Ukay sarap ng buhay!

Is it just me, or is owning “ukay-ukay” items the new “in” thing?

Napansin ko lang kasi sa mga kakilala ko (na hindi naman natin masasabing hikahos sa buhay) na nauuso yata yung pagandahan ng mga “ukay” items in their respective inventories. The items range from designer bags to pants to jackets to shoes to shirts to blouses… ad tedium.

Tanong ko lang: bakit hindi ako nakaka-tiyempo ng mga ganito ka-bonggang mga “ukay” items?

May “elite ukay items” stores ba na hindi ko alam?

Yung mga nati-tyempuhan ko kasing mga “ukayan” ay yung regular type… yung merong mga tig-10 pisong mga t-shirts sa merchandise, ika nga. Hehehe.

Pero OK lang din. Hindi naman porma ang habol ko sa “ukay” eh (although kung yun ang habol ng ibang tao ay OK din. Live and let live, tama?)

I do “ukay” mainly for 2 things — ang makatipid, and for the feeling I get kapag nakaka-swerte ng mga “good find.”

Actually, ADIK na yata ako sa “ukay.”

Ebidensiya? Ang wardrobe ko:

  • Sa 6 kong pantalon, 4 ang “ukay.”
  • Sa 5 kong polo, 3 ang “ukay.”
  • Sa 4 kong sapatos, 2 ang “ukay.”
  • “Ukay” ang kaisa-isang sandals ko.
  • At least 75% ng t-shirts ko ay “ukay.”

Ang hindi lang “ukay” sa’kin ay brips, panyo at medyas 🙂

Kayo? Kumusta “ukay” status n’yo?

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Ukay sarap ng buhay!

Unang Pangako for 2012 — kukumpletuhin ko ‘tong koleksiyon ko!

ADIK talaga ako for all (hardbound) books related to J.R.R. Tolkien — yung mga librong siya mismo ang nagsulat; yung mga librong anak niyang si Christopher ang nagsulat o nag-edit; pati na yung mga libro na iba ang awtor basta lang may kinalaman sa buhay at gawa ni pareng J. R. R.

Dati, madali lang i-satisfy yung kaadikan ko — marami kasing librong available sa 2nd-hand bookstores. At kahit kadalasan ay mga paperback sila, may naliligaw paminsan-minsan na mga hardbound versions. Average price? Mga 200 Pesos.

Kaya lang, nung lumabas yung LOTR Film Trilogy ni Kuya Peter Jackson, biglang nawala ang mga linsyak na 2nd-hand Tolkien books! Hinoard yata ng mga ungas. At kung may sumulpot man ay either napaka-mahal na (compared sa dating presyo — shempre mas mahal pa din di-hamak yung brand new), or pangit yung quality dahil nabasa ng tubig-ulan, maraming mantsa, punit-punit…

Kaya minsan napipilitan tuloy akong bumili ng bago. Pinaka-mahal na Tolkien na nabili ko? Leather-bound na The Hobbit: 2,500 Pesos!

Powtek.

Pero OK lang. ADIK nga eh. Hehehehe. Saka wala pa akong mga anak nung panahong yun (otherwise kinalbo na ako ni Misis).

Pero kulang-kulang pa din talaga ang koleksyon ko. Halimbawa, sa LOTR Trilogy, ang meron lang ako ay yung Book 2: The Two Towers. Wala ako nung Book 1 at Book 3! Hnlabo, di ba?

Pero hindi bale. All good things come to those who wait, right? Siguro naman ngayong 2012, mabubuo ko na rin ang aking koleksyon! Muwahahahahahahaha!!!! 🙂

Kung may makita kayo timbrehan n’yo ako ha?

Unang Pangako for 2012 — kukumpletuhin ko ‘tong koleksiyon ko!

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)

Browsing through “2nd hand” bookshops, for me, brings an entirely different level of contentment and relaxation — akin to being harassed and soothed at the same time.

The anticipation of finally finding THE book — although, at best, a one-in-a-hundred thing — never ever gets old. And for good reason!

‘Coz once in a while — if the alignment of stars is just right and if (apparently) my karmic reservoir has just been topped-up — I actually do find the book (that I didn’t know) I was looking for!

Take this latest find of mine, for example… Jolan FoldesThe Street of the Fishing Cat.

Hardcover… cloth-bound… 1937 copyright… the Hungarian original being an International Prize Winner of the All Nations Novel Competition… and most importantly — 45 Pesos lang siya! 🙂

The Street of the Fishing Cat is a heart-warming chronicle of an Hungarian family’s life of exile in Paris and the different people that they interact with (or not) as they live in the Rue du Chat-qui-Peche, Paris’ narrowest street (which is actually a real street) and gathering-place of expats young and old, decent and scheming, regal and radical.

In the course of reading the book and sharing in the characters’ daily foibles, they became less like “characters” in a book and more like people I’ve actually met in real life. Which isn’t surprising at all, when one thinks about it — post-World War I Paris may be worlds away from today’s Manila, but peoples’ mundane problems and dreams for a better tomorrow remain true whatever nationality they may belong to, or whichever era they may to live in.

A wonderful read, honestly written, and definitely “unputdownable“!

Go look for a copy at your nearest 2nd hand bookstore… and happy fishing! 🙂

“The Street of the Fishing Cat” — another 2nd-hand gem! :-)