Our trip to the jersey shop at 168 Mall at Divisoria was a little disappointing, particularly because the quality of the football jerseys had come down to a point where none of them screamed at us to buy them, not the way they did two years ago when we last visted Tsai’s sports gear shop. Even I felt no great impulse to buy a replica of Lionel Messi’s No. 10 jersey for FC Barcelona—the fabric wasn’t as good as it used to be and the patches were not even patches anymore, they were now just printed on. Sam said it was probably because the real jerseys looked the same these days and since these were replicas we really could not expect much.
But there were other accessories that begged a second look. Lanyards and cellphone straps (P30 each), water tumblers, key chains, replica foot balls that sold for a fraction (P350) of what the originals (P2500+ at the adidas depot) were priced. Football fans out there who’d like to deck themselves out in their favorite team’s kit can do so at Tsai’s store located at the back of the 168 Mall if you enter via the leftmost Soler entrance. Walk all the way to the back of the store, and then double back at the second corner where they sell tv stands. This is the only store I know that sells football jerseys in Divisoria. They even had a bargain bin with kids’ sized outfits so we got a German team jersey and shorts for Maia (P150).
And of course I couldn’t pass up my team pins collection. The first one cost me P350 two years ago, and the great thing is it still cost the same when we picked it up today.
Probably the stupidest thing I did today was to go to Divisoria with no batteries in my camera, and thus I had to pass too many scenes that I could not digitally capture. Even stupider was the fact that I had a camera in my celphone, which I didn’t think to take out of my bag because I think of it primarily as a celphone and not a camera. It was by pure chance that we passed by a hole in the wall grocery store that sold energizer batteries, which allowed me to take the following photos before the warning light started to blink.