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If you’ve read my last product review for TCAT & Lazada, you would have known I’ve been to Palawan for my Go See Philippines trip. Prior to this journey, I stocked up on some things I needed for travel. Well… most of them. I forgot the other ones on the list I was supposed to get.
That’s why I’m so thankful there’s Daiso Philippines!
The Heaven That Is Daiso
This isn’t my first encounter with Daiso. I’ve been a huge fan of their establishment for many years now. I first came across Daiso around 2011 I believe; they were early pioneers of 88 PHP-priced useful items here in Philippines. Think, the dollar store but from Japan.
From where it originated, Daiso Japan is known for its quality items at dirt cheap price. Most products were homeware goods, stationery, home decors, kitchen tools, but they’ve also expanded into fashion and lifestyle items.
My motto for Daiso is, “there’s nothing you can’t get in Daiso Japan.”
It’s a consumerist’s heaven! They literally have ALMOST EVERYTHING. I once needed to buy a scale for weighing my outgoing packages for Tavolozza and they had it! They even stocked fluffy baby shoes, which I admittedly bought for my daughter.
The Travel Haul
So on to my travel haul. All of these items are 88 PHP ($1.96) each. I bought the items from the Daiso Japan branch in District Dasmariñas. Here’s a breakdown of what I bought.
|Pine Green Travel Organizer||PHP 88 ($1.96)||A travel organizer that can store your cash and receipts with 2 pockets for your cards.|
|Vacuum Compressed Bags||PHP 176 ($3.91) each||2 pcs, PHP 88 ($1.96) per piece; for storing & organizing compressed clothes. Comes in a ziploc feature with zipper.|
|Tan Faux Leather Clutch||PHP 88 ($1.96)||Liked the color; great as emergency and to-go bag|
|Red Waterproof Shoe Bag||PHP 88 ($1.96)||For storing footwear and keeping them away from your travel clothes; can also double as dust protector when not traveling|
|Rose Aroma Sachet||PHP 88 ($1.96)||3 pcs in 1 pack; for keeping clothes smelling fresh|
|Medium Ziploc Bags||PHP 88 ($1.96)||30 pcs in 1 pack; I used this for my toiletries, keeping them separated from the dry clothes and for my gadgets to be waterproof during vacation at the beach.|
|UV 400 Tan Matte Sunglasses||PHP 88 ($1.96)||Great eyewear for casual walks|
|Hello Kitty Contacts Lens Case||PHP 88 ($1.96)||I bought another contact lens case for travel, in case of emergency and leaving my first one behind somewhere.|
|Green 3-digit Travel Lock||PHP 88 ($1.96)||For locking my luggage during airport check-in.|
Total: PHP 880 ($19.55)
Here’s my rating for my Daiso Philippines travel haul review:
Daiso Japan has several branches nationwide, mostly in Robinsons malls. It’s impossible not to find one because they’re like mushrooms, cheerily scattered & waiting to be found. The District Dasmariñas branch is a 10-minute drive from my house, so I’m very happy that I don’t need to go far to visit my happy place.
This store has wide aisles and the layout is easy to navigate. The only drawback is the mountain of products you might drown your eyes in. It’s a one-stop shop for all.
Daiso Japan staff in this branch are highly commendable. They’re courteous and extremely helpful (they’ll even go out of their way during inventory to direct you to their items).
On Facebook, I inquired a day prior if they have these vacuum bags I eyed on (already bought from TCAT but buying again in Daiso to compare) and they were very kind enough to get back to me the next day that Dasmariñas stocks these.
Most cashiers remind me to use my Robinsons Rewards card to credit my purchases into points. And they greet my little girl Avis with a smile every time we pay a visit, so brownie points for that. Wanna know how friendly any staff is? Observe how they treat children and elderly.
I gave this section a 95% because from this haul I think the vacuum bags are priced more. I’d peg them to be around 48-50 PHP ($1.06-$1.11) for their kind; they weren’t the ones with vacuum holes, just large ziploc bags with zippers for compression. Other than that, everything seems very affordable. Just be attentive when hoarding your Daiso items in the store (there’s a tendency to get lost in the spirit, I’m telling you!), some of them you can find cheaper in other stores.
What I liked most was that Daiso Japan Philippines does not skimp on the quality of materials. At 88 PHP ($1.96), you get regular items you find common in malls for about a quarter to half of their retail price.
Majority of my haul’s packaging were clear plastic, but the aroma sachet trumped all of them. Look how pretty it is! You can already tell how well it functions by the packaging. And yes, I tend to judge my products by the cover. They came in 3 pieces in this one acrylic box.
I love everything in this haul but if I were to choose one I think it would be the ziploc bags. 30 pieces of this!
They proved to be very versatile during my trip – I could store 6 packs of Swiss Miss in there, a phone in another one and some on hand cash in another, which I placed inside the pine green travel organizer.
Second pick would be the aroma sachet. I placed them in my luggage before leaving Manila and when I arrived at my hotel in Puerto Princesa, my clothes smelled lovely like roses. Pure wonder. I highly recommend you buy one yourself!
Returns & Refunds
I have not tried returning nor refunding any item from Daiso Japan Philippines, but I assume it complies with Department of Trade & Industry’s (DTI) Consumer Acts. Read on DTI’s official guideline pertaining to “no return, no exchange” policy (which is now forbidden).
Would I buy from Daiso Japan again?
Definitely! It’s a staple to my creative lifestyle!
I’m not very keen on shopping but Daiso is somehow therapeutic to me.
There’s a whiff of productivity lingering in that store, you know? Like if you go to Daiso Japan, you’ll certainly find something to help you become the best you.
And I like that. It helps me figure out what I like and how I can be good at it, whether it’s using their organizers or scribbling on their kraft notebooks. Daiso Japan Philippines will always be my favorite outlet store.
How about you? How’s your experience with Daiso Japan?
Whether it’s here in Philippines or international, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how Daiso makes your day. Share your haul below or link your blog post! 🙂