I am sorry the quip on the “elah…elah” part is sooo three years ago but I just can’t help it. Anyway, the reason for said cheesiness is the picture below:
I present to you the cutest umbrella ever created!
I guess you’ve read somewhere in this blog how I have a certain aversion to bringing ugly umbrellas, and if I have my way, I’d rather traipse in the rain unprotected than be caught dead carrying my mom’s huge umbrella. Anyway, my good friend F prolly took pity of me and got fed up of my reports being rain soaked just because I don’t wanna get caught dead carrying my mom’s umbrella…so, look what she got me from Sunny Bangkok!
CUTEST FREAKING UMBRELLA EVER.
The funny thing is after we called it a night, following the short but happy and refreshing meet-up over coffee, I stepped out of the MRT station to a very slight drizzle. As if the sky is testing me to bust out the umbrella and just go. I looked at my umbrella handle’s kawaii face and….started running towards the jeepney station. I don’t wanna get the freaking thing wet! F do not kill me, I just can’t stand something so pretty get ruined by the rain. Anyway, I DO KNOW that F would want me to bust out my still unnamed umbrella (yes, I am planning on naming it) and USE it and definitely stop running like a duck every time it starts pouring in.
Sometimes, it’s the littlest things that make the impact.
Wore my “owl” and ribbon connector ring to work today. These two always get the desired reaction and always at the right time.
Bought the Owl ring (which also looks like a cat) at a local clothing shop called today for PHP150 (roughly $3) as a last-minute impulse buy after splurging on new shoes (brogues, what else?). The connector ring is also a last minute impulse buy, also for PHP150 ($3) on another clothing shop “YRYS”. Thing is, I walked into YRYS just as I was hurrying to go back to work following a long and heavy lunch at the nearby mall. But just as I was near the door, I saw this cute satchel on the YRYS display window that I had to go back (much to the annoyance and inconvenience of my office mates), picked up the satchel literally from the display and hand it over to the cashier to pay for it. The connector ring was on display on the cashier area and I just had to buy it too.
So, that’s how I buy stuff, people. I am not the type to think it through. If I like something, I will definitely buy it on the spot (granted that it’s affordable and not ridiculously expensive). But if I don’t like it, no amount of coaxing, trying it on and even sweet talking will make me purchase it. I managed to go on shopping dates with a few girl friends where I ended up not buying anything simply I didn’t like any of what the stores are offering.
These two rings are currently my “pick-me-upper” and the added dash of sass for dreary days at the office when yours truly couldn’t care less.
One of the reasons why I loved Japan is the fact that almost everything in that country screams, “CUTE!”
From the school boys with their unique haircuts, the girls in their school uniforms, to the endless cellphone charms and toys available in Akihabara.
I have a thing for cute stuff. The obsession for anything and everything cute extends to the stuff normally found in the local “conbini” (or convenience store). I spend a good hour each day, pining over the things posted by Shibuya 246 during Combini Monday, and wondering how come our local 7-11 has the most boring produce ever? To make it up for myself, I head over to Japanese and Korean groceries in Makati Avenue to buy snacks and other supplies, never mind if the cost is putting too much strain in my monthly budget. Yes, I am crazy this way.
I don’t know about you, but packaging (aside from the price) for me plays a big part in choosing the products that I put in my grocery cart. If the packaging is boring, most likely it will never interest me. The packaging should at least provide the consumer a basic idea on what the product’s all about. If the packaging is cool–super plus points. Most likely I’d buy it. I am a gullible and irresponsible consumer, I know.
That is why my hubby frowns whenever we are in an aisle filled with produce with cute packaging cos he knows I’d end up wasting money buying kropek with pictures of cute shrimps, yan yan with dancing bears and the nongshim with cool fonts.
Look at these stuff found on Japanese conbinis, aren’t they freaking cute? These are pictures from a feature on Japanese packaging published in PingMag
*The pics are not mine, they’re all property of PingMag!
Surfing over to one of my favorite J-themed sites, Tokyo Mango I came across this endearing Christmas gift that will surely make my sister love me for the rest of her life!
The Itazura coin bank from Strapya World features a kitten or a puppy. Just simply leave your coin in the fish plate located on top of the box and a little kitten will peer out of the box and secretly steal the coin! What’s more kawaii is the you will hear a little "meow" as if to say thank you.
Unni, pray I get my money early! Promise, I’ll order one from Strapya for you!