Favorite Finds @ Uniwide Sucat

To everyone who panicked because I said last year that Uniwide was about to close its doors forever, I AM SORRY. I am happy to report that Uniwide is still operational. I don’t know whatever happened to that SEC order. I am just glad that all of us bargain hunters will still get to experience that joy of finding really cute items at  unbelievably low prices.

 

Last weekend, we were back in my happy place. We have not been to Uniwide Coastal in a long while because the Sucat branch is a mere 20 minute drive from our house. Here are my favorite finds.

 

Looking for gifts for kids? Look no more.  Here are cute tents. If I remember correctly, the Star Wars tent used to cost only 199 bucks. Now it is being sold at PhP399. Still not bad, right?  If you have the space, get this 7-piece tent set. For only 799, this would definitely encourage exercise and imagination in young children. Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement: Uniwide is Closing Shop!

Waaaaaah! My happy place is closing for good next month. Special thanks to Tricia for sharing this terrible news. I am sure other Uniwide-fanatics like me felt both panic and sadness. If there is only a way I can save Uniwide… If only I had billions to buy and run Uniwide myself. Haaay.

I have been avoiding Uniwide for months but when I learned about the SEC order, I just had to give my final goodbye, thru shopping of course. Because Rachel was suddenly available, I had a shopping buddy. It was a fun fun day for us. First, the Aki and Coco fought over the scooter. Then we made pizza. Off we went to the Booksale Warehouse. Then to Uniwide. We had dinner at Jolliant. And then went back to the house where the little boys chased each other, the daddies talked about guns, bikes and paint guns and the mommies talked about anything and everything under the sun. The highlight of course was our trip to Uniwide. The best husband in the whole wide world, Franco, who vowed to never go back to Uniwide Coastal Mall, wholeheartedly drove us to Uniwide Sucat. The Sucat branch is much closer to us. It is also not as dusty. The selection is not as wide as that in Coastal Mall but good finds were still everywhere.

For the reference of those who are not from the Philippines, 1 US dollar is around 40 Philippine peso. Some of my favorite finds. Continue reading

Scrimping and Splurging: Back-To-School Shopping

Where did the last 5 months go? Can you believe we are already in the middle of 2013? For kids, June means the end of summer and the start of the school year. For parents, June is the month of paying for tuition fee, of wrapping books (which does not excite me at all), and of course, shopping for school supplies.

Fortunately, Aki’s school kept the art materials and other supplies that we bought last year. Because of that, my shopping list was slashed significantly. After comparing prices, I found out that the school supplies shopping place-to-be is ….. drum rolls please…. Booksale! Yup, another reason to visit Booksale. School supplies there are cheaper compared to the ones sold in the more known bookstores. If last year’s shopping trip in Cash and Carry was not stressful, shopping in Booksale this year is even better. No lines at all.  I got these for Aki

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And because I doubt like cramming and I hate last minute birthday invitations, I stocked on gift-able books for Aki’s classmates.

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Booksale is known to be a bookstore of second-hand books but they also have a lot of brand new ones. You just have to inspect books carefully. Although this is not true for all books, I noticed that one way to spot a brand new book is to check if it has a mark on the pages. I think Booksale does this so the discounted books sold at their stores will not be sold elsewhere for the original price.

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From books, let’s move on to socks. Last year, I was surprised to find out how expensive socks sold in malls are. I can’t remember exactly but I think we bought a set of three for 150 or 200 bucks.Yes, that is already expensive based on my standards.  I am a commuter who regularly checks out bangketas or sidewalk vendors. I know I can get 3 pairs for as low as 50 bucks. That’s exactly what I did this year.

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2013 Vanity Project: MCS and St. Francis Shopping Finds

For little trinkets for my home, my happy place is Uniwide. For new clothes for my 2013 anti-loshang slash vanity project, my new go to places are St Francis Square and this ukay-ukay (second hand) store in Makati Cinema Square.

When I was fresh out of college, going to ukay ukay stores excited me. That was until someone told me that if the original owner died horrendously, the new owner will get nightmares. Because I am silly when it comes to superstitions and scared of nightmares, I put an end to my thrift shopping spree. Just last month, my interest in treasure hunting  came back. Aki was supposed to wear a black jacket for his 60’s theme Moving Up ceremony in school. Last December, because I did not read the memo carefully, Aki wore a blue top when everyone in his class wore green for the Christmas presentation. I want to redeem myself this time by making sure he’ll look 60’s-ish. I went to as many ukay stores to look for a leather jacket. I did not find one but I found 5 skirts for my vanity project. Yey! Part of my to do list for the vanity project is to wear a skirt at least once a month. I looked everywhere for skirts but the ones I see are either too girly, too frilly or too bold for me. Thanks to this ukay store in MCS, I got 5 skirts in one trip.

