My so-called “wants” are fairly simple. If there is anything I’ve learned over the years, is that life is simple. I was the one who made it all complicated.
PHOTOGRAPHY. I’m no professional, it’s a hobby in the making. Friends artwork has inspired me to jump into new waters, taking photos and images. They’re my eye teasers and muses in life. I wish to capture a piece of time and memory, then frame it for my eyes to see.
BOOKS : My taste in books varies from time to time. But I lean more towards the ones that are historically inspired, I even like “poshly” type kind of reads. But my all time favorites are as follows — Beloved by Toni Morrison, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene, The French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles and The Shopaholic Sequel by Sophie Kinsella.
EYE WEAR: I’ve been wearing prescription eyeglasses since 2000 (lately, been trying contact lens). It started with just one pair and without even knowing, I now have quite a few pairs. I’m crazy over the plastic ones, I think it has more character; ask me? it cost less. I mix-and-match the eye wear with my outfit. I like different colors, design, frame shapes. The one I like most was this pair I bought from Costco a year ago, a brown and yellow DKNY plastic eyeglasses.
SOCKS: My other addiction! From self-colored to stripes and animal prints. I can’t just have one pair, there’s always room for more. “How many feet do you have? do you have more than two?” as my sister once commented. I’m a “sock looney”, that’s my excuse. My fave socks — the Angora wool socks I got two years ago (still in good condition) and Krazy Cats socks . They’re funky and super comfy!
BIRKS. They’re my favorite footwear. If only I can wear this to work, I will. So whenever I’m outdoor or even around the house; expect to see me wearing a pair. I never get tired of wearing them, they’re down right cushy- cushy!
ORCHIDS: Love of orchids was something I inherited from my parents. As a child, I remember extending a helping hand and attending to our garden in Manila. At a tender age of 13, I was able to make a hardy orchid plant (Paphiopedulum Philipinesis) bloom to perfection. From that day onwards, I was hooked! My collection now are mostly Cymbidiums and Phalaenopsis, that lavishly blooms at my home under cozy California weather.
JOURNALS: I write as I please — It’s therapeutic. I tend to use 3-4 journals in a year. I write for emotional release, it’s my “all natural” anti-stress medication.
PENS: Fine point pens are my favorites. I write too much, so pens come as a necessity. I like pencils, too, depends on my mood or if I’d like to sketch while writing.
COFFEE: Use to make two trips to a coffee shop twice a day (realize it’s too expensive). Till I learned how to make my own coffee. I like bold flavors with a hint of earthy pleasure. The most unusual coffee I’ve had, Toasted Rice Coffee from Bukidnon and Bourbon Pointu; thought to be extinct (so they say).
MOVIES / DVD’s: Watching too many movies and DVD’s may have been the reason behind my poor vision; but that I won’t admit (except here, hehehe). I’m a sucker for dramas, romantic comedies, action, indie films and martial arts. My faves include — Love Affair, Scent of a Woman, Casablanca, Il Postino, Joy Luck Club and House of Flying Daggers. (to name a few)