Archive for January, 2009

To buy or not to buy?

That is the question.

Yesterday evening after work, a friend asked me to go window-shopping.  She said she didn’t want to stay in the office anymore because she’s going to work overtime today anyway, but she also didn’t want to go home early.  So we decided to go to Greenbelt and just look around.  She didn’t exactly know what she wanted to see so she asked me to lead the way.  My feet brought us first to Avant.

I was hyped at the sight of a sticker on the glass door that said, “We sell iPods here” or something like that.  We went around looking for the iPods but got distracted by the Mac notebooks.  After tinkering with the notebooks, I asked a salesman where the iPods were.  He pointed us to the second level.  I was kinda disappointed to see that there wasn’t any sample unit.  Everything was boxed.  They have the same prices with Power MAC so I decided that Avant wasn’t the right store.  We left.

After going around the entirety of Greenbelt, we decided to go home.  On the way though, we passed by a Power MAC store and I couldn’t resist going inside.  I first checked the Classic, and it was amazingly fast! Even the click wheel was very easy to navigate.  I checked the demo photos and they looked great on the screen too.  Unfortunately there was no other video on the unit except for the demo video so I couldn’t say much about that feature.  I swear the Classic was calling me “mommy!”

I also tried the Nano and the Touch but I didn’t like them as much.  The Nano screen is too small for me.  I also don’t like the fact that there’s an abundance of Nano-looking players in bazaars.  The Touch, on the other hand,  is too professional looking for me.   I don’t know how else to put it, but it’s simply not me.  And of course, both the Nano and Touch have limited storage.  So, it’s still the Classic I’m planning to get.  At least I know what I really want now.

I’m not sure if I’m still willing to wait for my new credit card to arrive or if I’m just going to use my old credit card with me.  Or if I’m going to save up for it first, and then buy it in cash when I have saved enough.  I was chatting with another friend last night and she told me to go buy it now.   She said I deserve it because I’ve been working hard for so long.  She told me not to wait until I’ve saved enough money as long as I could get it at 0% interest (which is really the case anyway).

I am off to the mall later to buy some stuff for my brother.  I am definitely going to the Power MAC store again, but I’m not sure if I’m already buying.  I need some more justifications.  Why do I want it so much? I don’t know.  All I know is that I’m human with occasional wants in life.  I was asking myself this morning, “Isn’t wanting it enough reason?”  I mean, I think I’m entitled to sometimes get what I want.  Oh God, I am so torn.


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I think I’m in love.  I wish with a guy, but no.  I think I’m falling for this…


Photo credit: Apple.com

Meet the iPod Classic 120gb.  I’ve learned that the Classic now comes only in this capacity.  For nearly two months now, I’ve been contemplating on buying one.  Although I know for sure that this is a want rather than a need, I also believe in self-gratification.  After all, I have been working really hard for five and a half years (straight!) and have rarely bought things for myself.

I’ve been searching online for feedback, specifically for this 120gb model.  I’ve also been interviewing iPod-owners in my circle, even borrowing their units so I can get a feel of an iPod.  So far, I’ve tried 4 iPods, but none of them was the model I’ve been wanting to buy.  Two weeks ago, I went to a Power MAC store and held the Classic in my hand.  The unit there wasn’t really attractive, more like a battered one.  I’ve experienced difficulty navigating the click wheel and noticed that the program responded slowly.  I’ve found a similar comment from an online review.

The reviews are mixed, which explain my mixed emotions on it too.  The things that hold me back:

  • The click wheel that ‘s difficult to navigate.
  • The software that tends to respond slowly.
  • The hard drive (which is rather sensitive).  I’ve read that Apple is geared towards switching to flash drives, which means that the Classic might be a history in a year or two.
  • The screen resolution.  I’m not impressed with the display.
  • My credit card.  Haha! I had to have it replaced with a new one, which will arrive maybe the week after next.

It’s a good thing that I’m still waiting for my credit card because I’d still have time to decide.  The Touch and the Nano would also be options.  Now, this is getting more complicated than I thought…

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Your Love Life is Like Annie Hall
“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.”

You believe that love (if you even believe in love!) is a very complicated thing.
Maybe love is pain. Or maybe it’s all a big therapy session. You’re still figuring it out.

Your love style: Brainy and a bit neurotic

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Realistic and reflective

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The Kite Runner


Somebody was thoughtful enough to get me this book for Christmas.  I actually first bought a paperback copy for him as a wager for a bet I lost in.  He asked me if I’ve read the novel and I said no, but I really really wanted to.  So we settled with him reading it first (it was his afterall), then he’ll lend it to me.  But the day before his departure to his homeland, he surprised me with a hard copy of the illustrated edition.  I was really touched.  From that day on, it’s been my most prized book.

But I digress…

In my opinion, this book was very  beautifully written.  And I’m not saying this because it was given to me by someone special.  I really think this is a wonderful book – with a very touching plot written by an intelligent writer.  The author has a very good sense of humor, too.  This is an easy read, very unlike the way “The Inheritance of Loss” was written.  The comparison being that both authors are non-Americans.  Although this book gave me dark undereyes that lasted for like two weeks, it’s still one of my favorite books.  And there are only two of them so far.

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Earlier last year, I said to myself that I’ll never buy a pair of Havaianas again.  It was because of the short-lived Slim pair I bought in 2007.  But then, everything deserves a second chance…

Late last month, a friend and I went to the mall looking for her Havaianas.  She was gifted with Havaianas gift certificates for Christmas so she was very excited.  She was supposed to get a Slim pair in graphite, the exact replica of my now dead slippers.

Fortunately, the store didn’t have her size for that style.  So she went looking for another style.  She wanted to get a Slim pair badly, but I talked her into NOT getting slims.  The Havs slims actually have a bad reputation when it comes to strap sturdiness.

After scouring the entire store, she (actually, we) finally settled for this glow-in-the-dark pair.  I ended up buying a pair for myself, too!  We were torn between this and a black pair with the white logo (which wasn’t a glowie).  But I was sure it was the glow-in-the-dark I wanted.  The straps are a bit loose, which is something I like.  I have wide feet and snug straps make them look swollen.  dsc05753You’re not seeing double.  I just don’t have steady hands.  Hehe.  More than half a month later, I’m still loving this pair.

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