Thursday, February 11, 2016

A trip to Divi-landia

Contrary to how I perceived it when I was a lot younger, it seems that going out with friends as an adult can be much harder to plan and actually do. At 30-something we all have lots on our plates - a husband or a significant other, a kid or two, managing the home, trying to get something done..you get the drift :)

So when we finally did have the chance to get together, we were a truly ecstatic! Oh wheee! And, it's not a casual Friday night dinner and drinks...we all agreed to have a food trip in Manila's Chinatown on a Tuesday morning. That's some of the things we "oddballs" get to do because of our scheds Hehehe..

Ninang K navigating through Chinatown with a little help from Waze :)
Original plan: to try out Royale Sharksfin Seafood. After navigating through traffic and not finding a decent parking space (it is after all the busy week before Chinese New Year!), we had a change of plans. Might as well park and eat at Lucky Chinatown Mall and then see where the day will take us. 

And so we started scouring for nice restos yet we ended up eating from a hotpot shabu-shabu kiosk Hehehe...well, it wasn't at all bad for PHP 130 - 150.00 per bowl. Ninang K also found a stall that sells fresh lumpia, we loved it! Cravings satisfied! :)


PHP 150 Shabu-shabu hotpot meal at the kiosks to the side of Lucky Chinatown Mall

A mango graham drink for Ninang W
Since we were literally just a stone's throw away from Divisoria, well we just had to go. With only a few hours to spare, I'm really amazed the three of us were able to have great finds (Wannie, especially!) thanks to Kathy for being our guide.

From 999 mall Wannie got sheets, and a cute pants for me. 168 got me crazy with the wooden toys at a fraction of the price from malls. Amazing discounts already for kids' toys, in fact..nahihiya na ako tumawad pa hehehe. I think this is where I got so excited to build up my "homeschool" loot. Take a look at some of these 'manipulatives' that my child already loves.

The 3 toys all cost me less than PHP 450.00. Can you imagine?? I'm glad I did not bring more money..oh the temptation!! Nakakabaliw di ba? Hahahaha :) [Not in picture: a PHP 50.00 bell shaker Added already :)]






And then there was this one "secret store" where Kathy brought us and I think Wannie got too excited with the goods!! Even I had to restrain myself. I think it was a wholesaler that had toys, school supplies, fashion accessories, etc..the works! I was able to get a 6-pack set of pearls (fake / fancy of course) for PHP 28.00 Gaaaaaahhh!!!! Now, imagine what Wannie was able to score..hahaha I shall not tell! :p

We were also amazed by the unique party supplies and Valentine's offers, but, we had to head back. While we would have loved S&R pizza for merienda, time would not permit. We just contented ourselves with buying tikoy from Eng Bee Tin and very tasty gelato from Caramia. I tried the Mango Berry and ang saraaaaappp!!!

That's it pancit, Happy Chinese New Year everyone! :)


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