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My credit card bills (que horor!) have arrived and have been paid. I just realized that due to my shopping and eating habits, I have to do some belt tightening until the 15th. Well, there’s a bit of a spillover of my July expenses that will be billed by end month. So the big question is


What can a broke girl do? Something that doesn’t involve opening her wallet…


I need more suggestions, here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. Play golf (well, this involves opening my wallet but only to a minimum)
  2. Take pictures and attend photography classes religiously
  3. Exercise at home!!
  4. Watch everything about President Cory!
  5. Tweet, Blog, Facebook, Multiply all day (but some multiply sites pose a temptation to shop!)
  6. Beautification day at home (nails, hair and massage c/o Celebrity Nails
  7. Work and do more internet marketing campaigns
  8. Download and read e-books!!
  9. Clean my closet
  10. Go home and score some free food at home
  11. Do more of my in hindsight posts!

I need more suggestions… Please keep them coming! 🙂

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Most people dont know how much I indulge myself in books, and with the golfing (slash boring) trip coming up, I did my usual Fully Booked hoarding just so I’d be busy when he does his game and something to cushion my tantrums just in case I felt like having them. I got books which I’ve been longing to read. For starters, I got both book 6 and 7 of Harry Potter.

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Well, admittedly, I didn’t understand the film, oh ok, parts of it so it was pleasure to go back to the source. Honestly, I find that the book is more gripping than the movie, am not saying the movie was a disaster, it wasn’t. It simply  gave me the impression that the film could not stand alone, (without you reading the books or at least seeing the previous ones) but no genius could contain the length and depth of such literature in a flick, even a 3 hour film for that matter. I’m so glad the last installment will come in 2 parts, hope that gives justice to the DETAILS of the story. Enough of adolescent wizards and my film critic tendencies, don’t listen to me, I’m no authority.

Aside from Harry, I got books that somewhat reflect what I want in life now,

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I’m not at least YET on the family way, but I’d want to have a kid in the  future. And being the control freak that I am a little research here and there won’t hurt, which explains why I purchased the book.

I also got this, I’ve been wanting to get the hard bound and leather embellished version but my futile attempts were unsuccessful so I’d have to be content with the paperback version.

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The book cover says it all “My life in the pursuit for the world’s most coveted handbag, lame I know, but we all have our priorities. Mine is just a teeny bit twisted. My DH who’s usually NR over my ramblings, out of the blue asked me

DH: “Which of the 2 would you want to have first, Birkin or Baby”

ME: Thinking in my head, “man, tough question”, “why do you ask such questions?”

In attempt not to answer his question  directly (well, I wouldn’t want to appear such a baby-sick housewife, and moreover, I didn’t want to look too materialistic), I said:

ME: Whatever book I can open the easiest, fastest is what I’ll get first. (The books were wrapped in protective plastic btw)

My hands grabbed the “baby book” but it refused to open 😦 the scotch tape was just so secured in the book! Then I got the BHTB book and without much effort the adhesive glided off the plastic covering in an instant. I didn’t know what to feel. Was it what I truly wanted? Was it’s nature telling me that I’d baby sit bags better than babies? I don’t like the drama. But a real Birkin in my closet would make me really happy, and so would a baby.. hehe.

Anyway, in an effort to cheer myself up, I grabbed one last book I got and promised myself to try every single resto listed in the book!07272009145

It’s a sure handy book for eaters and non-cooks out there! The 2009 version is updated and includes new restos that you wouldn’t normally try without a slight pushing. And oh, scanning through its pages are comforting, made me forget the birkin or baby dilemma. 🙂

My 3 years of driving was mostly spent with my trusty RAV4. From my corporate days to my retail job, the car was ever loyal and undeniably very reliable. But since I am on a stay at home stint since late last year, which means the rav has been home too, it became the prey for the prowling eyes of our abusive drivers!!! I dreaded the feel of their hands on my steering wheel, but I had no choice but to share (I know it sucks). My bratty self that I am couldn’t take it any longer, and after days of bratting around someone’s finally home!!!

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Some say it’s a mommy car, but I don’t care, haha! I got what I wanted! Thank DD and DH for the advise, funding and for trying to keep me patient when Toyota couldn’t release my unit on time. 🙂

I’ve been experiencing a case of blog backlog so many things to share so little time.

I’m currently home alone for 2 weeks, since DH has some business (business=golf) to attend to in Davao and CDO, talk about being a golf widow, sucks nah? I’m trying to fill my social calendar so days would fly, let’s see how I can manage on that, just wish my laziness won’t get in the way.

It’s the end of June and a half a year has passed! My list of goals for the year, aka my resolutions, are still lacking in check marks (so what’s new? hehe) but on the brighter side I have 6 more months to work on them, but for now I’m uninspired and I’m giving way to my bratty tendencies.

