Author: Paula Ferrer

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

So You Want to be a Film Photographer

Film photography and all its considerations. How to start, where to buy your camera, source for films, and much more. A Fat Girls Day Out Guide.

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Fienstra at Solaire: Unlimited Italian Oysters and Beyond- Aperitivo Epico

Finestra at Solaire: Aperitivo Epico happens every third Friday of the month and it already started last October 19th from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Reasonably priced at 1,295php ++ (*Price is inclusive of VAT and subject to service charge).

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

The Ukay Ukay Diaries: Understudying the culture and mapping the OG places

Since 2005, I started going to ukay ukay places almost every other week and hunt for one-of-a-kind-pieces. I remember my mom introducing me to a few pieces she got from the thrift shop she went to in Pasig. She wanted me to be frugal because I started working in Makati back then and my corporate job requires me to wear pencil skirts and blazers. A brand new blazer back then from a local department store would cost around at least 1,200php comparing to these pieces that she got that only ranked up to as low as 50php per jacket.  I was reluctant at first because I was thinking that nobody would want to 2nd hand clothing and not to mention a few hygiene concerns. Then again after we washed these blazers, they looked mighty fine (also, no skin reaction from using too much detergents)


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Photo from Mean Living PH


The Fat Girls Day Out team will understudy the culture of shopping in an ukay-ukay.

  • ukay-ukay” – Tagalog: hukay, wagwag, Eng: To Dig Up

This frugal b-culture is more than just fashion, but rather a lifestyle.  This content is not to gentrify thrift shops, but rather share a few insights and point you out where to get good pieces around the metro.


Backtracking its roots

An interesting study from Rina Locsin back in the mid-2000s. She tells that, it can be traced back early 80’s, but exact dates are yet to be determined. The Salvation Army shops channeled their goods here in the country, oral accounts also point to NGOs, and other organizations who started selling donated and tax-free used clothing to raise funds for an activity.

The author states that this period after the second world war overlapped with the time the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) donated billions of dollars in value of relief to Asia, which was around the 1940’s.

Ukay Ukay is Ukay Ukay

Ukay-ukay culture having being rebranded because of this surge of online sellers. They style and flat lay clothes to appeal to the middle-class and jerk up the prices by at least 5-10 times the store price. You will see others pre-curating their items and naming themselves seller of “Class A” vintage items. I say, NAY. Stop browsing your online selling apps or even your Facebook Marketplace pages.


Mapping Out Where the  best ukay ukay locations


There are so many thirft clothing stores peppered around already, but we’d like to share the best and OG places wheere you can score solid and bargain deals.


1. Cubao City

This city is our usual go-to location to quest for good vintage band shirt finds. Numerous stores may be found near LRT stations and its all connected with one another. The best part about Cubao ukay-ukay stores is that they can go as vast as having a 2nd or 3rd floor to display their items. Score not just clothes and other fashion accessories, but also vintage toys! Thrift shopping in Cubao is really a conquest, so expect to work your way through the crowd, the dust, and humidity.

Never miss: Anonas Ukay Ukay


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Photos from Mean Living PH

How to get there: Take the LRT 2 and drop off at Anonas Station. The exit will lead you to the mall itself.

2. Star Mall in Alabang 

Never miss: Magarbo is a popular ukay-ukay store in Alabang, their pieces can retail from P100 a piece to 4 for P100. Browse through their items at the basement level of Starmall.

3. Makati Cinema Square 

The Makati Cinema Square is known as the BEST spot for ukay-ukay shopping in Makati. Numerous options contained in one complex. It’s pretty comfortable in this area as all of the shops are airconditioned.

Never miss:  3j Riza’s RTW Shop at the entrance of the mall. This ukay ukay has very good prices.

How to get there: From Gil Puyat LRT Station, ride a jeepney to PRC and get off at Chino Roces Ave. Ride another jeepney bound for Don Bosco and drop off at Makati Cinema Square.

4. Tagaytay City

When in Tagaytay City, after you’ve bought all  your Rowena’s buko tarts perhaps it might also interest you that Tagaytay has the biggest ukay-ukay store in the south.

Nevermiss: Ukay Ukay Hub along Aguinaldo Highway (in front of the new Fora Mall and Andok’s). Looks pretty small from the outside, but wait til’ you enter. It has 3 levels of neatly portioned clusters.