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Must Avoid Booksale

I must stop going to Booksale. I must stop going to Booksale. I must stop going to Booksale. I must stop going to Booksale. I must. I must. I must!

From the forgotten corner of the house, I unearthed a forgotten treasure box – a box filled with books and magazines that have yet to be read. Waaaaah! Some were even bought as early as October last year.

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I have not one, not two but 4 cookbooks. If you have been reading this blog long enough, you will know that I am sucker for family traditions. That is why I was so excited when I found a copy of Slow Food on sale. And for only 20 pesos, who can resist this brand new Everyday Cookbook Almanac with 400+ recipes? I actually regret that I did not buy more. Since it is brand new, it would make a good gift idea for aunts who like to cook and for newlyweds who are eager to put their cooking skills to a test.

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What’s New Cupcake is the follow up to the bestseller Hello, Cupcake which I blogged about here.

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And because I like vintage cookbooks and anything below 20 pesos, I just had to buy this 70’s book on gelatin-making.

This one is for Aki. I was supposed to give it last Christmas but forgot all about the book. I like the unique setting which is in the caveman era. Aki is into dinosaurs nowadays and has been calling me Mummy Raptor or Mommy Brachiosaur for the past two weeks. This book is a little expensive  (120 bucks) but the lessons on sharing and family are priceless.

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Oh look, more books for Aki. We love activity books by DK. This summer book did not disappoint. The other one is a write and wipe book that will keep kid’s busy while in church. Very clever, huh?

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Are you a Chicken Soup series fan? I am! I bought this Chicken Soup for the Kid’s soul for Aki. I read this during the commute and ended up in a cryfest! hahaha. The other book, South Beach Heart Health Revolution is for Franco. I just hope he will show some interest in reading it.

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Fun Finds @ Shopwise

Hallo! It is only 5:30AM but I have been awake for the past two hours. I don’t feel tired or sleepy. If I had an office laptop, I’ve probably been checking emails, making scripts and reviewing compliance reports at 4AM! This is the 3rd time this week. I wonder why I wake up so early. This happened  many time before but only whenever I am feeling stressed. My stress levels are manageable this week so I don’t really know the reason. I try to close my eyes for as long as I can and do the diaphragm breathing technique that Franco taught me. Funny thing is, whenever I finally start to fall asleep or have dreams, I get happy that I am sleepy again but then as soon as I rejoice, I wake up.

Oh well, anywoots, we visited my newest niece, Bella last weekend. She is the cutest! She weighs almost 9 pounds and does not look like she is only a week old. Since we were in the Alabang area, we decided to swing by Festival Mall. My only agenda was to buy a moveable mirror for my 2012 Vanity aka Lessen the Loshang goal. Will blog more about that soon. I found one in Shopwise. It was just within my budget.

Here it is.

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In case you are wondering why I want a moveable mirror, that is because I am a scaredy cat and I am afraid of seeing something or someone there. Have you heard of the dorm ghost story where a dormer saw a ghost in the mirror? She closed her eyes and started praying the Hail Mary. When she opened her eyes, the ghost was still there and it was mocking  the  prayer. Whenever the mirror is not in use, it is facing the wall. Franco has his reasons too. Based on his experiences, mirrors are bad luck.

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts.

Aside from the mirror, I found other really nice items for the house in Shopwise.

Like this modern looking clock.  I think it is just the right level of funky-ness and interesting-ness without being too trendy. I wanted to buy one in black but Franco reminded me that the  funky and interesting clock that I bought last last year is still in its box.

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Before and After: Kitchen Shelves

There are a lot of things that I want to change/add/remove/organize/fix/improve/ in my kitchen  but for my decluttering project last month, I zeroed on the open shelves. They were a major eyesore and they have  been bothering me for months.

Here is the before picture.

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That is our beloved Ate Dorina. Her latest victims were my kitchen shears and a plastic pitcher. I don’t mind, err, actually I do but I try not to mind that I should mind, since looking for a helper who is dependable, trust worthy and most of all, willing to stay, is a challenge for many working moms like me.

