inside the shopping center
After the past week’s road trip, I’m beginning to miss the idyllic countryside. It looks like I’ll be making many more trips to the rural towns before the end of the year.
I was out walking along the downtown streets but really didn’t see anything interesting and so I decided to enter the dark passages of the Tacloban City shopping center. Inside was Dory’s Dress Shop. They’ve just relocated recently into a stall that’s out of sight from most pedestrians. Most of the shops in here are only frequented by regulars who know the owners personally.
Just by looking at the sewing and stitching machines one could make a good guess at the number of years this dress shop has been in existence.
This sewing machine would be about my age. I haven’t seen any new sewing machines, or maybe I was just in the wrong part of town, but I enjoy seeing things that are from the past. These things might not be around in the next decade, or they just might survive.
Dory has been a dressmaker for over 30 years, and she started when she was in her teens. I’m 10 years over 30 and that’s a fact but it would be very rude to ask her age.
Just outside Dory’s dress shop is this lens fitter’s work table. This must be my lucky day.
By the looks of it, this must be the daily grind.
This guy started out as an apprentice 8 years ago and now he is the main technician. He is only 27. I think he has a clear vision of where he wants to be in the near future.