It started the summer of '91. My dad told me it was time na mag "ko tiam" na ako. No more playing with the kids in our neighborhood. It was time for me to start my right of passage...
Well... I didn't really do much work. I simply took out the trash, swept the floor and arranged boxes of stocks.
However, the "training" was centered around discipline. I went to work from 8 am until 4 pm. If I was late, I was made to stand outside our store. It was embarrassing but I learned at a very young age that I should never be late for work.
I also got paid 15 pesos/day and when my salary increased, I started working during weekends too!
Every summer, I would save up all my earnings and I would use that money to buy everything I need for school.
Do you have any idea how empowered I was at the age of 9? Having work and money shaped my confidence and self-esteem at a very young age.
Back to school shopping was shopping madness for me! It was the only time of the year when I could binge shop for myself. I really enjoyed buying my own things with my own money! My mom respected my choices. I decided on everything!
Every year, I got myself a new pair of BANDOLINO shoes. And when I could finally afford an expensive bag, I got myself a Jansport! Even as a kid, I had a good taste in bags and shoes.
Yesterday, I bought the June issue of Yummy and I saw a full feature on BEATRIX. Oh, I wish I had this when I was growing up. They are so !!!!
Beatrix is NewYork-based brand of kid's bags that became famous in the US because many Hollywood parents and celebrity kids have been photographed using it.
It is also distributed by someone from our family. Yay! Full Support Please!
The bags are very well constructed using HEAVY DUTY NYLON. ( It is a far cry from the bags from 168 na after 2 months, sira na). BEATRIX bags are very DURABLE!
The designs are embroidered and not just digitally printed. The bags are comfortable and very light too!
The materials used to make BEATRIX bags are all food-safe and free of all the bad stuff: No lead, No phthalate, No PVC.
I've been warned that those food containers in Divisoria may have lead... I'm not sure but best to be on the safe side especially when it comes to something that has contact with food!
The best thing about BEATRIX is the bags are MACHINE WASHABLE. It's so easy to remove the stains and the stinky smell. Just throw into the washing machine and it comes out clean and smelling nice.
I used to bring Iced Milo to school and I'd always spill it all over my lunch box. Mama would get so upset. She is not a believer of Breeze's tagline, DIRT IS GOOD. She hated (and still hates) spills and stains. Sermon galore talaga everytime I spill ulam, juice or milo. #traumaticchildhood.
I wish I had a Beatrix lunch box when I was growing up!
Oh wait! Come to think of it... No one is stopping me from getting one! I can bring baon to the office and eat on my desk.