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Missing Christmas in the Philippines

2 Dec

A few of my friends shared this video on Facebook. And as one friend appropriately described it: “Crayola”. I can totally relate – being abroad myself.

Since moving to France a few years back, I’ve never spent Christmas with my family in the Philippines. We’ve thought about going this year but Xmas is on a Sunday, the husband has to work the week between xmas and new year, stuff – in short, not this year.

Basta, just get the tissue and watch the video.


Christmas gift fail – sort of

1 Jan

but will be a success in the long run.

The past 3 years we have been spending Christmas eve at home, just the husband and I. We have made a tradition of having a full home made dinner (by me, who else?) then at midnight we open our presents. I have to say something about the husband’s gift giving ability. It’s erratic. One day he can give you the best birthday present ever (like a trip to Japan! Hell yeah!) then the next time he can give you a so-so (read: flop) gift. Like this year’s Christmas gift.

Coccinelle Vivian hobo bag


I know how hard he tried finding a gift for me. And I didn’t help either, one day saying I liked something then the next day saying I didn’t like it anymore. Must be something to do with ADHD.

Or maybe because my birthday is so close to Christmas that he focused all his gift giving energy to that one and forgot that he needed to buy a new present for Noel. It’s also true that Japan is a hard gift to top off.

But long story short, he surprised me with a Coccinelle Vivian hobo bag that he got from Printemps. I appreciate the effort but…the bag is just not my style. The worst thing is that he liked the bag! But doubted that I’ll like it (which is a good thing) so he actually got a gift receipt with it and gave it with the bag.

I tried to like it, thought the style would grow on me. But it didn’t. I felt really guilty beacause it’s his gift and I wasn’t so enthusiastic as he’d like me to be. But he assured me that it’s better to exchange it and get something I really want than keep something I won’t be using at all.

So, exchange it is. Well, reimbursed actually.

I went with him to Printemps and he got reimbursed. The good thing is that with the sales coming and the money he paid/got back for the bag, I can get another bag from another top brand.

So it wasn’t really a fail after all.



Since this is such a late post, I’d like to greet everyone a happy new year and a belated merry christmas. May your 2011 be better than 2010. ❤ xc.


Springfield promo

13 Dec

For 3 years now, the husband has been sporting only 2, okay sometimes 3, pull overs. He has one really old one from Morgan which is super thin now but super comfortable. The other two are from ArmorLux, a classic brand from Britanny. They are 100% wool, really heavy and of really high quality. But you have to admit that 3 years of wearing the same pullover over and over and over again can be a bit boring and…unfashionable.

I tried to buy new shirts for him from H&M and Zara but he’s so picky and ‘maarte‘ that he never wore any of them. And whenever I urge him to shop for new shirts or pullovers at those stores, he always says that it’s not his style or that the shirts they sell look cheap. On the other hand he shops all he can from Team Manila. In fairness, a bit of Pinoy pride there. Long story short, it’s really hard to buy clothes for him…clothes that he likes and actually wears.

So when I saw the 100% lambswool pullovers from Springfield at Galeries Lafayette the other day I immediately thought of him. And when I saw the price, I immediately thought of my wallet.

2 100% lambswool pullovers for 40€

The pullovers are not expensive at all. Sure it’s not the same quality as ArmorLux but they are cute, trendy and not to mention, warm! At 26 euros a pop it was a pretty good deal.

They come in different colors: orange, lime green, purple, blue, light blue, brown, tan, black, gray. And if you buy 2 of those, you get both for only 40€. Not bad at all. That’s 4 100% lambswool sweaters for the price of 1 ArmorLux one. But I think this promo is only available in Galeries Lafayette.  I checked out BHV and they didn’t have this promo…

So I got 2, in the most basic of all basic colors. Black and gray. I was supposed to keep those until Christmas as added gifts to the husband. Then I decided to give him 1 that day and keep the other one. But then he cleaned out the closet and saw the other one still in the shopping bag. So I decided to give that one to him then too. There goes half of my Christmas shopping.

The good news is that he liked it so much he wore the gray one right away. He’s still thinking about the black V neck one though but I think he’ll wear it sometimes too.

The bad news is I have to look for a new gift for him to open come Christmas eve.

Christmas shopping list

8 Dec

This is not a list of things I’d want to receive for Christmas but a list of things I want to give out for Christmas. I know they don’t read my blog anyway so it doesn’t really matter if I give out the information. Besides, these are only potential gifts and might not even be in the final list that will definitely be edited by the husband.

So to start:

For my mom-in-law. She’s not really the fashionista type but she loves colorful stuff. The last time they were in Paris, I had to lend her a small hand bag that she can carry around the city instead of lugging around a big bag full of I don’t know what. So this Christmas it was really easy to think of what to give her. The hard part is choosing the design and all that crazy stuff. We have narrowed down the choices to a couple of small, not too expensive yet chic hand bags.

1. Fossil Modern Cargo Patchwork shopper | 2. Lancel Roll’n Rock | 3. Longchamp Pliage | 4. Desigual Village Bamboo

For the sister-in-law. She will be giving birth in January and she has asked her only brother to get her a ‘chauffe biberon’ as a gift. But the brother thinks this is absolutely useless and will only be considered as clutter. But it’s better to give something that the person really wants at least you know they’ll use it. I also want to get her one of those nice scarves or whatever you call them to carry the baby. I don’t know if she wants to use one of those though. But I think it’s still cute. Definitely more practical than a bulky stroller if you just want to go get some groceries.

Beaba Bib’Expresso – this little one can prepare, heat, and sterilize baby bottles

Je Porte Mon Bebe Echarpe – This “scarf” is super soft and snugly. Don’t mind the baby daddy but isn’t that cute?

Mommy readers, what would you choose?

For the dad-in-law. He has always loved taking pictures with his trusty old 35mm camera. It takes most the space in his wife’s bag whenever they go travel. So this time around, we were thinking of giving him a simple easy to use digital one. Will he actually use it? I hope so. I’ve given him my old digital camera but he has never used it since he didn’t know what kind of memory card to buy. Plus that old one sucks anyway.  There are a lot of digital cameras under 100 €  in the market nowadays so choosing one is a bit complicated, especially with a husband that knows cameras. I think DIL doesn’t need a fancy one to start. Something that runs on rechargeable batteries, a big screen, and easy simple controls will do just fine.

1. Pentax Optio LS1100 | 2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-F4 | 3. Nikon Coolpix S3000 | 4. Kodak Easyshare M530

For MY family. Since I’m not going to see them until March 2011, I’m not gonna rack my brain thinking of presents now. I’ll do that when it’s sale season in January 🙂

I’m still thinking of what to give Grandma-in-law but the husband says a plant should do just fine. But hello!! A plant?!? I’m thinking of giving her something from L’occitane. Maybe some sort of lotion or something. I still have to think that through.

For now, that’s pretty much my immediate Christmas shopping list. And I do hope I get my bonus soon.

Wheather schmeather

7 Dec

That’s right. It has been snowing in Paris for the past week. Like the ‘wine in Vietnam’ it sucks! Just two weeks ago I was happily lounging in shorts and walking around in flip flops back in the Philippines and what greets me when I arrive back? Winter. Boo!

The only good thing about this kind of weather is that I get to bust out the cashmere plaid and snuggle up to the husband sipping hot tea or coffee or hot chocolate while munching on some good ol’ Cloud 9 straight from the supermarkets of Manila.

Oh and also Christmas shopping of course. Nothing beats going elbow to elbow with other Parisians along Boulevard Lafayette and sharing the sidewalk with chestnut vendors while you have snow falling around you making the entire street mushy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!