Travel finds in unlikely places

When traveling, it’s not only the tickets and reservations that matter; what’s in your bag matters too! Several travel goods store have popped up around the metro, but you’ll be surprised that you can find travel stuff in shops you wouldn’t normally associate with traveling. Best of all, the prices aren’t too bad either!

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My travel haul from Robinsons Galleria


Saizen is what you would call a hyakuen shop. It’s the local franchise of the Japanese Daiso chain, and the perfect example of where you can find great travel paraphernalia.

Hyakuen shops are Japanese discount dry goods stores that sell everything from kitchenwares and household goods to stationery and gifts, all at one price: 100 yen (hence the name, hyakuen).

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You can find a whole range of items inside the store, including things for your trips. Here are my Saizen finds:

Travel goods from Saizen
Inflatable pillow, compressed washcloth, compressing bag and plastic zipper bag

There’s an inflatable pillow, which is great for those long bus rides or when you’re sleeping underneath the stars; compressed washcloth, which inflates when you take it out of the packaging; compressing bag, which lets you fit everything in your backpack or luggage easily (no vacuum? Just roll it or sit on it!), and; plastic zipper bag, which comes in the regulation size for your toiletries. Everything is priced at Php 85 in Saizen. This travel haul costs a total of Php 340.

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My other travel find was upon Kaoko‘s recommendation. As we were about to check in for our flight back to Manila from Macau, she whipped out this luggage scale. I’ve seen this kind of luggage scale before, so I thought it was nothing special. That is, until she hooked her bag into it and weighed her luggage. It works the same way as similar luggage scales, but what’s great about this scale is that it has a marker, so you won’t have to twist yourself into an awkward position just to see the weight of your bag. As an added bonus, the scale also comes with a tape measure that can measure up to 1 meter so you can check if your luggage meets the cabin requirements. The scale is lightweight, so while it takes up space in your bag, it doesn’t drastically add to its weight.

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Travelon Luggage Scale from Handyman

The Travelon Luggage Scale is priced at Php 499 at Handyman. With the 20% discount the store is offering, the price has been marked down to Php 399.

Saizen has branches in Robinson’s Galleria (Ortigas), Alimall (Cubao), Marquee Mall (Pampanga) and Trinoma (North EDSA). Handyman has branches all over the Philippines.

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Robinsons Malls Clearance SaleAugust is the month for great sales and bargains at all Robinsons Mall nationwide! Enjoy amazing discounts on premium international and local brands. Choose from a wide array of apparel, shoes, bags and accessories; from fashion items to electronics, from toys to gadgets and many, many more. Stay updated with sales, promos and events by liking the Robinsons Malls’ page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RobinsonsMalls

Thanks to Saizen for the invite to their Trinoma Branch last July 30 and to Robinsons Mall Galleria for the invite last August 1.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 15 Comments
  1. Ferdz says:

    Oh yeah! Thanks for reminding me. I need that luggage scale šŸ˜€

  2. lol thanks for quoting my entry šŸ™‚ and yes, i swear by those vacuum storage bags while traveling šŸ˜€ they never fail to increase the volume of my suitcase, and they always make sure that damp towels and wet swimwear don’t spoil the rest of my luggage contents~

  3. kaoko says:

    Hahahaha, your scale. It looks familiar!

  4. amhuirnin says:

    thanks for this nina! that pillow looks far more comfortable than the one priced at 200+ i was eyeing hehe, and i need to get meself a travel scale as well; though for a second there, kala ko 85 din ung scale > < ambisyosang purita mirasol lol

    btw, how much puffing and huffing does it take to inflate the pillow? thanks

  5. nina says:

    amhuirnin: Natawa naman ako sa purita mirasol! XD There are cheaper scales that is similar to this, but the metal felt flimsy and it digs painfully into your palm when you weigh your luggage because it doesn’t have the padding.

    The pillow does feel softer than the other inflatable pillows I’ve tried, thanks mainly to the holes. Also, with the holes you don’t have to tire yourself out inflating it!

  6. Hi there!

    This looks like a happy happy site! I’m glad I found this blog of yours. “)

    Actually, I was browsing through another blog ( Kainpinoy) and was wondering why the last post was way last June. I clicked on “contact” intending to ask why and was led here.

    Two interesting finds for me today. I’m going to enjoy your travels. Carry on! Take care. šŸ˜€

  7. Chris says:

    cool! i’ve never seen such scale before! let me find one and buy šŸ™‚

  8. great finds! there’s a portable scale pala for luggage. will scour handyman for it. thanks for the tip. šŸ™‚

  9. Thanks for the tip Nina, this luggage scale is what I want. I’ve only been using the bathroom scale with these awkward positions just to get a clear view of the weight. Thankfully, this one’s available at Bed Bath & Beyond in the US.

  10. Joyceee says:

    is this the same as the 99php store? haha nice!
    I wonder why almost all stores similar to this one are japanese owned? haha

  11. Angela says:

    National Bookstore sells a travel luggage scale similar to the one you posted… I think I got mine for PhP150-200. Can’t remember anymore because I no longer have the receipt. It’s accurate and can withstand rough handling. Hehe.

  12. Chichi says:

    Oh my, i love the compression packages! And you can’t beat the pricetag. Gonna head on over to Saizen asap.

  13. sensibleJane says:

    The inflatable pillow is a great find, just the one I’m looking for priced at a very low cost! Thanks for that!

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