As much as Lia loves the beach, Lia also loves the malls. But only if there are reindeers. No, just kidding. Lia loves the beach more. She will never say no to the question, “Do you want to go to the beach?” regardless of her mood or her state of hunger or tiredness. On the other hand, she would say no to the question “Do you want to go to the mall?” eighty percent of the time. Sometimes I even have to force her.

Lia also didn’t want me to take photos of her. She wanted me to take photos of puppy wearing her new funky plastic glasses that we bought at a street stall while waiting for the car’s tank to get filled up at a gas station the day before.

I had planned on going to the Global Pinoy Bazaar at Rockwell Tent earlier but Lia had fallen asleep on the sofa. We let her sleep because we knew she needed the energy, and we needed her to be in a good mood for a time at the mall and the bazaar. We left before six in the evening and traffic from Junction at the Ortigas Ave. Ext. all the way to Ever Gotesco mall was a crawl. Slower than crawl actually. The traffic was light past the mall though and we arrived in Rockwell Makati an hour later – hungry and tired already.

After going quickly through the booths in the bazaar and waiting for H to park the car, we decided to get dinner at Cucina Victoria. Lia was already clutching her new book by this time and was totally gaga with it. Dinner was absolutely lovely. The waiter offered to take a photo of us.

Dinner at Cucina Victoria, Rockwell Powerplant Mall

The mall’s already decorated for the Christmas season and Lia liked the moving reindeers in the open area.

Lia and the Reindeer, Rockwell Powerplant Mall

In fact, she liked them enough to gamely pose for a photo. I like that Lia knows how to pose for the camera. I was just sitting there laughing and observing.

Lia and the Reindeer, Rockwell Powerplant Mall

We went back to the bazaar to buy shirts and more books, and to visit our friends. But we didn’t stay long. I only took a few snapshots and then Lia already asked to go home. She said she was tired and sleepy – though we all knew that was just an excuse so we’d all go home and she can write on her book.