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EDIT: 7/1/2009, When I meant giving way to my bratty tendencies, this is what happens

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On-sale!! Love it 🙂

I am definitely an accidental photographer, I never planned on getting a dslr camera, I was merely planning on getting the slimmest and lightest point and shoot camera (well, it was pink so I was drooling over it) that’s easy to bring during events and dinners.

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But my ever indulgent husband insisted on me getting this

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he reasoned that I needed a new hobby, aside from shopping and trying hard not to be a brat, that explains the robotic looking camera. I’ve tried reading the manual and I’ve hoarded books about digital photography but to no avail, the language spoken in the books are just foreign to me. So the search for lessons and wokshops began! I’ve narrowed down my choices to 3 workshops. My criteria for choosing is 1. location (should be near or within Makati), 2. Teacher Profile 3. Past participants’ feedback.

Here are my top 3, any other suggestions are more than welcome, (you can jump to their websites)

1. The Alcove Perspective: References
2. Photography Seminars by Jo Avila
3. Basic Photography: Philippine Center for Creative Imaging

Writing in hindsight isn’t as easy as I thought. For starters, I couldn’t exactly remember what happened which month and once I remember things the more that I confuse myself with dates, people and places hay! talk about a bad case of senior moment in your 20s, bad bad. Thanks to my ever reliable iPhoto, I was able to trace my July 08 moments, see love your notebook and it will love you back 🙂

Enough of my notebook love affair, I’ve got some memory flexing to do. For starters, I was a busy bum for most of last year. I quit my promising corporate job in March and I was uncertain whether or not I should change fields, pursue further studies, look for a better job or just start my own biz. But even with the “not sure” mindset I had I still randomly applied for work, I would frequent Jobstreet.com or JobsDB for openings that would appeal to me, and without thinking twice hit the Apply Button. I had several interviews and job offers but I turned all of of them, since I was then more than ever more demanding of my paycheck, my time and my post.

Back in June 08, I applied for a fun job. I knew the job won’t pay me well, I knew it was underemployment personified and I was a 100% ready for the raised eyebrows I’d get from my parentals. I was in for the perks and discounts that the job can offer (more of these in my August – September in hindsight post). I was accepted and my rebellious nature couldn’t take going back to work without a final vacation in tow!

DH (my then fiance) had a golf tournament to join in Malaysia, I dug out my meager savings to book myself a flight and followed him without his consent! The club were he stayed was outside Kuala Lumpur so I had to occupy myself and be content with malls / places that are situated in the outskirts of the city. Pyramid mall was my home for 3 days. This mall could be compared to the likes of Podium, nice mid to high-end stores all in one roof. I went crazy over makeup and La Senza underwear during this trip, I never bought so much make up and undies in my life (fast forward to today, I still have some panties and eye color in stock!) and when the airport officials back in Manila opened my luggage for customs check, they were embarrassed to ask further questions hehe. I wanted to check Petronas just for the turista feel of it, but sadly, we didn’t catch the morning queue. So quick tip to those planning to check the twin towers, quit those sleepyheads and get those asses in line early! And oh, while in Malaysia I spent hours trying those Osim products, check them out here. I actually got myself the iSqueeze a day after I returned from Malaysia.

I wasn’t very much a camera monger then which explains the lack in pictures, here’s part of my meager stash:

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Malaysian Landscape                                                             Mainit (Outside Petronas)

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Can art  (yep, made of recycled soda cans)                                        We missed it!

My July experience in hinsight is obviously about being spontaneous and going with the flow, I had no plans whatsoever, I didn’t know for sure what to do. Some might say that mine was a case of plain katamaran and complacency maybe true, but contentment is good you know. In July of 08 I learned that steady waters is good, and good timing is needed when you’re out to sail in a different direction.

Call me a brat for seriously considering buying a new bag (harhar and yet again) in the middle of this whole wedding bruhaha preps. I seriously need one I swear!! I’ve been behaving super well for the last 3 months (meaning no bag purchases or uber expensive shoes) and the bag itch has caught me again. I tried really tried not to spend case and point yesterday, i let go of a beautiful Marc Jacobs trench, that would drive my whole office nuts (so much for imposing dress codes). I need a bag it’s not like I want a Hermes now, the bag I want is actually a thousand times cheaper than Hermes!!! It’s cute, easy to clean and looking at it makes me giddy!!! Here’s the little devil (now tell me who could resist that?)

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Bratting around

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Wishlist as of 6/21/09

- A new ride
- Digital Photography Lessons
- A custom tailored evening gown
- An everyday bag (a Goyard maybe?)
- A real comfortable pair of black peep toes
- Sticker label for my business truck
- Drapes for our room
- A Hermes dogon wallet
- Vacation with DH
- Finally learn how to play golf
- Expand my nail spa's operation to Pasay
- A timeless clutch
- A gold / silver bangle/s
- Grow my hair long