Shopping for art’s sake

Hah, it’s been awhile again. I wasn’t up to writing (again) because Rafa (Nadal) lost in the QFs of this year’s Roland Garros tournament.  I was beside myself (slight lang, hihihi). Thankfully, my husband knew exactly what to do to get me out of this funk — he took me shopping.  And when I say shopping, I meant shopping for calligraphy supplies 🙂  So I want to share some of my spoils.

But before I went on a splurge, my husband and I went to Home Top first. For quite some time now we have been meaning to get new frying pans but we couldn’t find ones that we’re looking for. While checking out the frying pans, I overheard an elderly expat couple at the aisle opposite us discussing to Buy spandex table cover. Didn’t mean to be eavesdropping, but, really? A spandex table cover? It’s the first time I heard that, pardon my ignorance. Anyways, we found what we’re looking for — a decent non-stick frying pan.

His and hers frying pan, lol.
His and hers frying pan, lol.
Sponges! There can never be enough of them.
Sponges! There can never be enough of them.

We bought two, of course. We also got dish-washing sponges.
We then drove to Aeon Mall for my calligraphy supply – check out the stuff I picked up. My last splurge was in early January this year when I ordered various nibs, pen holders and ink from an online shop in Manila through my sister, DonyaBooding. Aren’t sisters the best? 🙂 This time though, it was my husband who offered after seeing that a) I needed cheering up after Rafa’s loss, and b) I have the knack for hand-lettering and calligraphy. I kid, I kid!

Pencils, erasers and Sakura Gelly Roll pens!
Pencils, erasers and Sakura Gelly Roll pens!

I was surprised to find Sakura Gelly Roll pens at PBC. They’re only $0.85 each.

Dotted notebook, calligraphy ink, white art paper and a wooden block.
Dotted notebook, calligraphy ink, white art paper and a wooden block.
A plastic nib case to house my nibs. The nibs were purchased in Manila.
A plastic nib case to house my nibs. The nibs were purchased in Manila.

And because I’m exploring other tools, I got these brush pens. So now I’m both into dip-pen and brush calligraphy. Bah, yabang!

Pentel colour brush pen in blue and 2 refill cartridges and a Faber-Castell artist pen in orange.
Pentel colour brush pen in blue and 2 refill cartridges and a Faber-Castell artist pen in orange.

Some of you might scratch your heads and wonder … since when have I been artsy-fartsy? It’s kinda, sorta, hidden, just like my talents are, lol. Seriously though, learning calligraphy is #40  in my bucket list. And this year is the year that I get to pursue this creative hobby. So watch out for more artsy-fartsy goodness in the future posts.

The search for coffee mugs

Last Saturday, yobo (da husband) and I spent some time to look for coffee mugs. When it comes to coffee mugs, yobo prefers it big. As in huge, almost like an arinola (lol). Actually we both like large coffee mugs because you can put/drink a lot of coffee (or tea) in it.

Indeed.
Indeed.

So off we went to many shops when yobo’s absolute favourite (and already old) mug broke. We checked Tuol Tumpong market, Aeon mall, and other shops but, unfortunately, we could not find something we like. The mugs in stores were too small for our liking. We returned home empty-handed so I immediately went online and obsessively searched for the ONE. There were mugs that I like in shops like dept 56 but I’m not sure how much I’d be charged for customs tax when shipped to Cambodia.

Finally, someone told us about this Japanese thrift shop along Russei Keo. To make the story short, there we found what we’re looking for the other day. Except that they don’t have handles because they’re Japanese mugs, hahaha. The Japanese don’t put handles because, according to my friend, if it is too hot to hold, then, it is too hot to drink. But that’s okay, we found the right size, anyway! We want giant mugs because we love coffee (and tea!). There’s also something about drinking it in a perfectly-sized and pleasantly-designed mug that makes the whole experience better. How about you, do you prefer big mugs? With or without handles?

Dress up, dress down

I have been looking at a lot of online shopping sites because since going back to work after a long time, most of my work clothes were either too small for me or too old to be worn again.

I admit that although I’m no stranger to online shopping as I’ve done several hauls in the past two years, I’m still a greenhorn compared to some people I know. *wink-wink*

dress first black princess scoop neck with ruffle lace prom dressWhen my brother was scheduled to get married last year, I browsed through loooots of online shops hoping to find the one dress to buy for the occasion, if not, just gather some style ideas. There were plenty, I tell you, and all of them were too hard to resist. DressFirst is one of the sites I visited (and bookmarked) and, I must admit, I just could not stop staring longingly at the beautiful wedding gowns and dresses there, particularly the fun styles and colours appropriate for special occasions.

How I wish online shopping was already thought of back when I was younger, it would have spared my mum of the stress that went with  finding nice Prom dresses for her daughters. I mean, just look at this dress… a floor-length A-line/Princess scoop-necked prom dress with ruffle lace. So elegant, so classic. Had I been so enthusiastic about dresses, I would’ve picked this one.

vava-voom red strappy shoes from dressfirst

And since I have posted here my choice for a Prom dress, let me continue with dressing up (virtually, that is) and hunt for the perfect pair of shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not a fashion expert nor am trying to be one. I’m only posting this because the thought of online shopping for clothes this day and age has become more convenient as we have a lot of choices and sources.

So here’s what I like, still from the Dressfirst site – et voila! Va-va-voom, isn’t it? It’s a modern ballroom shoes in sparkling red leatherette glitter heels. The heels are not that high and pointed and I think I’ll survive a night of dancing and prancing with these gorgeous shoes on.

However, on normal days, I only get dressed up for work. And I actually don’t think about what others are going to think or say or react when fashionistas and fashionista-wannabes see me. Thank you for the kind attention but I don’t have time to stop by and answer your questions.

Photo Hunt 079: Sassy enough?

I was on a thrift-hunting adventure with a friend not too long ago when I found (and took a photo of) this sassy hot pink ensemble, of which I promptly posted to my thrift blog.

So, what do you think?

A kooky pink mini-dress and matching pair of boots with faux fur. Fierce, or, hideous?

The fabric is soft and silky that I enjoyed running my fingers through the material, imagining who wore this before and for what occasion was it used. The ankle-boots have dangerously  high heels but they were still in good condition. For the ensemble, it was priced at a whopping – what for it – $12 (US).

I didn’t dare put this on but it looks like it clings to anybody’s curves. Also with its short length, there’ll be lots of leg exposure to the maximum level. Add to that the striking colour — I’m sure everyone’s head will turn.No, I didn’t buy them, of course. Pink isn’t my colour, honestly, but even if it does, it is not my type. I do not have the guts to wear them. Nope, not even for a Halloween party, lol. But there’s this little voice inside my head telling me that this pink ensemble was probably pre-owned by someone like Elle Woods, if not Elle Woods (of the movie Legally Blonde) herself. Remember this movie (pic, right)?

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