If I were to list my top 3 favorite malls, I would not have a hard time with my top 1. That will surely go to Waltermart/Makati Cinema Square. The top 2 and 3 would be a toss between Edsa Central and Cash and Carry Makati. Their common denominator? Booksale, Japan Home/American Bazaar and airconditioned tiangge. I also like that these malls are rarely crowded. So for our shopping adventure in preparation for Aki’s school year, we went to Cash and Carry Makati.
I knew that the lines in the cashiers of National bookstore would be long so it would best to avoid the usually frequented malls. The NB branch in CC was busy but I bet it was not half as busy as the branch in SM Bicutan. There were only two people before us when we were paying. What surprised me though, was that a couple of folders here, some fasteners there plus the other items in the checklist of school supplies would translate to being almost a thousand pesos poorer! Ang mahal ng school supplies ha!
Aki’s school specifically indicated the brand of the art materials that they prefer. I asked Teacher Tina if we really have to follow and she said yes. It would be easier for them to teach technique and concepts if we go by the recommendations. In case you are wondering, these are the art materials that we bought
What I was not so happy about is that the school is strict on the type of shoes. Kids should only wear velcro rubber shoes. I undersand that it will take the teachers forever if they have to tie 20 shoelaces.It is just that we have a lot of shoes, most of them hand-me-downs, so buying a new pair feels impractical. I hope I don’t sound like a whiner. I really really love Aki’s school. It just that because it is our first time to have a school boy. New rules and new costs still shock us. Will blog about the school soon.
Anyhoot, back to the shoes. Again, Cash and Carry is a good choice for shoe shopping. There were fewer choices but I did not mind. There were far fewer customers which meant better customer service and less waiting time. The most affordable but still expensive if you ask me, brand for toddler velcro shoes in the department store was Pitter Patter Peter something. A pair costs somewhere between 550-750 bucks.
Not a shoe person. Good for us! It was Aki’s second time to buy shoes. The first time was back in 2010.
Just to show you how
empty spacious the department store is two weeks before the start of the school year.
School Supplies? Check
New Shoes? Check
Next on the list were the ID pictures.
Good luck, Kuya Photographer!
After 30 or was that 50 attempts, we finally got the winning shot.
Now that we were done with Aki’slist, it was time for my shopping list. My list was short. There were just two word: New Jeans. The last time I bought jeans was back in 2006. While I love my old faded torn jeans, they are too loose for me now and too casual for dress down Fridays. I learned from this shopping experience that it is almost impossible to find non-skinny jeans in tiangges nowadays. After much internal debate with myself, I relented and got two pairs of skinnies. I had always thought skinny jeans will never look good on me because I have wide hips and heavy thighs. Well suprise surprise, skinny jeans are not just for the skinny. Yey!
When we got tired of shopping, we had a 30 minute half body massage care of the blind therapists of Light Seekers. Funny that I kept trying to bow my head and hide the whole time because if Aki sees me, for sure, not only will he ruin my mini-me-time, he will also ruin the experience for other customers.
What is my favorite store in Cash and Carry? MindWerks! They sell affordable, wooden, affordable, educational, affordable toys. That is were we got Aki’s wooden blocks.
It was a busy productive Sunday afternoon.
If Cash and Carry stays the same, for sure we will continue to shop there every first week of June. My favorite moment of that day was seeing Aki’s shocked and bothered expression.
“Whoa! Puh-tol U-loh”, he said.
P. S. Has anyone ever tried doing the grocery in Cash and Carry?