Pre-Christmas WIshlist

I enjoy making lists, so here’s one that will make myself and my loved ones less frazzled about the chaos of Christmas shopping. I am releasing my Christmas wishlist early. Most of the stuff here I will end up getting for myself, as with my other Christmas wishlists. But it’s fun to look back and see which stuff you used to only dream about, and have them come true.

1. Travel to Taipei, Taiwan and stay at the W Hotel.

I know staying at a luxury hotel is hardly a cultural experience, but I’ve been wanting to go to Taiwan since I was in high school and don’t want this trip to be anything less than memorable. I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t want this view from your hotel room? That’s Taipei 101 kids! (photo grabbed from user LKhor of Tripadvisor. Thanks bro!)

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4 days 3 nights will do. But when I travel with family, we always spend at least a week in a certain place. I’ll spend a day in Taipei Zoo, just because.

2. My first car. A toss up between Mistubishi Mirage or Toyota Wigo

I am still debating with my inner Suze Orman if I can really afford my own car right now. It’s a very big investment. It depreciates in value. It comes with a ton of other expenses such as gas, parking, maintenance and insurance. My friend says a car may be a money pit but it really increases your quality of life. Counter argument - less stress, more convenience, safety, independence.

The company I work for sends a driver (chauffeur???) to pick me up from my house every morning, so I don’t have to worry about getting to work everyday. Getting home is the problem, specially when it rains and it’s payday and I get off work around 5PM on a friday. Disaster!!! I have stood at the taxi stand in SM aura for 3 hours, crying. I just want to get home :( I once rode a jeepney from Pasig to P4, and I literally felt like the driver was trying to kill us all. I was once let off at the middle of the C5 flyover because the traffic was so bad, the jeepney driver suddenly changed his mind about taking us to our destination. (Thanks Kuya driver, you’re an asshole.) I also tried to Uber/GrabCar my way out of many rush hour situations, only to end up paying +/- P500 just to get from Fort to QC. During rush hour, cab drivers tell you where they want to take you, not the other way around. “EDSA lang ako ma’am!” or “Ma-traffic dun ma’am eh!” to which I reply, “Saan ba hindi ma traffic ngayon pag rush hour? Ang weird mo kuya.”

Such is life if you don’t drive your own car.

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Photo by Inigo Roces of www.autoindustriya.com

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Photo by Dean Ang of www.autoindustriya.com

I am getting a sub compact car because it’s fuel efficient, affordable and cute. I’ve already spoken with an SA from both dealerships. All I have to do now is enroll in driving school and make a final decision!! Let’s go invest in a money pit shall we???

3. TOMS shoes

It’s all I ever wear.

YES.

YES.

YES.

YES.

YES.

4. Lululemon 4 way speed shorts in curious jungle/multi-black

I know I don’t look very nice when I am at the gym. My trainer hates it when I’m not sweating like a crazy person. These LLL shorts are comfy, sexy and moisture wicking. I want to wear nice gym clothes because not only is it a good motivation to get my ass moving, and it also gives me reassurance that although I may not look cute sweating buckets, at least I’m wearing nice clothes.

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5. Underarmour Get Going Shorts (and abs)

I love this pair of shorts from UA. I already have this in grey/royal blue and it’s the best thing ever. It would be nice to have abs too, like the lady in the photo. (Photo below were grabbed from 6pm.com.)

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To be continued…