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The Sari-sari Store

As promised in an earlier post, here is an informational piece on the sari-sari store. My Filipino friends will certainly not need to read this post as they might even know more than I do about the topic. For those who are at a loss, this might shed some light on the matter.

The term sari-sari is actually a Filipino word that means an assortment or many kinds. Applied to a store, it simply means a store that sells most anything. Sounds like 7-11 doesn't it?

A sari-sari store means more than a 7-11 does, I think. For me at least, it brings back memories of childhood...I knew I reached a milestone in my life when I was allowed to go to the sari-sari store about a block away from our house on my own....I go back in time when I was a child and carefree, looking for comfort food in our grandma's sari-sari store.

For many Filipinos, the sari-sari store is part of life. It is where they go to when they suddenly run out of eggs. Or sugar. Or cooking oil. Or safety pins. The sari-sari store is where you can afford to buy things because you do not have to get the whole package. For example, if you want to smoke, you can buy one cigarette - not the whole pack. You can get an egg - not a dozen.

And sari-sari stores are practically everywhere. They are like convenience stores except that are homier (I think).

So why am I writing about the sari-sari store? As I mentioned before, we are starting one. I never imagined myself as doing this, really. It seems a bit odd, especially as Jerry will be the one manning it. I do not know how it will turn out but I do know that we will give it our best shot and see how the sari-sari store life treats us.

(God, I am on pins and needles.)

***Picture from Wikipedia...will get pictures of our store once it is up and running***


  1. I'm so excited for you and so proud of you, Numi! I know, changes can be very scary, but I have a good feeling about this one. Haha, I can just see Jerry correcting someone's pronunciation of "patis" though. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks, Aves. I appreciate the vote of confidence!


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