Ukay-Ukay Top Tips – Things you should remember when Thrift shopping

” I’m gonna pop some tags, only got twenty dollars in my pocket.” 

I know it’s not a popular opinion but I totally adore going to ukay-ukays (Thrift Shops) and rummaging for clothes that are not only fashionable but are also very cheap and affordable. I’ve heard so many negative things about this hobby of mine from other people but I never seem to quit it. Even though they’re pre-loved, I still find it so fun to do and I think at least once a month, I find myself going to my favorite branch. 


Some of you would eek with shock or disgust with the thought of thrifting, I mean come on, you’re buying a piece already owned and used by someone else. That must be dirty, you might think but hey, Fashion doesn’t need to be brand new. Fashion knows no brand.

For you fashion savvy, thrift loving people, I made these Top Things you should remember when you go to an Ukay-Ukay store. (Especially in the Philippines)

If you’re reading this, whether or not you’re a fan of ukay-ukay, I hope you  appreciate these tips. 

Before Going


– You got to make sure that the thrift store you’re going to is safe and located at a place really familiar to you. There are hundreds of Ukay-Ukays in Metro Manila. There must be more than twenty (20) Thrift stores fully operating in Cubao, Quezon City only. We should be careful of our belongings and money. You don’t know what might be lurking around those areas. Try reading about the ukay-ukay branch first and bringing a friend or two would be really helpful.

– Dress appropriately and accordingly! Its crazy hot in most stores. There is Air Conditioning in a few stores, but these don’t really work that well. If possible, look as basic and avoid wearing anything that might indicate wealth. Store clerks are vultures. They have the ability to change prices according to how much they think you can pay for it. Watch out! I used to visit ukay-ukays wearing boots and a coat and got charged really high (like 150) for clothes that were hanging at 50php and below. Total shocker!

– Make a budget. Allocate money thats meant for clothes and hide the rest. Most people get too overwhelmed by the price of the clothes they could buy that they spend more than what they planned. Dont be an over spender, (me) dont buy too much.


When you’re there

– Get ready for battle. If the branch isn’t packed with people, it’s fine to take your time in choosing and “rummaging” clothes. Explore the place and decide whether you wanna check out the bags section or look more at the coats and jacket areas. If the place is crowded, make sure you hold on to your finds so that they won’t get nabbed by other Thrift shoppers.

– Make sure you’re always checking your belongings. Keep your phone, wallet and other important items safe and tucked in your bag and if possible, avoid taking them out as not to attract any attention.

– Never leave your things at the baggage counter if it’s not being manned by a guard. 

– Prioritize the items on sale. Look for tags ranging from 20php – 60php first. Look for anything thats would suit your style or would look great on you. If there are none, move on to the next areas. 

– Dont worry about the smell. You’re sanitizing and washing that later on.

– Check every part of the clothing. Make sure that there aren’t any damage on the piece. Even the smallest hole or stain should be noticed. You’re buying pre-loved clothes not clothes that are supposed to be thrown away.

– Search every nook and cranny. You’ll find the most amazing pieces buried deep within the pile. For most thrift shops, clothes are hanged. You should check every piece if you wanna really feel the ukay-ukay vibe.

– Be sure to check the sizes of your chosen pieces. It may look really good but it would be a waste if it doesn’t fit you. 

– Lastly, Never try them on. These clothing have never been washed. They’ve been touched by other people and has reached who knows how dirty, places. Wear them only after sanitizing and washing the clothes.


When paying

– Haggle! Haggle! Haggle! If your total bill is 235php, ask if it could be 200. If the clerk doesn’t agree, ask if it could be priced for 210php. Meet halfway with the clerk. Haggling is a really great skill. It may not be as effective when you start doing it but after a few practice, you’ll surely get the hang of it.

– Smile and be courteous. Remember that they have the authority to lower and increase prices. 

– Make friends with the branch crew. If you’re going to be a frequent customer of that branch, it’s gonna be advantageous if you make friends with the crew. You can ask them to keep pieces for you that you still wont buy. You can ask them to look out for clothing that you might be interested in buying. And ultimately may be able to give you special discounts or bundle promos. Be friendly!

– Ask for an environmental friendly yet easy to use container to put your bought clothes at. Make sure you get them all home with you.


After Thrifting


Time to sanitize

– Remember : Do not mix your newly bought ukay-ukay finds with your dirty laundry.

– What I do is that I make sure to soak my finds with boiling/heated water. 

– Boil/heat a large enough amount of water and soak your finds.

– Then proceed with the proper way of washing your clothes.

