“Oh gosh, why does it have to be this way?” I thought as I clumsily made my way among the throng of red and white while avoiding the bumping and shoving crowd. No longer mindful of where I was going, I accidentally let go of one my bags and let out a curse as my mind spun with the deafening noise of baskets hitting the ground and people kicking and shouting. I covered my ears and my body fell away collapsing, wishing I were anywhere but here.
Oh that was just a dramatic opening! The last part didn’t really happen but I did accidentally dropped my shopping bag quite a number of times during the Grand Opening Day (SALE BY THE WAY) of UNIQLO, Japan’s number one clothing line (and second in the world or is it third… Third I think since Gap and Zara’s top 2), in the Philippines!
I am not a marketer for UNIQLO or anything (I almost worked for them! Too bad… uh nevermind… don’t want to talk about it XD) but I am a fan of their clothing line so that’s why I’m going to talk about why I decided to undergo the 4-hour ordeal/adventure with my mother. Take note I have NEVER done anything like this for clothes. EVER. And I don’t know if I’d want to do it again It’s not exactly my first time to shop at UNIQLO (thank you Aunt for showing me this in Shanghai!) but because of the sale, and the thrill of finally getting it here in the Philippines, well my mom and I couldn’t resist. Heck we didn’t even do this when Forever 21 opened for the first time here!
I also wanted to talk about my experience so that you dear shoppers would know what to expect maybe for the next few days or weeks. I just hope it dies down (PLEASE??). And if it already did die down, this would be one heck of a cool experience that only some went through! It’ll make an interesting story too.
Mom and I arrived at SM Mall of Asia around 12 noon. We planned to get there earlier but we had to do a lot of errands beforehand. Before going inside the mall, we inquired the friendly guard where the shop was located. He just kinda grinned at us, Oh just walk straight in the mall, you can’t miss it, he said. So all right-o we must have gone to the right place since it was so near! Once inside, I immediately saw a LOT OF PEOPLE IN LINE. In my head I chuckled (how do you chuckle in your head? Beats me), this couldn’t be a line to UNIQLO would it? So to investigate, I had mom stay somewhere in the line since there was space, and I kinda almost reached the other end of the 2nd floor (take note, SM Mall of Asia is GINORMOUS BIG HUGEASS OMG 2ND HUGEST MALL HERE) and to my horror, IT WAS THE FRIGGING LINE TO GET INSIDE THE UNIQLO STORE. If I were a meme, I would be these
WTF seriously. I was even going to tell my mom to postpone our plans but I realized, we came FAR AWAY for this and I didn’t want to back out now. Mom surprisingly didn’t mind waiting and anyway she was distracted by the sale of the other stores too so I was the one who did most of the lining up while she shopped for a bit. Got ourselves 2 wedges YEHEY! Actually it was a big mistake since we had 2 huge bags with us WHILE we were shopping inside the store (thus my dramatic intro). So here are the photos.
Check em out! See UNIQLO way over on the other side? And our spot in the line was HALFWAY to the end. Oh yes, there were plenty of people BEHIND US.
Another horrific realization was this
We accidentally cut in line. Apparently you had to line up in front of the lady with the “End of Line” Placard. Well we didn’t know anything about it and nobody berated us or got mad when we went in the line so… it wasn’t our fault
Yey for entertainment at Kiehl’s!
So yeah there, it took about an HOUR (imagine if we actually LINED UP AT THE END OF THE LINE) before we finally reached the entrance HURRAH! Just be careful not to cause and ruckus or tomfoolery because The Ultimate Bouncers will getcha!
I’m not kidding see? Everything was orderly though, I got to hand it to Japanese people for being organized! Seriously! Because when Forever 21 first opened, it was…. CHAOS.
Finally MOM AND I GOT IN THE STORE! We could finally touch the fabrics and everything! I did see another line somewhere near the entrance of the store. It was the line to the cashier. Uh oh, but no matter, we’d trouble about that later. Mom and I decided to divide and conquer and get separate baskets. I kinda rushed and got 4 things I wanted to try to fit. While looking for the fitting room, guest what greeted me, ANOTHER LINE WITH A LADY AND A PLACARD! Good thing it wasn’t horrendously long and the line moved quickly. Figures because they will only let you try 4 items at a time. Smart! And you know what else, besides the fitting room, they had a storage room converted into a fitting room filled with PORTABLE FITTING CUBICLES. Well I think that’s what you call them. Except these fitting cubicles can only be used by petite people like me (or below 5’5″ i’m assuming) because there’s a ceiling. It was kinda cramped and I kept bumping the ceiling whenever I tried on a top but I managed. WOO! I didn’t want to tarry any further so I told my mom I was going to line up for the cashier first. And it was a good thing to line up early because the whole line WENT AROUND THE WHOLE STORE. It was that long. Heck because of the amount of people, I couldn’t even find my friend who was just inside the store with me! It was smart though, having a line that goes around the store because you could do last minute fittings, find a new selection that you completely missed or make second thoughts about some purchases. I think we lined up for an hour and thirty minutes. Heck you even make friends with your line buddies already. Some photos!
Some shirts selling out already! I hope they still have stock!
My view at 3/4 of the line already
Don’t worry, the line actually moves quickly because they had around 20 Cash Registers there. I really admired the salespeople there because everyone was still so cheery and respectful and… happy! I think their Japanese training was really good! THUMBS UP FOR SERVICE! Man, I think UNIQLO did more sales than any store could in the mall in just ONE DAY. Maybe they can already pay out their rent. Seriously, it was MADNESS.
I couldn’t help but let out a cheer and say FINALLY WE’RE THROUGH after the whole thing. I was just that happy, not only with my purchases but thank goodness, I can finally EAT LUNCH.
So if ever you want to go to UNIQLO (in the first week I think), please wear comfortable shoes, prepare snacks, bring a book or iPad or iPod or Kindle or something, or of course bring friends! I find that bring a buddy is the best thing to fight boredom
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!