19 July 2006

Our Amazing Divisoria Experience

After almost 10 years since my last trip to Divisoria, we went back last Saturday to buy the tela for our entourage. It was just as crowded and noisy as the Divisoria I remembered when we used to buy fruits (by the box) before our Christmas break around 1st year college...but of course, without the 168 mall hahaha.

We went there with my close friend from the dorm (back when I was taking my Masters and teaching in UP) who selflessly offered to accompany us even if she felt she was going down with the flu the night before. Bilis na lang pala ng byahe from Buendia to Divisoria.


The first thing I noticed was the Fire station located within Divi. Naisip ko nun, pano kaya kung may emergency, paano makakaraan yung fire trucks e ang sikip-sikip ng daan dun! Hehehe....

Our first stop, looking for Tabora St. where the fabric stores are. At ang hirap nyang hanapin hahaha! The first manang we asked told us to turn right there (as in there, sabay turo sa kung saan man yun!)...so we just walked and turned right at the first corner. The second manang then pointed us to the direction from where we came! So we asked a manong...and he told us to go straight, turn right, etc. And finally, we found it!

Rhoda and Lawrence told us that Shantung would cost around P100/yard sa Divisoria, so I was expecting that amount. But in the first stall that we saw, sabi P95/yard daw *hmm* syempre nasa Divi ka, so mega tawad. "Ano po last price?" P88 daw, P80 na lang po...ayaw talaga, P88 daw. Sige, hanap muna kami sa iba...at hinabol kami nung mama nung mejo malayu-layo na kami from the stall, sige daw, P85 na lang. Bibili na sana kami e sabi ni Albert, tanong muna tayo sa iba. So we decided to look around first. The next shop we asked...P85/yard daw! *Uy bumaba!* so we haggled and she agreed to sell it for P75/yard kaso napansin ni Albert iba daw ung kulay...waaahh!!! At iba nga :( so we had to look around some more...finally, we came upon the third (and last) shop and that's when we found the right color, and the price was also P75/yard. We tried to haggle again pero ayaw na talaga. *sige na nga!* So that's when I got my heavy shantung, light aqua blue tela for my entourage..


Ang aga pa lang, tapos na namin ung aming task hehe. I wanted to look for a child's dress (na ung mejo maarte nang unti) for our flower girls. Ang mahal kasing magpagawa e sandali lang naman nilang maisusuot yun (you know with kids, they grow up so fast!)...nasuyod namin ang 168 mall pero hindi kami nakakita ng Sunday dress :( *and now I realize while I'm typing this, that we should have gone to other streets in Divi, I'm sure there would be one street there selling all children's clothes. hmp, next time*

What I bought in 168 mall though were earrings, lots and lots of earrings! hehe..I plan to give them to my entourage, syempre aquamarine ung kulay hehe. Nakakatuwa! At ang hirap magpigil, pero ang sarap makipagtawaran hahaha! ang daming shoes, sandals, bags! Waaaaahhhhh!!! Sa 168 mall na rin kami kumain (sa 3rd floor yung foodcourt), dun din ang sarap kumain hahaha.

Here are the earrings I bought....


I had a great time in Divi kahit nakakapagod at umaambon-ambon pa...Albert and I plan to go back one of these weekends again...para lang maglibot at maghanap pa ng pwedeng bilhin (think Sunday dress and party poppers) for the wedding preps. Si Albert ung DVD ata ang habol...basta ako masaya at may tela na for the entourage :)


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On another note, the other Saturday we went to Glorietta to check out QP Designs since I read from a W@wie post that they have invitations that cost less than P50 each *hmm pasok sa budget*
Nung andun na kami, una kong nakita muna ung Papemelroti shop! OMG, there's something about bookstores/office supplies shops that just makes me want to go inside, look at all the papers and stuff they sell. And Papemelroti is one of these shops, parang gusto kong bilhin lahat! Hahaha! (Side kwento: meron akong officemate na ka-vibes ko kasi Papemelroti addict, pangarap nyang magka-franchise ng Papemelroti. As in, she can't possibly leave Papemelroti without buying something hahaha)
Anyway, we asked about their invitations and we saw their samples...ok yung designs and cheap lang din sya (pasok sa budget). Tapos ang tagal ko pang naglibot dun sa shop until finally we went to QP. Kakatuwa, meron ngang mga invitations na less than P50...but of course, these were very simple lang - pero take note, yung letters yung parang thermographed (yung parang embossed na hehe hirap i-describe). E si Albert, gusto ng ganun :) sa akin naman, budget talaga yung habol (but of course kelangan namang di gusgusin) kasi naman yung invitation, most of the guests wouldn't keep it naman. Hirap nang pinaggastusan mo, tapos itatapon lang ng ibang tao kaya for me, I would opt for the cheaper ones (without sacrificing the quality of course! just need to get the right balance)...
But we didn't book yet since Albert said that we should look for other suppliers muna. Baka naman daw kasi merong mas maganda for the same price...sana lang wag sa kasuluk-sulukan ng mundo yung location ng shop nila hahaha!
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*sabog ko talaga magkwento*
Finally, I'm a bit worried kasi yung AE namin sa Hizon's, nag-resign na pala. Naku! bibigyan kami ng bagong AE...sana lang ok sya, yung madaling makakuha ng instructions, etc. Please po, Lord!
I guess that would be all for now...haba din pala ng kwento ko hahaha....

2 comments:

Ann said...

Aba mukhang masaya ang Divi escapade nyo ni Albert ah. Buti ka pa nakakita na ng sample ng invitations ng Papemelroti ... kasi dun kami magpapagawa. Usually ang invitations hindi tinatago di ba ... kaya di kami mag-splurge ng big amount dun. Ms. Christina quote me 3K + for 200 2page invites. Ok na di ba? Unique pa hehehe! Bibili lang kami sa QP Designs sa Quiapo ng Turquoise na envelope which cost 5 pesos a pc daw. Kasi di ba brown paper yung envelope nung invites :) Para may konting touch of our motiff naman.

cheryll said...

hi sis!

grabe, buti na lang na-link mo ako. kung hindi, walang nagbabasa ng blog na ito! hahaha!

nyway, yup, nag-enjoy ako sa aming divi trip (at nagpaplano pang bumalik para mamili ng pambahay na damit haha).

korek ka dun, nice ung invites ng papemelroti. simple pero unique! environmentally friendly pa :)