– You can opt to boil/heat them two times to really clean them

– Dry and Iron


Now you’re ready to wear them.

Wasn’t that easy? Now Ukay-ukay doesn’t look that foreign and hard for you. After reading these tips I hope your love for ukay ukay would rekindle. 

Always remember – Style does not and will never depend on the price, branded or how brand new your clothes are. It’s all about identity and diversity. 

Now looking your best is as easy as a-b-c.

What did you think about these tips? Do you like Ukay-ukay? Did you think this post was helpful? Share it with me! Comments/rants/questions are welcomed below at the comments section. 
Let’s talk? Much love! – Chardy


Burbles and Murmurs – What we think when our minds wander

(Disclaimer – This post is of wild thoughts and of senseless ramblings. Don’t waste your time reading this. But if you do, I would love you forever.)

Whenever I feel a little lonely, I look up to the skies and think about all these silly things that would obviously never happen for me. I would think about money bearing plants and if ever the trees surrounding me could reach the moon and take me there. I would think about aliens and how weird it is that they still haven’t made contact with us (if ever they really exist) or if they did and why no one is talking about it. I think about the woman walking in front of me who was rushing and who seemed to be feeling bad about something because of the frown she was wearing. What was she thinking about? Why was she rushing? Is she in trouble? Should I ask her? I don’t think I’ll ever know. Maybe, I didn’t really care or maybe I did.


I walk more and I see all these people big and small, male and female, who have their own separate lives, not caring about anyone who isn’t a priority. Not caring about the people who was passing them by, not caring about the different vehicles honking by the side, not caring about me. 

Me, who was with them at that same area, breathing the same air, smelling the same scent of the wind. Me, who was busy thinking about what other people were thinking about. Do you think that I was creepy? Just standing there staring at them? Looking at people and thinking about what they’re thinking about? 

I stop and sit on a nearby bench and I open my phone’s camera and take pictures of what I was seeing. I see people lining up for ice cream at a dirty Ice cream cart, I see people waiting for cabs. I see kids running around holding their toys and their parents pursuing them, making sure they don’t get into trouble. I wish there would always be someone taking care of us, someone to make sure we don’t get in trouble, that we don’t get hurt, but life doesn’t work that way. We grow up and part of growing up means being able to handle ourselves — Being able to survive on our own. I wonder who *the hell* ever made up a rule like that. Do we grow up so that we could take care of ourselves or do we take care of ourselves to grow up? Is it selfish to wish for someone to take care of us? To protect us? 

I laugh because it’s funny how people are always thinking about themselves and what they need. I laugh more because I remembered I was one of them — who doesn’t want the best for themselves right? Who doesn’t prioritize their own needs? I look back again at those kids playing around. They’re fighting now, I guess because of one of the kids didnt wanna share his toy. How sad. Fighting over a toy. When countries and leaders fight over power, riches and lands. I wonder, how significant am i? How irrelevant are my problems? How much do I matter for someone living in spain? I dont.  

And then I get a text from a friend about something that was interesting and everything that I was busy thinking about the past few minutes vanished like the sun on a sunset. Never to be known by others, never to matter.

What about you? What do you do when you feel a little blue? Are you just like me? I really hope so.

Let’s converse. Hit me with your comments/questions/rants down at the comments section. I’ll be waiting! 🙂

Photo Walk: The Beautiful city of Sorsogon

You can never really know the beauty of a place until you have been there and had seen it for yourself. Pictures and videos are not enough to capture how amazing the location is — it must be experienced, it must be felt. This is what I had proven last Friday, September 16, 2016, when me and 22 other students from the College of Development Communication, UPLB had traveled to the city of Sorsogon, Bicol for an academic requirement and also for us to be exposed to the things happening in the “outside world” of our University, and for our Participatory Journalism class.

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Getting there:

We started our journey to Sorsogon city by first riding a rented Jeepney from the UPLB Campus to the DLTB Station at the Turbina Terminal. We arrived there at 6PM and left immediately as traffic was already worsening and the travel duration was 10-12 hours. The DLTB bus was comfortable, aside from the horrific and bloody movies being shown on the TV screen, the travel was a breeze. No hassle, no problems! #ThanksDLTB.

We had a total of 3 Bus stops: One at Tagbilao Quezon, the next at Camsur and the last, at Naga City Bus Terminal. At 4 AM we arrived at Sorsogon City and headed immediately to Novotel (Thanks Novotel!) to rest.

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The Purpose of our Visit

Our trip, because of the amount of work and requirement that we had to do, had very few chances to visit tourist attractions. The areas that we covered are mainly located at the Sorsogon City proper and sadly, we did not have the chance to visit the famous tourist destinations here like: The Donsol Whale sharks attractions, Bulusan Mountains and Volcano, Barcelona Historical Churches and the Irosin Hot springs.

