15 Kuripot Things to do in Bangkok

Last year, the budget airline Cebu Pacific Air messed up (long story) my booking on my trip to South Korea. To make up for the stress and sleepless nights, they offered a free short-haul trip to any destination of my choice, valid for 1 year. I had no plans of traveling to Bangkok this year but nobody wants to waste a free ticket!

I have always wanted to see the temples in Thailand so might as well book it for the summer. I called the airline and confirmed a 5-day trip to Thailand in between my annual vacation in the Philippines. The fare is free but I had to shoulder terminal fee and taxes, which was Php1,620.
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My Ukay-Ukay Haul

I was in Ilocos Norte in time for Father’s Day and the family had a simple get-together over a DIY shabu-shabu for lunch. It fell on a Sunday so, naturally, we were slacking after the meal. The 3 ladies in the family planned to go Ukay-Ukay shopping because, why not?

The kuripot in me just had to give in; after all, clothes shopping in Dubai don’t come cheap. Also, I kind of missed the thrill of rummaging through racks of clothes in random colours and styles.

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

But before going crazy, I asked myself these questions:
1. What type of work clothes do I need?
2. How many Thursday (aka dress down clothes) do I need?
3. How much money am I willing to spend?

I mentioned in my previous blog that I only have 2 pairs of work pants. They came in generic colours black and blue. I thought if I can fit into (after the lechon feast we had in Cebu a few days back) something cheap, I will definitely buy work pants… again in black and/or blue.

I also wanted to have new work tops that can also be worn as casual tops. A button down shirt would suffice, I thought. Or maybe something white that I can use with pants or skirt.

For Thursday clothes, I wanted something that I can use during the summer. A light dress or tunic that can be worn with flats would be good, or maybe jeans as I have not worn jeans for years because it is difficult to find a pair that fits!

I decided to have a budget of Php 2,000 max for shopping. Nothing more than that!

I kept in mind only the things I was willing to spend on, as I knew it would be difficult to make wise decisions when I am faced a hundred different choices!

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So there we were in Jekol’s Ukay-Ukay, in a sea of used clothes in a small room with no proper ventilation, no fitting room, and with only one mirror located at the far end. I felt excited.

The humidity and mess add to the charm.

Shopping here takes a lot of patience!

Dresses cost Php 280 each, while tops cost Php 200. Work pants Php 280, while jeans were a whopping (as per Ukay-Ukay standards) Php 380, except for Levi’s which were for Php 500!

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Shorts and skirts were between 200-280, depending on material and length. There were so many choices!

If you’re not willing to spend hours, you will lose the chance to get good quality – almost brand new – items. You have to examine the material & make, and imagine yourself wearing it as you may need to find something to pair it with. This is the reason I go for generic colours – I am too lazy to mix & match!

The place was packed as, apparently, they displayed new stocks today. My lucky day, I guess.

I tried on the clothes on top of my clothes to see if they fit well. Also, I made sure the buttons are complete, and checked for holes & stains.

Some clothes looked really pretty & stylish but looked old & worn out. I spotted a number of branded clothes too but they did not fit me well, so I skipped.

I got myself Zara & G2000 work pants, 2 casual/work tops, 2 jeggings (one is Uniqlo) and 1 H&M tunic. I paid 1,900 for all 7 pieces.

My patience were put to good use today and i’m so proud of myself! Quality versus quantity, always.

Fancy thrift shopping too? Any recommendation where I can go next? Tell me about your favourite Ukay-Ukay find!

Valentine Tips from a Cheesy Kuripot

I am a SUCKER for Valentine’s Day!

It makes me smile whenever I see couples being romantic. Everything just seems better and happier on this day of the year. By now you must have booked a romantic dinner date or ordered flowers or chocolates to be delivered to her office. If not, what are you waiting for?

No budget for a date night? No problem. As I am kuripot, I believe there are ways to celebrate this special day without spending a fortune. Well, maybe this is just me, but I would rather have time (and a lot of attention) on this day rather than presents (unless it is something I really, really like).

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VAT is this?!

In the first quarter of 2017, talks about VAT being introduced in the UAE, and other parts of the GCC caused quite a stir among the residents- expats and locals alike- and for good reason. The GCC has been tax free for a very long time, making it one of the most competitive regions in the world to do business. Personal Income tax is also inexistent in this part of the world making it one of the most attractive places for expat workers since they get to have a higher take-home pay at the end of each month.

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20 Ways to Enjoy Seoul on a Budget

Traveling need not be expensive. It just takes a lot of research, patience and self-control.

Wherever I go I want to explore local markets & food stalls that serve authentic local cuisine. I especially like to eat where the locals eat.

I like walking. I like watching people. It takes very little to please me, but I appreciate a good meal, architecture and history.

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Debt- The Good and The Bad

Debts- who doesn’t have any? Is it wrong for a person to have debts? Does it make you a bad person if you have a lot of debts? Well, if you’re the type who likes to borrow money and not pay it back- then people probably don’t like you that much. I know I wouldn’t. So is it wrong for a person to have debts? It depends. It depends on why you’re in debt and what kind of debts you have.

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