So, I went to the mall. Big deal.
It kind of actually is. It’s the farthest I’ve traveled to since I came back from my last trip. Life has been hectic and so many changes happened after Vietnam that my brain have barely enough power at the end of each day.
But that is not the reason why it’s a big deal. I barely go to the mall and only if I have to. I don’t judge people who likes shopping or window shopping, going to the mall is just an activity that I try to avoid as much as possible. It’s on the same level as going to the dentist for a tooth extraction. It’s painful, tedious, and utterly boring.
I am the type of person who would take weeks to convince myself that I really must go. I plan everything in advance, from the time I would leave the house to which entrance I should go in, sequence of stores I will be going to and the side I would be exiting. I have everything planned out.
Sometimes, after agonizing for weeks and wasting a lot of hours and brain cells justifying to myself why I have to go to the mall, I’d find the tinniest excuse not to go. “It’s drizzling!”, “it’s gloomy, it’s going to rain…”or “I woke up at 930AM instead of 9…” and the ever reliable “the sun is out, it’s too hot to leave the house.”
I always find excuses not to go. I don’t go there to chill. If I want to chill I’d stay at home. Going to the mall is a chore. I go because I have no choice.
I only went because I’m going home this Thursday for my cousin’s wedding and I need some things. I have work from Monday until Thursday and I really don’t have the time to go. Today, Sunday, is the only day I can convince myself to move my ass and go.
It has to be Sunday at 10AM. It’s not for superstitious reasons. It’s just practical. There is no traffic, people will still be in church and the mall is almost empty until about lunch time when Sunday mass ends and people start trickling in. I figured, if I time it well and plan my route well, by the time the horde comes in I will be done with my errands and on my way out. Adios, humanity! I’m going back to my cave.
Today it went like this:
0900 – Start preparing
0945 – leave the house. (It’s a sunday, no traffic and it only takes 10-15mins by cab from my place)
1000 – mall opens, enter via east entrance nearest the shoe store to buy the suede cleaner I need for Friday
1010 – food court, quick breakfast; taking advantage of the fact that there’s hardly anyone there yet
1030 – Next store to buy tote bag for some things I need to brig home with me
1045 – Watsons for some toiletries
1100 – wander around the Korean thrift store for some other things I can buy
1125 – on the way to the west entrance/exit only stopping for a bit to check my list and make sure I got everything I need.
1145 – back home typing this
In and out. Just as planned. Perfect.