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How to haggle the cheapest price in Asia

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Most stalls love to haggle and if you’ve never done it before don’t worry it’s pretty easy, they do most of the work for you. Here’s my steps and tricks to haggling in Asia, more specifically Petarling Street, Malaysia but it’s pretty much universal for all of Asia. So have fun! I love it 😀

1. First ask them the price.
2. Then ask them what’s their best price*.
3. Then name your price around 50-80%** less than the original and see how the negotiations go.
3.1. Throw in some: “umm’s” ,  “hmm’s” , “come on’s” and if your feeling extra malay try a “too expensive la!”
4. If you are not happy try walking away and they might crack and then start shouting lower numbers at you as you leave. ‘bingo!’
5. If not all the stalls nearby have pretty much exactly the same stuff so repeat from step 1 haha easy right?!

Bonus tips to get it even cheaper!
1.The Rain
If it starts raining they’re aware they might not get many customers coming by and you’re all they’ve got so they will try their best to hang on to you, so push it if you wish.

2. The Nearly Empty Wallet
Now this tip is something that’s worked for me in the past and it’s been for the genuine reason that I’ve run out of money and don’t have enough for the deal. Usually they alway ask how much you’ve got left, if it’s right with them they might settle for lower than you ever could of haggled. I’ve got some things dirt cheap by accident and by luck but I’m sure if you wanted to develop this into a technique you can pre- store different values of money in places around your bag or wallet and try your luck.

3. Don’t walk away from a really good deal
So this isn’t quite tip to get your price cheaper but it’s to make sure you hang on to it. What happened to me was I haggled a nice hat down from 90rm to 30rm and which was hire easy but when I wanted to leave he turned a bit hostile and said “ok but 30 now, 95 when you come back!”
In my case I wasn’t really that fussed, I’m just browsing with plenty of time so I left and I’m sure il be able to get a good deal since I’m back in and out of Malaysia often with no rush.  But it’s worth noting if they recognise you coming back to their stall in desperation there is a chance they might try and milk you once they know you want it.

*Sometimes they may actually give you their best price straight up. You will soon know judging by what prices the other stalls around it have been saying. If you want to make this guy go any cheaper it will only be by buying more of his items or maybe some for your friends?

**Keep in mind the kind of item you are dealing with and how much it might have cost to make and drop the price accordingly 

Have you got any tips,  I would love to hear them?  Cheers

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#Day43 #365JosHappyDays – Finding some fiery street food – Cheap Eats!

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So today I left the comfort of the hotel pool in attempt to find some lunch. It didn’t take long at all (5 minutes walk)  before I came across maybe 8 street food or hawker stalls lining the edge of the road. They looked pretty permanent with big water tanks boosted into the jungly trees above and sinks set up bellow. Clearly this is not one of the cleanest establishments I’ve eaten at but If you’re a true foodie it’s never about stars but all about taste *(and ideally it not killing you, but you got to toughen up somehow).

So I went right in at the deep end of risky food with a spicy seafood dish that had probably been cooked sometime morning. Tasted pretty good but it won’t stop my search for better and fresher! What did the trick was I’ve been longing for some chilli after the lack of it in all Japanese food. So when the women sensed I was foreign and quite kindly started picking out the chilli’s I had to stop her there and ask her for more haha 

For anyone that does get affected by chilli’s quickly you might want to note the drink I had ‘ice lemon’ will first be served boiling hot with ice to kill any impurities, so let it cool a bit first before you go for that refreshing gasp.

Oh and finally you can’t complain at 6 ringgit for a meal and a drink, that’s about £1.10!  + it didn’t kill me either or make me ill for that matter. 

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#Day39 #365JosHappyDays – Matsuya – Cheap Eats!

Matsuya –  I walked by this place and saw their menu last night and thought I couldn’t go wrong with a beef meal set for just 500yen that’s like £3! I went in and had the large and ever so slightly more expensive chili dish at 550yen which was just a big bowl and some miso soup but it was so good (and cheap) I came back for lunch the next day to try the regular meal set.  Which was actually even better,  it came with soup, salad, rice and the meat and 80yen for kinda sour and spicy dish of kimchi (that lil red dish of veg). They all come with unlimited access to cold water or hot tea too. 

The beef dish is called Gyudon and just means beef bowl, to me some flavours tastes familiar to my mums cooking so I would say it maybe has, onion, garlic, ginger and yellow bean paste. I loved it taste and it’s nothing weird so I’m sure any westerner would too.  It’s a safe bet and definitely worth a try and with there stores being all over Tokyo it shouldn’t be hard to find especially with Google.

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#Day33 #365JosHappyDays – Japanese Menu Lucky Dip

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Well this was a fun game, I have pretty much no ability to read Japanese and in here on my own sooo…  Let’s play lucky dip!  It actually went pretty well, first off with my basic Japanese I could handle getting a beer, chips and some fried chicken. (biru, potaeto, tori.. really not that hard aye!) But the fun begun with pretty much calling the waitress over and pointing at random things on the menu,  smiling and nodding, then waiting eagerly to find out if what I’ve ordered is even edible!… First guess nope no edible,  but however was quite drinkable : a whiskey hill ball 🙂  OK so now I’ve established that page one is probably all drinks and over to page 2 where I upped my game and ordered a tomato salad, weirdly the most expensive thing I bought! Next up I saw 200yen with some downward writing n thought/hoped it was Sushi,  took a risk there as it was the cheapest thing on the page, could have been drinks again but I won that round wooohoo!

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So I came for the cheap beer (180yen = about £1!), but I stayed for the cute barmaid ahaha!
Everybody this is Yuee-chan 🙂

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I’m impressed with their cheep beer though, check out the machine that pours the perfect pint. It tips the glass so it runs so smooth without throff that they actually require a second nozzle to finish that puts the head on ha. 
Well done Japan..

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