Life 1

I am still getting used to the fact that not one mall has everything I need here in Saigon.  Blame it on the mall tycoons, Sy and Ayala in the Philippines.  In a way, Filipinos are kinda pampered in the shopping category.  We can just go to 1 mall and find everything we need from plumbing materials to groceries to RTW clothes to gowns and tuxes.  Most malls are equipped with gyms, skating rinks, bowling alley, cinemas, play place, offices where you can renew your driver’s license, banks, salon, restaurants, cafes, etcetera, etcetera.  Yeah, we Pinoys, are spoiled in this department.  And I must also add, it’s way cheaper to shop in Manila than in Saigon.

Here in Saigon, not one mall has everything.  What’s popular are shops and boutiques that line the streets.  Sometimes it’s frustrating finding the stuff you need because you have to go to different shops in different streets in different districts.  It’s a bit pricey when you have to consider the cab/motorbike fare from one place to the other.

That’s why I love it when friends share if they find a good shop.  And one such shop is Life  1 in Phu My Hung which is located in Garden Plaza.

They have candles, yoga mats, towels, area rugs, linens, organizers, kids tables and chairs, and a whole lot more.  What makes Life1 a good shop is that it sells beautiful and quality items.

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3 Responses to Life 1

  1. Jason Tan says:

    In a way, not having everything in one place is good too. Each small business has its own character but when they are all amalgamated into a monolith that is the mega mall, they tend to lose it. Plus, no concentration of traffic in one place.

    So in that aspect, I envy Vietnam.

  2. lyraliza says:

    In that aspect, you’re right Jason. It’s just that sometimes, you have to schedule your trips in a way that you have to map out every place you have to go to because not everything is in one place. And cab fare here is pricey. You have an option to walk if the shops are just walking distance but with a kid in tow, sometimes, it’s just hard. And things just get more stressful when it starts to rain.

    BUT I’ve got to admit, I have a wonderful time exploring and letting Saigon shops surprise me.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I totally agree with you! It can get frustrating trying to look for items with a toddler in tow. That’s why I let my fingers do the walking first and turn to your blog! Hehehe… 🙂

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