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España: The Destination For Your Barkada's Next Ukay Trip

BRB, raiding the ukay shops near UST!
IMAGE Myron Anarcon

Shopping is fun. Walking around and getting complimented on your new, absolutely popping outfit is one of the best feelings ever. However, it's also pretty sinful, if you think about it too much. If you want to shop without all the stress of maxing out your credit card, then take a stroll down España with your friends and marvel at all the choices available for you in all of its quaint ukay-ukay stores just waiting to be explored.

  1. Start out with the basics. (striped shirt: 70)

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If you're new to thrift shopping, start at square one. Look for a simple, cute shirt that'll look great for the days when you don't really have the luxury of time to get dressed.

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  1. Start experimenting. (flared sleeves: 50)

Trying out a new style is much easier to do when it's cheap. When you go to expensive, high-end stores, it can be hard to buy things out of your comfort zone, because why spend so much money on something you're not even sure you can rock? Thrift shopping means having a large variety of clothes await you, without the fear of spending too much on something you might wear so little.

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  1. Accessorize! (yellow cap: 35)

Buying accessories are hard, especially when a single hat or scarf may cost you an entire month's worth of allowance. Ukay-ukays sell accessories such as hats and bags at extremely low prices, and often even have promos like "buy one, get four," or have their items at half off.

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  1. Get ready for the ber months to come. (striped sweater: 135, floral sweater: 135)

Shopping for outerwear (i.e. jackets, sweaters, hoodies) can be an absolute pain for your wallet. A lot of the time, these items are priced at thousands of pesos, money a lot of people just can't afford to spend. For the upcoming ber months, try going to a thrift shop and seeing just how many cute coats and jackets your one thousand pesos can get you.

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  1. Add a pop of color to your wardrobe. (tie-dye shirt: 70, red coke shirt: 90)

A lot of us tend to shy away from the bold, bright, flashy colors that we see in stores. The blinding hues of red, yellow, and orange are colors we often replace with more subtle, calmer tones of black, or gray at times because it's safer, other times because it's cheaper. Going to a thrift shop means—as earlier stated—you have the free range to experiment with what to wear, and with what to flaunt.

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Yes, like all things, going to an ukay-ukay instead of a mall has its downsides. You have to wash everything you buy before wearing them, and you don't have the luxury of being surrounded by air conditioners or employees that do everything you ask of them. However, if you're trying to live a more simple lifestyle, then why not try going to a thrift shop the next time you're itching for a new outfit? 

Photos Myron Anarcon Models Kristine Malonzo, Francis Loja, and Gaby Agbulos

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And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

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