Dindin loves collecting Shopkins toys and travel. And the Shopkins Shoppie World Vacation Doll – Jessicake seems to have combined everything.
We did not collect Shopkins when it was first introduced in the market. I just thought they were too expensive for such little toys. But when Shopkins Season 8 – World Vacation Series came out, I thought it would nice to get them the Asia collection because we just came from Hong Kong.
But when I heard the girls play their Shopkins Asia collection talking like they had Oriental or Chinese accent, I thought it would be nice to get some different sets of the Season 8 series. I got them a few of the America and the Europe sets. It was so much fun to hear them play and mimic the different accents from different countries.
The Asian collection is representative of the place that they have visited while the Americas and Europe collections represent their dream travels for the future.
We have seen at the toy store that Shopkins has released a line of dolls called the Shopkins Shoppie. I think they would be the shoppers in the pretend play. But we thought that they cost too much money and we didn’t want to buy them anymore.
However, last Christmas, Shane got a Shopkins Shoppie gift from her Ninay Sansan. It was the Lucy Smoothie doll and it comes with two Shopkins. Dindin also expressed that she wanted one and we all decided that they were just going to take turns playing with it.
Shopkins Shoppie Jessicake
Last February 16, Din joined a mini golf tournament with her peers and she played well. She went home with the trophy for her age group. After the game, we passed by Robinsons toy section and it was there that she discovered Shopkins Shoppie World Vacation – Jessicake.
She desired it so much because first it was a Shopkins Shoppie, second it represented London, and third, it represented a traveling girl. It was like the doll was speaking about her. She has been crazy about going to London.
You would think that with her achievement in golf, we would just buy her the doll. But no.
The problem was, the Shopkin Shoppie Jessicake is P900. For us, it’s way too much money to spend a doll when summer is coming and we have summer classes that they are going to enroll in, such as the Galileo Money Smart Camp. Read more: Galileo Enrichment Summer Programs
She was disappointed, to say the least. Her Papa said that if she wanted something bad enough, she had to work for it. Her dad gave suggestions on what to do.
Working for It
That same afternoon, Dindin took out her canvases and paint. She said she was going to paint and sell her artworks to earn her some money. The whole family went to a party but she stayed behind to paint.
At least, we thought that we got to her in terms of working for what she want. She was upset for a just a little while, then she picked herself up and started working for what she wanted.
Chinese New Year Gala and Raffle
That day was also Chinese New Year. So that evening, we attended a Chinese New Year gala at the SMX Convention Center in celebration of the Bacolaodiat.
As is the custom every year, there is a raffle and cash prizes are at stake. While we were partaking of the lauriat dinner, the raffle started and consolation prizes were at stake. Dindin held on to her ticket while eating, while I was busy feeding Shane.
After several names were called, she asked, “Mom, how come we never win these raffle draws?” At a loss and still busy with Shane, I blurted, “Ask God, He knows everything.” Then I went back to feeding Shane.
Would you believe, a couple of numbers later, Din’s number was called. We didn’t even realize it until she started screaming and ran to the stage! I think she must have asked God right after I replied to her and He answered! How awesome is that!
The prize was only P1000 but to a child and how God answered her prayer was just EPIC!!!
What to Do
Now that she won P1000 fair and square, we all know that is Din’s money already. She told us afterwards that she can already afford to buy the Shopkins Shoppie and would still have a change of P100.
But this practical Mama thinks that it’s still too much money so I tried to dissuade her from buying the doll. After all, we have so many things to spend for in a couple of months. Dennis and I talked and he asked, “What if, maybe, it is already God’s answer to her prayer?” I was still not convinced.
Later that night, the grandparents called the kids and gave out Chinese New Year gifts. Din got another P1000! Now, she had P2000 in her hands and she was all the more itching to buy her doll because she could more than afford it.
Watch the Kids’ Video below
The kids made an unboxing video of their Shopkins Shoppie Jessicake doll.
An Act of Faith
My husband and I discussed it. What if indeed God answered this child’s prayer? Would we let logic and pragmatism get in the way? What are we trying to teach her then? This was no longer a matter of buying a toy but a matter of teaching her about faith.
So eventually, we gave in and when we went back to Robinsons that week for an errand, we brought them so that we can buy the Shopkins Shoppie Jessicake. We just asked Dindin if it’s okay to share the Shopkins with her sister she only wanted the Jessicake doll anyway. She agreed. After all, they just share Shopkins anyway.
What an amazing learning opportunity for Dindin, just because of the Shopkins Shoppie doll. I wonder now, will God really honor her prayer of sending her to the United States and London? Let’s see. 🙂
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: