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I distinctly remember wishing in this post for Uniqlo to come to Manila after first discovering it in Singapore. It seems my prayers hadn’t fallen on deaf ears, as they have been answered — Uniqlo is finally in Manila!
I honestly did not expect there to actually be a line just to get in! The end of the line was pretty close to the store, but you’d have to walk the other way and circle back around the atrium to get to the entrance! The line was daunting, to say the least. But since I had dragged Kiks all the way to MOA with me just for this, we decided to brave the line. I have such devotion for this brand, as you can see.
It was a bit of a tease when you get to the part of the line that’s in front of the other supposed entrance to the store. SO NEAR YET SO FAR!
I think the most torturing wait is when you’re part of the next group of people to be let into the store. You’re literally able to step on the wooden floor, probably touch the mannequin’s shoes, but you can’t. Go. In.
Once you’re in, staff hand you a basket, and you dive into the fray. With a special opening price of P590 (roughly $13) for most items, a lot of people were really piling up clothes in their baskets. But being kids with pending salary, Kiks and I only got a few things and immediately went for the counter. BUT WE COULDN’T because there was yet another long snaking line to get to the cashier. Ah well. I’ve had my queuing skills honed in college.
Because Kiks promised he’d come all the way to MOA with me, I promised him a Gundam shirt. He seems pretty thrilled!
As for me, I decided on a nice dressy “Bratop” as they call it in Uniqlo. Having an unproportioned body like mine with long legs and a tiny torso, I tend to gravitate towards longer tops to fool people into thinking I’m properly proportioned. I especially like tops that look like dresses just to indulge my girly side. Plus the looseness is very welcome, as it’s easy to hide my bilbil when I sit down. Heehee.
And like any other Uniqlo visit, I got myself socks in nice bold colors! I hold a special place in my heart for socks — they’re one of my favorite pieces of clothing! These were actually labeled “MEN” so I was a bit reluctant. I looked for the socks labeled “WOMEN” and there weren’t as many colors! Plus I could only get 3 pairs for the same price when I get 4 pairs from the men’s! So I finally decided that I didn’t care, and socks were socks. Yay!
As much as I love Uniqlo, I think the next time I decide to pay them a visit is when they open up a store closer to where I live. Since the universe didn’t conspire against me for once and brought Uniqlo to my country, I’m going to take my chances and once again ask that they open a new branch in Quezon City soon! Come on, Uniqlo, you know you love me. (: