For the record, I’m not a sporty person (except when I was in grade school). As in. I don’t even enter the numerous sports outlet stores in Sta. Rosa near where I work. My friend Zaira and I would often ridicule our sporty friend Chrys whenever she enters those shops, telling her these shops were boring because there were “No beautiful things.” Hehe. We would refuse to even go inside with Chrys and pout outside, to show her how “un-beautiful” sporting goods were.
But that’s all in the past; I’m now obsessed with sports stores because of Raviv. Since soccer/football is a relatively new sport in the Philippines, it is difficult to look for soccer/football paraphernalia. Panay pam-basketball. When I bought Raviv his new soccer stuff from Sports Warehouse in Mamplasan, I thought those were enough. Kayo nga proud na proud ako, ‘di ba? But then Raviv’s teammates had a new pauso: long sleeves under their jersey uniforms. And Raviv was obsessed with long sleeves, to the point that he would wear his pamporma long sleeves under his jersey uniforms all the time. I told him those long sleeves were not for sports, but he would insist.
Then I noticed that the other goalkeepers were indeed wearing long sleeves to protect their elbows, bilang tumba nga naman sila nang tumba. Moreover, I realized OK din yung long sleeves so protect Raviv from getting too dark, LOL. So I asked the other parents where they got those long sleeves, and they said Decathlon.
I told Randy about it, and bilang para kay Raviv naman ‘yun, he made time for us to go there ASAP.
Decathlon, Festival Mall
Decathlon is the largest sporting goods retailer in the world. And boy I’m glad its store in the Philippines is just in Alabang! It’s where Shopwise was once located on the ground floor.
Randy and I were overwhelmed when we entered. It had everything, as in everything!
The best news is that the items are reasonably priced and seem to be of good quality (fabric of sporting clothes were soft and cool). I immediately proceeded to the soccer/football section, and how I wished Raviv were there to see the items!
There was even a separate section for goalkeeper gear!
I was so happy to see long sleeves with elbow pads. The shorts and pants aldo had thigh and knee pads—perfect sa pagtumba-tumba ng keepers!
Here are the things I got Raviv:
Kipsta long-sleeved goalkeeper shirt: P550
Kipsta long-sleeved goalkeeper bottoms: P950
Kipsta long-sleeved goalkeeper shorts: P500
Aside from the specialized gear for goalkeepers, I also got him apparel that he can use during regular trainings.
Kipsta Keepdry breathable long-sleeved base layer: P280 each
Kipsta shorts: P180 each
I also got Raviv some swimming gear.
Children’s UV protection surfing top: P440
Aqua shoes: P200
Randy also got busy buying stuff for his bird photography. Apparently, he has also long wanted to visit Decathlon because the more seasoned birders in his group, Wildbird Photographers of the Philippines, got their camouflage clothes and accessories here. Here are his finds, mostly from the camping/hiking section:
Solognac camouflage backpack: P900
Sun hat: P360; Bob steppe khaki cap: P340
Solognac long-sleeved camouflage shirt: P550
Solognac cargo pants
After I got Raviv his soccer essentials, I roamed around and was amazed by the variety of sporting goods there. Here are some that caught my fancy.
If we’re going to El Nido, I’ll be back to buy us these aqua shoes
I really wanted to buy Raviv this sun visor, but Randy vetoed.
Camping, hiking (and for parents who watch during tournaments):
Waaah vacuum flasks!!! People who know me know I can’t have enough of these!
I really wanted these cooler bags to keep Raviv’s drinks cold during his tournaments! Kaso na-guilty na ako bumili.
Of course there were lots of sporting items for the “popular” sports, such as tennis, badminton, volleyball and basketball. Meron nga for kayaking, gymnastics, archery…basta you name it, Decathlon has got it! Suddenly and surprisingly, sports stores have become my happy place, too!
Decathlon Philippines is located at Festival Mall, Corporate Avenue, Alabang.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.