Confessions of AttyArj

(3) ShoeMart

September 17, 2008
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As a resident of Pasig for the last six years I became accustomed to being just a stone’s throw away from everything.  With no less than five malls around the corner, my hunger pangs, coffee fixation, bag obsession and shoe addiction are easily satisfied, if not cured.  These malls kept me sane (who ever invented retail therapy is a genius), fit (walking burns calories) and, of course, fashionable and happy (again, retail therapy is the key).

 

Because of the proliferation of malls in the country, not just in the capital city, kahit saan ka lumingon may SM.  In fact, in the Ortigas area alone there are two SMs (SM Megamall and SM Hypermart).

           

Noong 80’s, wala pang SM.  Noon, ang tawag sa tindahan ni Henry Sy ay “ShoeMart”.  Lima (5) pa lang ang branches ng ShoeMart noon and they are strategically located in Manila, Makati, Cubao, Cebu and Ilo-ilo (I can still remember this because the names of the 5 branches were written at the bottom of their plastic bags and I used to recite, correction, sing about it.  No kidding.).  Since the branch in Araneta Center Cubao was the nearest to Rizal, that’s where we go. 

 

Sa loob nang isang taon, siguro mga apat o limang beses lang kaming pumupunta sa ShoeMart para mag-shopping.  Naka-schedule na yun and, usually, in preparation for a special occasion.  Here’s our usual schedule March, before Holy Week (to buy Easter Sunday dress); June, before the start of classes (to buy school supplies); November, before All Saints/Souls Day (to buy candles and sementeryo outfit, hehehe, pag pangit damit mumultuhin) December, before Christmas (to buy Christmas clothes and Christmas gifts).    

 

Pag December, super-special ang trip namin sa Cubao.  Kasi, in addition to our usual ShoeMart visit, pumupunta din kami sa COD, to watch the Christmas window display, at sa Araneta Coliseum, to look at the giant Christmas tree and to watch Disney or Holiday on Ice. 

 

Dahil sa ShoeMart kami namimili, akala ko sosyal ako.  Akala ko mayaman kami.  Hindi pala.  Hindi pala kami “well to do family”.

 

Noong 80’s, ang politically correct term para sa mga mayayaman ay “well to do family”.  Let’s use that in a sentence.  ‘Michelle is a beautiful girl, she hails from Antipolo and comes from a well to do family’.  Oh ‘di ba, politically correct at pang textbook yan.

 

Anyway, na-discover kong hindi kami ‘well to do’ kasi yung family ni Sheila, my grade school best friend, sa Rustans, Ansons at LandMark nag-sa-shopping.  “Saan yon?”, I asked.  She told me, “sa Makati, near ShoeMart Makati”.  “Ahhh”, sabi ko.  I pretended that I knew what she was talking about kahit, sa totoo lang, hindi pa ako nakakatapak sa ShoeMart Makati. 

 

When I got home that day, I asked Mama why we don’t shop in Makati.  She told me it was far from our place and that it was a bit expensive to shop there.  That was the end of it.  I didn’t ask her to bring me there.  Hindi ko na rin siya kinulit about the different shops in Makati, after all ShoeMart Cubao is good enough for me.  Kahit halos kalahati ng mga girls sa class kapareho ko ng damit at sapatos pag Christmas party okay lang, mas maganda naman ang ipit ko.


(2) “My First” Barbie Doll

September 4, 2008
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One Christmas morning I woke up feeling excited because I’ll finally be able to open my Christmas gifts. I was so excited kasi hindi ko nagustuhan yung na-exchange gift ko sa class. It was a book. Okay sana kung book talaga kasi I love books. Ang kaso isa lang syang lalagyan ng tsokolate na nag-papanggap na libro. It was a Christmas cardboard book full of Goya candies and chocolates (from the Goya Fun Factory!). Although it was a step up from the plastic Christmas candy stocking that I got the year prior (ganon ako kamalas!), I was still very upset. Kasi naman I prayed hard and chose a really nice gift for my Monito (para good karma) tapos candy na naman. Hello, madaming candies and chocolates sa bahay namin, imported pa kasi nagpa-door-to-door si Lola. To make matters worst, ang natanggap ng Ate ko eh six pieces of Sanrio glasses (medyo mamahalin yun at nabibili lang sa Gift Gate), tapos si Gee Marie got a shoulder bag na hugis at mukhang toothpaste (super uso yun noon). Haaay, halos mamatay ako sa inggit.

Anyway, when I opened my gift I was so happy because I got my first Barbie doll and it was actually named “My First Barbie”, says so on the box. Maganda pero simple lang si “My First”, naka pink siyang tank top and pink and white plaid skirt. Pink din ang undies nya. Tapos yun na, wala nang ibang kasama sa box. Sabi ko nga I’ll save my allowance para maka-bili ako ng spare clothes ni “My First”, ayaw ko kasi ng pink.

At that time, akala ko my parents got me “My First” kasi they are planning to give me a head start on my collection. Inisip kong mabuti kung anong klaseng Barbie and ipapabili ko pag pumunta kami sa ShoeMart (SM Cubao na ngayun). Boy, was I wrong, very wrong. “My First” was my first, last and only Barbie doll, hindi na yun nasundan.

Hindi ko na matandaan kung kina Mama at Papa or kay Santa Claus nanggaling si “My First”, pero ang alam ko share kami ni Ate. Siya din, yun lang ang nalarong Barbie.

Nang mag-grade 5 ako, madami na akong friends, ung iba feeling dalaga na pero ako umaasa pa rin na mabibigyan ng bagong Barbie. At that time uso yung pag-i-invite sa house. Lalo na pag may project or presentation na kailangan i-rehearse. Parang opportunity mo yun to show off your Barbie or Sanrio collections. Padamihan, pagandahan, payabangan. Pasarapan din nang handang merienda. Pero yung mga friends ko, hindi sila mayayabang, they don’t show off, kaya lang inggitera at mahadera talaga ako.

I remember seeing Almira’s Garfield fone and vast Sanrio collection pero hindi ako masyadong na-inggit, wala pa kasi kaming telephone line and besides, meron din naman akong mini-collection ng Sanrio, Strawberry Shortcake at ET Memorabilia, mga padala ni Lola at Mommy Cely. Ang tumatak sa isip ko eh yung Barbie collection ni Cristina. Grabe, I was green with envy, she has 20 Barbie dolls ata (that’s probably the entire Barbie line back then). Meron siyang Barbie na may singsing. Kumpleto din siya sa accessories, merong kotse, vanity set, pang-kulot (twirler ata tawag dun) at, ang pinaka-importante sa lahat, meron siyang Ken (sigh!).

When I got home, I immediately told Mama about Cristina’s Barbie collection. Naawa siguro kaya she promised to buy me a new one, nothing fancy kasi nag-papabili daw si Keith (my younger brother) ng Match Box. Kaya lang, nung bibili na kami, Cabbage Patch Kids na ang uso, mas mahal, mas sosyal. Ayaw ko na ng Barbie. FYI, Cabbage Patch is the pudgy looking doll that usually comes with a Birth Certificate. Hindi gaanong cute nor cuddly yung doll, pero bongga, kaka-iba, akalain mo, my Birth Certificate! I think the idea was – – you don’t buy a Cabbage Patch, you adopt one. Luckily nag-balikbayan si Lola Luz at si Lolo Emong, isinama nila si Mama sa Duty Free kaya nag-karoon ako ng Cabbage Patch. Again, that was my first and last.


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