A few days ago, I was bragging to Alvin how I was able to control myself from over shopping while I was in Amsterdam. All I bought for myself there were 2 euro pambahay shorts and 2 euro Nivea lip conditioner at Primark. Oh I got also pala two shorts from Stradivarius that were 70% off the original price.
ALVIN: Kaya pala may balikbayan box kang inaantay na padating.
Iba yun noh.
Nagbalikbayan box lang ako because I bought a Raskog trolley for Anika in IKEA. I was only allowed 30kg in luggage allowance for this trip. Eh yung papunta ko nasa 20 kg na my luggage eh. It was practical to get a balikbayan box. Hindi na ako kakaba kaba how I will bring home all my stuff plus hindi kasya yung Raskog trolley sa maleta ko. Hindi ko nga napuno yung balikbayan box eh. Nagikot pa ako sa house ni Papa to pick stuff that I can bring home. Hahaha! Ang dami ko tuloy vase and plant pots. Abangan niyo yan sa balikbayan box unboxing ko.
Anyway, not only that. I was able to save because I have not shopped since I got back from my trip.. Even ako, na-amaze eh. Laking bagay din pala talaga if you don’t go shopping often. I was able to save and put back to my savings yung nagastos kong pocket money sa Europe.
ME (to Alvin): Ganun pala talaga yun, ano Babe? Ang laki ng mase-save ko if hindi ako nagshoshopping lagi.
ALVIN: Ilang taon ko na yan sinasabi sayo.
I’m so proud of myself. I have not gone to a mall yet kasi sale season eh. I don’t want to test myself because for sure I will fail. Aminado naman ako na bagsak ang EQ ko pagdating sa ganyan. To satisfy my “titingin lang talaga ako” moments sa malls, I turn to Shoppee instead. Magsawa ka dun kaka-tingin. Sa sobrang umay ko, I don’t buy anymore. Effective.
Anyway, last weekend, Alvin, Anika and I went to the mall to buy contents for Anika’s Grab Kit. As in pagpasok sa mall, derecho sa Watson’s and National Bookstore ako. However, I asked Alvin if we can renew our SM Advantage Card at the Customer Service Counter. Expired na eh.
And so we went.
I surrendered the SM Advantage and paid Php 100. Alvin had to stay with me kasi they needed his ID and may isa-sign siya. I have no idea bakit nga ba nasa name niya yung SM Advantage card ko eh ako lang naman gumagamit nun. We were asked to wait. Tatawagin na lang daw kami. After 10 minutes,
GIRL AT THE COUNTER: Mr. Alvin Sombrero?
We both went to the counter.
GIRL AT THE COUNTER: Sir, here’s your new SM Advantage card.
ALVIN: Thank you.
GIRL AT THE COUNTER: And sir, here’s your SM Prestige Card.
ALVIN: Ano yan?
GIRL AT THE COUNTER: Because sir you were able to purchase worth Php 300,000 last year, qualified na kayo to have a SM Prestige Card.
Pinandilatan ko ng mata si Ateng!
Pinandilatan ko ulit ng mata si Ateng sabay slightly shaking my head at her.
Eh hindi niya gets.
GIRL AT THE COUNTER: Naka accumulate po kasi kayo ng purchases worth Php 300,000 last year.
Alvin turned to me.
ME: Babe, relax. Sa groceries natin yan siyempre.
ALVIN: Anong groceries?! Ang laki naman.
ME: Eh di ba naglipat tayo ng bahay nung December? Yung appliances! Yung Furniture! Yung mga pang decor. Ano ka.
ALVIN: Hindi naman tayo bumili ng appliances and furniture nung lumipat di ba?
ME: Yung mga pinagbibili sa ACE Hardware during construction!
Tiningnan lang ako ng lolo niyo.
ME: Okay fine. Meron diyang Forever 21, H&M (kasama ba ito?!), mga school things ni Anika last year and this year, yung pinambili ng Christmas gifts, UNIQLO (kasama nga ba uniqlo?!), Watsons…
Inisa isa ko lahat ng tindahan sa meron sa isang SM Mall.
Hindi siya convinced.
After that, we went to Watson’s to buy the contents of the grab kit. While paying, I remembered I never cashed out all my points in my SM Advantage card. I had Php 3,000 worth of points! The cost of what I was paying for was Php 1,500. Sabi ko, dun na lang sa SM Advantage i-charge. Nalibre tuloy lahat ng pinamili ko. Ang dami din nun ah!
I excitedly told Alvin about this. Nangiti naman ng slight. Whew. Now, he wants to buy a transistor radio. Don’t ask me. Kailangan daw niya ng transistor radio para pagmay bagyo or pagnagka-zombie apocalypse. We went to SM Appliance to check out how much. Mga Php 1,000 lang ang transistor radio niya! Pasok dun sa SM Advantage points!
O, may benefits naman di ba?! =) Happy weekend, guys! Sale all around us kaya, hinay hinay hehe!