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I’m Shoppin’ Men

April 14, 2009

I was online with a friend some nights back. Our conversation led to my standards on men. So, I told my him that I have already blogged about it sometime in 2007. I no longer listed my guy qualification but instead sent him the url of my entry entitled On My Being Single and Having High Standards (daw!). Conversation then transpired to him doing shopping for his wife. It again reminded me of past entry I wrote in the same year. It’s an analogy between shopping and men. I posted it when I was still blogging in Friendster so I would like to repost the entry and share it to my “now” readers.

Here goes…


I am a self-confessed mallrat. I really don’t know why malls keep me relaxed even if it entail endless strolls which later on give me an I-can-no-longer-walk-coz-my-feet-are-too-numb feeling. It really helps me unwind from my busy life at work. Every Friday afternoon, I would always rush from work as soon as my computer clock hits 5:30 pm. People can expect to see me strolling my way to the nearest mall. And most of the time, I am alone as I want to spend this special mall-day-of-the-week with my lonesome self and perfectly execute my stroll-til-you-drop window shopping activity without any guilt. There are times though that I tag a friend or officemate along… para naman may kasama akong mapagod sa paglalakwasta sa Glorietta! Hehehe!

My weekends are almost always spent at the malls basically for the following:

  • Shop (I don’t buy too expensive items though!)
  • Grocery (I do this every other weekend a.k.a. after-payday weekend)
  • Dine out (if there are something to celebrate for or Mommy is just too lazy to cook)
  • Meet up with friends (most of the time at Starbucks, where else???)
  • Watch movies (I used to be a full-time movie addict but now, I watch highly-rated films only)
  • And my no. 1 classic habit… window shopping!!!

Well, we all know that shopping and men really don’t blend that much. I have known a lot of men who accompany their women to the malls. But they would always end up sitting on the sofa of every shoe and clothes store. Very seldom do I find men who are willing to help out women to browse tons of garments scattered around those famous only-for-girls stores during a mallwide sale. I guess, men really think that shopping is such a ‘girly’ activity that could and would never be part of their oh-so-manly intrests… unless they are the ones who tagged us to shop for those all-similar-looking rubber shoes, hard-to-understand-why-they-buy-such-thing car accessories and I-actually-don’t-need-but-just-want-to-upgrade gadgets and the worst place that they could drag us in… Handyman or Ace Hardware, where else?!

Whenever we are at the malls, we see signs or identify items depending on their status. There are these usual ’shopping signs’ that we don’t pay much attention to. But for me, they don’t simply go unnoticed. Despite this unmatched notion about shopping and men, I thought of a funny correlation between the two. Let us individually decode them now…

  • New Arrivals. I relate these items to flavor-of-the-month kind of guys. They are considered as the “in” thing for the season or more popularly known as ‘fad’. Guys who would last for 6 months to 1 year (Rough estimate only, huh?! Hehehe!). Girls usually take the new-arrivals-kind-of-guys only for fun… and are usually replaced when there’s another set of “new arrivals” coming their way, thus, making the current beau obsolete. Eeerrr, that’s bad huh?!


  • Display Items. These are the “almost perfect” items we see in every display window. They are considered best of the best. The most attractive and highly-saleable product any store could offer. And if they were gadgets, they are the ones with the highest specs. Just like men, they are the nice-to-have kind of beau… but are too irritatingly perfect! Other women are lucky to have these “display item” kind of guys. They don’t work for me though as I don’t go for guys like them. I would rather pass on and stay away from them as they would only emphasize my imperfections. Display-item-kind-of-guys are not definitely in my league!


  • Stock Items. These are the “replicas” of the aforementioned display items. But prior to purchase, we need to try them on and check if they fit well or look good on us. We need to thoroughly scrutinize them before we make our trip to the cashier. And if you see some damages, don’t worry because there will always be this 7-day return-and-exchange policy… and in the case of actual relationships, we call it as “break-up”. Hehehe.


  • On Sale Items. I love discounts. Sale promotions are like kryptonites for me. I get things at lower prices. They give me so much savings. And they allow me to buy more things! There are actually 3 reasons why items are sold on discounted prices: (1) there is an on-going mallwide sale, thus, all regular items are marked down at 5% to 10%, (2) a particular store is having an end-of-season sale with price cuts from 50% to 70%, and (3) there is a clearance or everything-must-go sale where discounts are pegged at more than 80%… simply because the store is closing down! Ouch! But at any rate, these are the ‘bestest’ finds. These, on the other hand, are correlated to all-in-one-package kind of guys. They possess the man-of-my-dreams characteristics which truly gives great value for our money! Sana lang uso rin ang ‘buy 1 take 1′ for these kinds of guys! Hehehe!


