Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Clueless Guy's Experience on the SuperSale Bazaar

 Having a girlfriend has it's advantages and disadvantages. Besides the obvious for guys that have huge testosterone ( you know what I'm talking about ) , there are also the companionship, someone to give you their two cents to a situation, someone to take care of you both physically and mentally and just being there for you when you most need it.

Flip the coin and then you get the usual jealousy fits, spending some money to go out and mood swings. And there are occasions where you are forced to accompany her where you don't want to or you wanted to be in a different place. Admit it, there are times you were forced to sit through a Twilight, Titanic or any romantic mushy films or go to her best friend's birthday party.

I was one of those casualties, really, as I was forced to accompany her to a SuperSale Bazaar in World Trade Center last March 2, 2013. She was informed through a flyer that was included on a shipped item that she bought online through the social photo-sharing site Instagram ( which is fast becoming the next multiply ) Before I had plans to go to a comic book and collectibles convention dubbed PINOYKON on Paseo De Magallanes. But her steely "accompany-me-or-else" gaze made me dropped the idea of seeing local comic book artists like Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan or Gilbert Monsanto in person or buying new pieces of collectibles. But I decided to make the most of it and make this somewhat-humorous first-hand account.

So, my girlfriend and I went there using a taxi and have observed that it really is a disadvantage if you don't have your own set of wheels as the World Trade Center ( WTC )is located in an area that is not being passed much by public transportation other than a taxi. Either way, we went to the left side of WTC and saw throngs of food kiosks for the famished shopper. We paid the entrance fee worth 100php ( there are discounts if you are subscriber of a magazine or a website. ) and went inside.

So there I was, a guy wearing a green checkered cargo shorts and a black shirt w/ a flying eagle printed on it ( which seemed ironic, as I feel like an eagle locked on a cage ) on a large place filled w/ girls shirts, skirts, accessories, casings, bags, belts and the like. I just kept thinking to myself, "WHY THE #!%^&*#@!^&** AM I IN HERE?????" but someone up there must really like me, as I was given some kind of consolation. Two words: Curvy Women.

The first thing that you would see when you first enter the bazaar is that there are a lot of fashionable women. Some also tagged their boyfriends/husbands w/ them so I felt that we had a "telepathic communication" of us not wanting to be there. I also saw women in a nurse dress, which I think they just came from a shift. There are also female owners of the boutiques that are quite pleasing to the eyes. So for my stay there, my testosterone meter was filled. I was okay. ( note: I wasn't able to take photos of the event so I took some old event photos from some respective blogs. Credit where credit is due )

The bazaar had a lot to offer on everything a girl needs. There are swimwear, thousands of accessories and clothing to complement any girl who is trying to stand out in a crowd. Yet despite these, the bazaar offers few merchants than last year ( yeah, we also went there last year). Heck, last year there is a merchant selling toys and comic books. There is a large unused space at the back of the WTC, big enough to play a game of Jai-Alai. Clearly the exhibitors weren't able to use that space wisely. They could have used it to make a small runway to show new trends or add more stores. But I guess there are would be time or budget constraints especially with this kind of an event.

The SuperSale Bazaar also gives the frequent online shopper a physical "face-to-face" encounter with the online store as they are the ones who filled the WTC floor. Finally, you'd know what the owner looks like an also talk to him/her about their business, trends and even get a huge discount. My girlfriend also informed me that what they are selling at the bazaar is 50-100php cheaper than online. So I guess they should call it "MediocreSale Bazaar". Hey, Truth in Advertising.

There are also dealers selling cheap Class-A perfumes ( 4 perfumes for 1000php? Winner!!! ) and accessories for your smartphone. Some of them are pretty crazy. While there are the usual casing for an IPhone 4-5 and Samsung Galaxy S3-Note 2 with a Beatles/ Audrey Hepburn/ Volkswagen Beetle/ Marilyn Monroe graphics, there is a casing that has an embossed image of Hello Kitty w/ a lot of sequins and fake diamonds on it. One must wonder how do you actually use it without making your hand getting cramped.

Even for a Clueless Guy like me, you can see what is hot and what is not. For one, those "transparent-shirts-that-need-a-blouse" are all the rage. Plus they're always sold in the color of yellow. And I was just informed that they're called Sheer Tops. Then any dress is littered w/ sequins. I wouldn't be surprised if they would include sequins on cookware. Then there's the one-color jumpsuit. Honestly, only a 34-36-34 could pull that off.

Kidding aside, the bazaar has a lot to offer to anyone looking for something new to add to their kikay kit or a cabinet full of clothes.Too bad there's a large, unused space that wasn't utilized well. My girlfriend did bought a few items that she can add to her ensemble. Plus, I got a cute casing for my IPhone 4s that looks like the retro Game And Watch. Too bad I got one in pink. Oh well.

Maybe next time when there would be another Bazaar coming and my girlfriend would make me join her, I should practice my flu-like symptoms. Or make a really great alibi.

- "the king"

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