Friday, May 1, 2009

This outfit isn’t really something you’ll see in a fashion blog.

Awhile ago, I rode a taxi from Greenbelt to Chili Peppers in Valero Street. I wasn’t really planning on spending again on cab fare, and just walk my way to the place where my high school friends plan to have dinner and hang out…but as I was walking towards the left side, I asked the kind-looking lady waiting for a cab where Valero Street is…she pointed towards the right direction. So I took 360 degrees turn from where I was walking, when I saw an MMDA officer (traffic enforcer) resting in his parked motorcycle and asked again what direction to take just to make sure. He pointed left (where I was going to in the first place!). Since it’s already late, I decided walking and being overly-thrifty wouldn’t take me anywhere. The traffic enforcer helped me get a cab after joking that he’ll take me to Valero in his two-wheeler! :D

In the cab, the taxi driver and I had small talks, when he said: “Nakakatamad magpa gas!” (I feel lazy to refill my gas tank!). I asked: “Bakit naman po?” (Why?) “E ang mahal e! Maganda sana panay sakay nalang, wala nang gas gas!” (The gas rates are too high! It would have been better if I just take passengers, and don’t have to refill my tank!)

Laughing, I said to Mr. Driver: “E parte ho yun e. Kailangan may puhunan talaga! Ako nga ho tindera lang e.” (But that’s part of it! You really have to bring out money! I myself am a vendor.)

“Saan?” (Where?)

“Wala ho, online lang, wala akong pwesto. Nagbebenta ako ng mga kung ano ano na pambababe.” (I sell online, I don’t have any stalls. I sell different stuff for girls).

When we reached the place, I gave Kuya (what people in our country call men older than you) double of his meter, thinking that it would help even a bit in his business. I always have that spot for vendors/sellers. The other day, while waiting for a mall to open, I saw a man walking around the waiting people, holding out weird duck puppets with tongues that stick-out followed by a whistling sound. I do not want to look at him when he reached my side, since I knew my soft-spot for sellers might hit me to buy his products.

This outfit isn’t really something you’ll see in a fashion blog.

But I wore this last Wednesday, my “Meet-up Day” around Metro Manila, where I spent the whole day handling a total of 5 transactions in different pick up points. The clothes might not be the best pieces put-together, but it made me feel comfortable while transferring from trains to jeepneys to FX…and presentable when I hand my buyers their packages. =) And besides, fashion isn’t only about being trendy. Sometimes, it’s about you being at ease with what you are wearing; allowing you to fulfill your duties and not minding if you still look okay. ;)

Tip To Toe:
Checkered Polo - Ukay Ukay - Php25
Dogtag - Anagon Collection - P100
Black Jelly Bracelets - Anagon Collection - P50/set of 12
Black Oversized Bag - P250 - Landmark
Flats - P1290 - Sanuk

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