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Discovering 168
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Several months ago a friend mentioned to me about 168, a mall in Divisoria offering very affordable items made in China. Her budget goes a long way in 168 as she can purchase at least four or five blouses with her Php 1000. She uses these blouses everyday to work and certainly she looks good on them. Without knowing where she buys them, one will not surely notice that her blouses are that cheap. And so because of curiosity I was very eager to go and find something for myself and my family.

It was one day after our Tagaytay trip when my husband and I decided to look around. The prices were tempting for one not to buy. It is also very easy to haggle - the sales person will immediately give in to your price. So we ended up with plenty of "good" finds.

You know how it is in Divisoria - cheap items, plenty of people, simply difficult to move around and inspect every item. And so it was very difficult for me to look at the details. You know the result - there were minor damages in some of my finds (like my pants with white lines). Luckily it's not in all of them. I am aware that they accept exchange for damages but that is not possible considering where I live.


This multi-colored bag (picture below) is another find. It is really cheap but not so durable. After several days of use it gave way. I can still use it when I carry a lighter load though. But it did not last the way I expected it to be.


We Filipinos love to buy affordable items compromising quality for price. Sometimes we are easily convinced and most of the time we buy on impulse. If we continue to patronize this kind of products, we ourselves are in the losing end. Yes, they are cheap and very affordable. But they are in truth DISPOSABLES.

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:00 AM   2 comments
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