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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).

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

AG New World Manila Bay Hotel : Festive Holiday Spreads and Beyond

Welcome the holidays with indulgent staycation packages with AG New World Manila Bay Hotel

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)


fat girls day out ukay ukay
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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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?


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.

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Two Best Places to Celebrate an Authentic Octoberfest in Manila

Have you ever experience an authentic Octoberfest celebration? No, we’re not talking about just drinking flimsy local beers at the back of a shopping mall. I reckon back in the 90’s and early 2000’s when a local beer brand leverage on this kind of celebration.

But see, consumers now are more discerning more than ever. Having so much noise and clutter presented to us we seek authenticity in brands, service, and products being offered to us. Do we want to get our money’s worth right? Most definitely! We worked hard for it and we expect anything less than the best.  So when we now say Octoberfest we’d want it to be celebrated in the most Bavarian way!


Fat Girls Day Out- Octoberfest


Us, the Fat Girls Day Out crew are recommending these two (2) places where you can celebrate this year’s Octoberfest and have solid and fun experience.


Venue 1: Solaire Resort & Casino (with The German Club Manila as a Host)

As the German Club Manila’s Oktoberfest is the longest-running and largest Oktoberfest celebration in the Philippines you can expect to experience the most genuine Oktoberfest in the Philippines as the German Club Manila celebrates its 80th Oktoberfest in partnership with Solaire Resort & Casino.

Imagine a big tent will be set up to an expansive Biergarten for the most authentic beer festival in the country. Indulge in a nonstop Bavarian feast, unlimited flow Weihenstephaner Beer, German traditions, and exciting raffle prizes await you.

Why Go?

The Guaranteed Solaire Experience

Solaire Resort & Casino known to execute beyond 5 starts in all aspect of their verticals and most especially on their food and beverage roster. Batian Breuer, VP for Food & Beverage commits to making this year’s Octoberfest the most authentic- The beers, the food, and the entertainment. It’ll truly put the spotlight on the best of German culture.


Yes, there will be free-flowing beer. But not just any beer.

Over 25,000 liters of wheat beer and Oktoberfest beer from Weihenstephaner, the world’s oldest brewery, will be served during the event.

The three-day event will happen on October 4 – 6, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday) from 6 pm to 2 am and will be held at the 2,400 sqm Solaire Oktoberfest Tent. Entrance to the Tent is located at The Gallery, ground floor of The Shoppes.

  • TicketWorld – ticketworld.com.ph Tickets from TicketWorld will be exchanged at the entrance for German Club tickets.
  • German Club – Guests can buy tickets in their office located at 5F Penthouse, Eurovilla II Bldg., 118 V.A Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati City. You may reach them thru reservations@germanclub.ph or 818-4236.
  • Solaire guests and Solaire Rewards members can also get tickets at Solaire Box Office/TicketWorld counter, which is open from 12noon to 9 pm daily.
  • Tickets will also be available during the event.
***Only 18 years old and above are allowed inside the Oktoberfest Tent.

Read complete write up here

Venue 2:  BROTZEIT: Experience the 2018- OKTOBERFEST THE BROTZEIT WAY!

Brotzeit already kicked the Oktoberfest celebration with a ceremonial Keg Tapping at their Shangri-La Plaza flagship branch last September 15, 2018. The tapping is accompanied by shouts of “O’zapft is“, which means this has been tapped and the official kicked off has launched.

Why Go?

Brotzeit has been hosting 5 years of memorable Octoberfest shindigs and based on our friend’s stories it had been anything but epic. Their kitchen working overtime to prepare not just a fantastic Bavarian spread, but with their outmost commitment to authenticity.


Shangri-La Plaza

  • SEP 29: Oktoberfest Celebration featuring KO Jones Band, DJ Allan Corpus, and Aussie DJ Brock Donald, hosted by Tina Ryan.

All Branches (BGC and Shangri-La)

  • All Fridays of September and October: Beer-centric games and challenges
  • SEP 15 onwards: Dine & Spin to win premium sponsored items!


BROTZEIT Exclusive Menu Roster. Served from September 15 to October 31, 2018, in all Brotzeit branches

Read complete write up here


If you want authenticity do not go elsewhere but to these two (2) places. Best German beers and roster of Bavarian food.  These two (2) venues are supported by the German Club Manila so to make sure that whatever F&B roster are calibrated and at par to standards.

Oktoberfest is a period of conviviality, and the perfect time to get together with friends, colleagues, and families. You are definitely encouraged to indulge.


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Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?

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

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

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

Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

Wag Kang Plastik!: Bamboo Straws Over Metal Straws

Read why you need to switch to a better sustainable straw replacement. Today, we’d like to talk about these nifty Bamboo sips and why it should replace the use of metals straws.

CHEAP EATS SERIES: House 81 Terrace Cafe | Unlimitted Shabu Shabu

CHEAP EATS SERIES: House 81 Terrace Cafe | Unlimitted Shabu Shabu

For our Cheap Eats Series, we want to share this pretty interesting Shabu-Shabu place called House 81 Terrace Cafe in Marikina City that offers to value for money Shabu-Shabu offerings without time limit staring at just 299php!

The frugal foodie in us will always be there. A solid good meal doesn’t necessarily mean to be expensive and posh. You just have to summon the inner foodie-wanderer in all of us to find the best in quality, taste, and price point. The Fat Girls Day Out crew will kick off again new rosters of our Cheap Eats Series with our food seeking friends from around Metro Manila to bring in new insights and discoveries. We’ll make things straight with this series and focus on intel that will matter.


The Deets

Restaurant Name: House 81 Terrace Cafe

Location: 59 Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue., San Roque, Marikina City

Landmark Location: Near Veteran’s Bank

Score Deals: EAT ALL YOU Starting from 299php

299php deal

  • Unlimited 2 kinds of meat: Pork and chicken
  • Unlimited Vegetables
  • Unlimited Rice
  • Unlimited Drinks
  • Best Go-to items: Pork, chicken, salmon, and shrimps.
  • No time limit

399php deal

  • 4 Kinds of Meat: Beef, pork, chicken, and hotdogs
  • Unlimited Vegetables
  • Unlimited Noodles
  • Unlimited Rice
  • Unlimited Drinks
  • Best Go-to items: Pork, chicken, salmon, and shrimps.
  • No time limit


  • Casual space
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Operation Hours: 11:00am-1:00am


Food Snippets

Letting this photos from our friends from Let’s Eat PH (Elle Kim) make you hungry


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Go forth and eat! Tag us on our Instagram and Facebook using the #FatGirlsDayOut and let us see how you’re scoring your own Cheap Eats – Food Series.



House 81 Terrace Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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