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76 Yen Phu, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“A restaurant with a strange name in a strange place. "Tivoli Cafe" and yet there is no Italian food. Coffee, I guess? And the Hanoi Club is just odd. Is it a hotel? A country club? Social club? And yet, the food here is actually good and cheap. Seen a foreign chef milling about. Looke...”
On the hunt for a curling iron (just got bangs whacked and they need a little help), I used TNH suggestion of Best Carings today.
I never realized that BC virtually owns an entire floor in Vincom - I just thought of it as the electronics floor. I strolled into the BC appliances store and found said iron. They had exactly three kinds, but they seemed of better quality than the Xialingxuoguanggiangli brand at Intimex. It was over 1k - so not a bargain -- but it did come with various attachments. The other two were the curling brush-type of iron.
The employee who helped me was more than nice, although for some reason I could not pay in the store and had to go to their laptop store to make the purchase. Still, the employee was genuinely helpful and very pleasant.
I would also add that I took a more careful look around the appliance store this time, noting that they do carry a lot more than just air cons, washers, and fridges. Of particular note is that they carry electric toothbrushes, electric razors for men and women and even heated eyelash curlers - the latter was a new one on me.
Some of you who enjoyed the "battery-operated devices" thread a while back may be pleased to know that there is a wide assortment of personal massagers of various styles and - um - sizes. Some are obviously meant for the feet or back, but others could be utilized in multiple ways by creative minds.
Please note that I left only with the curling iron. This time.
Once, while purchasing a vacuum cleaner, a member of staff noticed my shopping bag was leaking, grabbed it out of my hand and thoughtfully re-bagged it, leaving me to believe Best Carings is not only an improbable name but a whole life philosophy being embraced by this store.
The range of quality white goods and electrical appliances is amazing. They have five different appliances for turning soy beans into soy milk. Awesome. This makes me want to immediately quit my job and become a soy milkmaid.
You can also watch people testing out Vibra-Belts and other amusing vibrating appliances, which ranks as Probably More Entertaining than most things you can see at MegaStar.
Went in today to buy a vacuum cleaner. There was no-one in that section apart from a security guard sitting at a table, so I wandered to the nearest group of staff and asked about buying a vacuum. I was waved over to a different section where I asked again. After a small game of charades the lady I was speaking to waved me away towards the vacuums.
Thinking that meant someone would be over I sat with the security guard for 5 minutes. Nichts, nout, nufink, nada. Decided to shout "em oi" loudly at this point, whereby the security guard fetched a lady from afar.
"Hooray!" I thought. "Oh well it is Vietnam. Even though there are literally tens of staff doing nothing at the moment, I'm not in a hurry". So I said hello, took her to the vacuums and said "I'll take that one". "No can do" she said, "we only have that display model." "Ok then, that Sanyo there." "Same" she said. "In fact we only have these six vacuums on display, none in stock."
Final straw: "can I buy a display model?" "No. we have no power cables for them."
I left quickly to buy some shoes only to find the ones I fancied would cost me twice the price of the vacuum. No shoes either.
I was searching for some speakers for my laptop and iPod. After looking in on many of the little shops south of Hoan Kiem Lake I remembered having wandered into Best Carings while exploring Vincom Towers. They have a good selection of electronics, including many sets and brands of PC speakers, within a broad price range. I found a set of Logitech speakers (which I hadn't seen in any of the other shops) for a reasonable price. The service and overall shopping experience were good. I'd certainly go back here if I were looking for any other electronic goodies.
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