Monday, December 29, 2014

S&R -- Now in Imus!

Just days prior to the closing of 2014, S&R Membership Shopping warehouse opened its 9th branch in the country at Imus, Cavite last December 20. I'd say, there is no better timing to open a store than before Christmas when everybody is anxious about what goods to hoard for noche buena a nd the not so distant New Year celebration.

The inauguration started with a Thanksgiving Mass and ended with a Dragon dance. Trumpeters were hired to play attention-commanding music during the ceremony. Thanks to the participation of the program guests and most especially the attendance of the new S&R members (98% of which is comprised of employed professionals residing in Cavite). The complete proceedings were as follows:

8:00 am - Thanksgiving Mass
9:00 am - Welcome Remarks by Anthony Sy, President of S&R Membership Shopping
9:30 am - Inspirational Speech from Imus City Mayor Manny Maliksi
10:00am- Closing Remarks by Susan Co, Vice Chairperson of Puregold Price Club
10:30am- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
10:45am- Dragon Dance and Marching band

Cavite is highly dense with a population of over 3 Million exceeding even Cebu's over 2 Million as per survey taken by NSO in year 2010. That data alone provide enough reason for the establishment of a new S&R warehouse. The new site looks pretty much like S&R Cebu (which I frequently visit) except that its Membership counter has chairs lined up for the waiting guests. As expected, it has the famed Food Service section which offers authentic New York Style Pizza, Southern Style Fried Chicken, The Cheesecake Factory goods and Blue Bunny ice creams. The dining area is right in front of the Food Service counter. Their grocery shelves contain crates of imported products which aren’t easily found in other establishments. Wheel your way (using the grocery carts) through the aisles between the tall stacks of products and you will find yourself grabbing more than a single item.

I am certain that the Cavitenos will patronize the warehouse. Other than local residents, Cavite has also become home to tourists who come to this part of the country either for short or long visits. Destinations such as Mt. Pico de Loro and Mt. Marami lure outdoor adventure seekers. Historical places like Corregidor, Aguinaldo Shrine, and Andres Bonifacio’s house have its own shares of foreign visitors too. When they go to S&R Imus either as a member or a guest, it will be like home away from home for them.

Do you go home to Cavite? If yes, be an S&R member now! Present a valid ID, a filled out membership form (available in S&R's membership section), and membership fee. Get your card in less than 15 minutes.

For more information, visit the membership page in S&R's website. Like their FB page.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Time for an S&R Holiday Feast!

“Pizza.. Pizza pa more!”
I swear all our friends would have raved loudly if they joined us that night. Unfortunately, there were only two of us and so, we ate to our hearts’ content until we said “Pizza, no more!”

Who would not put their hands up on a pizza that was more than twice the regular of common brands? I could barely even carry the whole box in one hand. I had no choice but hold it like a big tray. It felt heavier by the minute so I either had to put down the box or let the edge rest on my paunch a little bit while I hold the far opposite side with fully extended arms.

Nobody gets underserved with S&R’s Holiday Feast! For only P999, you can already have the pizza with 6 large Southern Style Fried Chicken cuts and three 22 oz sodas.

You fall in line at the Food Service counter when you order. Sometimes the line is long because of large following but it kind of serves the purpose of building up the craving for the food item you are buying. The pizzas are served fresh from the oven and so are the chicken from the fryer. When they called my number, I rushed to the Claim section to fetch my S&R Holiday Feast. Sporting a broad smile I held the boxes on shoulder level and smelled the exciting aroma of burnt cheese and spices.

It was my first S&R pizza and I was flabbergasted to see such beauty – colorful like a Christmas tree! Cheese and tomato sauce spread evenly on the crust made beautiful background to meat, pepperoni, capsicum, onion and olive toppings. I asked my friend to hold a slice but there was no way she could hold it on one hand without it drooping. So, there you go -- a pizza slice on two hands for the camera!