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Photo credit: Ukay-Ukay Hub Tagaytay


5. Carriedo Street, Quiapo

The OG of ukay-ukays, check out stores around Carriedo Street in Quiapo offers items for as low as P5. The place is near Quiapo church.

How to get there: From Carriedo LRT Station, walk to SM Clearance outlet near Quiapo church and find the ukay-ukay store.


6. Pasay City

This city is the best place to scour ukay finds because prices become cheaper every week until all goods are sold. There are roughly 8 shops around this intersection of Edsa and Taft also known as Pasay Rotonda.

Never miss: Ukay-Ukay Wagwagan branch in Pasay Rotonda is strategically located along the MRT and LRT Taft stations. Score items for as low as 10php-15php!

How to get there: Take the MRT or LRT 1 and drop off at Pasay Taft.

Pro Tip: Arm yourself with a bottle of water, some wipes, and alcohol, and an extra t-shirt. Ask when their next batch of arrivals come in (some might have a text “mailing list” or they’d just give you a mobile number)

Why I Still Go to Thrift Shops?

Now that I’m 34 years old, I still visit my favorite thrift shops to score unique band shirts from time to time. More often than being frugal, I like finding things that are amazing and one of a kind- it is the habit that my mother passed on to me.

Want to share other hidden thrift clothing store finds? feel free to tag us #FatGirlsDayOut on Instagram and Facebook during your #DayOut


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MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

MARKET CAFÉ at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel: Show Kitchens at its Best

Imagine a market- style presentation of the frehest produce and ingredients cooked to your particular liking. A Fat Girls Day Out Dining Experience.

Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire: A Very Meaty Indulgence Indeed

Waterside at Solaire promises an unforgettable all-you-can-meat experience. Indulge in their premieum churrasco selections and unlimited drinks this October.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

DA GIANNI CUCINA : Where Family and Food are Taken Very Seriously.

In Westgate Alabang, there’s a relatively new Italian restaurant called Da Gianni Cucina Italia. You’ve probably heard or read about this from the local show business and celebrity social media feeds that a local A-celebrity owns this restaurant. By celebrity we mean, Matteo Guidicelli. As skeptics that we are, we already have set our own subjective bias that most celebrity-owned restaurants are just mere hypes and are just capitalizing on their fame to lure in customers. Da Gianni proved us wrong. We dropped all our notions, savored each dishes with an open mind, and listened to the Guidecelli’s family back stories on how they curated each menu selections.

Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another. The best part, though, Alabang’s laidback ambiance perfectly compliments this restaurant’s character. You are expected to stay long, enjoy a hearty meal, and save some space for dessert.


A Story Worth Telling

Da Gianni is named after the Guidecelli’s most loved grandfather who always expressed his wish to put up his own restaurant.  This is actually their second, the first one being Trattoria Da Gianni in Cebu. Born in Northern Italy, Gianni grandfather to Giorgia, Matteo, and Paolo, moved to the Philippines in the 1970’s, fell in love with the country, and never left. A family who’s fond of home cooking from their own kitchen instead of eating out.

Gianni a few years later, leaving two of his helpers, Antonia and Jean, with no one to attend to any longer.  The idea to put up a family restaurant has always hung over the head of Gianluca. Hence, Trattoria da Gianni (Cebu) was created. Puttin up this first restaurant gave Antonia and Jean something to look after now as they are the head chefs of the Cebu and Alabang restaurants.


FGDO Favourite Dishes

Freshly made kinds of pasta, from scratch sauces, premium Italian cheese and cold cuts, hearty soups, and probably the best dessert selections.


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Formaggio Tomino 

Grilled Tomino cheese wrapped in prosciutto and served with arugula and cherry tomatoes. A perfectly balanced bite of melted cheese, salty prosciutto, earthy meaty arugula, and the acidic cherry tomato.

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Quattro Formaggi with Truffle Paste Thin crust topped with four types of cheese topped with truffle paste. 
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Bolzico Beef

Organic, grass-fed and 21 days wet-aged beef served with grilled vegetables. Take a slice then sprinkle a bit of  Himalayan pink sea salt and fresh pepper.