  • Sold Items. Whenever I see “sold out” tags on items that I really like, I would always end up saying, “Sayang, I should have bought that thing last week!” I associate these “sold out” items to the so-called “married men”. These are the guys who could have passed my standards (Although I would always deny that I have standards on men, hehehe!) but are unfortunately taken or owned by some lucky women. Single girls like me can only admire them from afar and wish that “manufacturers” will someday make something of the same kind… or better yet, an upgraded version! Hehehe! A female friend of mine once entered my bedroom and commented that I have nice taste on furnitures (Ooops, I’m not bragging huh?!). I think my furnitures are rather simple and easy-on-the-eye. I jokingly replied to my friend, “Ay sorry ka, nabili ko na yan! Not for sale!” This again can relate to those “sold out” items. I think that these same words are uttered by wives/women whose husbands/men are still very “papable” despite their “attached” or “committed” status.

But don’t fret just yet! There’s one more type of item that I will not miss out. These are outside-the-mall shopping alternatives and actually offer greater value for money. We call them by the name of “ukay-ukay”… short for “halukay-halukay”! Hehehe! Honestly, I don’t really enter ukay shops here in Manila as I find it rather nakakahiya to be found inside such stores. But whenever I am in Baguio, almost 50% of my time is spent in “ukay-ukay”. Here’s a little trivia: Baguio locals are not familiar with the term “ukay-ukay” since it is more popularly known there as “wag-wagan”.

Anyhow, here is my special correlation-con-explanation of ukay and men:

  • Ukay Finds. There are a great variety of items found in an ukay shop. Ultra-obsolete things, but others would coin them as ‘vintage items’. Overly-used shoes, bags and clothes… one more use and to Payatas dumpsite they go! There are a lot of really ‘good finds’ in ukay shops though… most especially those slightly-used items which can be mistakenly identified as brand new but was dumped by the owner just because they are so-last-season. Ukay session is such a time-gruelling experience. You have to dig deeper and look harder in order to find that “one” good find. I then relate these items to guys who were dumped or abandoned by some women for one reason or another. On-the-rebound, separated or divorced guys would perfectly fit the bill. As I said, one just has to look a little harder in order to realize that these guys are “such good finds” as well. So as the sayng goes: “One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure”. There’s just one downside though… these men always come with excess baggage! Well, we just have to live with it! Hehehe!

For me, purchasing a “good find” is somewhat of an accomplishment as I usually spend much time browsing and canvassing for items before I buy them. I also have this very strange habit of hopping from one mall to another just to buy a specific item that I really like… the main reason why I term this hobby as “mall tour”! Call me meticulous, but I would rather exhaust all my energies to buy the “it” item than spend sleepless nights for the rest of my life thinking, “Sayang, wala na… I really should have bought that thing last week!” ;-)

I don’t have to explain my last paragraph… I will let you do the analysis on this one! :-)

47 Comments leave one →
  1. snglguy permalink
    April 14, 2009 2:22 pm

    Nyahahaha! I think I belong somewhere between the on-sale items and the ukay-ukay “pinagsawaan na” goods.

    • April 15, 2009 4:18 am

      on sale ka ba kuya rudy? kala ko payatas material na… nyahaha! peace po!

  2. April 14, 2009 7:00 pm

    Hay Ate Winks, ako yata ay lapitin ng mga sold items, pero they are not necessarily taken, it’s either may gusto lang na iba o kaya naman eh karibal ko din pala sa mga boys, hihi.

    Nice post! 🙂

    • April 15, 2009 4:19 am

      ay joycee, same here. i attract the “sold item” kinda guys. i guess they just find us irresistable… whehehe!

  3. April 14, 2009 9:05 pm

    wow, i love this post of yours winkz..

    i love shopping.. not for men though.. nyaha.. i am one-man woman..

    My man is a new display item but on sale!!! Nyahaha..

    • April 15, 2009 4:21 am

      wow, you must be one lucky girl, reese. mixed ng display at on sale? san ba nakakapagshopping nakakahanap ng ganyan?

      glad u liked this post 🙂

  4. Mr. Nonsense permalink
    April 15, 2009 12:54 am

    ako pwedeng “for rent.” just give me a wink

    • April 15, 2009 4:22 am

      ano ito jesse, online application? whehehe!

      ei, wala sa list ko ang “for rent” ah!

  5. April 15, 2009 1:10 am

    helpppp! english mode pala to amp! napasubo ako sa pagbisita hahaha

    sige mag promote nalang dalaw ka dito ha topexpress thanks!

    • April 15, 2009 4:26 am

      hahaha… may tissue ako dito, u like? balik-balik lang boni ah!

      i have visited ur friend’s new site.

  6. April 15, 2009 2:08 am

    Hmn, napaisip tuloy ako kung alin sa mga shopping sign na yun ang aking meyn, este, man hehehe! Wala bang sign na “On sale. Slightly defective”? ahahaha!

