afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
I've recently been introduced to random cheap items for knitting/crochet. Which is perfect: more money for yarn, yay \o/


  • Gigantic safety pins for a stitch holder, as recommended by [personal profile] yvi.

    I was initially reluctant to try this because I thought these would be expensive -- the way that gigantic paperclips are! (about Php 200 / 5 USD for five pieces) -- but these were only Php 10 / 0.25 USD for ten pieces at my LYS :D

    One safety pin is about two hundred times cheaper than a regular stitch holder


  • foldable twist fans for blocking hats (link goes to a Philippine classified ads site)

    I've been having trouble blocking my berets, because the ribbing stretches when I try to wrap the beret around a dinner plate. But a friend of mine pointed out that foldable twist fans are:

    a.) cheap
    b.) easy to find around
    c.) small when folded so it doesn't stretch the ribbing when you put it in
    d.) the perfect size to stretch out the body of the beret once its unfolded

    Perfect for blocking, and (if you don't have a friend willing to serve as model or cameraman) also perfect for laying out a hat flat for taking pictures.


  • crochet yarn for making amigurumi

    leads to much smaller finished products, and easier to get appropriate colors (much more choice than even acrylic yarns). Plus really really cheap, which is perfectly fine by me



So I've now saved hundreds of pesos, enough to buy a couple extra balls of yarn (or buttons -- but that's an entry for another day)

Value of money

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 01:58 am
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
Thinking about money a bit more. You can't just do a simple currency conversion of how prices would be back home and expect the amount to make sense in the other currency.

For example: back during my first job, when I was eating out regularly, I'd spend about 150 to 250 pesos per meal (~3.25 USD to 5.5 USD). That range is about correct for a decent sit-down restaurant meal -- any more than that was probably something fancy like sushi or salmon or really really cheap steak. At that, I was probably spending a lot more than some of my officemates, because you can get still yummy and way cheaper food for as little as a third of the price.

And the thing is, I have no idea how much the same would cost in a big city in the US, but my assumption is: more in absolute cash value, than it would back home. If I wanted to eat at the same price as I do back home, I think I'd have to stick to just fast food (I'm not going to try to eat for the same price as back home though!)

Which is to say that absolute prices mean nothing; it's the relative value of money (relative to the expected salary, relative to the cost of goods in the area, etc) that is important to figuring out how much to budget for a trip, and on that I'm completely lost *G*

I used to try to gauge the relative value of money by trying to compare the prices of necessary items to luxury items. Like, the cost of a decent cheap dinner to a mid-range expensive dinner. Or the price of a sandwich to the price of a shirt, or a book.

That worked for me in Thailand, which was on balance a lot like the Philippines, but was not so useful in Japan, where the food seemed unnaturally expensive no matter where I looked especially in comparison to electronics. (This may have been because I was in Tokyo). So I've been trying by other means to figure out how much a sum of money is actually worth in practical terms when travelling to other places. In Hong Kong, as in Japan, food was expensive, but electronics were (relatively) cheap. In both cases, when looking at a menu, I wouldn't be able to tell whether the food was cheap or expensive.

Money is hard :)


Thought experiment:
money in a puddle )

menu prices )


I shall be with other people so at least I don't need to worry about figuring out tipping conventions. (Whether to tip, how much, etc)

Old money pics

Monday, July 7th, 2008 01:11 am
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
Finally got around to scanning in/tagging/annotating the old bills we found late last year.

[livejournal.com profile] lady_angelina, especially, may want to see the old money pics.

I am particularly proud of this one of a five-peso bill which I annotated the hEll out of ;-)

Symmetry/patterns

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 01:31 pm
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
One thing I really love is symmetry/finding patterns. I don't do it on purpose, but finding a pattern when I'm not looking for it, is guaranteed to brighten up my mood. It's easy to find a pattern in money: you have either the physical quantity, or the numerical value.

That is why, when I eat in the canteen upstairs, I always take the fifty-six peso meal, and pay with a hundred pesos. They only ever offer change in one of two ways:

1. two twenties and four one-peso coins (Which adds up to 44! And four is two times two, so it's two one-peso coins per twenty. That works!)
2. four ten-peso coins and four one-peso coins (1:1 ratio for the two different kinds of coins. They do this breakdown much more rarely, but every time they do, it's like, JACKPOT, dingdingdingdingding.)

And that is my embarrassing life revelation for today.

old money is old

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 09:21 pm
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (make my day)
While renovating my grandfather's old room, we found an envelope full of old paper money. It's weird to see just how much things have changed. I'll see if I can get a good image of them, and I'll try to get the modern equivalent as well ;)

There are bills from the time of four different presidents: Ramon Magsaysay, Carlo P. Garcia, Diosdado Macapagal, and Ferdinand Marcos. The weird thing is that the design reminds me more of US dollar bills than the modern incarnations. The text is even in English instead of in Filipino.

I wonder when the currency was redesigned? Also, anyone with a better grasp of history able to tell me how old these bills probably are (based on the presidents who signed them)?

Update:
Looking at the bills individually now, and I'm pretty sure that the redesign was done in Marcos' time. The money signed by all the other presidents is in the old style, and looks more like the dollar. All the bills with Marcos' name on them have had a facelift, and they are much closer to the modern version.

The old-style bills have this line running across the bottom: "This note is legal tender in the Philippines for all debts, public and private" (emphasis mine). Sound familiar to anyone? The Marcos bills have the same text translated into Filipino.

They all look like play money.

This is seriously, seriously cool.

Update 2:
I just found a 10-peso bill with Marcos' signature, which makes sense because he couldn't have started redesigning the money until he started his term, so he'd have needed to go with the old-style bills first.

I've also found a one-peso bill. Hahaha!

Front, compared to the modern $1 bill:


back view and picture of a modern (PHP100) bill for comparison of the layout )