In the Philippines, thrift shops are more commonly known as "Ukay-ukay." Ukay-ukay shopping requires a lot of patience, since there are so many clothes to choose from but it's definitely worth it because some of the best cheap clothing finds are found here! I'm proud to say that 60% of the clothes I currently own came from the shops in this list. I'll include pictures of my finds and their price if my memory permits! Looking forward to update this list if I discover more Ukay stores.
A little back story: My undergraduate thesis is actually a cultural study about Cubao and how it became a transitory juncture, how the place constantly changes but its unspoken purpose as a center of everything does not. Cubao is an amalgamation of a lot of things, it's many things at once. It's not glamorous. But its grit makes it a favorite by many. Here's a list that proves exactly all that. (The title of this list is named after Tony Perez's collection of stories. He has written so many accounts on Cubao, and he is the inspiration behind my study.)
One of the things that I love about Quezon City is their wide selection of restaurants to go to. There are a lot of hidden gems that I'm glad I did not miss out on, thanks to friends who introduced me to most of the ones I listed down here. I haven't been around the city as much as I used to, but I'll make sure I'll visit my favorites again once I go back!
Even as a child, I always had this affinity for Baguio. My family and I would spend the New Year here and there just came a point where many preferred celebrating at home. I continued on with the tradition and made sure that when I have the luxury of time and extra cash, I'll get the next available bus ticket and find my way back to Baguio.
We have our way of remembering places, but these guys memorialize them through melody. Check out this playlist to listen to the listed songs and for more titles! 🎶https://open.spotify.com/playlist/66VKIC9MsIEP7ypzHIyEU2?si=igqHc_gLRFyLL2jR2BEJkQ🎵
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