Yes, you read the title right: &(*#@+/ Cherries. What makes me so mad about Cherries? Well, just hold on, I’ll be getting to that.
Abreeza, Davao City’s newest fanciest mall is open. Grand opening day was last Thursday, May 12. Although Feyma pretended like she did not want to go to Abreeza for the Grand Opening, I managed to convince her to come along with me, because it was something I did not want to miss. There has been so much hoopla surrounding the opening of Abreeza in Davao, that I just couldn’t miss it, being the Dabawenyo that I am.
We knew that Abreeza would be super crowded on opening day, so we made a plan. We parked our car at Victoria Plaza and walked to Abreeza. It is, I suppose, 500 to 700 Meters or so away, so not much of a walk. We arrived at Abreeza right at opening time, 10am. Sure enough, there were a lot of people. I don’t know the crowd numbers, but I would estimate that there must have been 10,000 people there. The place was like a zoo!
However, as crowded as it was, we were not disappointed. I kept hearing the “oos and ahs” from Feyma, and I know she was happy that she decided to go. Indeed, the new mall had a ton of stuff available that I had never seen in Davao before, some that I had never seen in the Philippines. In particular, Feyma and I fell in love with the True Value store, which had tons of stuff that you just don’t find in the Philippines. They had Gas BBQ grills in the US$2,000+ price range that made me actually consider ditching the Mindanao Bob Deluxe BBQ Grill! But, I managed to hold off on that.
Feyma and I decided to check out the grocery store, which is a Robinson’s Grocery (the mall is an Ayala Mall). When we entered the mall, we were immediately in the Produce section. I was shocked that every piece of produce had been buffed to a shine, much different than I had ever seen in the Philippines. We looked in the refrigerated produce section, and I almost started crying! 😉 I saw Cherries, Blueberries and Raspberries. Fresh. Imported. Wow, they looked good. Until I looked at the price. A package of cherries contained only 12 pieces. Yes, 12 cherries. Want to know how much? P400! That’s roughly nearly US$10 for a dozen cherries. Wow…. P1800 per kilo! That’s $20 per pound. Feyma and I had been telling each other lately that we missed cherries, and longed for them. $20 per pound? Nah, I don’t think so.
Two days later we went back to Abreeza for a second visit, and I happened to be in the Grocery area, and saw the cherries again. This time, though, the price had been lowered to P185 for 12 cherries! Ha ha… I broke down and bought a pack. When we got home, I think I ate 3 cherries and Feyma at 3. The rest were shared with others. Can you imagine, just eating 3 cherries? Well, they were very, very good, I can attest to that. Now, do you understand why I said &(*#@+/ Cherries? I suspect you get what I mean now. Unfortunately, a few days later we broke down and bought two more packs of cherries! But, I’m going cold turkey now, and kicking the habit!
All in all, I can tell you, Abreeza is an amazing place. I had read in the paper that it would be similar to Greenbelt in Makati. A friend who is from Manila told me that she thought it was similar to Glorietta. I personally felt that it was quite similar to Ayala Center in Cebu. Whatever you compare it to, it is way beyond anything that has already existed in Davao. I really feel that Abreeza will change shopping in Davao in many ways.
The next thing I am looking forward to is the TGI Friday’s restaurant in Abreeza. They are running behind schedule, but it is said they will open in a week or so! Can’t wait! See you there?