Forgive me for the lack of updates; the last couple of weeks of the semester have been hellishly unforgiving. But now I’m on sem break and I have a digicam, which means I can make more picture posts. :D
When my sister came home from Baguio with my parents, I felt a little bad when she showed off her ukay-ukay finds. Ukay shopping basically means shopping at secondhand/vintage stores, where shirts go as low as 60 pesos (approx $1 US dollar) and dresses cost about 100 pesos ($2 US dollars). Ukay-ukay is a Visayan term that literally means “to dig through” (I think). It used to be that secondhand clothes were kept in the boxes they came in and when you shopped for them, you had to dig through piles and piles of clothes to find something good. Sometimes, clothes are still kept in piles in ukay stores, but the nicer and more expensive items are placed in hangers. I have to admit that about half my clothes come from ukay but you can’t really tell which ones they are–they look just as good as mall-bought clothes, except you have to wash ukay clothes before you can wear them due to the dust they accumulate.
Anyway, I didn’t have to feel bad for long because today, I went ukay shopping at Cubao my friends Kristel, Tish, Kimmy. I had no idea that there were so many ukay stores in that area and sold stuff at prices lower than in Baguio! Five hours of shopping later, I ended up with:
4 (beautiful) dresses
1 tare panda stuffed toy
1 pair of tare panda boxer shorts
1 pair of skinny jeans (perfect fit)
1 pair of black moccassins
Total spent: 1 thousand pesos (approx. $25 US dollars)
I’d love to post pictures of my ukay finds, but I don’t want people to see me and go, “Hey, isn’t that the dress you bought for 70 pesos?” when I wear them out. :p Besides, they smell like mothballs and need to be washed. I’m very very very happy with my finds and the amount I paid for them. I must go back there again!
I couldn’t take pictures of the streets of Cubao and the ukay-ukay stores because my hands were full of plastic bags and I really didn’t want to whip my digital camera out and beg to be mugged. Instead, I shall post pictures of us when we took a break at this art gallery/cafe called The Chunky Far-Flung Gallery. The food was great (and cheap!) and they sold these really adorable (but expensive) vinyl toys from Japan. I’d love to tell you all where it is, except, er, I don’t know where it is. o_o It’s in one of those side streets in Cubao, near Gateway.
To see more of my awesome ukay finds from Manila and beyond, check out Ukay Manila, my new fashion blog.Google+