Friday, May 20, 2011

A Kitschy Trip to the Japanese "Dollar Store": And a VERY Fun Training Chopstick Giveaway!

This entry is going to end with an awesome Kitschy Starter Chopstick Giveaway, so if that's what you are here for, feel free to scroll on down!  I hope you'll still enjoy the pictures and entry as well, of course ;)

For those of you who may not know, Vancouver is a dream come true if you love all things Asian; anime, manga, sushi, dim sum, you name it and Vancouver has it.  I moved to Canada in 2003 and having had virtually no prior exposure to Asian culture, every Asian mall or area of the city left me eager for more; I honestly couldn't get enough!  When I wasn't taking the bus to Asian strip malls, I was taking trip after trip to T & T, the local Asian supermarket chain, and buying the most random things.  Everything seemed so magical and full of novelty to me, it was like taking a mini vacation every day.  Within the first 6 months of living here I had completely burned myself out on noodles; T&T literally has an two entire aisles of asian noodles.  Ramen lovers, eat your heart out, seriously.  During that time I also acquired way more Hello Kitty themed items than a grown adult could ever need.  In all the years I've lived here, I've slowly learned to control myself in Asian malls and supermarkets, but every once in a while I pop in to check out the goodies.  Yesterday I did just this, and of course, I took my camera along.  I managed to control myself and only bought two things, which I am going to give away to two lucky readers!  Keep reading for the pictures and to enter a giveaway where you can win your very own Training Chopsticks!

The entry to Yoko Yaya 123.  I'm not sure why it's called 1-2-3, since it has items from like $1 up to $100, but whatever. I guess Yoko Yaya 1-2-3-4-5-6...  is just too long a name!

 A wonderful little ride-on toy outside the entrance.  Aias was asleep so he missed out on this. 

 This was on the side of a travel bento box container.  I've never heard the term Lube Sheep before...
Just in case there was any question as to whether or not the microwave oven could be used. 

 Not gonna lie... I wanted this.   I really just can't think of any use for a tray right now.  If I can think of a use, this tray will be mine.

I ask myself this each day. 

I like the phrase "finger sack" so much more than "finger condom."  I also like how these finger sacks have a floral theme.   Even something as unglamorous as finger condoms can be made fashionable by the Japanese!

I just... what do I even say about this? Glamour Cute!

Adorable.  I feel like some of these random phrases would be great usernames.  Should I change this blog named to Lovely Piglet? Perhaps Glamour Cute?

I dedicate this image to Irene over at The Crafting Hobbit!

This shop has tons of high quality felt; none of the 3 for $1 stuff I had coveted in the past.  I just really don't need any fancy felt just yet!  But yes, this did make me want to make some original goods!

I'm not sure how I feel about this message from a feminist standpoint...

I just photographed these because they looked like some weird sort of drug or something.  I think we actually have some homeopathic pills that look exactly like this, but cost more than the $2 they want for it at this shop. 

Now it's time for the:

Super Fun Kitschy Japanese Training Chopstick Giveaway!
I saw these chopsticks and I couldn't resist.  I had only seen them once before, and that was at Buy Buy Baby in the states and they cost more than $10 a pair.  We actually already have a similar pair for Aias, so I didn't buy any for myself.  For some reason I felt like there is probably someone out there who would think these were a hoot and want them for their kid, so I picked up two pairs so that two of you can enjoy them.  These ones were only a couple of bucks, but they are the kind of thing I don't think too many people could find in their area even if they looked everywhere.   I basically just think they are really cute and awesome and I hope you guys do too, because I think your kids will agree!    I also think they'd be great for an adult who wants to learn how to use chopsticks, so long as they are pretty shameless ;)

Here's how the giveaway will work.  You will get one entry for completing each of the actions listed below.  If you complete ten actions, that's ten entries!  For each action you take, please leave a separate comment in THIS post (this is vital).  Each action has more specific instructions as listed next to it below.  An example of the type of comment you would leave: if you like us on Facebook your comment simply would say "I liked you on Facebook!" and that constitutes your entry. 

- Publicly follow the Aias Dot Ca blog using Google Friend Connect (link on the right sidebar)
- Follow Aias Dot Ca on Networked Blogs (link on the right sidebar)
- Tweet publicly about this giveaway (You may do this once each day)
- Share this giveaway on your personal Facebook
- Share this giveaway on your Facebook fan page (You may do this once each day)
- Blog publicly about this giveaway (leave your link in the comments)
- Vote for us on Top Baby Blogs (You may do this once each day)
- Vote for us on Picket Fence Blogs (You may do this once each day)

There will be one lucky winner.  Participation in the giveaway will end on Friday (June 3rd) at 5pm.    I will pick and post the winners using on Friday (June 3rd)  at 6pm PST.

- This giveaway is open to people in Canada and the United States only.
- To be eligible for the prize, you must have actually completed the action you claim in your comment.  I will be checking these. 
- You will have 48 hours after the winner is announced to send me your mailing information via email at aiasdotca @ gmail . com.  If you don't contact me, I'll select another winner.

This giveaway is closed! The winners are:

 Congratulations to Babygoose85 and Amy!  You can message me on Facebook or email and get me your mailing address!  Thanks to everyone for participating!

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  1. Follow through Google Connect under TeresaWilliams85

  2. Followed through network blogs with my facebook

  3. Voted for you on the picket fence

  4. Voted for on Top Baby Blogs

  5. I must go to there. I love TNT and spend most of the time there looking at funny foods and products. Thanks for sharing

  6. Of course Schar is in Yemen with Dole..and Tori got " store" TO!

  7. Oh, hey, I voted for you :)

  8. this is awesome! I've had similar adventure/binges in LA's various asian enclaves. We were eating sushi the other night and Peter wondered at what age japanese children learn to use chopsticks (as Sas delicately mashed tofu into her hair)- I suggested a trip to japan for the full immersion experience- though I suppose training chopsticks would work too;)

  9. I need these chopsticks for Cory. Even if I don't win them - think I could PayPal you some money so you could send me a set?

    I like you on FaceBook.

  10. Following you via Twitter.

  11. Following you on Networked Blogs

  12. Voted on Picket Fence Blogs

  13. Voted for you on Picket Fence Blogs. :)


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