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Tiramisu Alla Nonna Savoyards ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cream, and cocao powder. Each bite starts at the bitter cacao powder and cream then you get hit by the strong coffee taste and finish with the tangy orange peel.
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Italian Lemon Sorbet Smooth iced lemon with a nice ta guy taste served inside a lemon fruit.


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Why Go?

This casual Italian restaurant is cozy, straightforward, and unpretentious. Their dishes are comforting and the most important part of all is the taste. Come for a strong offering of classics executed really well, with one of the city’s best Caprese salads. No shortcuts and no substitutions. A true Italian home cooking passed on through generations.



Their food is worth the splurge. It’s a great place to treat yourself for a hearty meal, impress your family & friends by treating them for brunch, and dinner dates.


Da Gianni Cucina Italiana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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BROTZEIT WAY of Celebrating Octoberfest 2018! Solid German beer lagers and a curated limited menu roster. A Fat Girls Day Out Dining Experience Guide.

Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

We, the Fat Girls Day Out team don’t just share insights about food, travel, and pop culture. If you’ve been reading most of our content you will notice that our materials and topics are geared towards Filipinana-centric causes. Art, music, and even weekend getaways. We’re marketing curated crawls via Klook PH to promote the local scene and why certain parts of Manila shouldn’t be dismissed as gritty.




We want to do our own share to help good causes both for the environment and for local micro-communities. Today, we’d like to talk about these nifty Bamboo Straws and why it should replace the use of metals straws.

A Trend Worth Hyping

The trend now perhaps is that people have pledged to lessen their plastic consumption or go zero waste altogether. Although here in our country we are still at an infantile stage. It takes a ramp on educating each and everyone to understand the cause and effect of certain actions and consumerism acts that we’ve been so used to doing. We are affirming that this kind of transition, especially in people’s mindset that can dictate their actions doesn’t happen overnight, the fact that people are slowly using sustainable products is still a step toward something better.

Why are we vouching for Bamboo Straws over Metal Straws?

There has been a surge of purchase and use of metal straws, but we’ve found another better alternative to the popular stainless steel straws.

1. Metal straws aren’t sustainable at all

Metal straws do solve the plastic issue but it does create another bigger environmental problem. Remember that the raw essence of metal or stainless steels are Copper and Nickel. Mining of these minerals results in massive deforestation and contaminating its surrounding waters.

The greater popularity of metal straws creates higher demand in the production of it. How many mountains, forest and bodies of water will be destroyed because of Nickel and Copper Mining?

2. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the environment

The Bamboos (Bambusoidaea) consist of 1,439 different species in 116 genera. It is the fastest growing plant on the planet, able to grow 3 feet in height in just 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity in only 3 to 5 years, releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere, and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.

3. In Support of Conscious Micro-Community Commerce for the people in Bantayan Island

The path towards leading a steady path outside poverty is a continuous effort, helping them build their skills is just the beginning, we have to emphasize that the Philippines is pretty abundant with natural resources and untapped potential of Filipino craftsmanship.

Fat Gitls Day Out- Bamboo Straws
Photo from Bantayan Innovative Workshop


We directly sourced out these bamboo straws from The Bantayan Bamboo Innovation Workshop, a local sustainable social enterprise for the livelihood of the people of Bantayan Island, Philippines. In addition, a portion of proceeds from each sale will be looped to purchase their products to channel back here in Manila.

Nifty and unique

Proudly made in the Philippines, reusable bamboo straws which are sustainably harvested.

Disclaimer: No fix diameter or thickness of the “wall” of the bamboo. Each straw is unique because it came from sustainably harvested, live grass plant. It didn’t come out from a product mold.


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Aside from you being a conscious consumer, environmental and socio-discerning consumer we’re making the Wag Kang Plastik! merchandise line witty and fun so you’d be able to give this as a gift to family and friends. We’re sticking to daily usable products, community-led production, and original Pinoy-pop culture-centric. We’ll release a few more curated items this Q42018.




Stocks are limited. You go to our shop for orders. Bulk orders are welcome (Business to Business Rate). Please engage with us or you may call +998 5448140 or +917 8958243 (iMessage, WhatsApp, and Viber)

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Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

Old Swiss Inn (Makati): Manila’s Preface to Swiss Dining

There’s no better place for Authentic Swiss and European cuisine like the Old Swiss Inn Restaurant. Why? Because 70 years of marketability and credibility are the only proof of concept that you need.