Boutique Clothes & Jewelery
It can be fun to wonder along Surin Beach road to discover the small souvenir shops and boutiques clothing stores. As you walk down Surin beach road there is a small gallery where you can buy paintings, and a lovely boutique clothes shop Dharma bum. You could also visit Twinpalms Hotel, and the ‘Island Shop’, on the ground floor near to the juice bar, selling beautiful bikinis, necklaces and bags, and Palm Spa sells interesting teas, essential oils, and candles. At Palm Spa you could treat yourself to a fantastic steam and massage, you will emerge feeling a million dollars! As you continue walk towards the end of the road there is a fascinatingly shop – Soul of Asia, which is great for browsing.

If you are visiting Royal Phuket Marina you may want to purchase some home-made chocolates and pasteries to die for. Royal Phuket Marina has a lovely furniture store with various items you could take home with you and spa.

Surin Plaza, and Canal Village are also great places to explore. For example, Ginger (ground floor, Surin Plaza) has some interesting trinkets, jewelery, and gift items.

Within Canal Village you can find Jim Thompson Thailand’s famous producer of silk products including cushion covers, purses and other luxury items. There is also a good coffee shop, clinic, travel agent, and souvenir shops. It has an ATM and parking.

Local Thai Markets
The best local Thai markets is the Sunday market in Cherntalay, at the intersection by the Police station, every Sunday afternoon. If you want to purchase everyday Thai style clothing, shoes and food this is the place to shop, beware buying toys for small children as the Thai products do not adhere to international safety standards.

Western Style Super Markets
Tesco Lotus is open from 9am to 10pm everyday, it has an ATM and parking, and it is located about 10 minutes from Club Lersuang. Tesco Lotus is the nearest western style Super Market, it sells most grocery items including fresh milk, drinking water, fruit, vegetables, suncream, music, books, and newspapers; as well as a bakery and pharmacy.

Carrefour in (Jungceylon mall) Patong is much larger Super Market and it’s about 20 minutes away. Other Super Markets such as Big C, and Tops can be found in the center of Phuket Island. Local shops, grocery stores and Seven-Eleven convenience stores are on every main road.

Shopping Malls
There are two main shopping malls, Central Festival and Jungceylon.

Jungceylon in Patong is the nearest mall, and it has a large variety of shops, including Robinson’s department store, sports shops, a diving shop, food center, cinema, nail and beauty salons. You can park underground but you may need to pay a small fee depending on how long you stay (show your shopping receipts). It also has an excellent indoor market called That’s Siam, perfect for souvenirs such as Thai Silks, Pearls, Shells and local items.

Central Festival is located in the center of the island and is about a 30 minute drive, it has some designer brands like Guess, and everyday shops as well. Its a great place to buy good quality items, ask for a 5% tourist discount card.

Dubai Shopping Guide

The Dubai city has various souks featuring different product lines such as spices, gold ornaments, electric goods, designer clothing and a diverse range of Arabian souvenirs. Each of these souks offer an impressive shopping experience with varieties of products displayed in a decorative manner while creating a typical shopping atmosphere.

The Spice souk at Al-Sabkha road has become a popular tourist attraction, whereas the vibrant Gold souk at Sikkat al-Khali Street is one great place to buy gold with discounts. The street showcases beautiful gold necklaces, rings, bracelets, studs and brooches while offering the lowest gold prices in the world. While the customers get gold jewelry at lower prices, the gold souks also ensure to offer the best quality gold. On the other hand, the Electronics Souk near Beniyas Square offers a wide range of electronic goods at discounted prices and whole sale rates.

Apart from the souks, Dubai shopping malls are also preferred shopping destinations. Unlike the expensive malls in the west, Dubai malls are reasonable yet offer best-valued items. The outstanding Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping avenue with the complex area stretched over the space equivalent to almost 50 soccer fields. The complex has 1,200 retail stores, a 22-screen multiplex, a food court featuring 160 outlets, 220 gold and jewelry stores, an Olympic-sized ice-skating area and a world-famous Hamley’s toy store. While the mall is regarded as the best mall, it also has stores offering diverse collections of local products such as carpets, Arabian goods and Bedouin ornaments.

Typically, the opening hours of Dubai’s shops are between 8AM to 1PM and 5PM till late night. Usually, shops remain closed on Fridays, whereas malls, shops and souks are closed only during Friday mornings. Dubai also offers finest duty-free shopping opportunities at the sophisticated outlets inside the airport. Both the arriving and departing passengers can buy from these outlets.

