welcome to julietours

Who am I?

Hi! I’m Jules, avid traveller and snapper-up of all kinds of novel and unusual things I happen across en route. For more details on me and my website, please follow the links along the top of the page.

What is www?

www stands for weird, wacky and wonderful. Some of the things you'll find on this site are 'almost' what you'd find at home, but then again, not quite... see which 'w' you think they might be.

What is Julietours?

Julietours is the sort of travelling experience I am notorious for organising, and either of my daughters could tell you that 'adventure' is not always the right word. See the link above for some of the gruesome details.

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Belly Button Cleaner

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Obviously, this is the product you have been crying out

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Arabic Chips

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I do love a quick spin round the supermarket when I’m

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Mouthwash Sachets

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‘Experience this innovative mouthwash!’ boasted the

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Toothbrush Sanitiser

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They say you should replace your toothbrush every month

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Fairy Puff Ice Cream Toastie

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The main draw here is the machine which makes this trea

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Cleansing Powder

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Always a fan of skin care products that can be transpor

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Sweetcorn Soda

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Only in Asia, where it is perfectly normal for somethin

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Penguin Cool Bath

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Sometimes I have to try things even though I’m pretty

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Chocolate ‘Chip’ Ice Cream

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Chocolate chip ice cream, but not as you know it! The

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Nasi Lemak Sushi

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I’ve featured nasi lemak before – it’s a favourit

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Double Thai Tea

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This ‘2 for the price of 1’ idea amused me greatly,

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Candyfloss Burritos

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Pastel is clearly the new black, at least when it comes

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Shiok Ah Ccino

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August 9th is National Day in Singapore, and it’s alw

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Ginger KitKat Balls

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I can never resist the lure of a new type of KitKat, an

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Resealable Cans

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Plastic water bottles have a terrible impact on the env

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Ninja Ice Cream

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You know you always wanted to try ice cream ‘based on

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White Henna

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I love henna, from the traditional, intricate, Indian p

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Cherry Blossom Chocolate

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It isn’t even cherry blossom season any more, but I h

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Unicorn Cafe

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Tragically, no actual unicorns, but a great many toy on

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Blue Pea Tea

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You know how it is when one day you’ve never heard of

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Tok Zen

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This is Thai massage with a twist and not for the faint

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2 in 1 Potato Crisps

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Top marks to whoever at Lays Thailand came up with this

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Placenta Beauty?

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This is a tricky one… depending how you look at it, u

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Umbrella Bag

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This is one of those things which you never knew you ne

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Flying Noodles

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Sometimes a meal looks so spectacular that you don’t

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Peeling Kit

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This was new at Etude House, and I rather liked the sui

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North Korean Wine

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Tensions are very high between North and South Korea ri

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Nose Wax Kit

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It’s not that I have a particular problem with nose h

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Water Brush

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This is one of those supremely useful inventions that y

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Eyescream

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This is so silly it was irresistible. New in Singapore,

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Man ‘Blotters’

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Facial ‘blotting paper’, carefully packed into deco

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Instant Cake

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Freshly baked cake in 60 seconds… sounds too good to

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Painting with Pollution

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This is a fascinating initiative from Tiger, long time

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Goldfish S’mores

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Goldfish crackers have always been a favourite in our h

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Black Milk

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Not something to drink, but an online Australian fashio

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Kama Sutra Pillow

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There is not much excuse for this, except that I was st

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Cheese Curry

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This is apparently the national dish of Bhutan, so ther

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Singing Bowl Therapy

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There’s something very mystical about a singing bowl.

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Ice Cream Tuk Tuk

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When I was young, long summer afternoons were punctuate

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Miniature Compact

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There’s something very appealing about those make-up

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Skyline Lashes

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There’s a bit of a fashion in Asia right now for thin

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Animal Dim Sum

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Sometimes there is no reason except the cuteness. These

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Blackhead Pen

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The illustration on the packet misled me slightly, here

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Hair Vacuum

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This is the funniest thing I’ve seen at the hairdress

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Drip Tea

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I was sceptical at first… this looks like nothing mor

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Kids Masks

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When it comes to Korean skincare and cosmetics, their e

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Secret Bar/Secret Menu

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There is always something different and quirky on the c

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3 in 1 Ring

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I do love a piece of jewellery that can be ‘tweaked

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Flavour Changing Ice

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Here’s another wrinkle that improves the fast-moving,

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Nail Guard

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This could well be a dream product for anyone who strug

