Thursday, July 11, 2013

The wonders of retail therapy, and shopping up a storm in Colombo at Spa Ceylon

At the Amaya Lake Hotel yesterday in Sri Lanka, living a Travelife....

Today, in Colombo living a Travelife, we completed a very admirable 10 hours of almost straight shopping.

This was such a welcome exercise after our marathon drive yesterday from a lake in the middle of nowhere in Sri Lanka, on the slow road to Colombo.

I told everyone afterwards: "Congratulations on your good works today. You've singlehandedly raised the GDP of Sri Lanka by a couple of points."

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AN ENJOYABLE TIME IN COLOMBO

Everyone had great fun shopping, as there are lots of unusual things to buy in Colombo and prices are pretty reasonable.

I've been here five times now, so I've stopped buying the batiks, the woodcarvings and the brassware.



However, my suitcase is still remarkably full with stuff, even if I left Manila with a very empty large suitcase.

NO SPACE TO SLEEP

It's a non-expandable suitcase on this trip, though, so I really don't know how I'm going to get everything to fit.

I really don't know what I was thinking, bringing a non-expandable suitcase on a trip where I've decided the entire schedule.

Of course we're fitting some shopping time in.

The view from my hotel room in Colombo
I'm sitting here typing this out in my hotel room, with a view of the Indian Ocean and the powerful roar of the waves ringing in my ears.

And within my line of vision is my king-sized bed full of paper bags and packages I bought today.

There's literally no place to sleep anymore. Oh no.






BETTER THAN ANY KIND OF THERAPY

The Spa Ceylon boutique
But it was worth it. I have to admit that something was weighing on my mind today.

However, after all that therapeutic shopping, whatever it was was simply a thing of the past.

What a wonderful option retail therapy can be.

WHAT'S IN MY SUITCASE



My suitcase is basically filled with ayurveda products, as Sri Lanka makes such wonderful ayurveda products that are great for use and also as gifts.

I went to three ayurveda stores today to stock up on my new discovery: a facial mask from Spa Ceylon that has the most wonderful and relaxing smell of tuberose.

I tried this mask twice on this trip and I'm hooked.



So, today, I basically bought enough of this Spa Ceylon face mask to last for at least a year. I have a feeling I'll be back in Sri Lanka before then as I've just discovered a couple more places I want to visit.

I want to plan a Sri Lanka Luxe Tour sooner rather than later as well.

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But I thought I'd buy enough of this Spa Ceylon face mask for the next 12 months anyway.

UNLEASHING THE CREDIT CARDS AT SPA CEYLON
AFTER LUNCH AT THE MINISTRY OF CRAB


My friend S and I went to the Spa Ceylon store after a very big and unhealthy lunch at the Ministry of Crab, which is one of Sri Lanka's trendiest and most delicious restaurants.

It was such fun trying everything at Spa Ceylon, and then we ended up leaving the store with about five bags each, happiness written all over our faces.

And that was just at one store in one day of shopping, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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