About The Blogger

My name is Tammy Lim and I am an award winning blogger from Top 10 Malaysia Magazine and Cleo Malaysia Magazine. I have been blogging since 2008 and I am also the founder of a local Malaysian beauty & lifestyle community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia Award
  • Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia Award
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia

  • Malaysians Can Now Shop on TAOBAO!


    like shopping

    I spent a few days back at taobao.com deciding what to buy again. I think I'm addicted now to taobao! There is just so many awesome things I can buy, either to start a business, be a party planner, diy crafts or plan my wedding with it. Though I am skeptical buying certain things like a wedding gown (because I don't know if I can fit it? or the quality of the material) I still can't help admiring the beautiful wedding gowns on taobao. Here's some of my favorite that I picked out!

    P.S: These wedding gowns are cheap! few hundred rm only.

     "Vera Wang" inspired wedding gowns

    can get some idea just by browsing around

    can't resist Cath Kidston bags!

    are these authentic? I bought it at RM40 (new year promotion)
    click here if to see the deal page info

    I really wanted to buy these wedding ribbon wands
    (but I don't know how many I need atm)

    I really like the paper lanterns with flowers dangling
    RM1.50 - RM2.50 depending on size

    even bridal flowers can be bought on taobao!
    corsages from RM7, holding flowers from RM60

    I just solved another taobao mystery being non-Chinese reading I forgotten my Alipay Payment password and got myself locked out from entering anymore password. I waited for the sms retrieval code (forgotten password step) but it took forever to come so I decided to go for e-mail password retrieval instead. All I needed to do was snap a photograph of my passport details and upload it on the link given via email (when you opt for non-sms password retrieval). Then Alipay will verify it and send you an e-mail to reset your password. Phew finally got that sorted so I manage to pay for my order which consists of 606 items! Believe it haha.

    note: Alipay is like a prepaid service for Singaporeans/foreigners using taobao but for Malaysians don't have to worry about making payment anymore because taobao now has Malaysian banks on board during checkout! 

    the latest contest on taobao, can win iPhone 5c

    I check Maybank website, it's legit!

    I'm awaiting for the sellers (5 sellers in total) to ship my order to the forwarding agent's warehouse and then my forwarding agent will bill me for the shipping charges to Malaysia based on weight (roughly rm16-24 per kg depending on which agent you choose). Then will pay via Maybank hehe.

    The awesome thing about taobao.com now for Malaysians:
    • forwarding agents available directly during checkout under shipping address section, click add a international forwarding service. Picked one from 4 listed.
    • we can pay by credit card or local banking gateway like Maybank2u
    • use google chrome browser so it auto-translate the site to English (still not too bad) and have google translate website available just to translate any Chinese words you don't understand.

    taobao offers international shipping now to Malaysia / Singapore

    Taobao.com offers you a one-stop purchasing and forwarding service, allowing you to send your Taobao or Tianmao purchase to a forwarding agent's warehouse for consolidation before shipping overseas (e.g.: countries such as Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau/Singapore/Malaysia ) in a single shipment, saving you shipping fees in the process. At the same time, you can track your package at any time through "My Taobao" to ensure that the shipment arrives at your home safely!

    Update: I have bad experience with Taobao. Up till todate my order is not here entirely and I am trying to get it to be resolved by the parties involved. Readers, it will be up to your risk to shop here as I cannot advise you anymore. I will help answer questions but ultimately I hope you are prepared for the risks involved as I was not.

    Anyway for those wondering how to shop on taobao, follow my taobao Malaysia guide here

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    1. IKR!! taobao is now my first online shopping decision! :D


      1. haha do u read & type Chinese? then it's really easy for you already!

      2. How long does it take for delivery to Malaysia? Thank you.

      3. Hi,shopattao is a great taobao agent that can help you solve all of the problem buy from china,and the price will surprise you,it has the lowest fee and the best rate..what is more,it is safe,it is a good choice for you,if you want to buy cheap chinese stuff,have a look at Web:www.shopattao.com

    2. taobao, not tabao... check ur title.

    3. ouuh! thank u soo much for this post! i always envy my friends who can buy things from this website. one disadvantage for a "banana" like me. should have tried before this. :D

      1. ^_^ thanks Eunice! I'm also learning as I go so I can post up more tips n tricks as banana hahaha!

    4. Taobao <3 I had a friend helping me buy stuffs from there because my Chrome really can't translate them hahahaha >.<

      1. Syaza, don't know why certain chrome can't translate :( ada update Chrome version tak

    5. OMG TAMMY! Those bags are awesome. You just bought it for RM40 and I was excited to have one too, But then I opened the website, why all chinese T_T

      1. yeah T___T China tu.. that's why. The biggest wholesaler @ goods come from there. I wish i can read Chinese too but I'm learning as a banana (a term Chinese ppl call Chinese who don't know Chinese but English a.k.a yellow outside white inside).

