Buy a Prada Bag from Hawaii

Quite a few readers have e-mailed me to ask about my recent Prada handbag purchase from Hawaii. So, I’ll write a short post here to share with everyone.

[Note: I’m not affiliated with Joanna in any ways; I’m just sharing my shopping experience here as many of you are interested.]

As an introduction, Joanna is a Sales Associate at Prada Kalakaua, Hawaii who does mail orders with international customers. Prior to 8 Aug 2011, Hawaii was the best alternative for customers as their prices are generally cheaper than USA. But right after this date, the prices at Prada Hawaii have been matched to Prada USA prices.

Nonetheless, the US dollar has hit an all-time low against Singapore dollar now. So, I feel that it’s still a good time to shop. Yay! Even with international shipping, the prices should still be cheaper than buying from Singapore. You can e-mail Joanna to check the prices and make a comparison before you make your purchase.

Joanna’s e-mail address is When you write to her, please indicate her name – Joanna on the subject title as all the Sales Associates in this boutique are sharing the same e-mail ID. To make a purchase, she will send you a Telephone Order Form. You will fill-up all the details on the form – your name, address, merchandise, credit card information and lastly, your signature. You can send the completed form to her via e-mail or fax. She will process your order and ship them via Fedex.

For my order, this is the details and breakdown of the costs:

  • Item #: BN1336_QR1_F0002
  • Description: Tessuto Gaufre in Black (Nylon)
  • Price of Bag: US$1260.00 (~SG$1556)
  • Fedex Shipping Fee: US$127.00 (~SG$157)
  • 7% GST: SG$106.00
  • Fedex Admin Fee: SG$10.00

        Total Cost: SG$1829.00

        Price in Singapore boutique: SG$2250.00 (it’s about SG$400+ cheaper!)

The 7% GST and Fedex admin fees will be charged in a separate invoice about a week after the shipment arrived. Payment can be made to Fedex by cheque.

As many of you may ask – how secure is the telephone order? I mean, it’s too risky to send our credit card and personal information through e-mail. Thus, I wrote to a few forumers to get their feedback. Apparently, all of them felt that it is quite safe given the good track record and positive reviews on forums. You can read that from Flowerpod, PurseForum and even Singapore Motherhood Forum.

With this, I was 99% confident to go ahead with my order. My bag arrived within four days after I sent my order form and I was so relieved.

One thing that is worth mentioning here – Joanna is a real sweetie. She is nice and patient in answering all my questions. When I was undecided over which sizes and models to buy, she sent me all the pictures of the bags for my consideration. She also shared her opinion with me. Last but not least, she personally inspected my bag and packed it nicely in dust bag and Prada gift box before shipping out to me.

Now, let’s check out these beauties (new arrivals) that Joanna shared with me though e-mail two days ago. Nice nice!





My New Investment

Do you still remember the investment plan that I mentioned last week? That is with the thousand dollar savings each month from not hiring a maid.

I’m going to share with you the secret today. It’s going to be FUN. So, sit tight and fasten your seat belt!

Two weeks ago, I told the Husband that I plan to make some investment with the $1000 savings that we make each month from not hiring a maid now. He rolled his eyes and looked at me with full curiosity.

He knows jolly well that his Wife doesn’t know much about investment. Truth be told, I don’t even know the interest rates on my savings account.

He thought that I was just joking until the day when my “investment” finally arrived at our doorstep.

It came in a rather-dirty Fedex box, shipped all the way from Hawaii. This is it!

Let’s open and see what is inside. Nicely wrapped in bubble pack.

First clue revealed. It’s a PRADA gift box and dust bag!

The answer is – my new Prada Tessuto Gaufre BN1336 in black. This bag is oh-so- gorgeous that I can’t take my eyes off it the first time I saw it. It’s the kind of beauty that never goes out of style. It’s timeless!

This picture is unable to bring out the beauty of this bag due to poor lightning. In actual, the gold tone hardware makes the bag even more elegant. This bag is twice the price of the LV Neverfull that I bought earlier this year.

Now, that I finally owned it, I’m sooOoo happy!

The authenticity card from Prada.

The Husband couldn’t believe it that this is my so-called “investment”. He nagged for a while, but alas, he said “As long as you’re happy, it’s okay”.

“Of course, I’m happy, dear!”

With this, I’m determined to be the best of friends with Tefal, the iron and Karcher, the vacuum cleaner. I’m eyeing for another Prada or Gucci bag for Chinese New Year. Errmmm, maybe Christmas.