I went out to lunch at the Turkish restaurant, Tourquoise, at SM today with Epril. After that, we did some food shopping at SM Grocery Store.
The SM chain of stores have what is called the "SM Advantage Card", which is a card that is swiped every time you make a purchase... earning you discount pisos. Pretty much every store at SM Mall participates: SM Department Store, SM Grocery, Ace Hardware, My Home furniture store... and on and on.
The SM Advantage Card has to be the biggest waste of time I've ever seen: It takes about 5 seconds to swipe that card at every purchase... and those few seconds are a waste of time when multiplied by the 100-or-so times I've had the card swiped.
When you consider that every appliance and plate and cup in my kitchen comes from SM, every piece of furniture, gifts for the family, and pretty much every bit of food we have eaten at home over the past few months all comes from SM... about $2,500 worth of money spent by my estimate... what do you think our "reward" would be? I checked our balance. It was $6. That is, for every $400 you spend, you get $1 back.
Well, the card does have Epril's name embossed on it, and it's apparently the first time she's ever had anything that represents some kind of tacit financial agreement with a business in her own name. She enjoys looking at the card. She giggles, and says, "that's my name," to the cashier when she hands over the card. I suppose that makes it worth it in a way.
Epril had her friend Kim over visiting yesterday, and Susan cooked a very nice pork in a sweet "Mongolian" sauce. Other than that, nothing too much going on.