    • April 15, 2009 4:29 am

      slightly defective? pwede yan papalitan, hahaha! o kaya naman eh pagtyagaan na lang ang defect 🙂

    • tito aga permalink
      April 16, 2009 2:37 pm

      pwede rin slightly used… hehehhe

    • April 16, 2009 2:40 pm

      pag slightly used pasok yan sa category ng “ukay” hehehe!

  7. azul permalink
    April 15, 2009 2:30 am

    ngayon ko lang nalaman na wag wagan pala ang unang tawag sa ukay ukay(since sa baguio unang sumikat yun)

    at si siopauQ ang masigasig na maghalungkat ng damit pag kasama ko cia sa mall..hehe ang ayaw lang nia yung matagal na paglalakad lakad..

    gang ngayon di ko pa rin alam kung san ciang category..pede siguro sa display items kea lang may pagkadepektib pa din.ahahaha

    off topic:
    baka makapanood ako ng concert ni fafadavid…hopefully ang sponsor namin ng front row tickets ee ndi magback out..ahaha

    • April 15, 2009 4:34 am

      ay oo azul, pag tinanong mo ung ukay-ukay sa baguio eh di nila masyadong alam.

      swerte mo naman sa siopau mo. very seldom ang lalaking ganyan. ung last BF ko, lagi lang naka-upo sa sofa. pero present lagi pag nasa cashier na ako kasi he takes care of my bill. asan na nga kaya un ngayon? bigla ko tuloy namiss at gusto kong magshopping. hehehe!

      inggitin ba ako? sama mo naman ako jan sa free ticket ng ever-beloved david ko. hehehe!

  8. Tuna Caserole permalink
    April 15, 2009 5:36 am

    Enjoyed reading both entries. I forgot how I landed here. Must have been from Plurk. LOL

    Anyway, I like your take on relating men to items on sale. Right on the money.

    Made me decide to resurrect my blog. I’ll link your entry on it when I make a post about it.


    • April 15, 2009 8:36 am

      Welcome to my site, Tuna! Glad you enjoyed reading my entries. Guess you were just blog hopping, I’m no Plurker eh!

      Bull’s eye ba ang correlation? Wow, I’d be honored to have a link in one of your entries. Just holler me when you do. And what’s your url, btw?

    • April 16, 2009 4:07 am

      The blog’s been dead for more than half a year. Hopefully I get to revive it during the quarter.


    • April 16, 2009 4:16 am

      sayang naman. pag ang-update ka, abisuhan mo ako para mabisita kita.

      add na rin kita sa blog roll ko 🙂

    • April 16, 2009 7:05 am

      Haha! Sure and thanks. =]

    • April 16, 2009 12:20 pm

      pag na-add na kita sa blogroll ko sana eh ma-pressure ka na magblog uli… hahaha!

  9. April 15, 2009 6:18 am

    wahaha… ayows ah!
    may mga category ang men
    tapos nilagay mo pa sa shopping terminologies

    san kaya ako dyan mag ffall
    malamang dun ako sa ukay ukay
    simple but yet a nice find

    pwede rin ako sa “for rent”

    • April 15, 2009 8:41 am

      isa lang ibig sabihin nyan epfi, mahilig talaga ako sa men shopping. hehehe!

      hmmm… sa “nice find” ukay ka ba? kala ko payatas material ka rin 😛

      if “for rent”, magkano naman rental fee? hehehe!

    • April 15, 2009 2:56 pm

      epfi, hindi ka ba sa on sale pero defective? nyaha..

    • April 16, 2009 12:09 pm

      sige pagtulungan nyo ako…

      winks… para sa iyo… libre na ang rent. ex-deal na lang tayo. lolz

      rees… hindi ako on sale, mataas pa value ko, at lalong hindi ako defective. hmm.. lets say, stocked items ako na nasa ukay ukay. virgin but looks experienced.

    • April 16, 2009 12:16 pm

      hmmm… i’m liking this! sige reese, pagtulungan natin itong si epfi. hehehe!

      ex-deal na naman. isama ko uli yan sa pag-iisipan ko. whahaha!

      “virgin but looks experienced”??? convince me, epfi! convince me! hahaha!

  10. April 15, 2009 6:27 am

    naku ate sa aming dalawa ni siopauQ aq yung paupo upo lang..haha cia taga pili ng damit…

    sana *cross finger* wag magback out si sponsor..ahehe

    • April 15, 2009 8:42 am

      naku, pag shopping eh nagpapalpitate ako kaya di ako pwede umupo lang. hehehe!

      oo nga, sana wag magback out ang sponsor “natin” hehehe!

  11. blurosebluguy permalink
    April 15, 2009 12:59 pm

    waah…di ko alam kung ano ako? hirap naman ng iba mong comparison…pinaghirapan talaga ha! creative-writing na pang gel talaga!
    pero ako di mahilig magshopping ..mabo-bore lang ako…..