    6. Hi, actually i still confusing with the international shipping..we have to pick one from 4 listed with shipping fee rmb35. however,I saw other people using Destination Express International DEX with shipping fee RM12 only..how come? ><

    7. hi, may i know how the shipping goes? can the thing deliver exact to my house?

    8. It is excellent work have done. i really like the handmade stuff, never forgot the handmade wedding gown. Read more ... http://www.annieloiseaubridal.com.my/

    9. To get a wedding planner is highly recommended. They will help you reduce stress and well plan your wedding make fun of its due to clear off unnecessary mistake.You will definitely fully enjoy the big day. I am sure she/he would always choose the great wedding vendor and get the great photographer to keep your sweet memory. If you like Destination Wedding
      And bring along with your Handmade wedding gown , Pre-Wedding Photography

    10. please republish your old post related to the shopping guide on taobao. please. it helps me a lot!

    11. I Banana love shopping on Taobao too but skeptical about handling delivery issues. I use 65daigou as agent. Though I'm probably paying a little more, I'm happy with how they handle issues/inquiry. Through them, I managed to ship back (without tax) noodle maker, sports camera, a few other electronics and plenty of household and clothes stuff

    12. i truly like the high quality stuff, always remembered the hand tailored wedding outfit. Read more. Rank Likes

    13. How many U.S. Dollars do you spend on cyber shopping each year? 1600 Dollars? Well, now you can save 500 U.S. Dollars or more if you buy on taobao. Sounds new. What on earth is taobao? For years, taobao is known as Asia version of ebay. Yandex.ru ranks as number 23 most visited website of all and taobao.com ranks as number 8.

      You could be filled with amazement that you have seen a great deal of sites before but taobao doesn't ring a bell. The reason is that it's not in English or Russian and 99% customers are Chinese. Don't worry about language problems as Taobao buying broker Rorbuy.com can help no matter you speak English, Vietnamese or Konkani etc. You could get more information on http://www.rorbuy.com .

      You might have been told that China is the factory for lots of products and most products from China are cheaper. Yes, they are right. Here are several examples.

      1. Price: $0.38 Title: Wall sticker cute frog cartoon kids room wall sticker decoration stickers TC988
      2. Price: $4.59 Title: LINE figurine Xiong Keni Brown cotton Hat winter warm rabbit plush cartoon performances cosplay props
      3. Price: $9.51 Taobao Product Title: 2015 spring season New Balance Korean tidal NB jogging sneakers running shoes children's shoes men's shoes women's shoes

      So who is running this taobao? The famous Alibaba group. The made in China products for sale in local shops are probably from wholesale dealers who purchased from China producers on alibaba.

      Taobao is ideal for what kind of people?

      *Anyone who wishes to save dollars on shopping.
      *The merchandize to buy is very expensive in nearby shops.
      *You are looking for distinctive pattern or layout.
      *You hope to take a look at what listed on taobao could delight you.

      Top categories of products that have being bought on taobao.com via agents?

      *Apparel & Accessories, Wedding & Events, Prom 2014
      *Jewelry, Bracelets & Bangles
      *Beauty & Health, Additional Categories, Bath & Shower
      *Baby & Maternity Products, Nappy Changing

      …and so on.

      Why select rorbuy as your taobao purchasing agent?

      1.Minimum service fee is just 5.6 USD.
      2.Payment methods: Paypal, Webmoney, credit cards, wire transfer, etc.
      3.Shipment: China Post Airmail, EMS, DHL, etc. (You can track.)
      4.How long does it arrive? 2-3 days from seller to Rorbuy. Then 10-35 days if it's China Post airmail.

      For more information about purchasing from taobao, please visit www.rorbuy.com .

    14. dear, just want to sharing, i been buy taobao item 3 times, but the order process quite bother me, lastly i met with askmebuy.com (http://askmebuy.com/zh/join/dfC) ,firstly i quite refuse to use them, cos i want save money for service charges, but my friend stronly recommend it, so i just try with started little small things, after submit order, they are processing my order within not longer than 7hour, the status just show waiting seller sent to their warehouse, [suprise!!] After reached warehouse, they provide us "checking item" and "repack service", but this is just options, if you just want some order need checking also can, not necessary all item in 1 shipment you must check all (impressive)...this 2 things i quite appreciated, even the service charges not higher than what i expected...hehe

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