oh the things you do for your kid. in the midst of this summer heat, hubby and i trudged down to divisoria yesterday, taking advantage of the labor day holiday (in lieu of May 1), to buy stuff needed for mischa’s upcoming birthday. while it is still a little more than a month away, we decided to go early to beat the anticipated crowd that will troop down the famous bargain and wholesale haven come the latter part of may for the usual back-to-school shopping. we always preferred the comforts of an air-conditioned mall for our needs. we didn’t even brave the place during our wedding preps save for a single trip where our good friend IC was looking for something for her own wedding (we did get to buy cloths for our entourage’s gowns). but as we are heavily cash-strapped now, what with paying for credit card bills and utilities, and party planning for bulilit’s 1st birthday in june, a trip to divisoria was in order. i just knew that we would spend a fortune if we try to find answers in SM or rustan’s.
armed with cash (credit cards are basically useless in divi), unadorned even with our wedding rings and watches, and sans cellphones, we took the fx, train and jeepney because we knew parking would be absolutely non-existent. i had a few misgivings about not bringing the car because i knew that, after combing the stalls of the various malls after a couple of hours, we would be laden with plastic bags of all sizes, which would be carrying our loot. but there was no way to it. i didn’t want to end up doing the shopping alone should hubby need to stay and look after the car.
it was horrendous in general. i tried not to be too complaining and show to hubby that i felt uncomfortable with the whole trip because it was my idea in the first place. but from the get-go, i finished a bottle of mineral water despite my apprehensions about finding a suitable and clean toilet in divi. on the one hand, i was so afraid of a possible heat stroke that i had visions of me not making it to mischa’s birthday. lol. after an hour or so, we began feeling the strains of the task for we have not been able to get our sights on any party needs store. in the vast center, i really believed that once we get inside, we would be swamped by an ocean of choices. but no! apparently, we had to tediously scout aisle by aisle of the divi mall, the 168 mall and tutuban center. the good thing though–these are airconditioned. thank god for small blessings. there is still the big public market though where things are even cheaper but we didn’t have the strength to do that anymore. we both got a little antsy when we couldn’t find the party stuff, and i felt that we were going in circles, without any systematic direction. we decided to cool off a little by having lunch at the food court even though at that point, our trip seems to be going nowhere. we saw other things we wanted and needed for the house, like curtains and other home decor, but i was not to be distracted. we were there for mischa’s birthday. the money we had was for her party. period.
after we were refreshed a bit, we continued with our journey to the recesses of the mall. after due diligence, we were finally directed to go to the basement of the divi mall. and then…jackpot! rows and rows, aisles and aisles of all party needs imaginable. for a while, i got stumped. now, i had more choices than i could lay my hands on. we got a little disappointed that there were no stuff matching our theme, considering we thought it would be easy to find stuff decorated with flowers. but most of them carried only the usual barneys, disney princesses, winnie the pooh, etc. in the end, we didn’t mind. we got the generic kind party hats, loot bags, toys and school supplies. i finally got happy. we went home laden with birthday stuff yet we didn’t have to shell out much, which made us even happier. we went home tired but satisfied. yeah, there was the obvious lack of comfort, i’ll tell you this much. despite the coolness of the mall, you still get to literally rub elbows and arms with other shoppers. it’s just your luck if you happen to brush one that is sweaty or full of god knows what dirt. and you still need to drink gallons of fluid to re-hydrate yourself. i survived on coke and gatorade. and hand towels.
we got home late afternoon to mischa’s squeals again. despite my obvious exhaustion, carrying her and playing with her made it all go away. preparing this party for her is absolutely worth it.