Divisoria, why do I love thee?
Divisoria puts one's survival skills to practice. Finding my way to the next street or building means bumping into mortals of all forms and sizes from different walks of life--shoppers carrying oversized plastic bags, vendors pushing karitons, policemen shoving the vendors off the sidewalks, kargadors with tons of big boxes on their backs, children and manangs selling shopping bags etc. etc. You feel a certain sense of fulfillment if you arrive at your next destination in one piece with all your valuables still intact. I love the challenge!
Divisoria offers value for money. The cheapskate in me is most likely to grin from ear to ear stumbling upon good finds with unbelievable marked down price tags. Imagine buying a pair of fashion flats for P250 when you can find something similar in the high end malls for more than P2K! My sister even got her pair for P100 from a sidewalk stall. Fashion for less? Divisoria is it! But no matter what you are buying, you should learn the art of haggling. Here's the trick: never take the price at face value rather bid for the lowest price and start to negotiate from there. If the stall attendant doesn't bite try to walk to another store. You win when he or she calls you back.
Divisoria is never boring. I have been to Divisoria countless times and every visit offers new treats--the sights, smell, noise, markdowns, items on sale, people etc etc. It is just so full of character and color! I always look forward to going there even if it would mean enduring the Quezon Ave.-Espana-Avenida-and-back traffic, not to mention aching feet from too much walking. Ooops, let me just point out it is extra challenge to be in Divisoria when it rains because chances are you are to wade through the muddy streets or worse murky flood waters.
Until my next trip!