    • April 15, 2009 1:03 pm

      pwede na ba sa creative writing yan? hehehe!

      anuber, bakit di mo alam kung saan ka jan? parang pinakamaganda jan eh un “display” and “on sale” items. baka andun ka! hehehe!

  12. April 16, 2009 4:54 am

    That was a good read. Although, parang ang sama pakinggan yung sa Ukay find (haha!).

    • April 16, 2009 5:09 am

      Thanks. Hmmm… nega ba ang dating syo nung “ukay”? Yan lang kasi naisip ko when I wrote this entry eh. I sooo love ukay and I don’t have anything against divorcees. Who knows, I might get myself an “ukay” guy anytime soon. And I won’t mind that at all 😉

      Welcome to my site, Dee! Hope to see you again 🙂

  13. April 16, 2009 7:04 am

    ang tagal naman nung 6mos-1year mo na new arrivals. haha! 2-3months pwede na! 😀

    hmmm… ako i don’t care eh, basta wag lang SOLD na. if it looks good on me, if im comfortable wearing it and i’m happy about it.. at opkors within my budget, i’d go for it! 😉

    nice nice entry. 🙂

    • April 16, 2009 12:21 pm

      i initially wrote 1 to 2 months dyan sa “new arrivals” kaso umiral ang pagka-conservative ko. hahaha!

  14. April 16, 2009 7:05 am

    and ohhh.. i don’t care about the ukay finds, too. as long as wala na nagmamay-ari sa kanila TOTALLY.

    sa love naman nadedefy nga halos lahat ng rules eh.
    when love hits you, you have no choice but to give in.

    but of course, iba pa rin yung usapan if attached or married.

    • April 16, 2009 12:22 pm

      we’re on the same boat, AC. all i can say is “amen to that!”

    • tito aga permalink
      April 16, 2009 2:43 pm

      yung mga ukay finds eh pwede rin siguro na diamonds in the rough.
      pwede ba kaya yung may sign na lovely to look at wonderful to hold but once you break it we cnsider it sold (sumthin like that hehehe)
      di ko na lang ask kung san ako. baka kung san pa ako itapon eh.

    • April 16, 2009 2:50 pm

      ay oo nga noh, tito aga! i forgot the lovely-to-look-at items. i bet, eto ung mga kalaway-laway na papalicious men roaming around the metropolis. so wonderful to hold! hehehe! sayang, i should have included that. hehehe!

      are u asking me kung ano classification mo? ikaw ung di pumasa sa quality control… hahaha!

  15. April 16, 2009 7:25 am

    Hi Ms Winkie,

    I find this entry amusing. bigla akong napa-isip kung saang category ako. i’d like to think i belong to the Stock Items. haha…

    • April 16, 2009 12:23 pm

      oi mon, ang tagal mo nawala ah!

      ganyan ang mga entries ko noon… nung nag-iisip pa ako. hehehe! wow, replica ka ng “display items” ah!

  16. tito aga permalink
    April 16, 2009 2:51 pm

    tungkol dun sa last paragraph mo.

    minsan may sinabihan ako na girl friend din na – minsan nanghahaba ang leeg natin sa pagtingin nung iba kaya naman di natin napapansin na may maganda pala sa harapan natin.

    wala na naman wenta nuh? hehehhe

    • April 16, 2009 2:55 pm

      may wenta naman comment mo taba… magulo lang ang thought. hahaha!

      ke layo ng tingin, eh nasa harap na ang hinahanap. tama ba? pwes, deadma ako dyan. ung sa malayo pa rin ang gusto kong tingnan. if you know what i mean. hehehe!

  17. sandijmartin permalink
    April 17, 2009 12:58 pm

    hehe..okey ‘to ah..
    saan ba ako dito? hmm..di ko maisip 🙂

    pero dumadaan ako sa mall everyday.. para magpalamig.. at para bisitahin ang isang matagal ng kaibigan…

    • April 17, 2009 1:50 pm

      hehehe… mahirap ba pag-isipan kung saang category ka, sandi?

      wow, ang sweet mo naman. everyday mo binibisita long-time friend mo sa mall. 🙂

  18. April 20, 2009 8:33 am

    ROTFL at ukay finds. grabe ka naman winkie. mashado kang mag-objectify ng mga kalalakihan.

    kelangan sa mga ukay finds ipagpag ng ipagpag at i-palaundry or maybe ipadryclean muna para hindi ka mangati. nyahaha!

    (on second thought…)

    • April 20, 2009 11:08 am

      hahaha… observations ko lang yan deejay!

      hmmm… di ko naisip yang “kati” part na yan ah! sige nga, next time makakita ako ng separated or divorcee guy eh try ko syang ipagpag! hahaha!

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