Archive for December, 2009

my piggy got thinner

Last minute payment of our real property tax squeezed me dry. Just when I was so happy and thankful that I am finally able to save something substantial, here comes a substantial amount that needs to be paid ASAP. It feels so painful, really. It’s one thing to spend a lot of money on something tangible, and it another to spend it on something such as taxes.

I hate taxes.

Especially when most likely, they’ll just be lining the pockets of corrupt politicians.

Oh 2009, please please end your bad vibes. Let this be the last for me and my family.

But I swear, my piggy will be fatter and with vengeance in 2010 and beyond!

This piggy of mine will be fatter!

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Back to reading

I randomly pulled one of these books from one of  the shelves tucked away in PowerBooks two weeks ago. The Mortal Instruments Trilogy books weren’t displayed prominently at the store entrance, nor did I have any idea about the story. They were just there in the shelves, with the titles Inkheart, Artemis Fowl, et al for companions. Intrigued, I browsed through the pages, and saw on the covers that even Twilight author Stephenie Meyer gushed about the books. (Okay, Ms. Meyer may not be the best writer around, but I enjoyed the Twilight series for what it was—fun and fantasy and the truckload of cheesiness.)

Dear Edward and Jacob: I adore you both, but I’m spending the weekend with Jace. Sorry!

—Stephenie Meyer

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Got all three books in one go. Gah.  No sense in buying just one, because I know I’ll just regret not getting them all.

I’m only on Chapter 8 of City of Bones, but it looks good. If you like supernatural stuff like vampires, shadowhunters, werewolves, angels, faeries, etc, etc, etc, you might like these. No wonder Stephenie Meyer can turn traitor to Edward and Jacob.

Again, I’m no book critic, just a book lover. And I am now indulging in my love for reading after what seems like a long time. Bliss!

Wearing Nick Joaquin

They were a bit pricey, as far as tee shirts go. I mean, hey, I work for the government. I had even made a promise to myself that I’d keep shopping to a minimum this Christmas season and even beyond.

However, just one look, and I was hooked.

Landscape Without Figures by Nick Joaquin by Freeway

And Nick Joaquin is one the best writers ever, and still very much revered, even after his death in 2004. I figured, if I were to spend on a shirt, this was justifiable since I adore his writing. My first brush with him was when I was in the fourth grade, when my dear Mother gave me this book, Joaquinisquerie: Myth a la Mode, which was basically a collection of fairy tales that he had retold. Think Neil Gaiman retelling Snow White in his Snow, Glass, Apples.  How smart was my Mother, to introduce Nick Joaquin to ten-year-old-moi in the friendliest way possible? Oh Ma, I’m so thankful to this day, that you made me and my brothers love reading.

So back to the shirts.

The colors and design reminded me so much of another favorite brand of mine, Custo Barcelona. So whimsical. So me.

The shirts were so pretty, so I bought another one:

A Portrait of An Artist as a Filipino by Nick Joaquin by Freeway

A Portrait of An Artist as a Filipino was one of his works that we were required to read in first year high school. Seeing that shirt brought back lots of memories.

the care tag...I love it!

The shirts had probably one of the sassiest care tags I’ve ever seen!

hang tag

And yeah, I bought the shirts at Freeway.

It’s not a shop that I frequent, but their National Artist series is a great idea, methinks.  There are other fun stuff in the collection, including a cute shirt dress, but my I was so afraid of blowing away a week’s pay cheque in one go.

Maybe next time.

Sigh.

This holiday season, they’re featuring another artist, Ang Kiukok. If I had enough moolah, I would’ve gotten the gorgeous Ang Kiukok shirt in blazing orange.

*insert another sigh here*

But still…….. I have two pretty pretty pretty shirts!

I’m a happy girl!