Thursday, November 18, 2010

City Outing, Shopping, Daiso etc.

Hello everyone,
I had a dentist appointment in the city this morning so I hung around in the city afterwards to meet my sister after her exam.

I took the tram out to Abbortsford while I was waiting to have a look at Daiso, the recently opened Japanese "100 Yen" store - basically like a $2 discount store, except everything is from Japan.  I thought it would be awesome, but I was honestly a little disappointed.  In fairness to them, a lot of shelves were empty and they are expecting a shipment tomorrow so I will probably make up my mind when I go back tomorrow with my sister (tomorrow is her last exam so she wants to go back afterwards).  All I bought today was a pack of "infant cotton buds" - like normal cotton buds but smaller.  I plan to use these for cleaning up my nails after I paint them.  There were a lot of random things that I had no idea what they were for and couldn't work out from the pictures/diagrams.  Apart from that, there was a lot of stationary, homewares/storage, bathroom things etc.

Baby Cotton Buds from Daiso

After looking in Daiso, I decided to check out Tokuya, a similar Japanese discount store on Bourke St (next to the Target arcade).  It was pretty similar to Daiso, although a little bit smaller.  I bought a "vegetable organiser"...haha, this sounds so ridiculous.  From the picture on the label, I think you are supposed to use it for standing carrots, cucumbers etc. upright in the fridge....???  Anyway, I am going to use it for organising eyeliners, mascaras etc. as I currently have a glass chemistry beaker for this and while it looks cool, I think something plastic will be safer.

I have one section for shadesticks & jumbo pencils, one for brushes, one for eyeliners and one for mascaras and brow things

Top view so you can see the dividers

Then I met my sister and we shared a macaron and a mini cupcake at The Cupcake Family in QV.  I wanted to try almost all of the different cupcake flavours but we went with a mini peanut butter and chocolate cupcake and a mocha macaron.  The cupcake was nice, but I think the icing was just pure peanut butter - a bit sickly.  The macaron was also nice, but not as nice as the Lindt Cafe ones.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cupcake and Mocha Macaron

They had some cool looking "display" cupcakes in the window though, I guess these are examples for people who want customised cupcakes for birthdays and functions etc.  I thought the Tiffany and Chanel ones were cute!

The Cupcake Family

The Cupcake Family

Chanel and Tiffany inspired cupcakes

On our way back to Melbourne Central to get the train, we had a look in the Mooks store.  I bought a Paul Frank tshirt.  I'm not a huge fan of Paul Frank (I don't mind it, just not crazy about it), but I thought the print was cute.  And I don't have that many tshirts (I don't wear them all that often, but I think I'll need a few for summer).  That's my justification haha!  It's a bit crinkled from being folded up in a bag but it says "Maybe we just need more hugs!" - cute!!

Paul Frank tshirt
And I'm going back into the city tomorrow, haha!  Since starting this blog it seems like I go shopping every second day!  I promise this is not normal, it's only because I have a very short holidays (only two weeks, compared to normal three months of uni holidays) as I am starting a placement next Monday.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Where is this Daiso?
    I know there is another of the 100yen stores on Bourke St called Tokuya or something like that but have never seen this Daiso!

  2. Hi!
    Daiso is on Victoria St in Abbortsford. Take the 109 tram towards Box Hill, then get off at stop 20. There's like a little shopping centre with Woolworths, Aldi etc. and a few other random shops, on the left hand side of the street (if you're going towards Box Hill). Then when you walk into the centre there's some escalators on the right and Daiso is on the upper level. Only takes maybe 10-15 minutes to get there from the CBD.

    Hope that helps! :)

  3. Hey lovely gangster!
    Hopefully you'll see this comment (:
    my friend and I are planning to go to Daiso this weekend, but we're both lost on how to get there.
    I read your directions on the above post, but I'm still lost ><' if we were to get off at Richmond station or Melbourne Central is there a tram that would take us near Daiso?
    Thank you in advance! :)

  4. Hi Kathy!

    If you are on the Epping/Hurstbridge line, you can get off at North Richmond station and Daiso is about 200m down Victoria St (walking towards Nicholson St, so in the direction away from the city).

    If you get off at Melbourne Central, just walk down to Collins St and catch the 109 tram towards Box Hill (in the direction towards Spring St) and get off at stop 20, Daiso is pretty much right there. Just go into the shopping center (there's like a bakery/cake shop at the front of the shopping center) and go up the escalators.

    Here's a google map of how to get there from North Richmond:,+Abbotsford,+Victoria&daddr=313+Victoria+Street,+Abbotsford+VIC+3067+(Daiso)&hl=en&geocode=FZsRv_0dW2qkCClT3N-_5ELWajETM95f13fLzw%3BFagQv_0dkHSkCCGHwagD4uAZvg&gl=au&mra=ls&sll=-37.809996,144.994651&sspn=0.003908,0.009398&ie=UTF8&ll=-37.810394,144.995306&spn=0.003908,0.009398&z=17

    Hope this helps. If you get lost, just ask someone where Aldi is, Daiso is in the same building as Aldi.

  5. Omgsh! that was such a FAST reply!!
    Thank you soo much for your help on getting to Daiso!! :D
    This will literally save us from going around in circles!!
    and you're so kind for putting the google map as well!! I really appreciate your help! :)


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