Since our company required us to wear costumes on our annual Christmas Party (which is themed, Christmas FUNtasy), we decided to look for costumes for the event. As we look for ideas in the Internet, we came across a costume rental shop which most people in forums recommend. And so, Irish, Jape, Joms and I decided to go there.
Camp Suki Clothier offers a wide variety of costumes that you can rent. They also have all sorts of props to match the clothes. They have Asian costumes, Princess’ gowns, Princes, Kings, Queens, Cowboys and Indians, Mexican, Fairy Tale themed, Angels, Cartoon Characters, Futuristic themed, Tribal, and anything you can think of complete with accessories to match the clothes you want to wear. Their shop looks like a big closet full of clothes and stuff wherein you could dress up in anything you want.
Since none of us know where it is located, we looked it up online. Our search led us to their old address (236 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue 1102 Quezon City 7120435). We didn’t know that they moved to a new location. We rode a cab from Gateway Mall in Cubao and asked the driver if he knew the place. Unfortunately, he didn’t know of the shop so, we manually searched for the store. We searched E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue for building number 236 but we were already on the 100+ (we started from 400+ downwards), but still, no sign of the shop. We decided to get out of the cab and walk back to look for it on foot. We asked some people if they know its location but unfortunately, they all lead us to nowhere.
A nursing student almost cried when Joms asked her if she know Camp Suki. I don’t know if she was afraid of him or what. It all gave us a good laugh. A manong in his small sari-sari store bragged about someone also looking for that address but didn’t find it. We left him since he could not offer us any help. We went to a barangay outpost and asked the manongs there. We said that we are looking for a clothes rental shop and they said that there is one they know (we thought that was it). We rode a jeep and went to where the manongs told us but to our disappointment, it was a barong rental shop.
It was already lunch time and we were already tired so we decided to eat at Chowking near St. Luke’s Medical center before continuing to our quest. It was then that we realize to search the net and look for the contact information of the store. We learned that they have moved to a new address (88 4th Street, New Manila). So, after our stomachs were full (and a some pictorials), we continued to look for Camp Suki.
The store owner told us that it is near St. Luke’s so we rode a jeep to the hospital. from there, we didn’t know where to go again. We tried to ask people where it is but they still don’t know until we passed by Pancake House and asked the Manong Guard if he know the address we are looking for. Luckily, Manong Guard knows the exact location and he cheerfully taught us how to go there. He said that we should go back to St. Luke’s and across the street we’ll find some tricycles parked. He said that we should tell the tricycle drivers to take us to4th street where the rental store is located. We thanked Manong Guard and continued our journey (now knowing where we are going. :P)
We arrived at the Store at long last! We went inside and searched for the costumes we are looking for. We had fun trying on different costumes and props there. The only problem (for me) in that store is that the place is dusty (maybe because some costumes were stored there for a long time). And since this triggers my allergic reaction, I have to get out of the shop and breathe fresh air. After a while, I went back and helped Irish and Jape on deciding what costumes to rent.
Irish rented a Chinese costume (she will play Mulan) and Jape, an Aladin costume. Irish’s costume was P600 (it was a red cheongsam top) while Jape’s costume was P800 including the headdress. It was quite expensive (i think) but if you are really looking for costumes, I think this is a place where you’ll find it.
After our adventures in New Manila, we went to SM Megamall to do our Chistmas shopping. After that, we ate at Amici where we ordered 4 different pastas and a pizza. we were so full before going home that day.
We had a lot of fun in our adventures to Camp Suki. I hope that they’ll put up a website to let people know where they are and also,to showcase the costumes that are available in their shop.
Here are some images taken in our trip.