Not a Shopaholic

My great finds on everything inexpensive, within the budget, great deals, for FREE!, contests, giveaways or stuff that are simply the BEST!

SM Cagayan de Oro 3day Sale! March 27, 2009

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There will be a mall-wide 3 day sale at SM Cagayan de Oro city from April 3-5 ( extended until April 6) from 10 am-10 pm. Avail of discounts up to 50 % off!

SM sales are quite popular here in the city since you can really get big discounts. It would be nice to get some children clothes which is usually expensive but I still have to see our budget and at the same time if our kids really need new clothes.


Wanna Join? March 25, 2009

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When I was younger, I was never so fond of joining all the contests or raffle draws and other promotions from different products. 1st, it was quite a hassle cutting all the packets, writing your name on the envelope and mailing them or dropping them in drop boxes. And what’s was the chances of winning then? It was like one in a million right?

But with as the technology advanced, it’s now much easier to join contests in the internet- just write a post about something or write a comment and then you’ll be randomly selected. Easy, right? So, that’s why I’m more keen to join contests in the internet now.

And indeed I won my first internet contest from a travel site! So, this coming August, I’m going to North Thailand as my winning prize for the said contes. So, after winning such contest, the more I’m motivated to join more and more contest. If God wills, I might win a couple more contest right? Exciting!


What Kind of Shopper are You? March 21, 2009

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You Are a Discount Shopper

You love to get things as cheaply as possible. You live for sales.

It’s partially because you like to save money, but it’s also because you like the thrill of finding a fabulous deal.

Of all the types, you tend to shop frequently but rarely by. You keep an eye on prices.

Brand names are not that important to you. You know how to have style without collecting designer tags.

I’ve just taken a quiz at blog things to find out or rather to confirm what kind of shopper I am. And YEs, that’s me.. the discount shopper. I guess that explains why this blog is entitled as ‘ Not a Shopaholic.’

Cheap Party Stuff March 16, 2009

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S5000463If I have a choice, I would love to celebrate¬† all my kids’ birthdays in my hometown in Cagayan de Oro City. Why? It’s because there’s a shop there that sells all the party stuff for a cheap price. The name of the shop is DD Toys along Velez st. in front of Ororama Center.

My boy celebrated his 1st birthday with a sponge Bob theme while my girl had her 5th birthday there with Dora the Explorer as her theme. They really enjoyed it, while I was also so happy that they were able to experience throwing a ‘theme party’ in which only the more privileged people can do such parties in Malaysia or Thailand. Why? Because all the party stuff are quite expensive here in Malaysia if not rare.

Maybe I should start a business here selling all the party stuff huh? What do you think?


How to Bargain in Thailand March 15, 2009

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I’m not very good in bargaining but my Hubby is. When you go to Thailand’s weekend or night markets, it’s a must for you to bargain. If not, then you’ll end up buying a product double than it’s original price. So, here are tips on how to bargain in Thailand.

1) Be polite. The Thais aregenerally very polite people so, please be polite with them too.

2) Please bargain only when you have the real intention to buy the product. Who won’t get annoyed if one customer tries to bargain and when he gets the ‘desired’ price end up not buying the item.

3) Start bargaining half the price. For example, if the shirt is sold at 200 pesos, start bargaining at 100 pesos.¬† And from there build on, until you get the price that’s affordable for you.

4) Smile! Don’t be so serious when bargaining. Smile, joke around, tell them you will invite the whole village to buy in their shop and etc. The Thai’s love foreigners who can be their ‘friend’.

5) If you feel, that the seller is almost convinced with your price. Give the money with the smile, try to convince a bit more or beg of you must. LOL! If he/she takes the money means, you win!! If not, ( even after so much of convincing, charm and persuasion) then, it means you’ve asked too low and the price he/she offered must be their last price.


Low Yat Plaza in Bukit Bintang March 14, 2009

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low_yat_plazaOur close family friend introduced us to this Computer and electronic shop in Bukit Bintang. If PC fair in Malaysia is still far ahead, then I guess this would be one of the good places to buy computers and all the techie stuff.

I remember buying a PC for our center in one of the shops here and the sales representative gave us a very good price. And oh, you have to have good bargaining skills to get a good price from this shop. So, our friend did the negotiation for us and got a big discount! And aside from that our friend also asked for freebies like thumbdrives, 50 pcs blank cds and a printer! I would say that was a very good buy!

So, if you’re good in bargaining or would want your computer and gadgets at a cheaper price, then better check out the Low Yat Plaza at Bukit Bintang.


Filipinos and Malls March 12, 2009

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I’m not so sure if it’s a cultural thing or what but as a Filipino and based from my family and friend’s preference, I would have to conclude that we all love to go to Malls.We don’t necessarily go there to shop but to window shop and hang out.

Several times, the first question my friends and relatives ask about our place in Hatyai is ” Are there malls there?”. And at one time, I was also so surprised when I talked to my father’s friend who was quite old and he said, that he didn’t like Phuket because there wasn’t many malls like we have in Cagayan. LOL! And so I thought only the younger ones love to go to the malls.

Anyways, I think I will have to make a serious survey on this to really see if the Filipinos in general love to go to the Malls.