Random Thoughts from a Bag Person : My Bratpack story

I've been using a bag for as long as I can remember.

From the time I was a baby, my parents would lug around a cutie baby bag that would contain my bottles, milk powder, pacifier and a couple more essential items. As a young child, I would drag my trusty, highly durable stroller as I go in and out of school. In high school, there was my red canvass Jansport bag that I would oh-so-casually sling over my left shoulder in what I thought made me look very cool. In that bag, I had my Nokia 5110 cellphone, a jumbo stainless bullet tumbler, my Lisa Frank binder and the cutest neon pens found in National Bookstore. Oh, how I love my school supplies back then.

Going through college and work, I have never left home without a bag. The sizes of my bags would range from the smallest leather purses to big tote bags. I would also make sure that the color of my bag won't only compliment but would perfectly match my outfit.

Then comes BratPack

At times, I would have to buy a bag that would be perfect for travelling and while going through the stores in the mall, I chance upon this small bag store at the Ground Floor of Robinsons Galleria that has a giant Jansport Bag displayed by the entrance. The name of the store is Bratpack. At first, I thought they only specialize in outdoor bags but going through their product displays, I found not only the ever-reliable Jansport but learned about other bag brands such as Timbuk2, Hedgren and a lot more. My sister also bought her slim belt bag here which proved to be very handy and useful as we combed through rows after rows of retail stalls in the Chatuchak Market of Bangkok.

Last week, Paul and I were invited to an event from Bratpack. This is to formally launch their flagship store at Greenbelt 5 which is very spacious and carries more active lifestyle brands such as Sanuk, DC, Sector9, Life is Good and many more. We were both drawn towards the cute Jansport designs and the comfy looking Sanuk beach shoes.

What made the event very interesting was the Riddle Game. The mechanics were simple. The host will say a riddle that pertains to an item. The contestant will have to guess the riddle and choose which among the 10 bags on display could the item be hidden. Ten winners will have the chance to take home their very own limited edition bag.

It took me a while to convince Paul to play for us but my budding photographer-boyfriend insisted that he prefers to just sit and take photos instead. Thus, I had no choice but to give in to my competitive spirit. Finally, I successfully was able to answer three riddles and became the first winner who'll bring home a Bratpack bag. Yipeee!!

Take a look at my brand new Timbuk2 bag...

frannywanny and BratPack's Marketing Officer, Brian Kong

It's amazing to see how BratPack as grown from that small corner store in Robinsons Galleria into their very spacious, hip-looking flagship store in Greenbelt 5. This is definitely a bag person's playground and I am so excited to visit it again to prepare for my next adventure. Ü

Bratpack has branches at Greenbelt 5, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, SM CDO, SM Davao, SM The Block, SM Pampanga, SM Southmall and Ayala Cebu. You may contact them at bratpack@primergrp.com or visit their website at http://packsforbrats.multiply.com.

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