This is the most anticipated part of the whole thousand of miles journey - SHOPPING. I have always heard that most branded stuffs in the US are way cheaper compared to Malaysia but I never bother about it until a colleague who is a pharmacist went there for a seminar. He spent almost 3 weeks all around California and NY (1 week for seminar. 2 weeks for holiday. Fair enough?). He's a guy literally. But he shopped like crazy!
The satin white cloud with the clear blue sky looks really fascinating isn't it!
And a few weeks before I'm off to the USA, my other colleague which is my schoolmate went to Houston too for a training course. And she briefed me almost the same thing that the guy had told me earlier. I was totally enthusiasted with the trip since then. Hehe
Frankly speaking I'm a bit clueless on what kind of entry this post should be. Meaning: It would become such a dull entry tho. Huhu. Well, first and foremost we shopped like mad because of the very-low price. The price tags amazed us each time we looked at it and each factory outlets even provide discounts some more. Heaven tak? The malls are rather huge too. Numbers of designer stuffs under one roof! The only thing that I wasn't keen about is the tax. There's a small amount of retail tax on everything that we purchased. But the total price would still be way lesser than the price you might be getting in Malaysia. So, don't sweat the small stuff lah kan =)
During the trip we have went to 5 shopping malls:
1. Katy Mills Mall
2. The Galleria
3. Houston Premium Outlets
4. The Woodlands Mall
5. Memorial City Mall
Anyway, let the pictures do the talking aip!
Corning Ware/Corelle. Gulp! This really remembers me of Langkawi! Nak sangat beli set2 pinggan mangkuk semua. They have a totally different design than what I've seen in Langkawi. Sangat cantik, murah, unik dan lain dari yang lain! Hubby pun da nak bagi green light (sebab murah of course). But the actual weight really bothers us the most! Risau sangat takut over weight balik Malaysia nanti. Huhu. So tak tak jadi beli one whole set. We only purchased one pair of casserole set for my parents and and the other pair for my MIL. And one teko air panas sebab teko air panas kat rumah macam da nak pecah..
Nike Factory Store - Hubby borong dozens of his t-shirts right here. I have never seen my husband was so into shopping like he always do. Sometimes he even shopped much more than I do! This is for real ladies!
Disney Factory Outlet - All the cutie and memorable childhood stuffs can be found here. Thank god mama tak subscribe Play House Disney Channel lagi untuk Faheem. Kalo tak mesti nak beli macam2 untuk Faheem. Hehe Levi's Factory Store - Various designs. So cheap. We almost gone crazy at this place too. Especially him!
We have planned to buy one Samsonite huge traveling bag since this little family travels quite often each year. So apparently this trip is such a bonus =D Just look at the desirable and full of colors Samsonite luggage bags on the left side. They were so cute I even felt like kissing them! =P But we can't afford them. Pity us.. Sob sob. Seketul kecik da riban2. We only managed to get the plain silver luggage on the right. It's the new member in the family, priced around USD350.
Da penat shopping singgah Starbucks macam biasa. Our forever favorite. Teringin jugak nak buat collection mug2 Starbucks tu. Tapi macam banyak sangat da benda yang kitorang buat as souvenir skang ni. Fridge magnet, hotel's access cards, pen/pencil, rug mat etc. So tak payah la kut. Mug2 and cawan2 free yang tak pakai lagi pun berlonggok dalam cabinet. So no need lah..
Da penat shopping jugak tetibe hubby ajak santai2 tengok movie. Apekah? But the cutie wifey has kindly rejected the offer. Thousand apology papa! I was so exhausted that day. Plus jet lag has driving me crazy. I was sleepy like a baby around 3pm and upon reaching 4pm, I was almost fainted! Ngantuk tak hingat punya =( Beloved hubby dragged me to his Dodge and I'm sleeping soundly once my head touches the head rest. And this incident lasted for a week. Phewww..! Da Frust wifey refused the cinema, hubby gets himself a body massage. Ala2 Osim massage chair itu. Semua otot yang tegang da dilenturkan balik so haruslah sambung shopping balik selepas tu!
Aha! And how mesmerizing this picture is? =) Heaven. And I really mean it. Why? Because it was way cheaper than Malaysia! I went to Coach outlet in KLCC and I spotted a huge tote bag priced at +/- RM1.8k But a new-arrival tote bag in Houston only costs me around 200USD! Silalah percaya. Dan hubby yang baik hati itu telah membelikan tote tersebut untuk isteri tersayang. But he did mentioned to me, kalo kat Malaysia memang die tak belikan lah.. Hehe
Clarks factory outlet. Rasa nak pengsan tengok deretan kasut2 itu ok. From boots to sandal to wedges to kiddy shoes (Clarks Doodles-Comel sangat!) Rasa nak beli je untuk family member sorang sepasang. Tapi tak tahu size la pulak. Kasut office si isteri berjaya dirembat disini. Sangat gembira sekali. Few things that I love the most being in the factory outlets in Houston are: 1. Semua kasut die letak sepasang on the display shelf. Kalo kat Malaysia? 2. Sales person duduk kat cash register machine saje. They will only entertain you if you inquire them. Kat Malaysia? Semua sales assistant busy membontoti kita selagi kita tak keluar dari kedai tu kan!
Actually there are more pictures in my hard disc. Oh baby/kids factory outlets lupe nak letak skali. GAP, OshKosh, Old Navy, Carter's, Stride Ride! And the list goes on and on.. Sebab murah sangat Faheem skarang petang2 pegi playground pun pkai overall OshKosh ok. Hehe. Bukan niat nak berlagak. Tapi nak menceritakan keseronokan membeli belah di Amerika Syarikat itu =D Actually almost half of the things that we purchased belongs to Faheem. Anak adalah segala galanya bile da berfamili ni. And barang rumah pun ada sikit. But I don't have the time to upload everything here. Those pictures are the chosen ones, and err.. the sempat ones only. Hehe. If you got the chance going to Houston, weather for business purposes or vacation purposes, never hesitate it! You might be shopping like mad just like us too =)