Monday, November 22, 2010

almost a week with my almost sister

In search for the black high heels I've been lemming to have, I almost spent the week with my almost sister, Tin Pe Benito. ♥

To begin with the story, there is this simple black heels I saw months ago. I instantly fell in love with the shoes the first time I saw it. I tried it on and it fits perfectly just like how the glass slipper fits Cinderella. *wink* It's so simple I can imagine wearing it with almost anything, but above all, I know it would be perfect for my skirts. Despite all of these, I still know it would fall under my 'wants' and not under my 'needs'. So I tortured myself for not buying it, or at least not instantly.

Then came this thing called bonus {which by the way, tax and I shared}. I promised myself to buy EVERYTHING in my not-so-long list, thus spent the weekends malling. Friday alone at Megamall, Saturday with my sister Dana at SM Fairview. I almost got everything, yes almost everything except for the BDJ planner and my black heels. Either they don't have my size or they don't have a new pair {who would want the one displayed there for months already?}  So I scheduled an appointment with my almost sister, Tin. Monday. Galleria. After work.

Monday. I was up by 6:00, ready to go by 7:30. But surpriiiiissssee.. Unang Hirit reported there is an ongoing bus strike and that commuters are stranded at Lagro, SM Fairview, Commonwealth and EDSA. Great, exactly my way to the office. So, me and my sister {the real one this time} had no choice but to wait for our father who's going to Makati by 12 in the afternoon. Past 1:00 pm I landed in the office, no buses meant no traffic in EDSA. On the other hand, due to flexi hours, late time-in meant late time-out. Goodbye Galleria.

I just CAN'T imagine myself there

Tuesday. A National Holiday in celebration of  EID’L-ADHA, Feast OF Sacrifice. Nevertheless I had to go to work {and it's nothing new}. My almost sister need not to, so she went mall hopping the whole day. I was able to escape from work 15 minutes before 8:00 pm. Imagine the rush. I had to ride a cab to get to Galleria on time. As soon as I met Tin, we went to the ladies shoes section. Taddaaaa! It's there! Without even trying it on, I immediately asked for a new pair. Life is bitchy! They had none! And the one displayed there is way too old and ugly for me to bear. Since she's done with her shopping and I'm too disappointed to even stroll around, we just decided to eat. Again, as always, we shared endless chitchats. Sisters talk like there ain't tomorrow remember? And before heading home, we had to somehow look better so we stopped by the washroom. Ooops. Excussshh me naman for camwhoring!

in case Greenwich needs new endorsers.. hahaha

she who started the camwhoring

joined by her almost sister

my mind still shouts that black shoes then..
cute face definitely hides disappointments, paaak!

Wednesday. As difficult as it was, I managed to get to office early {9:00 am is early for me, I couldn't care less if it's not for everyone else, bleh). I set my mind to leave the office at 7:00 pm. I honestly had doubts because I have tons of work and as unlucky as one can get, I am the status reporter for the week. My instinct was right, at 7:00 pm my conscience {and my dedication for work, lol} did not allow me to leave the office as planned. My almost sister is already used with situations like these, me not being able to make it with our agreed time due to, uh, WORK? I felt like I owe her something so I told her I'll be out by 9:00 and we'll just have dinner together at Banchetto. My treat! Hahaha! =)) {a private joke tin would kill me if I share} Obviously, I still wasn't able to get my to-die-for shoes that day.

at banchetto until around 11:00
who cares about tomorrow anyway?

taken before I settle myself for sleep
never too tired for pictures

pardon me for the randomness of this post
I just needed to share I've been loving owls

Thursday. Because I was taught from my cradle never to surrender, I told Tin I'll be in Makati at lunch time to check-out SM, Landmark and Glorietta. Again, Makati. And guess what? I only went there alone once. A friend even picked me up where the bus dropped me off. I also remember the days when job hunting seemed endless. A friend had to accompany me to Makati for an interview. I was never street smart. NEVER. I even had that included in my 25 before 25 list.

Anyhoo, I just didn't feel like that was the time to challenge myself of being street smart. I was on for another challenge and that was to find my glass slipper, err black heels. hahaha! =)) And so I took a cab and voila, I found myself in Landmark within 2o minutes or so. I patiently {since when did I become patient?} waited for Tin. As soon as she arrived, we looked for where the ladies shoes are situated. Tadaaaa! Once again it's there. And once again they do not have a new pair for my size. Crap! But the one displayed looks good still {unlike the horrible one in Galleria}. We also checked-out SM but never mind, they are futile. haha! So I decided to get the one displayed in Landmark. We ate in Baliwag, took some photos {because I said I'll blog about my week} and parted ways. End of the story, I once again got what I wanted. *evil smirk*

shoes everywhere, don't you just ♥ them?

the gladiators Tin is lemming for
go get them!