But nonetheless, me being an avid fan of beautiful locations and amazing food, still had the opportunity to take snapshots of the amazing city of Sorsogon and all the fun things you can see here. Below are the photos that I took while touring the city of Pili Nuts.

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The locals, enjoying the windy breeze at the Capitol park.
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A wider view of the park.
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The Majestic Government of Sorsogon City Building.
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The Sorsogon City Hall. Beautiful right?
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Jose Rizal’s Statue. Erected at the center of the Capitol park.
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Sorsogon City’s Welcome Ark.

Quick Trip # 1 – Rompeolas, Sorsogon City

Just a few meters of walking or less than 5 minutes tricycle ride from the city is the popular family destination in Sorsogon, the Rompeolas. Buzzing with families, children playing and lovers holding hands, the Rompeolas is a place where people, young and old alike visit to refresh and relax. Families take their time strolling the long street filled with food stores, restaurants, grills and karaoke spots. Visitors can also see the view of the sea, the nearby islands and ofcourse, the enormous MT. Bulusan (The volcano that erupted while we were at the place). If you’re into eating street food and Pancit while enjoying the sea breeze, then the Rompeolas should be on your bucket list.

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Friends riding a motorbike around the Rompeolas. (Tried taking silhouettes)
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The large Pili Nut statue that is at the center of the place.
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Small boats nearby.
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The scenery.
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This is where visitors hang out. There are more around the place.
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The View of the Mountain.

Quick Trip #2 – Paguriran Island, Bacon, Sorsogon City

As a reward for completing all the class tasks for the day, our adviser, rewarded us with an unforgettable visit to the beach. The place was beautiful. No words can truly capture and describe the island of Paguriran. The resort had no entrance fee, this means that everyone can enter and swim at the place. However, the cabins and cottages have to be rented. Ours was 200php for the whole stay. There were a few shops nearby and a canteen was located at the entrance, this is where our team had rice cooked.

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The beach was the best part of our whole trip. The sands were white and clean, the water was  clear and cold. Not one of my classmates were able to resist swimming at the beach.

Also, Take note that the time you visit the island is really crucial as the high tide and low tide drastically changes the views of island. We arrived at the time when high tide was hapening, so we weren’t able to see much of the rocky island exterior and the much talked about land bridge that you can walk at to get to the island when there is a low tide. The place is crawling with Instagram-worthy shots and locations so you better charge your gadgets first before you visit.

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My classmates, crossing  the beach to the Island of Paguriran.
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The serene atmosphere of the beach.

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The huts that surrounds the beach and the visitors.

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Blurred image that focuses on the lining of the clouds.

To end

Over-all, the trip to Sorsogon city was filled with educational and recreational activities that marked me and changed my perspective so much. The place not only has remarkable destinations for tourists, their food is also worth every penny (To be blogged about soon).

I am definitely going back here as there are still many places in Sorsogon that are raving in reviews from tourists that I have to see for myself. What about you? Do you know any tourist destination is Sorsogon that you would like to share with us? Or do you have any inquiries about my experience/adventure?

Hit me up with your kwento/comment/questions below! <3

Thanks for dropping by!

5 Things I Learned from my Strong Mother

To all the mother’s boys, mommy’s princesses and everyone who has a love/hate relationship with your mommas, this post is for you. No, it’s not yet Mother’s day but hey, do you have to wait for that once in a year event to show how much you love your mom?
Right. Read on. ❤️

Whenever I find myself at the center of attention, may it be because of an award or an acknowledgement for something good I did, I often think about attributing the recognition to my mother. You know how, like whenever I get awarded medals, I would in an imaginary way think of the situation as me awarding the medal to my mother. (Is it just me or is that really a thing?) Most of you may agree with me when I say that, “wherever I am, whatever my title is or whatever recognition I get awarded with, it will always still lead back to my mother and what she had taught me. No matter how talented, how powerful and how famous you are, the one person to thank, for being able to get there is your mother. None other than her. (You can replace mother with father, grandfather, grand mother, uncle or aunt if this doesn’t suit your experience.)
I know there are times (I’m sorry but this is real mom) when they’re annoying, sometimes controlling and most of the time judgmental of your choices, your friends and that Friday night out outfit you’re so eager to wear and look miserable in, but aren’t they just looking out for us? Trying to prevent us from making the same mistakes they did or have heard from other amigas? There may be times when they really wouldn’t make any sense but trust me when I tell you that, sooner or later you’re going to realize how correct your mother is and how stupid it is that you even got angry at her for giving you advice.
If you’re like me, who’s blessed to have such an amazing mother, here are the top 5 things I learned from a strong and independent mother.
1. “Nothing is wrong with over preparing. A bigger bag full of things you can use is better than a stylish one that doesn’t have any use.”
I would always find myself arguing with my mom about bringing an extra shirt, any kind of extra clothing, or umbrellas whenever I think I don’t need it and end up being regretful that I didn’t heed my mother’s advice. Call it a lucky guess or psychic powers but when I didn’t bring an umbrella to school just like what my mother advised, I ended up walking a thousand miles, soaking wet, going home. After that, even the extra underwear, I’m definitely sure would not be needed, has a space in any bag I bring.