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Hedgehog Cafe

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Harinezumi means ‘hedgehog’ in Japanese (actually i

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Seasonal Sakura

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Christmas can start as early as September in the UK, wi

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Kaiten Cosmetics

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You know how one of the best marketing tricks is to pre

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Fishing for Dinner

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    Kudos to daughter #1 for spotting this hi

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Opuro Bath Salts

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The Hayakawa Valve Production Co. is a fairly unlikely

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Character Contacts

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‘Characters’ are huge in Japan – cute creatures p

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Lavender Tea

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Would it have been unreasonable to hope this tea was ac

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Tightline Mascara

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As with most new things, it takes a bit of practise bef

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Fortune Cupcakes

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This is really silly but lots of fun – a cupcake twis

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Powdered Soy Sauce

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It’s always nice to bring home some unusual grocery i

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Wrinkles Pressing Tape

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If ever there was a product which does what it says on

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Frozen Popcorn

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It’s a cast iron guarantee that you will find somethi

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Digital Vending

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Hats off to Acure, the Japanese drinks company which is

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Nail Paraffin Pack

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Melting paraffin wax to soothe and nourish your hands i

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Drip Curry

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This is apparently the latest craze to hit the Tokyo fo

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Magic Carpet

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If you are keen on winter sports, you’ve probably com

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Collagen Blink

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This 3 in 1 serum apparently contains collagen, snail e

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Sweetcorn Tea

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Another Hokkaido speciality, from the Tsuchikura compan

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Air-Laynic Pore Mask

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This is another of those seriously medical looking’ i

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Genghis Khan Caramels

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‘Genghis Khan’ is the name given to a slightly spic

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Wrinkle Serum Pads

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Cooling cucumber eye pad versions of these have been ar

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Liquid Salt

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This caught my attention in a Bangkok supermarket. I ha

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Facial Mask Powder

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I rather liked the idea of a DIY face mask that you mix

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Coolish

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This is such a clever and amusing idea I found it impos

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Chin and Forehead Patches

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This is a brainwave from Biore, who make a great range

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Collagen Coffee

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There’s a growing number of food and cosmetic product

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Gracious Living

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I’ve heard it told that, decades ago, antisocial beha

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Bangs Cut Kit

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Sometimes you see something so silly you cannot help bu

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Chocolate Idlis

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Anyone who loves Indian food will know all about idli

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Umbrella Trees

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Here in tropical Singapore, it doesn’t pay to venture

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Watermelon Powder Spray

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You may well ask. I saw this in Bangkok and was intrigu

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Charcoal Croissants

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There have been a lot of black bakery items on sale rec

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Cuticle Tattoos

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Here’s something for everyone who does not have nails

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Pout Enhancer

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Fancy fuller lips without risking painful and potential

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DHA Gummies

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At first glance this looks like a very sneaky trick –

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Portable Toilet Bag

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There’s a phrase where I come from, used to describe

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Deodorant Talc

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There are many ingenious products designed to help you

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Raindrop Mizu Mochi

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I might have spotted it in Bangkok, but this is a uniqu

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Mirror Adverts

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Remember when public advertising was restricted to post

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Contour Trio

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I do enjoy a makeup product which sets out to be fun an

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Drinking Ants

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Singapore is currently in the throes of a cocktail revo

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Chilli Pain Patch

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Applying chilli in any form onto a sore patch does not

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Breath and Belly Mints

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This is a breath freshener with a difference – a tiny

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Cookie Ice Cream

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And not just any old cookie, but cute decorated cookies

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Water Massage

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So, there you are on a shopping spree in the mall, need

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Photo Hair Liner

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This appears to have been designed purely with that per

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CNY Doughnuts

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It always tickles me to see big American brands introdu

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Please Give Up Your Seat

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We’re all familiar with the signs on public transport

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Lip Tint Eraser

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The whole point of lip tint, I am told, is that it sink

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Weasel Coffee

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Currently giving Jamaican Blue Mountain a run for its m

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Model’s Own Pop-Up

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Sometimes it is all about the presentation or the packa

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Batik Nose Strips

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These are just nose strips (wet, stick, wait and peel t

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Challenging Coffee

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I’m all for trying new flavours, but sometimes things

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Himalayan Toner

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This is from Biotique, which uses 5,000 year old Ayurve

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Dragon’s Breath

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Now this really is a ‘cool’ snack. New in Singapore

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Tropical Condoms

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I do love a good look round the shops whenever we are o

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Mohito Toothpaste

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Yes, you read that right, although I have to stress tha

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What’s Your Sausage?

