Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Divisoria Mall with my MIL & DD

Would you believe it's my first time going to Divisoria Mall? This...despite living in downtown Manila for the past 6 years?!? 

Haha..really, all I ever manage to go to are Binondo, Lucky Chinatown, Tutuban, 168 and 999 Malls. I've always thought that Divisoria Mall is in a much more far away place. And it kinda actually is...but as they say, so near yet so far..

So on this day we braved Divisoria with my mother-in-law (our resident Divi expert) and little Ms. Z (future Divi shopper??) and what an experience it was!

This is actually a 2-part story - meaning, I went to Divi mall on 2 separate occasions. It's not a big deal but just sharing with you guys so you get the whole picture.

On Day 1, we brought Z. Oh my gosh, the traffic was really quite heavy that day and I was actually afraid for Z because we were riding in a tricycle and because of the traffic, heavy fumes all around can make us tired and irritable right away. And she has allergies pa naman :(

We went around Divisoria Mall to get more foam bricks for our babyproofing project. I scored at PHP 130.00/panel. Not sure if that's the most bargain price but I guess it's better than buying online with almost double pricing!

Later on, she complained of an 'ouchie' which I personally know was just a bluff. After her grandmother got her something, Z said that she was feeling 'a little better'. Grabe this little girl! Hahaha :) Anyway, I always tell her not to ask anything from her grandparents even if they can afford it. I hope she imbibes it as she grows up. 

Okay and because of that 'something' which was really so big and heavy, I couldn't venture to nearby shopping areas so we had to call it a day and ride the tricycle back home. Mission half-accomplished, with the promise to return and finish it! hahaha :D


Knowing what we know from Day 1, we decided not to let Z tag along this time. So it was just me and my MIL but we had to go separate directions since we were looking for different things. Since I bought my Singer sewing machine last August, I feel like I'm always itching to have a sewing project. Anything, even a small project will make me happy and my machine purchase worthwhile, right? Hahaha.. Actually, my husband was the one who encouraged me to sew something nice at least once a month so that the sewing machine will be put to use and not just waste away.

So off I went to Tabora area looking specifically for I believe, was Justina (?) store. This is the store that Ms. Mi-el of our sewing group recommended so I got my fabric straight-cut (is that what it's called??) scissors as well as pinking shears (zigzag / triangular cuts) from them. 

When I did my first project back in August, I just used whatever scissors I could find in our kitchen. It was the one that's bundled with our knives. It did the job but there was a bit of resistance. That's when it really hit that there should be separate scissors for different functions - cutting fabric vs cutting paper.

I also got my french curve / ruler set from them although I'm not sure if I can actually make patterns. Well, it might be useful in the future, right? Hahaha..please indulge me in this :D

View from Justina Store..too shy to actually take a photo of their store
 Now I actually braved Tabora. Vague memories - remembering that I once went here with my mom, without knowing what it was called. Heaps upon heaps of fabric, and me not really knowing what exactly I was looking for.

I started to search for fabric for my daughter's dress. I happened to find a nice pattern online which I printed and want to practice on. If this is successful, this will be the dress that Z will use for our homeschool provider's Angels & Saints celebration (vs. Halloween katatakutan). I like ideas like this because she can still wear this for other events. AND AND AND....if I'm really successful with this, i could easily replicate the dress and give as gifts to godchildren, right??? I'm really excited and I might be getting ahead of myself but just truly excited, no matter the outcome. So to my kumares, don't expect muna ha? Hehehe and wish me luck!

I searched some more because I also want to make coordinating pillowcases for our home. Char!!!! Feeling Martha Stewart lang! Hehe..I didn't find nice enough but experimental fabrics so that's pushed to the back burner.

But what I managed to find?? See below..lovely chiffon fabrics!! They are so nice that I want to buy everything but I haven't the slightest idea what to make of them Hahaha..and the ate tindera was just so cheerful and really bordering on being an enabler! Hah!!! Anyway, because I was so amused, I ended up buying a bit and will practice on the pattern that I used for the high-low sleeveless top I made back in August (and I still haven't blogged about)..

I also really liked the lacey / embroidered fabric above but it's really expensive for an experiment. Like PHP 1,500.00/yard. Kalurks!! Still I want it...but I did not buy yet...still researching on how I can use it best, should I get to go back to Divi Mall / Tabora. Ayayay...will it be a dress? will it be a capelet? Or shall I just recycle an old dress? Whatcha think??

Anywhoo...I've got to many things on my plate..Christmas preparations especially that I think I'm getting sick from anxiety. I'm glad I got to blog about I can clear a part of my internal processor teehee...

If I'm successful, I promise to really blog about it..if I fail, well, I think I can share that as well. :) For now I'm just so happy with this little hobby that is so useful pala I should have learned this when I had all the time (AKA when I was still single). What was I doing then??

Sewing skills aside, I told my hubby that I'd like to give personalized gifts for Christmas. He was all for it but he reminded/asked me if that was really worth my time. Or in other words, how much do I value my time? Again so serious this big boy of mine but it's true -- we should focus and always think about the highest and best use of our time.

But sometimes I just don't want to think about it..or even to analyze too much if I feel that I'm gaining knowledge or a new skill.

I guess that's what my time is worth to me at the moment :)

Whoops..before I forget. I also chanced upon nice wallpaper stickers in Divi Mall! So nice in fact that I'm planning on making a mini-renovation of our bedroom. Yay or Nay?!? 

Jaa! ---> still not over Netflix' "Good Morning Call"


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