Tin and her appetite! hahaha

the gladiators Tin is lemming for
go get them!

Friday. I bored myself to work and headed straight home. Isn't this the most exciting day?

My tax haven't thanked me for getting it's undeserved share. If anyone sees that crap, kindly stone it to death.Thanks! ☺


Sunday, November 14, 2010

what apple wants.. gets! {for a lower price}☺

Have I mentioned I've been dying to have Nina Garcia's Style Strategy? I bet I have. It was just so hard for me to buy it because I find it expensive. 900 bucks for the hard bound one and 7oo bucks for the paperback version.  Isn't that HEEEXPENSIVE!? Yes I know I can buy one dress for more than 9oo bucks but clothes versus books, I'd always go for clothes! Haha!

Every time I go to the malls, I checkout the bookstores, look for Nina Garcia's books, check the prices, scan through the samples and wish that one day I'll have the guts to buy it. And then that one day came, not with my guts but with a price tag surprisingly lower than the price I expected. Price tag says 596 to be exact. After blinking my eye several times and slapping myself once {you better now I'm exaggerating}, it's still 596. So without second thoughts, I rushed to the counter.

SURPRISE! At the counter, price came out to be really 7oo+ bucks. Price tag says 5oo+, database says another. Whooh!! Napasabuko na ata ako. But fate was on my side that day. Salesperson said I can get it for the price indicated in the tag and that they will just update the tags of the rest of the books. Yay! I can never thank her enough. 

..and I got it!

So there, I already got the book I've been dying to have. I just can't cross out my 13th item on my 25 before 25 list yet because it says READ A BOOK.
I'm halfway done with the book though. It's just so hard to resist the urge of just sleeping instead of reading something. I always try to read first before I sleep, many times I fail but I ain't quitting! Matatapos ko din toh! Phhbbt!! xD


Sunday, November 7, 2010

the twenty-second and the twenty-fifth

The 22nd and 25th of October happened to be extraordinary days not just for me but for my entire family. The days between them and even the next days after the 25th also had their fair share of being extraordinary. The days brought hardships in the form of losing a loved one so unexpectedly and literally giving up rest and sleep to help out your father for the coming elections.

October 22, Friday, I received a text message from my mother telling me I have to go home early because there are loads to do at home. I usually go home on Saturdays (I live in an apartment on weekdays, btw) that's why I need to be reminded every time they want to me go home on Friday night. Although I was only thinking of campaign related chores at home, I was really on a hurry to leave the office. I even forgot to accomplish a task for my action group at work. I wasn't punished for that though. *wink*

Fast-forward arriving at home, I first saw my cousin and youngest sister. Seeing their eyes puffy like they just burst into tears, I instantly knew something bad happened. Turned out my dear tita has just left us. She was taken away from us without any sign that she's leaving. They just saw her in her room lifeless. What could possibly took her from us is heart attack. For someone like her will never take away her own life neither anyone from our own house will ever think of hurting her. It's just so sad that no one heard her scream for help as everyone was out, busy for the damn elections.

we have sent her to be forever with the Lord last Oct 30
may you rest in peace Tits
we love you and you'll surely be missed ♥

October 25, Monday, the local elections. The day we've all been preparing and waiting for has come. Everyone was up so early despite only having three to four hours of sleep for three consecutive days. The headquarters near the school where election will be held was setup strategically the night before. Computers that will serve as precinct finders were setup early in the morning. Watchers and marshals were deployed. Volunteers got down to their respective businesses early too, handing out flyers, preparing meals, taking pictures, bringing in news, etc.

Supportive as always, my mother looked over everything. She's the go to person every time anyone of us has concerns. On the other hand, me and my sisters, along with our cousins and some family friends, sat down in front of the computers to serve as precinct finders. People gave us their complete names and we wrote down their precinct numbers in my father's team sample ballot. Also, my brother had his own set of volunteers, aka friends. They were the ones who checked from time to time whether the marshals and watches were doing what they're supposed to do. Some of his friends were also given the responsibility of looking over the circuit breakers. Who would want brownout during the elections huh? A big role was also played by our kuya/cousin for he was the one in-charge with the set-up of the headquarters, all the computers, sound systems and everything else 'electronic'. He is a superman, gah.

I really take pride of how our family supported each other in difficult times like these. If I were to choose a reason why I would consider myself lucky, that would be because I was given a family as awesome as them.


Cheers Everyooooooonnnnnnne!! ♥♥♥