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This is one of those food stalls which stops you in you

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Pre-Makeup Mask

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This seemed like a novel idea – a 1 minute mask desig

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Scented Nail Stickers

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I find this idea bemusing. ‘Scratch and Sniff’ stic

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Hot Facial Compress

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I’ve had the full body version of this several times

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Molten Chocolates

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This was a Christmas special at M&S which sounded t

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Mr Smile

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I am not sure what Tony Moly were thinking when they ca

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Crazy Crisps

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I admit, I cannot resist the temptation of some new and

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Double Colour Mascara

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There’s something very appealing about RMK cosmetics.

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Food Anatomy

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A whole bunch of new shops and food stalls have just op

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Hot and Slim

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I’m not sure why I keep trying these slimming patches

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Cactus Chocolate

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Here’s another slightly bonkers souvenir from Korea,

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Hospital Coffee

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For such a tiny island, there is a great deal that is u

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Heel Decals

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How to give your shoes that designer look without spend

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Vivi Ball

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This was something of a tricky product to work out how

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Diet Noodles

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Instant noodles may be quick, cheap and filling – the

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Irresistible Burgers?

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It was only a short hop flight – less than 3 hours fr

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Abracadabra Eye Mask

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Abracadabra Eye Mask This is from the Glam Rock range b

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Instant Sticky Rice

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The clue here is in the word ‘instant’, which shoul

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Qantas Safety Briefing

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How many of you frequent flyers pay any attention to th

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Facial Massage Cream

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Facial massage is something most Western women only exp

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Jellyfish Pasta

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This sounds ridiculous, I know, and to confuse matters

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Catching Crabs

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This sign, outside a seafood restaurant in Singapore’

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Leg Stretching Patches

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Well for a start, these do not stretch your legs, whate

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Hot Can

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This name makes me laugh, because it describes exactly

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Rent a Blanket?

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There are national carriers, there are budget airlines,

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Instant Face Lift Strips

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I have seen something like this before, holding back th

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DIY Food Art Transfers

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Artistic cooks will probably already own a set of edibl

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Mini Lip Balm

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  It’s just lip balm, but it’s the size which

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Magic Ice Cream

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  OK, I admit, I should have known better, but the

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Anti-Mosquito Paint

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When you live in a tropical climate, local wildlife is

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Travel Lash Tool

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I’m a great fan of anything that does several jobs at

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Grilled KitKats

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  Japanese KitKat flavours are a thing of wonder,

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Sensorium Menu

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Cocktail bars are such fun, especially here in Singapor

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Jeju Volcanic Steam Towel

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This looked like fun, a microfiber 3D towel from Innisf

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Long Life Noodle(s)

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It’s a typical Asian quirk that eating noodles is sup

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Art Cafe

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I have mentioned Arteastique before, as they serve a fa

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Bio-Essence Dual Cream

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For anyone who finds they have too many products on the

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Dwaejigamja Tea Filters

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Dwaejigamja looks like it might be sunroot or earth app

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Semi-Disposable Chopsticks

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Re-use and Re-cycle are buzzwords of the moment, with m

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Wrinkle Smoother

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This is ridiculous, but was on sale at Tokyu Hands for

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Sakura Seaweed

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Another little culinary treat from Japan, where they re

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Book Vending Machine

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Tiong Bahru in Singapore is a hive of hipster cafes, bo

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Joyous Ear Pick

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Any self-respecting doctor will tell you that the small

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Yak Milk Tea

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Rumour has is that yak milk is slightly pink in colour,

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Underground Emergency Kits

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Seoul is a modern, vibrant capital city in a very unusu

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Chocolate Covered Crisps

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I’m really not sure what I think of this idea. I like

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Toothbrush Twigs

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Using a twig as a toothbrush is a time honoured traditi

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Cheese Oat Milk Tea

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I am not sure what possessed me to buy this, except pos

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Aroma Slim

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More ‘slimming’ aids, these supposedly for your leg

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LKY Chocolate

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I’m a bit behind the times with this one, because Sin

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Decollete Mask

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I was very happy to see this – sheet masks really see

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Salt and Vinegar Candy

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These popped up in Daiso, yet another example of the As

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Breast Mud

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‘Discover the secrets of Balinese beauty’, claims t

