My friend told me way back in November that she was going to give my kids a pet hamster. Of course my kids got all excited. But we… well, I kept on postponing the trip to the pet shop.
Finally, my friend reminded me that the hamster is almost two months old now, so if I am ready, she will bring the little guy for adoption.
iMom: Oh, yeah! The hamster… Sige, next week…
In reality, I was trying to avoid having to adopt it because furry rodent-like creatures freak me out! But since the kids were eager and expectant (read: nangungulit!), avoidance was nearly impossible.
But I had to prepare for the pet hamster’s arrival. I first went to Bio-Research at SM North Edsa to shop for a cage, some wood shavings, food, and what else the little guy might need. But the least expensive cage was an approximately 12-inch wide plastic terrarium selling for P480.00. No accessories included yet. The bigger cages were around P1300+. And, oh, the drinking bottle would cost P275.00.
iMom to sales guy: Mas mahal pa yan kesa sa bote ng baby ko ah!
Sales guy to iMom: Japan-made po kasi yan.
Yeah right, whatever. This bargain-hunting momma isn’t falling for that crap. Then I remembered the extensive pet village at Tiendesitas! Surely, we would find everything we needed for the little guy (who remained nameless up to this point of the story) there! So the next Sunday family outing was scheduled to be at Tiendesitas.
At Tiendesitas, we did find a cozy blue-and-white wire cage selling for only P568.00, inclusive of a wheel, a house, a feeding tray, and a mezzanine! 😀 The kids and the husband were so thrilled we bought it immediately.
The kids had fun watching dogs and cats being groomed…
… and petting a Guinea pig.
Of course, what’s a trip to Tiendesitas without checking out the food? We had an everything-grilled lunch – bangus, chicken and pork. Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos. Apparently, the family was so famished, food disappeared even before I could shoot. I also bought some organic brown rice for only P28.00 per kilo at the Ifugao Rice Depot. I forgot to stop at Wado’s for bibingka, though. Wado’s has the best bibingka for me… And that’s not because it’s owned by my sister’s sis-in-law ha! 😉
Back to the little guy…
We can’t go on calling the little guy the little guy, so we had to come up with a name. Suggestions came from all family members:
Ville (from a certain cartoon show daw called Hamsterville). Bill. Little Bill. Oreo. Coco. Chokoleit (jologs!). Mocha. Hamsty (from husband; got the least vote; hehe). Kipper.
I voted for Oreo, but Kipper won. So Kipper he shall be.
Meet our pet hamster – Kipper!