Business trips, FASHION, Hong Kong, Uncategorized SHOPPING IN HONG KONG 5 April 2009

So.. onto my Hong Kong trip! It was a whirlwind few days of packing in as many meetings as possible during the day, then dashing off at about 7pm to grab some dinner. Frankly, I wasn’t in a huge shopping mood (I know, SHOCKER!) because it was just so frantic and busy during the day, so all I wanted was to go home and sleep every evening. Still, managed to get some shopping in 😉 I bought a few bits and bobs here and there, and on Saturday morning, I was determined to go for a huge shop and get my hands on whatever I couldn’t find in China (or which was exorbitantly) priced.

So off I went to Tsim Tsa Shui (geez it is near impossible to pronounce it properly… I wish they’d rename it something a little easier on the tongue!) where the huge megamalls and 13623432 side shops are. I went into the huge Harbour City mall (which is joined to 2 other malls, and combined is the biggest one I’ve ever seen), and SHOPPED UP A STORM. I mean, really shopped. I had a huuuuuge load and got ready to pay and passed over my Australian credit card (because I still can’t figure out how to get a China credit card). A moment later, the cashier said “Errr Miss, your card says Declined.”

WHAT!?!

My credit card limit is definitely not low or reachable (I didn’t ask for it to be so high, my bank just keeps raising it for the heck of it?) and I’ve not once not paid off my monthly credit card bill 100% in full (I cannot STAND only making partial repayments, being in ‘debt’ to a bank is my pet hate). So I was sure it had nothing to do with my account or whatever. But of course, the cashier didn’t, and gave me the shifty eye. Worse yet, the shoppers behind me gave me a sad look, like a “Wow.. this girl shops so much her bank cancelled her credit card”, or something. Major embarassment, not to mention piss annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grr 🙁

Unbelievably, I had to give everything back and go back to the hotel empty handed. This also meant I didn’t have cold hard cash on me, and couldn’t even catch a cab to the airport, so the hotel had to do some fancy thing and give me a cash advance. *facepalm*

So later when I called my Aussie bank, grumpy as all hell, I was told that they blocked my card because of some fraud risk. Apparently I was one of the UNLUCKY ones that had my credit card number compromised.. so the bank shut down all these compromised cards. I’m cool with that, in fact, that’s a great service… but WHY OH WHY do they have to give the message “Declined” on the casher’s control panel?? Why can’t it say “Security – please call bank” or something? Well, that kinda sounds dodgy too. Hmm.. I can’t think of a non-dodgy message? Haha.

Sooo the long and short of it is, I didn’t end up buying all the stuff I wanted to in Hong Kong. Possibly a blessing in disguise because I probably saved an extraordinary amount of money (part of which included savings of a Chanel lambskin bag that I was eyeing but couldn’t buy). Still, depressing! Looking forward to going back to shop properly 😉


Red and gold interior of the Hotel Kan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong

Corner desk in the Hong Kong office, overlooking the city

These prawn noodles I found downstairs. They look a bit blah
but man they were good! The best I’ve had in ages…. *slurps*

Crazy nightlife with shops and pubs all mushed together.
As you can see, it’s like an expat hotspot..

Random beauty stuff from Sasa, one of my favourite skincare/cosmetic stores

Hello Kitty lipbalm, for MAC Cosmetics. Tooooo cute, and it looks great on!

Aerosoles – yes, an American brand but they’re not available here. Soft sueded lining on
extra cushioned footbed and a flexible rubber sole. What more could you want?!?!

This one’s good for work. Yes, I’m fully aware I threw out 2 cartons of shoes
so you don’t need to remind me! These two pairs were totally necessary 😉


48 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on April 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    the room looks fab!!

    OHWOWEEEEE i love the second pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (pssst: been sometime since im the first commenter in your entries! *grinss*)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

      The shoes are so soft cos the soles are padded, yay!

      Yeah, hope you’re still doing well hon *hugs!*

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      • tiffanyx posted on April 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

        oooh must be superbly comfortable!!

        im good! 🙂 dont worry about me!

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  • tiffanyx posted on April 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    the room looks fab!!