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Omija (5 flavour) Tea

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This is something very Korean, a special tea which is a

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Hippo Patch

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There’s no real way to lose weight apart from eating

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Yak Jerky

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Eating well is a bit of a problem in Tibet. Even in the

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Donkey Milk Face Cream

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You can always rely on Korean cosmetics companies to co

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Sweet Pringles

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What were they thinking? I saw these ‘butter cara

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Nipp-Non

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These have been around for a while now, but they still

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Facial Wipes

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When you travel light, it helps to avoid taking contain

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Singapore Sling Marmalade

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I’m not terribly partial to marmalade but I have been

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IOYS 3D Figurines

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Did you ever want to be made into an action figure? Wel

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DMZ Noodles

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The demilitarized zone between the 2 Koreas is somethin

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Korean Beauty Adverts

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In what is sometimes described as the ‘war of the sex

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Injection Mask

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Here’s a fascinating new variation on sheet masks –

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J Cone

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Rumour has it this spectacularly bizarre ice cream ‘c

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In-flight, On-phone Entertainment

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I was in a cool café the other day, where push button

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Pedi Sock Foot Mask

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This is one of those ideas which sounds great but turns

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Macaron Mystery

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Is it just me, or is all the fuss about macarons a case

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Sheep Cafe

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Cat and dog cafes used to be all the rage, but these da

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Magic Palette

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This was irresistible – a makeup compact barely large

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Rose Ice Cream

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These were too pretty to resist, and the long line of e

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VR Games

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I hadn’t planned to do this but the people trying it

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Light Mascara

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I’ve seen tweezers with a built in light before (and

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Fruit Soju

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If you thought that cocktails topped up with fruit juic

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Security Garter

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This little gem was tucked away towards the back of the

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Scalp Scent Killer

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Really? Have you ever been afraid your head smelled bad

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Carrot Eggs

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These popped up in the supermarket recently, so of cour

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Dog in a Backpack

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This walked past me on the street in Singapore and I wa

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DIY Mask Pots

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There was a craze some years ago for homemade skincare

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Adzuki Bean Latte

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Where I come from, beans are strictly a savoury item. I

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Eyeliner Transfers

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I have to stop buying/trying these sort of things – t

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Ear Floss

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Opinions differ in how best to treat pierced ears. Some

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Brown Rice Milk Ice Cream

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It’s low fat, lactose and cholesterol free, suitable

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Cushion Notepads

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These caught my eye in a shop at Incheon airport. With

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Hot Bath Salts

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The Japanese love their hot baths, and such are the hea

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Japanese Souffle Pancake

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I’m only going to take issue with 2 parts of this –

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Inside-Out T shirts

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Two for the price of one, not to mention the fact that

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K-Pop Starlet Lipstick

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Girl band members and soap opera starlets in Korea are

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Acai Bowl

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For such a small berry, the acai packs a big punch. And

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Free e-books

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Budget travellers transiting Kuala Lumpur have yet more

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Bee Venom

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There’s a lot of this around, not just in wildly expe

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Fruit Sandos

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England does jam sandwiches, Americans love their peanu

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Nail Plates

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Diwali is coming, and all things Indian are very much t

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Twisty Tail Mascara

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Too Cool For School are pretty much guaranteed to make

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‘Toilet’ Cafe

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  This is not one for the faint hearted, and is one of

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Disco Rickshaws

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Local transport is always a hit or miss affair… squee

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Hair Shadow Pots

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Here’s a variation on those hair mascaras and hair pe

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‘Fossil’ senbei

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Daughter #2 is a geologist, which means I have a house

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Cityscape Rings

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Once I had realised what I was actually looking at, I c

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Magnetic Face Mask

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This is so hilarious it probably would not matter if it

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Rainbow Snow

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The café is called WooW and ‘wow’ pretty much sums

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Aura Photos

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Intriguing, deeply spiritual or bogus science? There ar

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Pebble Reflexology

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In traditional Chinese medicine, meridian lines running

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Chocolate Wrappers

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You know how it is when you pop into the £1 Shop, or y

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Heels Diva

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Singapore is a great place for dressing up. A typical o

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Lip Stencils

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You can buy all manner of pencils and brushes to help y

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The World’s Most Expensive Tea?

