Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Target Shopper Saga

Is it wrong to feel irate towards perhaps unintentional naivete? Well, I was talking to a friend an hour ago and she was telling me how she just learned that a black nail polish exists on earth. Seriously? I was guilelessly shocked. Like, have you been to the moon?? I admit I wasn't too kikay before, but I sure knew about that. But of course, as a semi-forbearing friend, I had to be artificially benevolent, hence my stubtle "really, how come?" response. Totally reminds me of one tennis player who had the exact same predicament. And guess what? They just knew about it because Chanel just recently had it. And they get it for what, $18/bottle? Ha! As if that's really worth some muscles shaping a surprised face. That's equivalent to 18 bottles at the dollar store! But seriously, is that just stupid or what? You can't even tell 'em apart so what gives. It is just because it's Chanel, that you convince yourself that you just learned about it lately? Don't let me mislead you though, I absolutely have no reason to be this irritated. But I just couldn't help but cringe over the obvious absurdity. $18?!!?! *scoffs*

Since I'm at it... I've decided to get rid of this Louis Vuitton suitcase my mother bought me a couple of years ago. I only used it once, and although it looks really good and the quality's even better, it's still got "LV" written all over it which gradually morphed into a K-Fed sighting for me--extremely annoying. I'm not even sure if it's 100% authentic, well not that I'd care anyway. Plus, I saw those kids from Laguna Beach all having the exact same thing. That alone could end my 26-hour-travel relationship with it. Haha, seriously. It's already too much. As to a song, overplayed. You know what I mean.

This is actually one of the many subjects I often battle with my mom over. But the contrast is pretty obvious, she has the job and I don't. So I'd often prefer buying a lot in a small amount of money, than just get a couple of things that would eternally inject me with guilt, 'cause she always pays. Not that I loathe branded goods, I in fact know that their qualities are the best, hence the ridiculous price tags. But I'm just not the kind who'd want to spend fortunes only for say, a pair of Cole Haans, when I can get the same quality at the mall for a more advantageous purchase. For someone who doesn't earn a lot, or doesn't earn anything at all, luxuriating in that magnitude is the last thing in my to-do list. But eventhough I apprehend practicalness that way, I know I should also recognize the fact that the better quality of item I get, the longer it stays with me. So I'm not really completely refraining myself from them branded stuff, just that the item has to be reasonable. Reasonable as in generally affordable.


And the practice starts... My first ever pair of chuck taylors.

My brother, who has the same perception as my mom's, has been convincing me forever to buy myself chucks instead of splurging in cheap shoes and boho slippers I get at Payless Shoestores or Target all for not more than 50 buckaroos. And since I'm on this self-made therapy to become a girly-girl, I always shrugged off his brainwashing, until an irresistable sale at Kohl's this past weekend. I was actually there to buy Bongo flats but my being practical hit me between two eyes. I'll be doing a lot of walking this week, so I decided to finally agree with him, and get a pair of my own. I'm not really a trend follower but these fit me comfortably and it doesn't look bad at all. I know, I have giant feet ala McDo. Wouldn't really translate very well if I were testosteroned, right?. Hahaha, but I digress. :)) At least I finally got something that's relatively cheap and that will last.

So anyway. I have tennis to watch right now (it's live from Shanghai, what the hell, haha), then I'll make breakfast, manually heat a bucket of water since this house's waterheater is totally unreliable at the moment, take a suicidal shower, get dressed, do my hair, beautify my face, last-minute packing, watch last night's Studio 60, make lunch/merienda/dinner, eat, brush teeth, call a cab, 15-minute travel to airport, wait for boarding, and leave for Los Angeles. I'll be there 10pm PT, and it sucks because I'll be missing a presumably good Mavericks game. Nevertheless, I ask you to please pray for my safety, as I'll do with yours. *winks*

17 comments:

raissa said...

