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Mall Hopper July 6, 2009

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10 years ago, I had a job to do “Mall Hopping” and I just loved that job. My job was to simply supervise and implement the visual merchandising efforts of the famous Levi’s jeans brands ( thanks to my good friend who gave me that job šŸ˜‰ . So, that’s why everyday I had to visit different malls with a Levi’s outlet, check their displays, talk to the sales assistants on how to properly display the products ( all the do’s and don’ts) and once every 3 months or so, we have to change the window display. It was so easy and fun at the same time. Not to mention I get to travel to different cities in Mindanao and Visayas and do mall hopping!

I’ll never forget that job and I truly enjoyed every minute of it, especially the part where I have to travel alone ( in buses, planes, or ships! ), stay in hotels and see different places. It was such an adventure! I love seeing the malls too, seeing all the different shops and trying out their different fastfoods. Even ifĀ  ” Malling” has been my job, I never got bored of it. So, that’s why until now, I still love going to malls.. not to shop..but just see things around..


Places to Shop in Cagayan de Oro City May 8, 2009

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Cagayan de Oro City which is located at Northern Mindanao is a booming city. Development of the city is very visible as more business establishments are being built. As a result, this has become a shopping center for people from other cities like Iligan City, Marawi, Valecia, Malaybalay among other neighboring places.

So, here is a list of places to Shop in Cagayan De Oro City:

1) Lim Ket Kai MallLocated at Barangay Lapasan this mall has a lot of branded shops like Original Levi’s Store, Plains and Prints; food outlets like McDonald’s, Red Ribbon, Shakey’s Pizza and etc. This Mall is still undergoing expansion and there are still a lot of spaces unoccupied.

2) Robinson’s Department Store – With their building connected and adjacent with Lim Ket Kai Mall, it has easy access and convenient for shopping.

3) SM Cagayan de OroThis is the first shopping mall one sees after arriving the Cagayan de Oro Airport. Just like other SM Malls all over the Philippines, it has a variety of shopping options, food shops and movie houses.

4) Gaisano City Mall – Located at Claro M. Recto Ave. It has a department store that’s known to have items that has great, bargain prices. It also has smaller branches at Cogon and Carmen.

5) Ororama Supercenter– Located near the Cogon area. This used to be one of the earliest superstores in the City. Though a bit cramp and messy, this is still a common place to shop for most Cagay-anons because of its location.

6) Night Cafe– Every weekend ( Firday and Saturday) nights, food stalls and small shops are set up on the streets of Divisoria. This is a common destination of the youths, yuppies and families to get together, hear some great music, eat delicious seafood and barbecue and shop through some second hand items.

For those who are into second hand clothes, bags, shoes and other etc, great places to buy these items will be in Agora Market and Cogon Area. If you’re looking for DVDs and cheap China made Cellphones, Divisoria and Cogon Area are also the place. There are also cheap Taiwan made clothes, shoes and accessories in the Cogon area too.

Happy Shopping!!


Comparing Prices: Malaysia and Philippines April 6, 2009

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We are currently in Malaysia right now. We were in the Philippines for a few months late last year till early this year.

When I arrived in the Philippines, I couldn’t help but notice the increase of the prices of basic commodities. Actually, it’s either the price has increased or the volume, wieght or size of the commodity has decreased.

So, often times my family could hear me complaining of the price increase and comparing the prices from Thailand or Malaysia or the prices during my previous visits.

Then, we arrived in Malaysia. We did our first grocery shopping at EconMart which is a supermarket just at the back of the place where we were staying. Then, I got another shock again because I started to literally convert ( from Malaysia Ringgit to Philippine Peso) every stuff we bought. Then, I found out that the once ‘cheaper’ Malaysian products turned out not to be cheap anymore. There has also been a tremendous price increase in many commodities.Ā  Tsk..tsk..tsk.. So, wherever we go, prices have soared up high.I told my Hubby one day, ” You know what, it’s either there has been an increase on the prices of the commodities OR we have become poorer now. Heheh! Which is which??


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.


Cheap Party Stuff March 16, 2009

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S5000463If I have a choice, I would love to celebrateĀ  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?


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.


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!!