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Singapore has no end of expatriate ‘ladies who lunch

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‘Secret’ Post-Its

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Something else too silly to leave behind on the shelves

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Brow Trimmers

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It never occurred to me before that eyebrows might need

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Luminous Candyfloss

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This is such a clever (but silly) idea I am surprised n

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Makeup Transfer

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This one was a struggle from beginning to end. Like all

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Sequin Lipstick

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OK, I suppose I might have guessed this was never reall

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Collagen Tea (and low-cal cupcakes)

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This little café was quite a find, with its Japanese a

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Beware of Kites

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The notice says it all – and visitors to Enoshima, an

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Eyelash Curlers

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These have been around for ever, and look like instrume

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Garlic Ice Cream

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Savoury ice creams can be very tasty… I am very parti

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Dragon Ear Cuffs

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It must have something to do with Game of Thrones, but

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Cream to Powder (and vv)

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Makeup which turns from  one texture to another  is p

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Build A Burger

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With the possible exception of MOS, I don’t do burger

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Light Up Menu

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I know I am not the only person who has trouble reading

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Mood Boosting Makeup

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I bought these (in Bangkok, bizarrely) because the whol

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Instant Eggs

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In my mother’s day, ‘instant eggs’ would have mea

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Twelve Ways

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There really are 12 ways you can wear this particular i

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Eyebrow Glue

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This was described to me as “like hairspray for eyebr

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Cake Shake

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Also known as ‘freakshakes’ in Australia, which is

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IKEA loos

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Why have I never seen these signs before? I visit IKEA

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Blush Stencils

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These stencils seemed a little ridiculous at first, I d

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HotChoc Spoon Luxe

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These were a surprise find in a Hong Kong supermarket,

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Glow in the Dark Tattoos

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It was impossible to take a photo of these in action, b

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Coffee Sock

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This is a venerable tradition in Singapore… land of t

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Eyebrow Bra

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The description on the packaging is what sold this to m

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Chicken Cookies

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I saw these in a Thai supermarket and wondered what the

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Nail Bling

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There was a fashion in Japan not so long ago, which inv

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Queue Machine

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Queues can be a nightmare, especially when you can’t

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Stripy Lipstick

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  This lipstick with its three bands of colour was way

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Dessert Tea

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This one is for everyone who ever enjoyed an ice cream

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Brow Stencils

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Beauty stencils are having a moment here in Asia, with

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Crazy Lashes

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There appears to be no end to the silly things you can

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Multi-Pan

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How to do a full English breakfast for one without usin

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‘Disaster’ Bread

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If you live in Japan, it pays to be prepared for a disa

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Eyeliner Ruler

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For all of you who find it really hard to achieve that

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Fashionable Feet

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You know how naked your feet can feel when you are loun

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Coffee Bags

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The only surprising thing about this idea is – consid

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Mood Lipstick

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This was more of a joke than a useable lipstick. It loo

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Filipino Sachets

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I am all for anything which comes in a travel size, so

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Eye Shadow Transfer

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This is another of those mad ideas which looks fabulous

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Indian Chocolate

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Who knew they grew cocoa in India? It was a surprise to

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Cosmetic Camo Cream

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Here in Singapore, all the boys (and as many girls as w

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Phone Bench

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There are so many silly things on which to rest your mo

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Banana Ketchup

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Wherever I travel, I always like to visit a supermarket

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Lace Mask Sheet

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Here’s another variation on the sheet mask theme, aga

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Chocolate Print Moulds

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These could only be Japanese… a marvellous way to cre

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Ggongji Hair Pack

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Ggongji means ‘ponytail hair’ in Korea, which is wh

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Printed Handbags

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Some things just grab your attention in such a way that

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Brexit Fancies

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Temporarily in the UK several weeks after the Brexit vo

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Konjac Cleanser

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    Up until my discovery of this particular item

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Coloured Henna

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Henna designs are such fun – they look fabulous but a

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Glass Bottomed Cable Car

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   Not for anyone afraid of heights, although not as

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Shibuya Toast

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In Shibuya, of course, this is simply ‘toast’, and

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Ppong Patch

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No, that isn’t a spelling mistake, and I have no idea

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Jelly Coconut Vending Machine

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This was a new one on me. Tucked away in the basement o

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Hair Charms

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     I spotted these in Selfridges in London, an

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Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack

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Bubble Tea is one of those food trends that isn’t goi

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Chocolate Tea

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  This is an odd one. However, chocoholic that I am, I

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Brow Tint Gel

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Here’s a great new idea from Korean beauty firm Etude

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Dessert Bento

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  We came across this by chance whilst taking a break