Side story, last week, Aki’s teachers gave an assignment: decorate the recycled bird feeder. Because I am a believer that a child’s assignments and projects should be done by the child and not by the parents, and because I am so lazy, and because, unlike other people, cramming does not bring out the best in me,  I had Ate wrap the carton bird feeder with Manila paper and had Aki draw some doodles on it. I thought it was cute. Aki drew me, Ate Dorina and his Ate Jyl and his Daddy, Kuya Joaquin, Kuya Tos and himself. Apparently, it was not cute enough for Ate Dorina. She said Aki’s project looked so simple compared to his classmates’. Instead of submitting the project, she told the teacher that she left it at home. As soon as I arrived from work, she asked me for a more colorful paper and stickers. Unfortunately, we don’t have stickers. I gave her a bunch of fuzzy wires, asked her to cut them up and make swirls that Aki can glue to the birdfeeder. The next day, she surprised me when she showed me the finished product. I know I have the right to be angry. She did not follow my instructions. But after learning that she slept late to perfect the project, all I could do was say thank you with a forced smile.

Anyhoo, back to the decluterring project.

This is the only before picture that I have of the display shelves above the breakfast nook. Do you see the flashlight, bills, Vicks, nail cutter, coins etc? It was a dump-and-go space.

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Habits are hard to break. Instead of having a family meeting and orienting everyone that the flashlight goes to the lower left shelf and the Vicks on the medicine shelf, I have accepted that this display shelf is meant to be a catch-all for loose items. I can get rid of the clutter but for sure it would be back the next day. Well, if you can’t get rid of it, hide it! Haha. Here is how that shelf looks like now.

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Fun Finds @ Saizen

Our little family trooped to Ortigas last month for our Christmas gift shopping. Had it not been my birthday, for sure Franco wouldn’t agree to the long drive. After a yummy brunch at Mom and Tina’s in C5, which I hope I can find time to write about, we went straight to the destination, Saizen in Robinson’s Galleria.

Look at the cute gift-able items I saw.

For the gardener in your list, this kikay mini-shovel.

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For the coffee drinker, a cafe stencil

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For the picky eater and his frustrated mom, fried egg mold, bread cutter, cookie/food cutter

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For the pizza lover, how about a heart shaped pizza cutter?

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I think a newly wed couple would love to have one of these as their first palanggana (basin).

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Kitchen diva wannabee-s like me would also love to receive this chicken kitchen timer.

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Here is a cute way to estimate how much pasta you need to cook per serving.

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Wih these masks, kids can pretend to be superheroes or villains.

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Fun Finds from Uniwide, my Happy Place

My hubby surprised me a couple of weekends ago by agreeing to go to Uniwide with me. As I blogged before, Uniwide is my happy place. I have been avoiding it actually because my happiness would mean the opposite for my wallet and for wealth management new year’s resolution. Which reminds me, I have not yet blogged about  mutual funds and temptation control.

Back to topic, so we went to Uniwide and had lots of fun. Well actually just me. After the trip, I asked Franco what he thinks of Uniwide and his answer was “hindi mo na ako mapapabalik dito” You will never get me to go back here. haha. Thank you my dearest hubby. Hubby, I so laaab.

With 1500, I got to buy these..

For the reference of my US and Europe-based online friends, here are the conversion rates:

1 USD = 41.31936 PHP
1 Euro = 54.0000 PHP

A 59 peso Christmas ornament for Baby Dumpling, Aki’s first first cousin on the Endaya side.

Christmas Tree skirt for only PhP 199

Ten peso  garlands.

Cute ornament for 29 bucks

Two-peso, Three-peso and 5-peso Cards

Can opener for 99 bucks. Can you recommend a brand that will not rust ever?

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Fun Food Finds @ MHC

Remember our Sunday grocery-lugaw  bonding? Well that has been replaced. Ate Dorina has been showing much enthusiasm in doing the groceries so I let her shop in the Bicutan Public Market every Sunday.  Since we don’t do the grocery anymore,  we also don’t eat lugaw every week. Instead, our new routine is to attend mass in Mary Help of Christians Parish here in Better Living and proceed to the multi-purpose hall where we enjoy these yummy goodies.

Fresh Passion Fruit Juice . Fifteen pesos only for the smallest cup and PhP 25 for the biggest.

The couple also sells authentic Taiwanese  dishes

Turon for Aki

Native kakanins. Aki and I love the cassava and bibingka

Pasta from Good Eats. There are three tables that sell pasta. We always buy from Monica. Her table is the farthest from the entrance.

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