Hey! Where in L.A. will you be going? and till when?

shai said...

black nail polish? there is a BLAAAACKKKK nail polish Kai? Bwahahahaha! Tangna, nakakairita! :P

we have the same diskarte in life, i wouldnt splurge on something when i know i can get an exact replica of it at a more "economical" price..hehehe...pucha, quantity over quality pa rin, nag splurge lang ako sa damit kasi ang hirap maghanap ng size eh, usually sa mga guess, bayo, chuva chuva lang may kasya, so dun ako...

and I thought I have the biggest feet in the face of the planet.. i am a size 9...oh diva???

Vayie said...

You never fail to amaze me Kai. You're not the regular, run-of-the-mill girl. You don't really love spending lots of moolah in shopping, you don't want to live in Hollywood and you contemplate a lot before splurging.

ish said...

ako din! naguiguilty ako if i buy branded stuffs.. nakakatikim lang ako nun pag si frany bumibile.. kung ako lang sos! wagna..:)

elaine said...

ako rin, i got my chuck taylors on sale lang.

i'm not a fan of expensive things either, but i do enjoy the occasional splurge.

enjoy la la land. :) have fun!

Tani said...

as long as you're happy with your purchases and you do use them... it doesn't matter whether they're cheap or expensive.

black nail polish for the goths out there.

Jaz said...

my gawd! i think my friend's 4year old daughter knows more about nail polish colors than your friend does! jeez, you sure she wasn't nabbed by aliens some time ago & released only just now? *lol*

have a safe trip :)

tin-tin said...

black nail polish existed even while i was still in highschool. i hate it when brands are too much exposed on your shirt, bag. i just want it simple

laureen said...

i was painting my nails black back in freshman year of high school. you know, 'ala goth. haha.

anywho, i used to like LV, just because it started with an L, but i dont own any big branded items. i too would rather spend my money at target or walmart & i definitely shop when there's a sale. those bargain stores are my favorite stores, hehe.

and i love the look of chucks. and the adidas campus. but they dont fit my budget so i was lucky to get a knock-off at walmart for $10. hehe.

wait, you're leaving for LA alone? coolio! take care, kai! and have fun!

~ laureen

cheH said...

I saw many gothic gals wearing black lipstick at pati nails nila ganun ay susme! pero siguro kung lahat ng kuko ko ay patay that might convince me to use it though lol

happy trip Ingats!

missP said...

i was using black nail polish h years ago. Thast and those really eye catching butterfly thingies for the hair & stuff. Okay naman. I got the attention i wanted...hehehe. I just checked, you'll have a sunny week in LA. Kaka inggit ang temp: 22 degrees celcius high and 19 low. Have fun!!!

Gail said...

I have a pair of red chucks too! And they are love. And wow! You have big feet! :D

I'm a cheapskate too when it comes to shoes because I prefer comfort over style. But that's slowly changing, I noticed. :)

Cheenee said...

Kai. I envy you. You put so much sense in your blog. :P While I. I PUT SUPER WEIRD STUFF. Nonsense. :D Anyway, YEY! You have chucks na! :D Here, sa Manila, diba it's so uso? Like everyone in school has to have it. hahaha!!! :D i've got one pair lang din. coz i love the cheap ones. :D and god, i know that there's black nail polish. Like. DUH. Okay. Take care :D

ice_edge said...

yeah, we have the same perspective on shopping. It's hard to splurge on things that you can get on a lower price, and at times, same quality pa. :) By the way, I'm beginning to like the song on your blog. take care on your trip, kai! :D

cruise said...

ang mamahal ng mga binangggit mo dito sa pinas, pang rich and famous lang. dyan kahit papaano mas madaling kumita compare dito sa pinas, kaya mapald ka dahil madali lang para sayo makabili ng mga ganyan. ako din mahilig sa singature, yun lang taon ang bibilangin bago ako makabili :)

jassy said...

hi kai! what's up? you haven't been updating...

have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

hey dear, just thought i'd drop by to greet you a happy weekend!

that part about the black nail polish was really funny...what planet did she come from ba? lol?


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