Readers, happy anniversary to us!!! 🎉 I saw on Facebook that it’s MomsterTeacher’s 6th anniversary. Amidst everything I do, I was able to maintain this blog. And your kind words were what propelled me to keep on posting this week. ❤️
Another message I keep on receiving is about my #SoccerMomDuties. Ang galing na raw ni Raviv, it’s good daw that he is physically active, etc. etc. I also received a message asking what to buy budding futbolistas and where to get them. Perfect timing, because a month or so go, I shopped for Raviv’s soccer (aka football) paraphernalia.
That means, mali pala ako: it’s not true that I hadn’t done actual shopping during and after summer until SM Clark. Oo nga pala, I went shopping for Raviv’s soccer stuff in July. Hehe. But in my defense, sports equipment doesn’t really belong to the “beautiful things” category, right? Mwahahahaha! 😝
Anyway, if your child is new to soccer or any sports, don’t go crazy shopping first. When Raviv started his soccer training, we didn’t buy him anything new yet. We just let him wear regular rubber shoes and regular cotton T-shirts.
Because, what if he doesn’t like that sport, right? Sayang naman ‘yung mga bibilhin. We bought Raviv spikes (football shoes), long socks, and shin guards only a week after his first training session. Even then, we didn’t buy anything branded—we just went to the easiest-to-find sports house and bought unbranded long socks and shin guards; and a brand new yet old stock Mizuno spikes. After all, he was just playing for fun, right?
Wrong. The thing with his football team is that it’s not training just for fun. They join tournaments. And then Raviv became his age group’s resident goalkeeper (meaning: importante na s’ya sa team niya. Hindi na benchwarmer. 😂)
One time I was proudly watching him actively block goals, I realized that goalkeepers were bugbog: in guarding the goal, tumba pala nang tumba, dapa nang dapa, ganun. After soccer training, I would notice that Raviv was muddy and would have several scrapes on his knees. And then I was told that for the month of July, they had tournaments every weekend. Yes, EVERY WEEKEND.
So naawa na ako kay Raviv.
His old, unbranded long socks were already loose and threadbare that they barely protected his legs.
And then although his spikes were Mizuno, the exterior leather has cracked. Kawawang-kawawa tingnan.
So I took time to go to the Sports Warehouse in Mamplasan where all sports equipment and clothes are always on sale. Raviv was with me so he could try everything on. I knew sports equipment and clothes were expensive, but I told myself that my unico hijo deserves this. After all, matagal n’ya namang pinagtiisan ‘yung mga gamit n’ya nang walang reklamo, except for a time when he asked me, “Nanay, why do my soccer shoes always look dirty?” 😬 Hehe.
Anyway, I was in for a pleasant surprise. I was prepared to spend a lot, but the stuff at Sports Warehouse was really cheap!!!
All of these we got for only P3,890.00. Yes, including the brand new spikes/football shoes!!! Let’s take a closer look at each of them, shall we?
Sports Warehouse Mamplasan Soccer/Football Shopping Finds
My first priority were Raviv’s spikes. It was difficult to find a pair that would fit him, as they were either too small or too big. It was only this design (see photo below) that had his size (with allowance, of course #ParaSulit), and the salesman also mentioned that it was great design because the “hi-cut” gave additional ankle support. But when I saw the price, muntik na akong mag-backout. Pero bahala na. I was sure that if Randy were there, he’d buy this pair as well. Besides, Raviv loved these shoes. So game!
Good thing though that it was on sale!!!
Regular price: P4,195
Sale price: P2,936
Then I focused on socks. Raviv needed quality socks because of his role as a goalie. Good thing because there were Adidas socks there. Compare this pair to the unbranded pair of socks (see photo above) that Raviv has been using.
Regular price: P399/pair.
Sale price: P99/pair (cheaper than the super thin unbranded socks we got Raviv!) We got two pairs.
While Raviv was fitting shoes, the salesman also offered shin guards. When he learned Raviv was a goalie, he also offered gloves. I wasn’t interested, because Raviv already had these shin guards and goalie gloves, respectively:
Unbranded shin guards, bought at Paseo de Sta. Rosa for at least P500
Unbranded goalkeeper gloves, bought at Paseo de Sta. Rosa for at least P700
But he showed me their available shin guards and gloves anyway. And though I wasn’t particular on brands, my oh my—anlayo palang maganda at mukhang mas OK nung branded! Kinabahan uli ako sa presyo, but surprise—they were cheaper than the generic brands!!!
Puma shin guards for only P300. I love this because they add more support and cushion! And because they’re yellow, LOL.
Nike GK Jr. Goalkeeper Gloves for only P417
The only thing we weren’t able to buy were those that Raviv could slip into his arms to protect his elbows because they’re out of stock.
Raviv’s #Pangmayaman jerseys and shorts
As for clothes, he no longer needed to buy shorts and jerseys because his team has its own tournament and training uniforms. Moreover, Raviv was given these fabulous hand-me-downs that I let him wear in between games during breaks in tournaments (as I airdry his tournament uniform to dry).
Yes, all of these were just given to Raviv! These are in fact the first ever hand-me-downs he had, and I’m beyond the moon because they’re gorgeous and still look brand new! (Tita Tess, kung alam mo lang, dati ko pang hanash na bakit walang minamana si Raviv na mga lumang damit ng mga kamag-anak. Si Andre lang pala ang sagot. Thank youuuuu sa mga #Pangmayaman na football jerseys and shorts ni Raviv! <3)
When we got home from our soccer stuff shopping galore, Raviv proudly showed his new gear to his Tatay. The joy on his face was palpable, and he even wanted to wear everything while he was sleeping, hahaha!