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Little India in Klang, Malaysia May 6, 2009

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This is the famous Indian Street in Klang where you can find the best deal in all Indian clothes and accessories.

I remember the time when we went to this place last year to buy a Punjabi Suit and I got dizzy with so many of colors, cloth and style to choose from. I finally settled for a pink and beige Punjabi suit which is really cute.

Indian suits can be very expensive but all the prices go down especially during the Deepavali season where most of the items go on sale.

But when is the best and the worst time to do your shopping here? During Deepavali season, the best time because their sale is just amazing but worst  time also because it will be the most crowded time of the year.

 

Rummage or Garage Sale April 27, 2009

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You need extra income for a future travel plan or to pay off some of your bills? Then why don’t you search your closets, cupboards, shelves… the whole house and look for things that you can do without and sell them in your garage?

Yes, having a garage sale doesn’t just earns you extra income but it helps you clear your house from clutter, unnecessary things ( therefore, allow you to have more space) and helps other people too.

I remember I did a garage sale as a fund raising project.¬† I cleaned up our shoe racks, wardrobe closet, shelves and etc from the things that we don’t need and also asked some items from our church members. The response has been overwhelming.

So, I spent many sleepless nights cleaning the shoes, washing the clothes while my father helped me put up the display racks and shelves. It was like having a mini boutique at the venue of the sale. We sold the items at a very cheap price ( some shirts for only 1 peso a piece!) and our customers were so happy. And at the end of the Sale, we raised up quite a huge sum of money. Unbelievable!

 

Things to Buy in Hatyai April 15, 2009

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Most of the Malaysian and Singaporeans who visit Hatyai primarily come for one reason: Shopping! Items from Thailand are generally cheaper from those of Malaysia and Singapore. So, if you happen to visit Hatyai, here are the cheaper things that you can buy. BUt please remember that you need to bargain to get the best price. You can see some bargaining tips here:

1) Preserved fruits and nuts. They sell these nuts and preserved fruits by kilo and it’s quite cheap. Just make sure you buy them at Kim Yong Market and not at the stalls at the side walk near Lee Gardens Plaza since the price doubles or even triples when it reaches that place.

2) Fruits . If it’s tamarind season, you better try their amazingly sweet tamarinds. Durian, Mangosteen, Mangos and Rambutans are also so tasty and incredibly cheap during the season. But then again, you can’t bring fruits across the border as Malaysian custom has a rule on this. So, you just better eat all the fruits you can while in Hatyai.

3) Clothes, Shoes, bags. You can find all these at Asian Trade Market, Plaza or Kim Yong. But if you’re into signature brands, then the only place for you to go is Central Department stores, but they do have regular sale on their products.

4) Accessories and what- nots.

5) Thai souvenir items. from letter holders, purse, shirt to keychains. The best place to buy all these is near Lee Gardens. And don’t forget to bargain..

 

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.

 

Places to buy 2nd Hand Goods – Cagayan de Oro January 6, 2009

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Ukay ukay is literally everywhere in the city. And once you go into the shops, you’ll get dizzy with so much of clothes, bags, jeans and shoes to choose from. So, let me start enumerating the places to buy these goods in the city.

1) Agora Market – The place is just huge and you wouldn’t know where to start. Prices range from 5pesos to 200 Pesos, you just take you pick. If you’re quite tired to do the ‘digging’, there are also good clothes displayed on hangers. They are open from 7am-6pm

2) Cogon Market (1) – The ukay ukay place here used to be only on the sidewalks and would be difficult to shop when it rains, but now they are all in a big covered area with good lighting but I’m not so sure with ventilation.

3) Night Cafe – Open only on Fri- Sunday Nights. One of the places where the Middle income people usually shop. The goods they have here are already displayed on hangers and some are already washed and ironed. For are for those who are tired to ‘hunt’ and ‘dig’ in the markets and opts to pay a higher price.

 

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.