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Onsen Egg Maker

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In my experience, you have to be fairly confident in yo

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Slimming Perfume

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No, I’m serious… This was the highlight of the In-F

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Pot Potato and Pasta

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These caught my eye as I was in the 7-11 the other day,

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Digital Nail Art

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This startling and impressive piece of new technology w

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Lip Tattoo

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  I first saw this at 38,000 feet, in an airline shopp

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High Security Cheese

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  There was a time, in the middle of an economic c

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2 in 1 Travel Pillow

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If you are a fan of those special pillows designed for

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Tooth Wipes

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There are times when you are travelling, or simply out

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Orvis Skirts

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The more I travel, the less interested I am in lugging

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Hello Kitty Dim Sum

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Sanrio’s multi-billion dollar cat has been around sin

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Oreo Cadbury’s

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I have to confess that the ‘Limited Edition’ on the

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Glow in the Dark Mask

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This must count as one of those ‘what will they think

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Ali Baba Pants

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I do love a piece of clothing you can play around with,

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Water Bottle Tea Bag

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This is one of those things you have to see to get your

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Silicone Socks

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  Well, not exactly socks so much as heel covers, made

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Sushi Stools

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It’s always nice when cafes and restaurants make

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Snow Bear

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It’s very hot at the moment in Singapore, by which I

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Dress Code Masks

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Someone somewhere in the higher echelons of Korean beau

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LOOK – OK!?

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More delightful stationery items from Japan, with anoth

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Piss Bolls (and Nockers)

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These made me laugh so much that I had to buy them, fro

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Grace Mask

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   I have mentioned before how hard it can be sometim

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‘Banana Skins’

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Spotted in a cafe on Orchard Road, Singapore, I thought

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‘Healthy’ Chocolate

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For all the joys of foreign travel, there are times whe

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Nail Polish Protectors

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Anyone who has ever worn nail polish will know what a p

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Oreo Cheese Cake Frappe

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This one is all about the picture. I feel bad laughing

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Lip Steam Mask

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Fresh from Tokyo, this lip steam mask is a treat before

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Day To Night Earrings

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It’s always nice when you can pack something that doe

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Shogun Burger

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I always enjoy seeing American fast food chains try to

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Bust Up Drink

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From Japanese beauty firm Kinohimitsu, this box of supp

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Firearms Not Allowed

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I hadn’t been out and about in Manila more than 10 mi

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Selfie Coffee

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A long time ago, Haji Lane in Singapore was lined with

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Silkworm Cocoons

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Here’s another piece of beauty wisdom from Japanese g

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Sticky Tracing Paper

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This is one of the smartest things I have seen for a wh

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Crazy Croissants

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The Cronut – that odd marriage of croissant and donut

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Mango Sleeping Mask

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Always unable to resist small things, I was enchanted b

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VIP ATM

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There are a great many very rich people in Singapore, m

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Hokkaido Cheese Tarts

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Singaporeans are nothing if not wildly enthusiastic for

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Sparkling Mineral Powder

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One of the main selling points of products from Korean

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Frixion Pens

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  There was a moment several years ago when erasable b

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24 Carat Brownie

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This one stopped me in my tracks as I was passing throu

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Titanium Balls

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Necklaces and wristbands containing microballs of pure

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Bus Speedometer

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This really tickled me, when I noticed it on the bus in

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Man Utd Noodles

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Celebrity advertising is an interesting thing. Do they

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Nail Masks

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These are an interesting variation on a theme… I love

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Eyelash Jewels

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Here’s another S$2 treat from Daiso – something els

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Move Inside the Carriage

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I’m sure every mass transit system in the world has t

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M&M Flavours

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It was all very exciting when I first took daughters #1

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Wine Lip Tint

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Sometimes it is all about the packaging, which is what

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Make Your Sandal

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Always a fan of some item you can customise at will, I

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Magnetic Memo

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I so wish I could tell you these were amazing… I was

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3D Foam Art

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Those neat hearts and swans barristas swirl onto the to

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Breast Pack

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The beauty market is awash with ‘sheet’ masks – m

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‘Dry’ Tote Bag

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You don’t have to live in the tropics for rain to be

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Teddy Bouquet

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I was sampling moon cakes and other seasonal treats at

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Beer Ice Cream

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This sounded so bizarre I had to try it. Milk and beer?

