Hubby and I used to receive big baskets of groceries including corporate chocolate gift from my previous company (PJI). Aside from that, we also get gift certificates (GCs) from different advertisers. Instead of cash, advertisers pay PJI with GCs for the advertisement published in three newspapers such as People’s Journal, People’s Tonight, People’s Taliba and Women’s Journal. The management used these GCs as gift or as payment for delayed allowances of employees.
GCs and chocolate gifts are good, but the employees need cash, especially their 13th month pay.
We had fun mall-hopping last night. Its not that we have so much money to spend, but we were supposed to be looking for gift items my kids will bring for their Christmas party on Friday. Hubby initiated to bring us to the newly-opened SM Hypermart in Quezon Avenue along EDSA. There were a handful of shoppers when we got there so it was easy for us to roam around. We bought some items at Daiso Japan Store where prices I should say are reasonable for the quality of products they are selling. For example, a stainless mug with cap only costs P88 when it costs P100 or higher in other stores. We headed to the supermarket on the same level of the building and bought Taisan bread, a pair of slippers, three pieces of handkerchief, hair clips and napkins and CDO Pista Cooked Ham. The ham comes with a free plastic plate with Christmas tree design on it. 🙂
We transferred to the adjacent Trinoma mall where we finally got my son’s gift, a Spongebob fluffy key chain and another Spongebob metal keychain worth P124.75. My daughter was undecided what to give her ‘monito’ so she just bought a water colored pencil at National Bookstore for her art hobby. And for me, I got a copy of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. I really really wish I will be able to find time to finish the book before the year ends yay!
Our mall trip maybe short but it has given me a sort of time to unwind and our family to bond for the day. Kids enjoyed window shopping. They were making a mental list of the things they want to buy as our present for them on Christmas Day.
This week, hubby and I are planning to check out a thrift or second-hand store along Quezon Avenue. Our thrift store here is called Ukay-ukay in our local dialect. Didn’t I tell you that most of hubby’s signature pants and shirts are bought from Ukay-ukay. I love Ukay’s capri tyle pedal pants. They are comfortable to wear. I might blog about it next time. 🙂