Being really hot during the day, I decided to step out only at around 2pm.
After withdrawing some money, I walked around the area (very posh, mind you). Lots of malls and office buildings.
After that, I went to Carriedo (LRT station) where SM has a clearance mall
I found some great bargains inside. Besides a bunch of in-store brands by SM, they had a few name brands and foreign brands in short supply (maybe export rejects). None the less, I found H&M cargo shorts for ₱400. Definitely export-reject-worthy Rip Curl swimming shorts for ₱200. And then some bermuda shorts for like ₱100 each. Not everything was cheap, but then again, coming from India, I wasn’t planning on buying many clothes from Philippines anyway.
One thing I found funny was just how many sales persons are there to sell you socks. Like, super-aggressive when it comes to shoving socks in your face. Think perfume sales people offering a spray to get you talking to them — but a lot more of them selling packs of socks! High margin socks I presume? 😀
Date: May 11th 2014
Today, I decided to go to Paseo de Santa Rosa, in Laguna. Paseo de Santa Rosa is where you have a lot of outlet stores of famous brands. Being a keen bargain seeker, I figured I would check it out.
After walking around Solenad, I went back back to Paseo de Sta. Rosa. I ended up buying the stuff I wanted from the Giordano store. A slim fit suit jacket for just ₱1000 (₹1300/$22/€17), a pair of white pants for just ₱400 (₹540/$8/€7), and a pair of nice denims for ₱600 (₹800/$13/€10). Considering the brand and the quality, I’d say the bargain was worth coming this far.
So is it really worth it going all the way to Paseo for shopping? Depends really. There sure are some neat bargains to be found, especially on shoes. For example, a pair of Adidas basketball shoes that I saw back in Manila for around ₱3500+ was available for ₱2200 at Paseo! That’s more than ₱1000 in savings, which more than covers your bus expenses going to Paseo and back. Still, I’d say Paseo de Santa Rosa and Solenad 2 are at least worth checking out.
I went to bed early because I had to wake up early to get to the marina from where I would have to take a boat to Corregidor Island tomorrow.