If you are over 40, you may appreciate this post more than the “younger” audience. I realize it’s a bit early to discuss anything Valentinish…but if you wanted a kitschy or retro gift of chocolates for a particular generation of “baduy” folks like me, there is a brand new shipload of all kinds of Whitman’s Sampler chocolates at Cash & Carry in Makati (and I presume at Unimart Greenhills and Makati Supermarket Alabang since they are one and the same owner if I am not mistaken)… and none are in the trademark yellow box with crosstitch design…instead the company has brought back vintage tins, cheese-y heart shaped boxes and all kinds of variations for the nostalgic chocolate lover in you. If my mom were alive, she would be ecstatic if I got her a box of these goodies for Valentine’s…heehee. I never did like the chocolates themselves, but the whole drill of searching through the box to find something decent (no coconut, no cherry, yuck to liquers, etc.) was an adventure by itself. At any rate, I post it now as I suspect they will sell out quickly; after all, the Lettermen have apparently sold enough tickets to do shows at five venues throughout the Philippines, and I suspect that is about the right generation… so there is a huge market out there. And the prices of the retro chocolates? Very affordable, with items from PHP140-500, so get them early, hide them in a cool place until you need to give them to your sweetheart(s)…Heeheehee.