I buy pirated CDs. I have 3 maybe 4 suking tindahans in downtown Iligan. Theyâ€™re at the back of Chow King, but I donâ€™t think Mr. Manzano will be going there himself anytime in future. Imbibe a bit of the Iliganon culture and youâ€™ll know why. The shops Iâ€™m a regular of allow me to return defective cdâ€™s even a week after Iâ€™ve bought them. Since I usually buy five or six at a time, they know they canâ€™t expect me to spot skips and bad subtitles in 24-48 hours.
On an international scale, I ask friends who are going to Bangkok to pick up a jersey or two for me at the Chatuchak weekend market. Over there, for the equivalent of Php 300, you can get a Real Madrid jersey with authentic patches and adidas (yes, just two dâ€™s) tag just like the ones you see in the malls. Iâ€™ve never been to Bangkok myself, but my husband has. I have therefore been the recipient of pasalubong purchased from Chatuchak. He didnâ€™t have a camera at the time, so I borrowed this photo from www.into-asia.com.
Look at the upper right hand area of this photo and you will see a Manchester United jersey on display, pretty much like Divisoria. In the same area near the edge is what looks like a Barcelona FC jersey. You can get them blank or you can ask the storeowner to appliquÃ© your favorite playerâ€™s monicker and number at the back. The stuff here is better than what you can get, and more expensively too, at the replica shops in the respective countries. My brother-in-law came home from a workshop in Spain with Ronaldinhoâ€™s #10. The Chatuchak products looked better, cost less.
I need to change topics now, as this post may be misconstrued as encouragement to violate IPR. I may be accosted at an MRT station, when the time comes that Iâ€™ll be using that mode of transport again, for wearing a fake jersey. But I donâ€™t think so. Wearing the red ManU kit may make me look like Iâ€™m advertising a brand of cellphone, or a telecommunications company, if I wear Real Madrid. Only a full-blooded bicycle-kicking, hat-trick scoring footbolero would know that Iâ€™m a fan.
One of the stuff da hubby brought home from Chatuchak was this carving from a fishbone. It must have been a pretty big fish, as this measures 6x3x1 inches. Itâ€™s the Three Wise Monkeys: See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evilâ€“with their new friend Do No Evil. Very appropriate for this day and age.
So does Do No Evil include buying fake cdâ€™s and jerseys? Perhaps from Eduâ€™s point of view, yes. But not from mine. In my opinion, these shops perform a necessary service, providing entertainment and sensory gratification for people who cannot afford expensive originals. Not all of us can walk into a brand shop and walk away with an original (after having paid for it, of course. I do not endorse outright thievery.) I can go on and start a discourse on how a worker on an assembly line that makes signature denim jeans can churn out 10 finished pieces a day but whose daily takehome pay is merely a fraction of the selling price of the 10 pairs of jeans he made. But I wonâ€™t. Iâ€™ll leave that to the natdems or socdems or whatever they call demselves.
You gonna cuff me now?