    OHWOWEEEEE i love the second pair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (pssst: been sometime since im the first commenter in your entries! *grinss*)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:01 am

      The shoes are so soft cos the soles are padded, yay!

      Yeah, hope you’re still doing well hon *hugs!*

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on April 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

        oooh must be superbly comfortable!!

        im good! 🙂 dont worry about me!

        Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on April 5, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I’ve worked retail before, and sometimes it will say to call for authorization.

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    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

      Ahh I think that’s marginally better. maybe a “this has nothing to do with card owner. please do not look at her shiftily” will also be good 😉

      Reply
  • beverlyh posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Oh you poor thing! Hopefully there will be more HK trips for you sooner then 😉

    I think TST is said jim sha jui? I’m probably wrong too 😛

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    • ffrostte posted on April 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

      You are right!!! That’s how one should read it, jim sha jui!

      Reply
  • _thegoodbyegirl posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:07 am

    We stayed in TST this summer and managed to get lost in Harbour City because it was so much bigger than anything in the Land of Oz.

    I wish I knew about the Aerosoles when we were in HK in February because I like the sound of the cushion-y sole!

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:08 am

      LOL yeah you gotta basically follow the mall map and plan how you’re gonna walk, or you don’t cover the entire area – I love it 😉

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I get seriously embarassed too when I am told that my card is declined for reasons like these -_- I too had some silly ‘suspected fraud’ thing going on and they wanted to cancel my card for ‘security reasons. Very annoying.
    Likewise, I always pay my bills totally – hate owing.

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:10 am

      Phew, at least I’m not the only one, heheh. Geez I hate the looks I get when that happens though!

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I get seriously embarassed too when I am told that my card is declined for reasons like these -_- I too had some silly ‘suspected fraud’ thing going on and they wanted to cancel my card for ‘security reasons. Very annoying.
    Likewise, I always pay my bills totally – hate owing.

    Reply
  • jujubee715 posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:57 am

    omg that totally just happened to me recently! while i was traveling too! my account was compromised and I had no warning at all when they canceled my card =(!

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:11 am

      I can’t stand these idiot fraudsters that do that to us!! Why can’t they just GET A JOB instead of pissing other people off and stealing. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Oh that’s horrible! At least you saved some money, right?

    Something similar happened to me on my last day in Mexico a few years ago.. I was at the airport getting some last minute shopping done before we had some lunch and got on the plane, and my bank decided to suspend my debit mastercard (I can’t be trusted with a real one haha) because of “suspicious activity” (though the EFTpos machine just said “declined”). I freaked out a bit, because I knew I definitely had a lot of money on my card and luckily I had some US & AU cash, otherwise I would’ve starved on my THREE planes back home.

    Also, I LOVE the MAC Hello Kitty collection, it’s so cute! Have you seen their Dame Edna collection? That’s awesome too 🙂

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:18 am

      I didn’t wanna save money though, hehe

      Those “declined” msgs are so cryptic and freak me out, argh!

      I haven’t see the Dame Edna yet… I think I prefer Hello Kitty moretho 😛

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on April 5, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I’ve worked retail before, and sometimes it will say to call for authorization.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:04 am

      Ahh I think that’s marginally better. maybe a “this has nothing to do with card owner. please do not look at her shiftily” will also be good 😉

      Reply
  • beverlyh posted on April 5, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Oh you poor thing! Hopefully there will be more HK trips for you sooner then 😉

    I think TST is said jim sha jui? I’m probably wrong too 😛

    Reply
    • ffrostte posted on April 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

      You are right!!! That’s how one should read it, jim sha jui!

      Reply
  • _thegoodbyegirl posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:07 am

    We stayed in TST this summer and managed to get lost in Harbour City because it was so much bigger than anything in the Land of Oz.

