I bought my first pair eight years ago when the only store that carried them in Cebu was this stall in Ayala Center's Maze. It was a bright blue pair. I just fell in love. I then started to collect these Brazilian slippers - albeit not as aggressively as my other friends did, although at one point, I did have eight pairs. Eight. I know, I know. That's still a measly number compared to how many pairs my girl friends have - and compared to the collections of true Havaianaticos.
But when people found out I liked Havaianas, some of them were quick to scoff, "At their price, aren't they just rubber flip flops?" Well, whatever.
Anyway, my favorite pair to this day remains to be the Chitao.
photo from skyscrapercity.com
I've given/sold/abused (to the point of disrepair) most of my Havaianas over the years. Now all that's left is my plain gold Slims - classy, classic, and with just a little bit of shine. I may not go gaga over Havaianas anymore, but if I see a pair I really love, I wouldn't mind plunking down Php 800-1500 for them.
photo from surfdome.com
I am Pinoy through and through, but I like to get my carb fix from bread than from rice. Ask The Husband. Now, bread from Breadtalk doesn't come cheap. But who cares? My friend, Arvy, and I are obsessed about their breads. When they first opened, we brought Breadtalk Flossses to work to eat during lunch and for breaks. I'm sure our consumption of massive quantities of Breadtalk has greatly contributed to the
appalling size of our waistlines.
photo from breadtalk.listedcompany.com
Ah, my love for gelato knows no bounds. It's Php 90 for a scoop and Php 150 for two scoops. I don't care. When my seven-year-old asks for it, I take her there. No questions asked.
photo from elramoncito.com
My favorite flavors are macadamia and chocomint. My friend, Nicole, liked chili chocolate, and The Husband likes Rum and Raisin.
Here's the little girl with her Gelatissimo treat!
It's not the world's best beach for nothing. I hate it when people say, "What's so special about Boracay? I'm sure it's just like Bantayan/Camotes/Bohol/Sumilon/Malapascua/insert name of pretty enough Philippine beach here." The people who say that haven't been to Boracay. I've been there countless times. I'm from Iloilo, after all. I've been going there since I was a child and to this day, the place is just... heaven. You can say that it has become too commercialized/too crowded/too loud. Whatever. Nothing compares. Nothing.
photo from lakbaypilipinas.com
I will never miss an opportunity to go back. Who wants to pass up on paradise? Not me.
Look! We even went to Boracay during monsoon season.
That explains the rough waves crashing into shore behind us.
serene photo of our little girl walking on Boracay's beautiful, talcum powder-like white sand
a dreamy photo taken by my cousin, Erik, of our little princess watching
the waves with the setting sun on the horizon
- gourmet cupcakes
No doubt, the best ones are from The Cupcake Theory. A lot of people think a cupcake is a cupcake is a cupcake. No sireeee. If you think that, then you are missing out on a lot. Their best seller is the red velvet variety but my favorite is the chocolate ones with the mint frosting.
photo grabbed from The Cupcake Theory's Facebook page
There you have it. These are the things/experiences I wouldn't think twice about paying for. That's just me, y'know. I don't mean to sound haughty or snobby or elitist.
These things may not be cheap but they're not exorbitant, either, so please don't say I'm being hoity-toity. After all, I'm one of the few who think that a Php 150 for a cup of Starbucks coffee is just plain crazy.
To each his own, correct?