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Collagen Sweets

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Collagen is having a bit of a ‘moment’ here in Asia

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Crash Baggage

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They don’t make suitcases like they used to. Or maybe

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Hat Clip

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When I saw this I was immediately reminded of those spo

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Bloody Mary

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Brunch is big business in Singapore, and you have to ge

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Collagen C Mask

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Here’s another sort of sheet mask, a small version de

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No Smoking!

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  Life has to be tough for committed smokers these

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Onesole

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How to get round that packing problem of needing differ

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Really a Burger?

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When is a burger not a burger? Possibly when it involve

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PiggyMom SoakSoak

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With a name like this, and those pictures on the packet

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Pocket Pages

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Here’s another amusing idea from Japan, where all the

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Absolut India

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Absolut has to be one of the world’s most popular and

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Sole Sap Sheets

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  These promised me the double effect of natural s

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Carrot Rabbits

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The Japanese have the concept of playing with food down

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Magic Steam Hair Mask

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This hair mask looked like it might be fun. I was parti

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Nanoblock Postcards

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  Nanoblocks – a miniature variation on Lego-style b

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Mango Sticky Rice

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This has to be my favourite dessert, preferably eaten a

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Colour Change Mask

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Always on the lookout for something new and unusual, I

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Lava Croissants

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There’s always a new food craze hitting the streets o

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Fuzzy Brush

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There’s a lot to be said for the idea behind this pro

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Shoe Bands

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The idea is a sound one – thick plastic bands that sl

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Parrot Markers

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Korea may rule the beauty world right now, but Japan ha

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Xiao Long Bao

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Shanghai-style soup dumplings are hugely popular in Sou

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Body Powder Sheets

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    In tropical Singapore, it is easy to find

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Security Undies

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Keeping your valuables safe is a real worry when you tr

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Star Sand

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In Okinawa, the cluster of sub-tropical islands that ma

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Rivella

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When you think of Switzerland, it is probably cheese an

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Hair Velcro

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This sounds ridiculous, I know, but bear with me… You

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Rain Shoes

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  In tropical Asia, when it rains it rarely does so in

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Nasi Lemak

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In Europe, you might pick up a sandwich – neatly enca

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Gold ATM

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It never fails to surprise me what you can get from a v

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Lip Patch

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This is the lip version of the gold gel eye patches I t

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Chocolate Nachos

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A delightful discovery on the menu at our closest Mexic

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Chair Leg Socks

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The Victorians – so rumour has it – used to

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Travel Sizes

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We all love the ‘free gifts with purchase’ that som

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Jade Roller

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Jade is one of those gemstones with a long and fascinat

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Bonsai Jewellery

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They aren’t real, which is probably just as well.

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Solar Prayer Wheel

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Prayer wheels play a very important role in Buddhist be

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Litter – or is it art?

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There’s an old joke here in Singapore that this is a

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Janchi Bingsu

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  Bingsu is a traditional Korean dessert that has

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Dragon Fruit Crisps

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  Dragon fruit looks spectacular, with its bright

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Steam Eye Mask

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This fascinating product is made by Kao in Japan, and i

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Cow Dung Cakes

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Cows are sacred in India. Especially in rural areas, wh

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White Strawberries

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Spotted at the very upmarket Takashimaya department sto

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Afternoon Tea with a Twist

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Cocktails in glass teapots instead of tea! This is such

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Too Cool For School

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   Too Cool For School is the brand name of this wond

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Fried Ice Cream

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This sounded terribly exciting but turned out to be som

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Pool in the Sky

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This is not something for the faint of heart, and espec

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Secret Bars

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     This is becoming a really popular trend, es

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Sushi Santa

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OK, I admit I am showing off, but these were hand made

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Nail Concealer

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     At first glance this looks like just another e

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Deep Fried Oreos

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   These crop up from time to time at fairs and festi

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Tongue Scraper

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  There is apparently a great deal to be said in f

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Low Tech Pedi

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This just really tickled me… at home in Singapore, ha

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Chawanmushi

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This is something of an acquired taste for a Westerner

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Foot Mask Socks

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    Billed as an Intensive Repair Foot Mask, this

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V-Line Patch

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To be honest, the cosmetics industry in Asia has a lot

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Wishing for snow in Singapore?

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These very amusing street signs enliven the climb up to

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Hokkaido Bear Curry

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    Always keen to try something new and different, I

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Reversible Rings

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   These are such a clever idea I found them irresist

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Gold Gel Eye Mask

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       If ever there were such things as “Pr

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