I can’t help but feel excited that in 24 hours, it’s already December! This month is what almost everyone’s looking forward to because of Christmas, and according to that famous holiday song, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” It is, indeed. Everyone is in a jovial mood, despite the hellish traffic jams and huge crowds in malls and parties left and right.
What’s not to love about Christmas? It’s when most reunions happen, when those lovely gifts are given and received, and okay, I admit I’m using it as an excuse to do some shopping. Last year, I spent my hard-earned moolah in malls and in one of the bazaars in Makati. But this morning, my shopping buddy Maggie, together with her ever-supportive hubby Mike and sister Mai, brought me to the St. James the Great Christmas Bazaar in Ayala Alabang Village. Maggie has just left the company where we used to work together, so I’m really happy that we still got the chance to visit her favorite bazaar while talking about how being a stay-at-home-mom is going on for her.
Our mission earlier was to buy stuff that we don’t normally find or are more expensive in malls. So we skipped purchasing clothes and shoes and bags and were on the lookout for items that we’d usually see sold online in Instagram or Facebook. After about ten minutes of going around and checking the stalls, I was impressed with three things – the sellers are very friendly and they don’t hard sell (my pet peeve), most of the merchandise sold are really hard to find and are cheaper compared to mall prices, and it wasn’t super crowded for a bazaar with free entrance (maybe because we were there at 9am LOL).
I bet you’re wishing that you were there this morning, too! There were a lot of nice finds – from novelty items that you can give as gifts, to crafts and calligraphy tools, toys and kid’s apparel, make up, Christmas decors, home and kitchen ware, accessories, and even plants!
Chances are after shopping, you’d want to rest and munch on something. Not a concern for us because there are food concessionaires in the bazaar as well such as Potato Corner, Inengs BBQ, Pastor’s Gastro Pub, and Amicii, to name a few. Maggie, Mike, and myself grabbed a quick bite before exploring the stalls again.
The preggy shopping buddy bought gifts for her godchildren and stuff for her kid, Lucas, as well as a few items for arts and crafts.
As for my loot, I was finally able to find a sturdy and inexpensive laptop bag from Husq that would look nice even if I’m wearing business casual or I’m dressed down at work. I also discovered a make up brand from Korea named Y.E.T, and I got their primer because it looks promising (and waaay cheaper than Benefit). I also found some colorful and unique accessories which I’m planning on giving out as gifts. Oh, I also got a pink Bobble water bottle which retails for about 700php in malls (Yey, I can finally stop buying mineral water at work). The best part is I got all these for less than 2,500php!
You can still catch the St. James Christmas Bazaar on their last day tomorrow, November 30. It’s in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, and it’s open from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
If you can’t make it, there are other Christmas bazaars that you can find in the metro. Mommy Maggie has listed them here. Enjoy your Christmas shopping! 🙂