THE HUSTLE IS REAL PART 3 :

FIRST TIME SHOPPING ALONE

Since I came, I've had the privilege of going shopping with either King Sowah or Victor and Lwipa. They helped me buy virtually everything. I never thought a day will come for me to go shopping alone even though it was bound to happen cos they are always not with me.
So as time went on, my stuff started finishing and I needed to restock so one nice day, I decided to go to Triumph Mall [just a walking distance from my hostel] to do my shopping.

Triumph Mall, Saratov
Went to the Groceries' Store at the mall but one thing I did was to list all the things I needed on my Notepad so that I don't forget or leave out anything. So with all this VIM and CONFIDENCE, I took a basket.

Immediately I entered, I went to where the Vegetables and Fruits were. Took one huge cabbage [I just love cabbages], placed it in my basket and off I went to get my Deodorant. Gosh, I stood there for more than 10 minutes figuring out which Deodorant to buy. I didn't want to buy something I would later regret. As I was still contemplating, 3 girls approached me and started talking but I couldn’t get what they were saying so I told them ‘Я не понимаю’ meaning, ’I don't understand'. It was one of my easiest Russian Phrases or Sentences I could say then cos most times peeps walk up to me talking and I didn't understand anything so I had to memorize it to tell them whenever I find myself in that situation. I then gave my phone to one of the girls to type what they wanted to tell me using My Translator.

Apparently, they were asking what I wanted to buy. I then said Deodorant; the girl who had my phone [same height with me] pointed out a particular one. As I took it, the smallest girl amongst them was like NO NO NO [In Russian], snatched it and replaced it with another [her choice]. The girl who chose initially took it from the shelf and was like hers is better and smells good.  
NOW HERE I WAS contemplating which one to choose. I finally CHOSE THE LITTLE GIRL'S OWN.
I thanked them and they left.

Deodorant Section
Shower Jell Section










Continued with my shopping, bought my Shower Jell [I’m even surprised at myself....I’ve used SOAP all my life so I even don't know why I decided to buy it. 'I dey wan do guy guy things' i know right.], bought my Water, Apple Juice and a couple of things. As I headed to the counter, there and then I remembered I needed to buy Milk [It wasn’t on my list though but I was like, since I drunk some a couple of weeks ago and nothing happened, lemme give it a try once again]. So I went back to get two bottles of milk [I even didn’t know which one to pick so I just chose any] and headed to the counter.

The Milk Section
When it got to my turn, the cashier took out my items and started calculating. When she got to the cabbage, she said something but I didn’t understand. She repeated it again and as usual, I said ‘Я не понимаю’. She then made signs meaning I needed to put the cabbage in a Plastic Bag, Weigh It then get its price from the scale.  
I THEN REMEMBERED Victor and Lwipa went through the whole process with me.

The Weighing Scale
I’D DONE YAWA - I JUST KNEW IT.
I was soooooooo embarrassed and to worsen it, there were four white girls just behind me. OH, IT KILLED ME mehn [they really laughed at me]
With my shame, I took the Cabbage from the Cashier’s hands and sent it to where the weighing scale was. Put it in the plastic bag, weighed it then got my price tag. As I approached the counter [The cashier was still waiting for me], the girls were still giggling and laughing at me so I also gave them a fake smile even though I was soooooooo ASHAMED. I then gave it to the cashier, paid and left.


As I came out, I met the 3 girls who helped me purchase my Deodorant in front of the Mall chatting. I approached them to say THANKS once more before taking my leave. Getting to my hostel, I wished I had gotten to know them more cos they were friendly towards me. I was like 'I should have asked for their names and contact'.

So I came up with A PLAN: GO TO MY ROOM, PUT THE THINGS DOWN THEN RUSH BACK AND PRETEND AS IF I’M ENTERING THE MALL AGAIN TO BUY SOMETHING. IF I MEET THEM, IMMA TALK TO THEM BUT IF NOT, I WILL JUST ENTER THE MALL, COME OUT OF THE OTHER END THEN GO HOME. #Perfect_Plan

I did exactly that and God being soooooooo good [GOD LOVES ME PAPA, I tell you], the girls hadn’t left BUT there was something. The smallest girl amongst them was smoking [I was soooooooo shocked] but I wasn’t worried at all cos she wasn’t my target. MY TARGET WAS THE ONE WHO WAS OF THE SAME HEIGHT WITH ME. #purely_FRIENDSHIP
I approached them, took out my phone then we started using MY TRANSLATOR. It was soooooooo interesting [they kept asking weird and lots of questions] until I remembered I needed to ask of their ages. Someone advised me to always and I MEAN ALWAYS ask of the age of any girl I talk to immediately after asking of her name. #underAGE_wahala

I asked the little girl [still smoking] and she said 11years [Not my concern], asked the middle girl, she also said 11. THEN I ASKED THE ONE WHO WAS OF THE SAME HEIGHT WITH ME, SHE SAID 16 years. Was sooooooooo shocked but within me, I said ‘ei, under age???? God Forbid
Didn’t waste much time at all, told them I was getting something and left. I entered the mall, got out at the other end and headed towards my hostel. Getting to my hostel, I kept thinking and questioning myself if I heard the girl's age right or not. I just couldn’t believe it mehn. She was of the same height with me and even bigger than me.
AH,WASTED MY TIME FOR NOTHING.


The following day, I decided to wake up early and have BREAKFAST [I’ve never had BREAKFAST before since I came cos I always wake up very late] because of the Milk I bought. I poured my ‘flakes’ [don’t even know the name] into the bowl then added my milk to it. After my first spoon, IT TASTED “eeeeeeewwwwwwww” and IT WAS SOOOOOOO THICK that I felt like puking. IT WASN’T EASY AT ALL. Poured it away then went to brush my teeth [felt uncomfortable].



Breakfast
Poured It Away













So since then, I haven’t taken it again. The remaining milk is still in the fridge and I once a while use it for FACIALS [I Know Right : I don't even understand myself at times. Why would I do that?????? My mum called and she was like 'Am I a girl?']

My Facials
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ADVANCE, VICTOR [21/12/2016]
On this special day of yours 
May the Lord God continue to pour his love on you
Wherever you go and in all the walks of your life! 
Happy Birthday boss!

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