    I wish I knew about the Aerosoles when we were in HK in February because I like the sound of the cushion-y sole!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:08 am

      LOL yeah you gotta basically follow the mall map and plan how you’re gonna walk, or you don’t cover the entire area – I love it 😉

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I get seriously embarassed too when I am told that my card is declined for reasons like these -_- I too had some silly ‘suspected fraud’ thing going on and they wanted to cancel my card for ‘security reasons. Very annoying.
    Likewise, I always pay my bills totally – hate owing.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:10 am

      Phew, at least I’m not the only one, heheh. Geez I hate the looks I get when that happens though!

      Reply
  • am_klutz posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I get seriously embarassed too when I am told that my card is declined for reasons like these -_- I too had some silly ‘suspected fraud’ thing going on and they wanted to cancel my card for ‘security reasons. Very annoying.
    Likewise, I always pay my bills totally – hate owing.

    Reply
  • jujubee715 posted on April 5, 2009 at 4:57 am

    omg that totally just happened to me recently! while i was traveling too! my account was compromised and I had no warning at all when they canceled my card =(!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:11 am

      I can’t stand these idiot fraudsters that do that to us!! Why can’t they just GET A JOB instead of pissing other people off and stealing. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on April 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Ugh, that sucks about the card, I would have been mortified as well.

    The sandals are so cute!

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:19 am

      And it was saaad I couldn’t getall my stuff *snuffles*

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Oh that’s horrible! At least you saved some money, right?

    Something similar happened to me on my last day in Mexico a few years ago.. I was at the airport getting some last minute shopping done before we had some lunch and got on the plane, and my bank decided to suspend my debit mastercard (I can’t be trusted with a real one haha) because of “suspicious activity” (though the EFTpos machine just said “declined”). I freaked out a bit, because I knew I definitely had a lot of money on my card and luckily I had some US & AU cash, otherwise I would’ve starved on my THREE planes back home.

    Also, I LOVE the MAC Hello Kitty collection, it’s so cute! Have you seen their Dame Edna collection? That’s awesome too 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:18 am

      I didn’t wanna save money though, hehe

      Those “declined” msgs are so cryptic and freak me out, argh!

      I haven’t see the Dame Edna yet… I think I prefer Hello Kitty moretho 😛

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on April 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Ugh, that sucks about the card, I would have been mortified as well.

    The sandals are so cute!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:19 am

      And it was saaad I couldn’t getall my stuff *snuffles*

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on April 6, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Ahhh…credit card hell. I’ve learned [like you] that using credit cards overseas raises red flags, even here in Japan. Everytime I travel overseas [or even out of Hawaii], I have to inform the credit card companies ahead of time to let them know what days and where I’ll be traveling. What a pain in the butt, right?

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    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:20 am

      Ohhh I get those red flags too when I travel sometimes, it’s so frustrating!

      Reply
  • islegrl posted on April 6, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Ahhh…credit card hell. I’ve learned [like you] that using credit cards overseas raises red flags, even here in Japan. Everytime I travel overseas [or even out of Hawaii], I have to inform the credit card companies ahead of time to let them know what days and where I’ll be traveling. What a pain in the butt, right?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on April 6, 2009 at 4:20 am

      Ohhh I get those red flags too when I travel sometimes, it’s so frustrating!

      Reply
  • dignan posted on April 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    YOU THREW OUT TWO CARTONS OF SHOES? *sob* h

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2009 at 12:21 am

      I knoooow, couldn’t fit ’em in otherwise!

      Reply
  • dignan posted on April 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    YOU THREW OUT TWO CARTONS OF SHOES? *sob* h

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    • beverly posted on April 7, 2009 at 12:21 am

      I knoooow, couldn’t fit ’em in otherwise!

      Reply
  • madaboutsprees posted on April 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

    how much was that talika lipocils in HK sasa? I so love it for the results, but not the price in SG!

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    • beverly posted on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      Not sure cos I can’t remember.. but have you checked out the Sasa hong kong site? They’ll probably have the price there! I remember it was super $$ though..

      Reply
  • madaboutsprees posted on April 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

    how much was that talika lipocils in HK sasa? I so love it for the results, but not the price in SG!

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    • beverly posted on April 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm

      Not sure cos I can’t remember.. but have you checked out the Sasa hong kong site? They’ll probably have the price there! I remember it was super $$ though..

      Reply

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