See, grocery shopping is a spiritual experience to me. There is a calmness that comes with pushing a cart through different aisles and rows, quietly contemplating whether to get this or that jar of tomato sauce, to splurge or to save, and whether or not this is the day you deserve to buy a big can of Pringles for your single-handed enjoyment.
Back to Pasig. We moved back here after two years of going back to QC, and it was a devastating moment when I realized that my beloved ShopWise Libis had closed down. I came upon the familiar site to see a wrecking crew at work, and I knew I had to move on, buckle up, and forlornly head to the nearest SM Save More or the next best thing, South Supermarket. But even after almost a year of attempting to forget and move on from the one thing that made sense in this zip code, ShopWise Libis continues to haunt me, like an ex-boyfriend you never quite got over, or simply put, the one that got away. Because there is, in fact, a ShopWise in Cubao, but in today's traffic, who has the time and the energy to go there?
They recently re-opened the space as "All Day SuperMarket" with an "All Home" to boot, and so I went the other night fully intending to take pictures and rave about how lovely it was that they have reinstated a grocery in that dear ol' space, but surprisingly, there was no magic. No zazazoo.
Sure, All Day has amazing interiors. A pseudo-Whole Foods/Trader Joe's/Levelled-Up Rustan's if you will. They have a vintage red Ford truck right at the veggies section that serves no pertinent purpose. The grocery area smells new, looks new, feels new. However, it lacked something that ShopWise had effortlessly: the fact that Shopwise had EVERYTHING. It will never be the same.
I realize that I may have spoken far too highly--and lengthily about a supermarket.
Anyway, the whole reason I am writing this post is because I chanced upon a small opportunity to reclaim my love for grocery shopping therapy: the construction of a Landers Superstore along C-5, just minutes away from nearby Eastwood and Tiendesitas. Today, I finally stopped by a makeshift outpost they built with an attractive sign: MEMBERSHIP AT 50% OFF. And with that, I turned to the right, parked, and headed straight for the sign up sheet.
The great thing about this is that it is the perfect time for cheapskates like myself to sign up and pay only P400.00 for a membership for an entire year, as opposed to the full price of P800.00!
I took Una along with me and she turned on the charm, so the lady asked if I wanted to include her in the ID picture. Left with no choice, I took the shot with her and this is us, eager to please.
|I will never be "JUST ME" again, no? :P|
Just fill up the form, get your picture taken, pay up and head out!
|Work Harder = Pang-Shopping|
According to the registration people, Landers is set to open at the end of March (which I highly doubt because there is literally almost nothing yet erected as of this writing), so it'll be a waiting game until I can hop over to buy lots of things I don't really need--but in wholesale! Imagine the many times I will push my cart along aisles filled with big bags of chocolates that I won't buy, or thick American towels I will touch but snivel at, or the big bag of chips that I will desire but pretend to scoff at as I move along. The point is, I'm a woman who likes to have her options, and Landers might just be another one I can tick off my list--but at least I got there at 50% off!
50% off at sign up is supposedly only until the end of January. Or the lady could just have been saying that for all I know. Basta Mars, punta na dun.