“Don’t let it get to you,” says Bekka.” The day is too early to keep negative thoughts. Stay cool.” This was what she was saying as we left the police officer on the sidewalk. You see, we were heading to Divisoria and my first time to drive there. I was in the turning lane, so I was hailed by the officer when I went straight. Good thing I had my beautiful passangers and was just reprimanded. But still, it was too early for a mishap.
Anyways, we arrived Divisoria early and found a parking near Binondo Church. We hailed a kuliglig, a pedicab side car with a small motorcycle, that took us to the area we were looking for. Interesting enough, the streets were cleaner and passable. People were walking here and there doing about their business. It was a huge change, an improvement from last I had been there. Each of us bought a few items as we traversed the sidewalk and inner stalls for cheap household stuff, kirstchy whatnots, clothes and basically almost anything you could think of, even fruits. It is there. It is cheap. And you can bargain. You can lose track of time. But after an hour or two, our combined loads were getting heavy, so we decided to drop our purchases in the car.
My cousin hailed an e-trike, or a toktok as she called it. Read Bekka’s recount of our day at http://Lifessprinklesandcoffee.silicontoad.com/?p=750
The toktok dropped us off at Ongpin Street, where we could find lots of eateries. We went to Eng Bee Tin, where they bought hopia. There was a Cafe on the second floor, The Great Buddha Cafe, and decided to eat there. The chinese dishes were all so delicious. I really recommend trying it out when in Binondo.
Afterwards, we walked to the car and decided to go to 168 Mall for a little clothes shopping. As we drove, there were a lot of road changes and one-way streets that we were a bit at a loss. We were able to get a parking space on the basement of one of the malls. There was AC inside 168 Mall, so it was way cooler. I browsed around while my cousin and niece bought a couple of items. When all things were done; we decided to leave.
However, we had the fright of our life, when the car wouldn’t go up the ramp from the basement parking. It was too steep. The car stopped in the middle. The tires started skidding, smoking and smelling rubber tires. When I saw the smoke, I pressed on the brakes. I was so scared that we would be stuck in the basement parking lot forever. Eeber jeebers! It was scary. The guard signaled to back-up and try getting a manuever. I was holding my breath, and my heart was thumping hard as I stepped on the gas. Sighs of relief could be heard inside the cabin car. It worked. An animated, “Never again!” and “We’ll look for another parking elsewhere, next time” were uttered. I’m pretty sure, I would have pee’d on my pants if the manuever didn’t work.
We then drove to Dapitan Arcade, a haven for household stuff. It was not that far. The place was not as big or crowded as Divisoria. There were a lot of interesting house stuff, some simple novelties, tasteful objects, cute knick-knacks, one of a kind items. Good finds. You just have to look. It just took us more or less 15 to 30 mins. to go around. It is a good place if you’re into decorating since you can bargain for all of the items. Also, bring a car.
We then left for BGC, thinking of going to Mercato Cetrale as our last stop. But it was a weekend, so parking was super hard. We decided to just eat and drive-thru Mc Donald instead. Good thing my passengers were hungry and thirsty that they started on their meal. They said the Sprite tasted like water. So we made a U-turn back. The lady in the drive-thru was unfortunately berated on this, but she offered to change it. I think she did a pretty good job, keeping her cool.
Anyhow, it was a long, tiring day of bargain hunting with a bit of a mischance here and there. What else was new. I think, I’m getting the hang of it.
Note: My apologies for not putting pictures. I have only a few. I guess, I’m still paranoid, or have this black connotation, that Divisoria are full of snatchers.