He said No Shopping, er, RIGHT.

My nephew’s a smart kid. He’s pretty much figured out what he likes and what he doesn’t. Shopping falls under the latter, unfortunately. I reckon most boys are naturally appalled by the idea. He’s got his tricks and ploys to get himself out of a shopping trip (yes, no irritating tantrums, thank god!) just his own little way of “extracting” himself from the situation. It’s more funny than annoying really. Just the way he’s built, I guess. I saw him in action when I asked if I can do a little shopping on our first day out together in Glenelg but he’s managed to come up with a way to get us out of the boutique. But on our 2nd day out together — this time we took the train out to the city — I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve. He had underestimated how my mind works when it came to one of my favourite past times, shopping. LOL.

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It was a relatively warmer day and I opted for a more laid-back attire, airing out the shirt from Jayjays and wore it with a pair of jeans.

Shirt Jayjays
Jeans Mango
Boots Aldo
Bag Aldo
Scarf Warehouse
Cardi Cotton On
Rings Lovisa, Flea Market
Bracelet Diva
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry

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Trick #1 Small treats while en route to the city plus a few fun things to do just to keep his mind entertained and not to mention usher him into a good mood.

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Trick #2 I let my nephew call the shots when it came to lunch, from the venue to the food choice, plus the prospect of seeing his dad for coffee (chocolate milkshake in his case) didn’t hurt. Oh, the fact that I helped him get access to the free public WiFi on his iPod Touch helped tonnes in getting me into his good side, haha.

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Trick #3 Small attractions like pointing out a small magic show held on the street, encouraging him to watch it, added to the things he did for the day. Apart from this thing added to topics we talk about, it’s something that fed his interest. Testing the waters, I invited him to come browse the items from this Swedish home and office store. We looked at stuff he’s interested to get and paid for them. Now, I have to admit, that bit was easy but I reckon it helped him get into the “shopping mood” a little. Whilst there, I also bought something I’ll be gifting to someone, too.

Trick #4 With a little confidence, I then asked to stop at a clothing store to check out the price of a bag I spotted. He reluctantly agreed since I promised that I was just dropping in real quick and simply said something that I actually found funny as soon as we stepped inside, “Now, this is mega Fashion Story!” referring to this game app I’ve been playing on my iPod. LOL.

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Seeing the response to my shopping preps, I believe I’ve finally gathered enough momentum to succeed in dragging my nephew in one store to do a bit of shopping. After a good half hour of browsing through cold weather fashion accessories and such, I noticed that he was very patient with me and my first go in shopping with him. Weee!

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I only ended up buying a pair of gloves that’s more of a practical buy that a stylish one (but who knows, yea?). It sure felt satisfying that I got it without so much a peep from the little boy who hates shopping.

The pair retails for AUD$ 14.95 (roughly around Php 670.00) over at Sportsgirl.

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But the important haul that I made for this shopping trip (hence the tricks to get the little boy to let me go shopping) is the jammies I bought over at Cotton On Body. Seemingly like our own clothing brand /bench, Cotton On has a store dedicated to knickers, undies and pajamas or sleep wear. I needed sleep wear options cuz I didn’t bring much so I decided to get me a few. I bought long bottoms for the more colder nights, cropped sweats that can double as something to wear when I’m simply staying in and a short one for relatively warmer nights (like the tonight). These jammies ain’t cheap, mind you. All cost AUD$ 24.95 (roughly around Php 1,119.00), save for the cropped sweats which was at AUD$ 19.95 (roughly around Php 894.00). Must be gold threads in them. Heh. Real comfy tho!

My nephew knew I needed to buy me pajamas so he let me and, again, was real patient as I went from rack to rack choosing and searching for my size. He even helped out when I asked him to hold our spot on the queue was I went back and got another pajama bottom.

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I guess it’s time to let you in on the cream of the crop when it came to the tricks I had, twas the promise of Praline Truffles from Haigh’s Chocolates. Yes, Trick #5 is negotiating a deal using his weakness as a bargaining chip. LOL. Win-win, yea?

To my dearest nephew,

Even with all my tricks and shopping trips, I’m hoping that you had a fantastic time with me.
Thanks for letting me go shopping! As always, you’re always a real treat to hang out with!

Hugs and kisses,
Tita S

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