From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!
I started posting my first Christmas wishlist at coffeechat in 2009. Seeing the list once more I’m feeling lucky that:
- I don’t only have bags and shoes from Charles & Keith, Mango and Zara, though I still remain a loyal customer of the last two. There are better brands apparently – for shoes I’m glad I’ve walked with pairs of Navy Boots. It’s quite an Imeldific feeling;
- A headphone is no longer needed, I’ve got lightweight speakers;
- I’ve got a portable 1TB external hard drive;
- I’ve been chugging red, rosét, white wines, even champagne or sparkling wines, like everyday water. I’m in Europe that’s why;
- I’ve moved on from Body Shop;
- I’ve kept enjoying Burberry and Estee Lauder, but I’ve also got new fragrance favorites;
- I’ve got a red leather Swatch;
- I visited Bohol last year;
- I got my first DSLR camera. It’s a girl and her name is Patience. And a new point-and-shoot camera, too. It’s a boy, his name is Logan; and
- I got The Kite Runner and more.
I was able to get most of them not because I received them on that Christmas day but rather because, I bought them for myself. Ergo, self-gifting, it’s becoming a trend. Perhaps this explains why I skipped the tradition in 2010. By 2011 the Philippines was struck by typhoon Sendong and at that time, I felt I had received more than what I wished for on that year so it’s timely to give back instead. I donated to the Philippine Red Cross.
So it’s another time of the year, I guess my Santas won’t cringe upon seeing my wishlist. I’d like to imagine. Well, I’ve been eagerly waiting for wooden hangers and food weighing scale since 2009. Or anything so, the monita in me will remain gleeful. It’s the thought that counts, as the cliché goes.
I’ve always liked Estee Lauder’s Pleasures and Burberry ever since, but recently, I get to appreciate Bulgari fragrances, particularly the Omnia line.
I’m always this person who couldn’t seem to live a day or so without wearing a watch. For the past few months however, I’ve come to the point where I already feel comfortable not wearing one. Well, my watches need some fixing that’s why. Somehow though, I’ll find it really special in case I receive a watch as a gift.
Given an option, I’d choose luxury watches over jewelries. I generally find the designs of Rado watches simple, sleek and classy (at a reasonable price I’d also say). Though I find Rolex too overbearing as a luxury brand, I am still keen to have its Oyster Perpetual. For obvious reason, it bears my name. No one has given me one yet, so you might be the first!
8. Books (pour loisir)
This is the list of books I got from my  List. I have more titles in mind, but I haven’t included them here yet. Actually you can go start checking out my profile at goodreads.com. I’m about to make the most out of it to update myself, my network and the rest of the world of what I’ve read and been reading and what I want to read. It’s a rather nice social media tool.
“The Red Book” by Carl Jung, “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden, “Atonement” by Ian McEwan, “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera, “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel, “The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende, “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson, “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro, “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, The Umbrella Country by Bino A Realuyo, “The Au Pairs” by Melissa de la Cruz, “Illustrado: A Novel” by Miguel Syjuco, “Dogeaters” by Jessica Hagedorn, “Leche” & “Rolling the R’s” by R. Zamora Linmark, “Before Ever After” by Samantha Sotto, “Love Walked In” by Marisa De Los Santos, “When the Elephants Dance” by Tess Urize Holthe, “Letters to Montgomery Clift” by Noel Alumit, “American Son: A Novel” by Brian Ascalon Roley, “Water for Elephants” by Sarah Gruen, “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny” by Robin Sharma, “One Day” by David Nicholls, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder, “The Notebook” and “A Walk to Remember” by Nicholas Sparks, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, “Mastering the Arts of French Cooking” by Julia Child, “The Witch of Portobello,” “Eleven Minutes,” “Brida,” “The Devil and Miss Prym: A Novel of Temptation,” “Veronika Decides to Die: A Novel of Redemption” by Paulo Coehlo
7. Google Nexus
The tablet war has finally begun. iPad has enjoyed much of its supremacy for some time and I’m glad Google came into the picture. It’s now a more equal playing field. With a cheaper price on its tag, the features are just as good as the iPad.
Oh by the way, I accept e-books.
6. Macbook Pro
By the time I bought my iPod I confirmed that I’ve finally succumbed to the Mac cult. Now I’m about to do a repeat. For my future app development projects, I felt compelled to buy a better performing laptop. So far, I find MacBook Pro the most fitting choice. It’s time.
5. Canon compact macro lens
After staying with me on my travels around Europe, Patience, my DSLR camera, needs a little pimping. She needs to see the world in a sharper, crispier view.
4. Graphic pen tablet
Another geeky tool I’d like to play around with for digital doodling, scribbling and fine, drawing (if I’ve got the skill). It’s ideal to use it along with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
3. Adobe Creative Suite
I want the Design & Web Premium, “the ultimate toolkit for professional design and web development.” Enough said.
2. Geek Books
I’m ramping up and I need a refresher. So here are the target techie (e)books so far. You can help me learn more and improve when I get any of these for Christmas.
- Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium Digital Classroom
- jQuery Compressed
- Learning jQuery, Third Edition
- Java, A Beginner’s Guide, 5th Edition
- Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition
- Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum
- Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process
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