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 Peopleâ€™s Journal, Peopleâ€™s Tonight, Peopleâ€™s Taliba and Womenâ€™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. We checked for gift items the kids will bring for their Christmas party on Friday. Hubby initiated to take us to the newly-opened SM Hypermart in Quezon Avenue along EDSA. Only a handful of shoppers were there, so it was easy for us to roam around. We bought some items at the Daiso Japan store where prices are reasonable for the quality of products. For example, a stainless mug with a 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 handkerchiefs, hair clips and napkins, and CDO Pista Cooked Ham. The ham comes with a free plastic plate with a Christmas tree design on it.
We transferred to the adjacent Trinoma mall, where we finally got my sonâ€™s gift, a Spongebob fluffy key chain and another Spongebob metal keychain worth P124.75. My daughter was undecided about what to give her monito, so she bought a watercolor pencil at National Bookstore for her art hobby. And for me, I got a copy of â€œThe Alchemistâ€ by Paulo Coelho. I hope I will be able to find time to finish the book before the year ends.
Our mall trip may be short but, it has given me time to unwind and our family to bond for the day. Kids enjoyed window shopping. They were making a mental list of things they want for Christmas Day.
This week, hubby and I plan to check out a thrift or second-hand store along Quezon Avenue. Our thrift store here is called Ukay-ukay in our local dialect. Didnâ€™t I tell you that most of hubbyâ€™s signature pants and shirts were from Ukay-ukay. I love the Capri-style pedal pants from the store because they are comfortable to wear. I might blog about it next time.