Facebook Marketplace launches in Singapore

Facebook MarketplaceSingaporeans have one more channel to buy and sell products online following the launch of Facebook Marketplace.

The new tab appeared on the browser on the desktop today and surprisingly, there were a number of listings, including several from overseas.

With this feature, transactions, including payment and delivery, can be made over the messaging function, akin to Carousell.

Singapore is the third in Asia — after Thailand and India — to have this feature, which was first introduced in the United States in 2016.

Easy nail clipping

LED Nail Clippers with Magnifying Glass.jpgOn my trip to Don Quijote in Osaka, one of the products that caught my attention was a LED nail clipper with magnifying glass.

It was one of a handful of products among the large number straddled over the building that got me to give a second look.

The challenge was that it was located on the door of the cashier’s counter so I had to ease out of the way a few times while the cashier moved in and out of her counter.

But, the clipper was too interesting to skip. It came with a LED light so that one can clip nail even in poor lighting condition or at night. It also had a magnifying glass so that one can get a better view while cutting nail.

After deliberating for a bit, mainly because of the 1,450-yen price tag, I decided to get two — one to use and the other as a gift.

Before using it, I had to pop in two batteries for the LED light.

The clipper is easy to use, sharp and the light and magnifying glass makes it perfect for those who’ve crossed the 40-mark.

As a bonus, there’s a file at the base of the clipper to smoothen the clipped nail.

Overall, it’s a good buy. If you’re interested, you can get it at Don Quijote Online.

A million items in one shop

Don Quijote in Dotonburi
Don Quijote in Dotonburi

Singaporeans greeted the opening of Don Quijote in Singapore with frenzy early this month. It was named Don Don Donki to avoid confusion with a restaurant bearing the same name.

Not one who enjoys shoving with the crowd, I decided to give it a miss.

A week later, I was in Japan and there were Don Quijote outlets in various places that I visited. I found time to spend a bit longer at two of their outlets in Dotonburi in Osaka.

The shops are huge and packed to the brim, reminding me of Mustafa’s in Singapore. Spread over six or seven levels, the outlets offer lots of stuff — from clothing and bags to snacks and household appliances. It even has new and used branded goods — Coach, Louis Vuitton and the likes — for sale.

Perhaps the best part of shopping there is the tax-free on top of its low prices. That’s like having your cake and eating it. But, do be prepared to queue for the tax refund because the place is filled with tourists.