2. Gratitude and appreciation goes a long way. Longer than the time it takes to pass through EDSA on a rush hour. Cultivate gratitude.

Mother always take the time to show appreciation to all the people who had helped us in anyway. May it be hired service or just genuine kindness, my mother had taught us to repay or appreciate those people in any way possible. This exchange in support and kindness creates a cycle of love that extends throughout time. Whenever in trouble, we could always find a friend or a past client to provide assistance to us. No hassle.

3. You may have all the friends and fans there is in the world but no one can be as honest and blunt to you than your mother can.

Yup. I have experienced those times when I feel like the prettiest, sexiest, the most attractive person in the world. Sporting my ripped jeans, floral polos and extremely heavy boots, I would hear my friends tell me how fashionable and cool I look. You would think that your mother would definitely approve of this. But no, definitely No. Not my mother. You may hate her for not supporting “who you are” and what your style is, (I know because I had and sometimes even now, we still fight about it) but maybe, just maybe take a look in the mirror and gauge closely if this is how you want to be seen. 50% yes you look fierce but is the other 50% catering to appropriateness and decency? Also, are you going to the church??? Because your family and friends may approve of that sexy chic look but everyone else may not be as understanding.

Anyway, point is, your mother would know what’s best for you. Maybe you can understand a little more if she gets angry at that metallic bra you’re wearing because it makes you look 1964 try-hard scifi film. Hey, Not everyone can understand art, at least you can right? Kudos to mom for telling you an honest, not jealous comment. She’s looking out for you.

4. No, does not mean “I’m not letting you because I’m not fun/I’m boring/I have no friends or I want you to be miserable.” No, is not some power trip. It’s worry and care.

There will be times when we get invited by friends to travel to far away places, hang out at like 3 in the morning with the coolest kids in the block or party all night and “yolo” the semester away. If you’re like me, who still values permission and yes, still ask for weekly allowances then you surely have experienced a devastating “No, you’re not allowed”. I don’t have anyway to make this look good or cool to you because hey, I hate it when my parent’s don’t allow me to join in on the fun but there really is a reason why. If you find it in your heart to actually listen to your mom/parents then you’d know they’re just worried about what may happen and the scary recent events that had happened to the place you’re planning on going to OR the amigas of manila have chika’d to your mom about the bad insects living in that place. Summary is, she’s not letting you go and there’s a lot of reasons for that. Not because she’s cruel or doesn’t have any friends. Chill!

5. “Papunta ka palang, pabalik na ako ng sampung beses” – Where Ever you’re going, I’ve been there and back ten times more. 
I’m not sure if that’s the right translation but what I’m trying to say is that, our mother’s have definitely been through a lot. This may be because of her age or because of all the different work she had to do. She has experienced so much and trust me when I tell you that she’s credible when she’s giving you advice about all the different things in your life. You may heed or advice or not. I know, I’ve been through times when I don’t listen to her and I follow my own decisions. It’s wonderful, knowing you can do whatever you want and follow your own choices but there were times when I wished I followed her and what she had to say instead. Maybe things would have been better for me. Our mothers may not always be right, but they’re surely looking out for us, for you. If ever you find yourself wanting to disobey your mom or just ignore her warnings., think twice. Why would she even give effort to scold you? Is it for her or is it for you?
Who you are right now, what you’ve been doing or thinking, half of it or more may be because of who was there when you were growing up. Lucky for me, I have been with my mother for the 20 years that I’ve been alive. Call me a Mother’s boy and I would definitely wear the title with Honor. I’m thankful for my mom and everything I’ve learned, accomplished and experienced, I thank my mom for all of it. For who I am.

What about you? What are the things that you’re thankful to your mom for? How much has she influenced who you are? Share it to us down at the comments section. Share this with your Mom and friends!
Thanks for dropping by! ❤️