In our previous article , we told you what to expect in Divi. Now, here are some practical tips to aid you in making sure your trip there is fun and fruitful.
Some Helpful Tips for your Trip to Divisoria
It’s ideal to do your Divi exploration on foot. Take the LRT to Doroteo Jose and take a jeep or a pedicab to Divisoria. You can also take the LRT 2 and get off at Recto station—you can also park your car at the Park and Ride carpark in Central Terminal Station, Lawton and board the train there for Doroteo Jose. If you’re coming from Makati or anywhere south, take the MRT and change trains at Taft Station, taking the LRT to Doroteo Jose. Or park in Shangrila Mall and take the MRT at Shaw Boulevard station. If you’re coming from the northern side of the metropolis, park your car in either SM North EDSA or Trinoma mall and ride the MRT and change train lines by going to the LRT at Taft station. Or you can take the Monumento LRT station and head to Doroteo Jose from there. Now, if you’re bringing a car, one of the best places to park is the Tutuban Centermall; it’s relatively safe and cheap. There are lots of privately-owned parking areas in Ongpin and Binondo as well, but I suggest you know where they are first before you actually bring a vehicle over.
Shopping can start as early as 6 a.m. The crowds start increasing at 9 a.m. and don’t thin out until 6 p.m. During Christmas season (which starts in late October) expect two to five times the number of people on the streets.
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Watch your handbags, purses and wallets. Be aware of where your cellphone is and watch out for people who bump into you or crowd you (which will happen very often). Vendors don’t take credit cards so bring a decent amount of cash. Also have coins ready to make your purchases. If you’re bringing kids, have them wear recognizable clothing and make sure to keep them visible.
Street children and beggars may flock to you and your children for handouts—try to ignore them but if you must give them something, don’t lower your car window to do so. Knocking on your car window is a signal for them to move on. If you and your family are on foot, try as much as possible not to encourage them. However, if you must give them handouts, candies, cookies and other foods will be better as many beggars are connected to syndicates that control their earnings.
If you do run into trouble, there are police outposts at every LRT station and several around Divi. Take note of them.
What to wear
Don’t wear sandals or slippers lest you want the moist feel of soft horse dung between your toes. Don’t wear jewelry, fancy watches or uncomfortable clothing. Wear ordinary-looking and very comfortable clothing like jeans, t-shirts and leggings with old rubber shoes. Expect your clothes to get dirty.
Other Articles in this Series: Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Have The Proper Mindset (Part 1of 5) Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Exploring the Malls (Part 3 of 5) Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Exploring the Markets (Part 4 of 5) Divisoria Shoppers’ Guide: Exploring the Streets (Part 5 of 5)
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