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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..


Women and Shoes April 4, 2009

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I actually don’t belong to this category: Women’s obsession with shoes ( and bags!).

As you may have already discovered, I’m a very basic person. As long as my shoes are still in a condition ( look Ma, no holes!) and I’m comfortable with it, I’m already a happy person.

I’ve alway’s been amazed and amused with women who’s like Imelda Marcos who has a pair of shoes for every outfit. For me, I just buy the basic colors, black or brown so they can go with every outfit. But I guess majority of the women loves to shop for shoes.

I’m not sure what’s the explanation behind women’s fascination for shoes but I guess it has something to do with pampering the lowest ( least?) part of the body which makes it extra special.


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.