Haul from Mr Musashi, a thrift shop in Malaysia

thrift shop in malaysia

Thrift shops in Malaysia are a dime a dozen. They are also called ‘vintage’ shops (higher price point) or ‘bundle’ shops (lower price point). I wasn’t the biggest fan of thrift shops in Malaysia because I think they can’t compare with overseas ones. But I found Mr Musashi (FYI this is not a paid review) and I think I’m coming around a bit. I’ve seen it around while driving around Ipoh/Perak (update: locations with address at the end of the post), and checked it out a couple of times.

They specialise in ‘Japan and USA vintage clothing’, according to their Facebook page. I thought it would be fun to show off what I bought, all 6 of it. I have no shame in thrift-shopping 😀

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Hack: How I cook (for RM2.86 a meal)

It seems that a lot of people really liked my post on my grocery budget, specifically how I calculated that my average meal costs only RM2.86.

Grocery shopping is a very personalised thing, so forgive me if I’m hesitant to ‘advice’ you on how to shop. I can’t, I won’t. You know your own tastes, preferences, habits, allergies, better than I do. I won’t impose a ‘do this, not that’ on you.

Having said that I will share what I usually put in my grocery basket.

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Groceries in Malaysia: Introduction to Grocery Hauls

Grocery Hauls! I’m going to talk about my grocery shopping habits today!

I absolutely love grocery shopping. Generally I am very strict with myself about spending, but grocery is where I allow myself to be more open to trying out new experiences or products.

Based on this post where I broke down my spending habits for 12 months on a RM3500 salary, I calculated that I spent an average of RM286.29 per month on groceries.


Given my diet, which I think is pretty healthy, I think that I’m doing pretty well budgeting for groceries. Let’s do a quick calculation.

Simplifying it, there are 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner). I’m going to make it into 4 (+snacks) because I snack a lot. I snack at least once a day, and more often than not multiple times a day, so this is a lowball figure. 30 days x 4 meals = 120 meals a month. Out of those meals, let’s say I eat out for 20 meals a month. So that means that I don’t eat out for 100 meals a month.

This means that my average meal costs me RM2.86 (RM286.29 / 100 meals). A mere RM2.86!

What do I eat for RM2.86 a meal? I’ll show you 🙂

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Why you should buy all your Xmas presents from online vendors (and skip the malls)


I used to like Raya, and then I grew up so the money stopped coming 🙁

Now, out of all the holidays in Malaysia, I probably enjoy Christmas the most. Gift-giving isn’t really a Malay thing so when I first started exchanging presents I get the most warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Its like, “You picked this up with me in mind? Thank you, that’s so sweet of you!!

Chances are, you will celebrate Christmas as well – with your family, friends, and/or colleagues. (Fear not Muslims, this is not haram, I checked – ‘..if the stated practice or behaviour is done on the basis of societal or social relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims for the purpose of harmony is permitted in Islam’ Source)

Are you expected to get someone a Christmas present, or be part of a Secret Santa group? Are you are looking around for the perfect Christmas present? Were you planning to grab those presents in a mall? If so, this article is for you 🙂

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