I’ve waited for today (Sunday!) the entire week, because it’s my only rest day amidst a really gruelling week. But after three consecutive episodes of The Good Wife, I feel restless, bored and lonely. Randy is in Taguig, teaching. Good thing Raviv called earlier to talk to me. It was the highlight of my morning.
I just realised that if I were the single, childless, career-driven woman I still sometimes wish I were, this would be my life: looking forward to a day off, and then getting bored on my day off. See, I’m not a very sociable person (believe me!) Neither am I adventurous, and I hate road trips (so I probably won’t be one of those single ladies enjoying the good life going to beaches or climbing mountains). And I’m sure I won’t be living with my parents or relatives as well. I’ll be really lonely.
One of the most memorable sad memories I have is Valentine’s Day 2002. My a-few-months-old relationship has just ended, and the UPLB Feb Fair was in full swing. Our dorm was empty because my dorm mates were either in their org booths/tents or with their jowaers, while my DevCom friends were at home with their families (they were all Los Banos-based). Eh ‘yan lang circle of friends ko nung college (dorm mates and Dev Com barked) na natutuwa akong kasama.
But everything changed when Randy came into my life (yeeeessss! 😉 ) Even more so when Raviv was born. With these two around (Randy the workaholic na allergic mahiga at matulog sa araw and Raviv aka “What, ‘Nay?” and “‘Nay, look at me!”), na-miss kong ma-bore. Hahaha!
Speak of Raviv and of waiting, I’m just so excited to see him again on Tuesday, after almost two months! I don’t expect him to be as thrilled to see me, because he is having such a swell time at my parents’ house with his cousins. Although to be honest, I was also grateful that when I go home on busy days, I could just plop down on bed and do whatever I want to do. No Raviv to feed, bathe, or entertain anymore. Randy and I took advantage of being “dalaga” at “binata”: we would watch our favourite TV series, read on bed, occasionally go out with friends, and go to the mall to eat and shop.
Let me share with you my other “mga katas ng walang anak” adventures:
First, I realised that my long, straight hair is so blah. So I got a haircut.
Haircut done at Kate Spade Salon located at 2/F, Laguna Central Mall, Greenfield, Sta. Rosa City
Verdict: It’s awesome when I style it. Otherwise, I just tie it. I don’t regret it, neither am I too crazy about it.
Second, shoe shopping with my friend Zaira. My reliable comfy everyday Grendha sandals gave and my years-old, reliable Outland clogs have gone missing. That means napilitan akong mag-shoe shopping. Hehehe.
Verdict: From P5,395 to P3,800 to finally, P2,200!!! Not bad for a pair of genuine leather clogs! Randy even complimented it, ang ganda raw. The only caveat was, it was still heavy and too high for me. Remember, I teach for 6 hours. At hindi ako nakaupo magturo. Buwis-buhay ako magturo. That means I have no choice but to buy another pair. Hay, kainis (hehehe).
So off I went to another outlet store, this time to Charles & Keith at Paseo de Sta. Rosa.
Verdict: It was love at first sight for me for this pair. Even for my friend Zaira. In fact, when I was checking out other pairs, she just removed the footwear from my hand unceremoniously and told me, “Tumigil ka, alam mong pangit ang mga ‘yan. Alam mo kung and ang gusto mo talaga!” So what’s a girl got to do? 🙂 Anyway, the reason I was checking out other pairs was that I found this pair expensive. It cost more or less P2,000, e the material isn’t leather unlike the Aldo shoes I got earlier. However, I’ve worn this for 2-3 weeks now and I must say that save for the kalyo I got while I was breaking them in, this pair’s perfectly comfortable. Stylish, too! 🙂
Third, Randy and I went on a date. We decided to have a quiet dinner at Cafe Arabella, located in Solenad 3.
Ang haggard namin dito, I know.
Verdict: Cafe Arabelle is a restaurant in Solenad 3 that serves American-Italian food. I love its eclectic interiors and homespun ambiance.
The place and service were awesome. But the food…not so much. 🙁 We ordered their specialties…
Pork ribs in barbecue sauce (I forgot the exact term)
Sloppy cheeseburger (I forgot the exact term)
Guyabano with herbs smoothie
…sadly, none of them tasted really special. Between the two of us, we spent approximately P1,300 and we can’t help but wish we ate at Kanin Club or Rack’s instead. After that, we headed home.
Fourth, dress shopping. Yesterday my class in Katipunan area ended at 12:30, so I was able to attend the birthday party of my friends Gerry and Mars’s daughter. I rode a taxi to SM Aura from Katipunan. It was my first time again after a long time to ride a taxi, and josko na-stress ako sa pagpapatakbo ni Manong. If I were with Raviv I’d definitely have reprimanded the driver. Nagdasal na lang ako. Anyway after the party, I decided to just wait until the classes were finished so Dodong could just pick me up. And I decided to shop. I first tried going to the other boutiques that weren’t in Sta. Rosa. However, sa Uniqlo pa rin ako bumagsak. Uniqlo has become our family’s go-to shop. Almost all of Randy’s walking shorts and polos are from there. Raviv’s shirts, too. In fairness naman kasi, the quality is good and the price is competitive.
At the party, seated behind me was an elegant-looking mom. She wasn’t classically beautiful but she had this oomph. Lash extensions (na hindi OA), check. Discreet diamond studs, check. But what struck me most was her dress. She was not thin, but her sleeved shirt dress camouflaged whoever needed camouflaging well. So I decided to get bulge-forgiving dresses, too. I got two:
Red orange crisp cotton shirtdress, Php1990. I have come to accept that red orange is the color that best complements my skin tone, and not yellow. 🙁
Striped short-sleeve dress, P1290.
Soft white tailored jacket, from Php1990 on sale at Php1490.
Verdict: I enjoy shopping alone, to be honest. I get to buy what I really like, walang kontrabida at walang nagmamadali. Anyway, it’s saddening that these photos failed to show the beauty of the dresses, because they’re really pretty! Both dresses hide what need to be hidden, and they’re comfortable. The red orange shirt dress is 100% cotton, so it’s not as stiff as it looks. Pair it with a chunky necklace and it’s going to be a knockout. Especially kung papayat ako. Hehe. The striped dress naman, well, Randy said it’s really cute. It’s not often that Randy compliments my clothes, but he did when I tried it on yesterday. 🙂 As for the jacket, I was supposed to buy its thinner version. However, this is what’s on sale. I figured that it’s on sale because it’s summer. Come the rainy season (soon!), the thinner version will be the one on sale. But right now I’m crazy about this jacket. It’s baggy with anything. Added sophistication agad. 🙂
But to be honest guys, the real waiting game for me is over. I’ve waited for something the past six days. I happily thought it won’t ever come, but it did today. I was disappointed, but at least I could drink tea again, and get my 8th underarm diode laser session. Oh well, there’s always a next time.