While shopping in Dubai is one popular activity, the city also has an annual shopping festival for the local people and tourists. While offering the ultimate shopping opportunities for the people worldwide, the annual Dubai shopping festival or DSF has emerged as a mega tourist event of Dubai. Started in the year 1996, the inaugural DSF has a record of around 1.6 million guests from all over the world. Last year the number increased to over 3.35 million making Dubai Shopping Festival as one leading shopping event in the whole world. After the tremendous success in past few years, the 2011 Dubai shopping festival is expected to offer much more to the guests while boosting the revenue of Dubai tourism industry and the retail sectors.

The festival lasts for a month while providing endless shopping opportunities with entertainment programs for everyone. Each day, the DSF amazes the crowd with some new event such as Arabic cultural exhibitions, firework displays, handicraft shows and promotional entertainment programs. Apart from the typical Dubai goods such as gold, perfumes, carpets, Arabic mementos and spices, the DSF also offers a diverse range of some of the best haute couture clothing, designer handbags and sandals exclusively for the Emirati women. Additionally, Dubai being the main tax-free trading zone, offers low-priced textiles for the clothing merchants.

Guide to Best Cashback Offers & Rewards Websites

Cashback shopping is beginning to take the UK by storm. More and more Cashback sites are popping up offering cashback and cashback rewards. The cashback websites may initially be a little hard to understand but once you get used to it you really could be saving a lot of money through a cashback website.

What makes cashback websites so useful to shoppers is the fact that they get a discount off of goods they would normally purchase, even everyday items.
There are a few simple steps that you need to go through to start earning your cashback rewards.

1 – You sign up for a Cashback site choosing the payment method you prefer.

2 – You look through the different stores on the cashback website to find who you want to buy from.

3- You click the name of that store so that it takes you to their website and you purchase the goods as you normally would.

Now what you have done is click through to the shop from an affiliate link that the cashback site has with the shop which means the cashback site gets paid a commission of what you have purchased. The cashback site then tracks this payment to you and gives you up to 100% cashback of the commission they have made which could vary from 1% up to as much as 35% of the amount you have paid for the goods.

This money is put into your account on the cashback site where you can select different forms of payment whether it be PayPal, cheque etc. This process to receive payment usually takes 1-3 months.

The majority of cashback sites are free to use as you often don’t get 100% of the commission but some cashback websites charge a £5 admin fee but offer a higher often 100% rate of commission.

A tip to earn a little extra cashback is to use a cashback credit card or cashback reward card in conjunction with the cashback website and these give you and an extra 2 or 3 % cashback on all purchases whether made online or offline.

A Comparison Shopping Guide

When you are looking to buy meditation bells for your practice, there are many different kinds for you to choose from. The selection includes meditation gongs, ring gongs, singing bowls, bell and dorjes, or tibetan tingshas. Here is a complete comparison guide to navigating the world of meditation gongs, bowls, and bells so that you can buy the best meditation bell suited to your needs.

Suspended Meditation Gong

This type of gong has been used since ancient times for spiritual and ceremonial practice, as is what most people think of when they hear the word “gong.” It looks like a flat, metal disc vertically suspended between two cords. These types of gongs tend to be larger and are suited for areas with wide spaces, like a temple or an outdoor garden. They aren’t commonly seen in homes, however, there are some that are table-top sized for convenient personal use.

Singing Bowls

Singing bowls are a unique type of meditation bell, and confusingly, can also be referred to as meditation gongs. The Japanese rin gong falls under this category. Literally shaped like a bowl and played with a mallet or striker, they are the most capable of producing varied and complex sounds. You can play the bowl either by simply striking it, or by running the mallet around the edge of the bowl, which is what produces the complex harmonics.

Sizes of singing bowls vary, and can range from about a 4-5 inch diameter all the way up to 12+ inches. Keep in mind that the tone of a singing bowl deepens as the size gets larger. Both modern singing bowls and antiques are available on the market, with the antiques being more expensive but generally of higher quality and better sound. This type of meditation bell is perfect for extended use, as you can easily get lost in playing a singing bowl for hours at a time.

Bell and Dorje

A bell and dorje is a classic bell type instrument and is used extensively in Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally the actual bell is held in the left hand and represents the feminine principle, while the dorje is held in the right hand and represents the masculine principle. The bell and djorje can be used in many ways. Sound the bells to call the presence of Buddha, to clear the mind and dispel stress or tension, as a visualization aid or as a way to request or summon protection. These bells average about 5-8 inches high.

Tibetan Tingshas

Tingshas consist of two cymbals attached to each other with a leather cord. Like the bell and dorje, they are widely used for ritual purposes in Tibetan Buddhism. They typically produce a clear, high-pitched and long ringing tone. High quality antique tingshas will have both cymbals producing the exact same sound, but due to modern manufacturing, it is more common for the sound of each cymbal in the pair to differ from the other. They are very small, usually about 2-4 inches in diameter, and are great for portability. They go very well in combination with singing bowls as an aid in meditation as well as sound healing.