The crust was cooked the way I liked it: chewy and full. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside, juicy and flavorful inside. What I loved best was its moderate batter coating. Most fast-foods have too much.

Like a hungry glutton on a feast, I chomped, held a pizza on one hand and fried chicken on another. I wish we had the appetite of Americans so we could finish everything. Although I started convinced that I CAN – I ended up surrendering with plenty of leftovers. It was very delightful and literally a feast.

We left the shop satisfied and I had plenty of extras that can feed me for several days more (me, thinking greedily). While we walked to where the taxis were, we passed by a family, a lady, and a man holding a plastic bag. As much as I wanted to keep the food for myself, I eventually gave all of it to them. After all, it’s Christmas!

My friend later sent me a message that night which I decide to use as closing. She typed, “S&R holiday feast is not just a crazy bargain or a meal shared with someone you already know. Being able to share the Southern Style Fried Chicken with a family of street dwellers[1] and the New York Pizza with a lady street sweeper[2], and a “mangangalakal”[3] – is the true holiday feast.  A holiday feast is being able to share your blessings with random people who can never give anything back in return except for a heartfelt “thank you” (spoken or not).”

[1] A homeless family who were just opening a plastic of cooked rice and a few pieces of dried fish when we passed by
[2] Lady street sweeper
[3] A term in Philippines fondly used referring to a person survived by collecting garbage.

So, why wait? Go get yourself and your friends S&R’s Holiday Feast today! Promo ends on December 31, 2014.

Not yet an S&R member? Don't worry. It's easy. All you need is a valid ID, a filled out membership form (available in S&R's membership section), and membership fee. Get your card in less than 15 minutes. Trust me. I just became a member myself.

For more information, visit the membership page in S&R's website. Like their FB page.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Raining Discounts with S&R Club Pricing

We had plenty of rain due to typhoon "Ruby" but it is still raining "discounts" in S&R shopping center!

There is high demand for practicality and frugality ever since people learned about the greenhouse effect and the reality that the things we enjoy today are not eternal. Even the idea of death presents the need for people to stay healthy and exercise to live longer. Hence, we are gradually becoming more and more conscious of the value of the things we possess. Since not all things are enjoyed for free, we find better ways to extend the value of money.

Discounts! Buy 1 take 1! Free! Great value! These are words and labels which top the results when we run our mental search engine looking for a certain item in a grocery or department store. Sometimes we scavenge through a mound just to find the discounted item because they become out of stock too fast. Not so much at S&R. There is always enough items tagged with an "S&R Club Pricing" logo for members.

Hot among the picks this December are Christmas decorations. The store has imported LED Christmas lights designs which you won't see anywhere else except in S&R.

LED lights are always the better option compared to incandescent bulb decors. Because they are packaged very nicely, they appear to be a little bit expensive compared to the latter, however, the long term savings is non-debatable. A LED bulb normally consumes 0.96 watts -- a far cry from the 5 watts power consumption of an incandescent Christmas light bulb. It lasts longer too! Click here for further details of the comparison.

Other than the bright Christmas lights, S&R Club Pricing tags are also on colorful cookie and cake jars, huge Santa stockings, and some Christmas tree ornaments. There are lanterns, ribbons, and snowman too! But, hey! S&R Club Pricing is not only on Christmas items. You can find the same tags on regular electric coffee makers, microwave oven, and air coolers too --- all potential gift items for our love ones this Christmas time.  View the complete catalog here.

Why wait and suffer at long lines at groceries or malls  when you can be shopping where you enjoy privileges and you are a priority. If you are already a member, pay S&R membership Shopping a visit today. The store is open for extended hours this December (see photo below for details). Remember at S&R "membership means low prices".

Not yet a member? Don't worry. It's easy. All you need is a valid ID, a filled out membership form (available in S&R's membership section), and membership fee. Get your card in less than 15 minutes. Trust me. I just became a member myself.

For more information, visit the membership page in S&R's website. Like their FB page.

Note: All images were sourced from both the home site and the FB page.
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