I have a problem with the blatant celebrity exhibitionism that happens in this business and being sold purely as a brand. - Jason Patric
It’s difficult to shop for children’s wear. My daughter is tall and large for her age and not enough selection to choose from.
We’re cruising idly one weekend when we passed by a store which sells footwear. Carrying my daughter, I went inside to look around and I saw this purple rubber sandal. It’s soft, has fancy design and it fits my daughter’s foot perfectly. I took it and went directly to the cashier. I nearly flip when it registered 55 riyals. I rub my eyes thinking I’m having “double vision” but it remained five – five. I’m too embarrassed to complain or return it since a lot of people behind me are waiting on queue. I grudgingly paid for it and went back to the car. Anak nang tinapa, nong maliit pa ako nag kasya na ako sa “Dragon” at “Spartan” na tsenelas ah.
Later on at home, when some friends came to visit. I overhear somebody commenting “Uy si Bea naka-Havana”. What? Cuba has this kind of product? I thought they only export sugar and cigars. My wife whispered “its Havaiana not Havana. Na bingi kana naman. Sikat at mahal sa atin yan”. Havaiana, Havana, banana, I know. I nearly have a heart attack when I paid for it.
That sandals na pinapang-bahay lang nang anak ko won’t fit her in 6 or 7 months. Call me kuripot, but I’m not that kind of person who buys designer what-ever just to be “in fashion”. I’ll buy expensive stuff I like (within my budget of course) as long as I’m buying quality and not some famous over-valued brand name.
One thing for sure, when my daughter out-grows it, ilalagay ko yan sa escaparate. Besides some knick-knocks I considered valuable.