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Postponed/Cancelled Trip July 3, 2009

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Family_In_CarWe’ve planned to go to Hatyai this weekend but we had to postpone it indefinetly since my son already had his Vaccination here in Malaysia. You see, one of the reasons we were supposed to go there was for his vaccination and the other was for our road tax renewal which is only expiring on the 21st.

We were already so excited to go there , meet our friends, eat some delicious Thai food and shop a bit. Yes, shop.. because there are just some things that we find cheaper there than here in Malaysia. Like beauty stuff, for example a nail polish there would only cost 10 Baht ( 1 RM) as opposed to the 8-12 RM nail polish here. Of course, those are branded nail polish which explains the price but then, I won’t care much if I’m using a branded one , as long as my nails have pretty colors. A tube of Mud Mask cost from 50-80 Baht (5-8RM) as opposed to a 5RM one application mask here. And all the other things.

So, as for now, we’ll have to delay those planned purchases first.. ” beautification” can wait…. šŸ™‚


10 Ringgit Shoes June 26, 2009

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Have you ever bought a 10 Ringgit shoes? I just did and I’m so happy and satisfied with what I bought. It’s actually just the high heeled shoes that I’ve been looking for to match with my Punjabi suits and Sarees. I could remember that my Hubby took me to the shopping mall last month and asked me to buy a pair. So, I ‘obediently’ searched for my perfect shoes but the ones I like cost more than 40RM. And there were ordinary shoes that were sold from 20-30RM. Even if they’re cheaper but I don’t feel satisfied with it. So, I just told my Hubby that I’ll just have to wait till I get the perfect pair rather than just buying and not feeling contented with what I bought.

And I’m sure happy that I does pay to wait becauseĀ  I bought this 10 ringgit shoes from The Store . Actually, it had a 70% off price tag which explains the cheap price but good quality of the product. So, now I have a nice pair of shoes to match my punjabi suits and formal wear.


The Cheap Bike June 20, 2009

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red bike

We never thought of buying our 5 year old girl a bike while we’re in Malaysia. Whenever she would ask us about it, our usual reply would be ” Wait till we go back the Hatyai and we’ll try to buy you one there.” We can’t really make a promise to buy her a bike immediately since bicycles, even the children’s bicycle are so expensive these days. But as very kind and good parents :), we would also want her to have one because that’s really every child’s dream.

Then, a few weeks after arriving here in Malaysia we saw that there’s an old bike at the back of the house. It’s actually her cousin’s one. But we decided to have it fixed so that our li’l girl and her cousin could share and take turns on riding the bike ( and hoping at the same time that this arrangement would work and would not cause fights).

So, happily my hubby, my li’l girl and cousin went to the bike shop to have the bike fixed. They were both so excited! Then, my Hubby saw a red 2nd hand bike that has been displayed in the shop. Even my Li’lgirl noticed it and exclaimed, “That’s a nice, bike!” So, my HUbby tried to ask the price of the bike and found it to be only 20RM!! So, immediately he bought the bike and brought it home with our happy li’l girl!


Ukay- Ukay Club March 3, 2009

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My Hubby had his first Ukay ukay experience ( buying second hand clothes) this afternoon. My cousin brought him to Cogon area to buy side mirrors for the motorbike and while they were there, they stopped by some ukay ukay shops. By the way, for those who doesn’t know, Ukay ukay is the term used here in the Philippines to refer to second hand goods from dresses, shirts, slacks to tuxedo.

Back to my Hubby, he wanted to buy a jacket. He saw so many different types of clothes and there were so many ukay ukay shops in that area. But he finally got to buy a nice, black jacket for only 100 pesos. He came home very happy and satisfied with the great buy. And guess what, he wanted to go back and buy more ukay ukay.. So, I guess we should welcome him to the club!!


Hello Taiwanese February 25, 2009

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clothes-stall-24“Where did you buy your blouse?” I asked my sis one time. “Oh, I bought this from the Taiwanese,” she said. I never thought that the Taiwanese will reach our city here in the Philippines, but they are here and doing great business with the people. Yes, they are real taiwanese and selling all cheap clothings, shoes and bags. Most of these items are imitations of the signature brands but one can be fooled with it at first glance.

Their shops are located in the Cogon area and they sell all kinds of goods and plastic and even electrical wares. So, you looking for trendy clothes and skinny jeans? The Taiwanese Area is the best place to be for clothes and jeans as cheap as 100-200 pesos.


2nd Hand Clothes January 4, 2009

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Ukay-ukay is the term Filipinos use for Second Hand items. The word Ukay literally means, “Dig” which aptly describes the action that people do when choosing Second hand clothes. Why “dig”? Because most of the time, 2nd hand clothes are not displayed on hangers but hundreds of clothes will just be spread out on display tables.

So, shopping for Ukay-ukay clothes is actually like doing a treasure hunt. The buyer is on the hunt, digging and searching for the best item at a very cheap price. And when you find the best item, you’ll really have to beam with pride as you found that single item amidst the hundreds of other clothes piled up.

Ukay ukay clothes are everywhere in the Philippines, Thailand but rarely in Malaysia. In Thailand, second hand items are called, Muu Song, which literally means Second and Hand.

Buying of second Hand items was unheard of before. People used to be ashamed of buying Ukay ukay because it would mean that they are poor and couldn’t afford to buy new ones. But now, it’s quite a norm to buy them as the middle class or even the rich are in search for signature brands in the ukay ukay shops. Imagine, buying signature jeans that cost thousands of pesos for only 200 pesos!

In my next post, I will give some details on where to buy good Ukay ukay in Cagayan de Oro City.