Last December, I went on a guided tour in Taiwan and during the eventful trip, I found 6 great buys:
Made in Taiwan Umbrellas –On one of the days during my trip, the tour guide did an introduction to Taiwan made umbrellas. Enticed by her vivid description I want on a search for the ultimate umbrella! I have heard about that Taiwan umbrella manufacturers are manfectring best umbrellas as well.
These brollies open and close with a press of a button which makes it awesome because I always get into fights with the conventional ones, ending with cuts when I am closing it, being nicked by the sharp blades is no walk in the park and would take a massive time to heal.
Not having to fight your umbrella open in a heavy downpour is a huge relieve. Ease of usage and durability is what I call perfection! Retailing at 390 TWD which is about $17.50 SGD slightly more expensive but definitely worth the price. An Umbrella store is easily found
Taiwanese Skincare Products: MKUP Makeup – Needless to say, I am a huge fan of MKUP products, I totally stocked up at a departmental store, and everything was half the price of what it would cost in Singapore, well almost everything the Real completion cream is about the same price.
During the course of my trip, I was only able to find the brand at
Mei hua tai liu xing shen huo in Jhongjheng District – Ximending.
Wacoal undergarments – Wacoal comes to mind when it comes to comfort and support, I found the Taiwanese made bras are of better quality and lasting. I saved about $20.00 SGD for a purchase of 2 bras. My friend also purchases 6 pairs of undies for a very good price. We went to a store in Raohe Night Market.
Huge range of sport shoes in Taiwan- If you are a fitness or sports fanatic, Taiwan is a utopia for sports apparel and shoes, Niki, Adidas, Puma, Sketchers you name it they got it, the pricing wise it is more or less the same as Singapore, but for Thailand as my Thai friend mention, it is 20 to 30 cheaper and boy is their variety, store upon stores to choose from.
Niki store in Taiwan
Taiwan Waterproof Canvas Bags – Dolly Club & UMAHANA waterproof canvas bags and pouches line the streets in Ximen Ding, In Singapore, it is double the price, they come in a range of totes, pouches and bag packs of shapes and sizes. A perfect bag for the rainy season due to the fact that it is waterproof.
Dolly Club Store in Taiwan
Dolly Club bag sheep pattern in Taiwan
Jeans from Net-fashion Taiwan–When I first went to Net-fashion Store 5 years ago, I was amazed by the quality of their jeans, they were very comfortable and lasting. I think I am about the height of an average Taiwanese lady so no alterations were required! They fitted me like a glove.
That’s not all, price wise it is indeed value for money, discounted jeans may go as low as 999 TWD or the standard price of 1200TWD for 2 pairs that is about $20sgd for one pair of jeans! What a steal! Apparel wise it is more on the pricey side but I really love their cutting and design. 5 years ago I could only find a branch in Xi Men Ding during my recent trip I spotted several branches all over Taipei, good to see that my favourite fashion outlet is expanding.
Net- Taiwan website