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The origin of giving pasalubong dates back to ancient times. In fact it started with Eve bringing home that nasty apple to Adam.
Christopher Columbus too was an erratic pasalubong-giver. He wanted to bring home the best tasting spices and was looking for India but ended up discovering America.
Nowadays, IT work supposed to be in America - ends up in India.
So whenever I travel back to the Philippines, I never forget to bring something of value for the nephews and nieces. I received a lot of them when I was their age. I got a plane from Sweden, an electronic jackstone game from the US and a lot of T-shirts with I heart NY from Hongkong. Just kidding, from Soho,in NY. :)
So last Monday, I pulled up my sleeves, shinied down my credit card and went to the mall. I got all that I ever wanted - plus more! I got branded pairs of slippers, ok, flipflops, from Osh Kosh, to Havaiianas, from Kenneth Cole to Betseyville, Converse, etc etc etc. My threshold was the pair should be original, and less than what it will be if bought in the Philippines. Greenhills included.
Yes, nothing more than $ 20 per pair :) My wife after receiving a Le Sportsac make up bag and saying "Thank you" aloud, was heard muttering under her breath - "Closet shopper"...she didn't even know what a Tokidoki Pirata is...
I remembered this article, and remembered whatever happened to Pinoyexpats ? :(
We were supposed to be coming out with a Sports Issue in time for the Olympics in August...hmmm
One of the pasalubongs I have with me is not even available in the Philippines just yet. No, it IS NOT an Apple 3G Iphone, but Journey's latest CD with Arnel Pineda as the lead singer. To tell you honestly, since it's Walmart-exclusive release last June 3, the CD has been flying out of the racks of the biggest big box in the world.
It was always sold out. Pinoys love their own! Who wants my extra one?