I know, I know…this is looong overdue! And I refuse to write about my Bangkok shopping finds until after I have posted my Divisoria shopping expedition (yeah, “expedition” talaga!)
Anyhoo, about two weeks ago, Familia Ladaga went to Divi. Are you asking whether Raviv went with us? Well the answer is a resounding, YES! #AlamNyoNamanSiRandy
The “legit” reason for going there is because we are gonna buy Christmas decors. I have an embarrassing confession to make: Wala kaming Christmas Tree (Say whut?!?)! I know, it’s surprising! But that’s the truth and nothing but the whole truth. When Randy and I got married in 2008, he said we’ll buy when we already have a kid. OK fine. And then I asked him again when I got pregnant and was expecting Ravivo to be born some time during the Holidays in 2010. ‘Wag na raw muna uli, ‘pag ipinanganak na raw ang baby. And then in 2011, postponed again because we spent the Holidays and Raviv’s first birthday (Dec. 26) at my parents’. Then last year, ‘wag na daw uli kasi baby pa naman si Raviv—hindi pa raw maa-appreciate ang Christmas tree.
But now that Raviv is turning three and is crazy about Santa Clauses, we have no excuses. So off to Divisoria we went.
Even though we arrived quite early, traffic na agad papasok. So to save time, Alona (our longtime helper) and I alighted from our van to scour the bangketa. FYI, kahit maantot ang bangketa, it’s where you find the cheapest items. Indeed, we scored several good finds!
And then we went to Tutuban Mall to have lunch. Randy, Raviv, Dodong and Raviv’s Yaya Gigi were already waiting for us at a fastfood. They excitedly handed me a Spiderman magazine…
Ayun namaaaan!!! The photo that Randy submitted got published!
I found Tutuban Mall too classy (and that bad because?..) And I did not want that, kasi feeling ko mahal. Kung gusto ko ng sosyal na mall, bakit ko pa dadayuhin ang Divi ‘di ba? So off we went to the nearby 168 Mall.
One of the first things I scored were these fabulous accessories:
Each pair of earrings costs—get this—P30 only!!!
I also got these color skinny stretch jeans:
The maroon and tan pants cost P200+ each, while the orange lace pants cost only P100!!! Imagine? By the way, these pants are cotton—they make my thunder thighs breathe. I actually bought similar pants from Greenhills a year ago at the same price. Unfortunately, the material was different…ang init!!! Less than a minute on me before I decided to give it away. So guys, remember to buy something you’ll feel cool on talaga. Hindi porke’t mura bibilhin na. You might actually be spending more than saving. And these pants made my thunder thighs breathe even in Bangkok’s 39-40 degrees Celcius temperature!
I also got a new house for my cellphone:
I think this cost P280. Medyo namahalan ako; there were other far cheaper cases but it was sturdy and I felt like my cellphone would be safe here even when Raviv plays with it.
When I got to the part of 168 mall where party supplies were being sold, I got so giddy! There were a lot of stylish paper plates, piñatas, lanterns, table napkins, etc! I feel so bad that Raviv’s birthday falls on Dec. 26 (konti lang makaka-attend ng party!) thus he’ll just celebrate his birthday at school a week before. So the most I could do was buy plates, table napkins, paper cups, balloons, party hats, and some giveaways for his birthday bash at school.
Of course, kelangan Spider-man (much to my dismay. Walang challenge eh! Ewan ko ba, I like the stress that comes with party-planning) for his Spider-man birthday party at school. Now a plethora of Spider-man kids birthday party items are there, you’ll deffinitely have so much Spider-man birthday party ideas. Too bad Raviv’s school does not allow a full blast birthday party celebration.
There were no Spider-man table napkins so I just opted for these blue ones
Here’s a Spider-man “pinata”…only instead of hitting it one need only pull the cord to open the goodies
All of these only cost more or less P1,000
Another thing I never let pass was the essential oil air humidifier. I bought one for our office more than a year ago for more or less P2,000, and I loved it! It really made our office smell great for hours with just a few drops of essential oil. It’s so convenient, unlike ‘yung the burner style, which is a fire hazard and hassle sa kakapalit ng tealight candle at kaka-refill ng tubig. It was so good that my hard-to-please-when-it-comes-to-knick knacks mom asked me to buy for her when I placed one in the guest room. So when I saw that store was selling these humidifiers for only P800, I got two! Here’s how the humidifier I bought looks like, but this photo was lifted from tradekey.com:
By the way, almost all through my 168 Mall shopping, Raviv was just at the food court with his Yaya Gigi and Kuya Dodong playing with his new toys:
Each action figure cost between P100-P350. Probably expensive for Divisoria standards but hey, we wanted toys that were free from dangerous chemicals. These toys, according to Randy, were also sold at Toy Stores in malls for P900 each.
But even after having bought all these, may kulang pa rin. Days before our Divisoria trip, I read a blog about another girl’s Divisoria journey…and she mentioned she was able to buy washi tapes! I had Randy search practically all stores in 168 Mall for washi tapes, but nada. Good thing that I was persistent and asked around. The store where I got my cellphone case pointed me to the right direction: there was no store selling washi tapes at 168 Mall, but there were lots at a nearby mall! Guys, sorry I forgot the name of the building! Basta may word na “China” or “Chinese” ‘yun, and it was very near 168 Mall. Ito ‘yung sosyaling mall…may nakita akong Breadtalk from the outside eh, haha! The Bread Talk was at the main building, but it has an extension building na medyo cheapangga ang dating. I followed my instincts and of course went to the cheapangga building (after all, I’m looking for cheap washi tapes). Within less than ten minutes in that mall, I have found what I was looking for!!! Now, be ready to be jealous because I’m gonna show you my fab washi tapes:
Guys, pakipunasan ang tumulong laway before I proceed. Hehehe! Joke! So How much were the washi tapes and paper tapes? According to a fellow mommy blogger friend o’ mine, the single big ones (see photo below) are being sold online for P75 each! I also saw a few at malls being sold for P100 each.
But how much did I get these? Humanda kayo—P15 each lang!!!
What about the small ones in a bundle?
There are ten small washi tapes per bundle with different designs, and each bundle only cost P25!!! ‘Di baaaa?!? So what else did I do but hoooaaaaard!!!
I got all of these for just about P1,000+! Diva ang vongga ng Divi?!? Online, my P1,000 would give me less than 15 washi tapes na titipid–tipirin ko nang sobra for sure. But with these, I got a license to experiment and squeeze out all the creativity I have in me.
After getting my washi tapes overdose, off we went home.
By the way, here are what I scored from a basement building near 168 Mall:
Can you believe price?!? The same store was also selling materials in making clips and headbands. I was soooo tempted to buy the cheapo raw materials yet I knew that my sched is too jampacked for that.
And oh yeah, if you’re asking about the Christmas decor we bought, here they are:
See nothing? That’s because, for the nth time, Randy decided to postpone buying again. Nyah!!!
Anyhoo, have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe and dry!
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