Randy and I went to Greenhills last Monday for two things. First, we were invited to have lunch with the family of his bird photography buddies at Choi Garden in Annapolis.
Randy and his wildbirds photography buddies
The food—authentic Chinese cuisine—was delicious! The king crab was to-die-for! Too bad that we had an appointment at OB Montessori afterwards—I ate only a little for fear of smelling like patis while meeting with the officials of OB! I also enjoyed the peking duck, the lechong kawali, and our conversations. Our host’s daughters were so friendly and nice—I loved them instantly! Sayang we had to skip dessert because we didn’t want to be late to our appointment at OB.
After our appointment at OB, we briefly dropped by Greenhills Shopping Center to buy some food. I saw soo many fake designer bags being sold—bags I am lusting after!
But you know my stand on fake bags.
Seeing the fake designer bags and eating at a Chinese restaurant brought me painful memories (painful talaga?!? Haha!) It reminded me of a younger, nicer and more naive me approximately 5 6 years ago.
Warning: madamdaming kwento ito. Ready?
Years ago, I just admired designer bags from afar. I couldn’t bring myself to buy designer bags, even if Randy said I can.
But one time, Randy and I were eating at a Chinese restaurant somewhere in Laguna. While waiting for our orders, I saw an adjacent store in the same building selling secondhand designer bags. I told Randy I’ll check it out. It was my first time to visit a store selling secondhand designer items. The store had a sign that guaranteed the authenticity of the bags being sold, and the sales assistant was also vouching the authenticity of the bags.
I mentioned to the sales assistant that I was a sucker for quilted bags with chains. Chanel, in short. But I also told her that I wasn’t ready to spend so much on designer bags at that time. Nevertheless, she got my number and told me she’ll text me if they have a sale. She also told me they have another branch near our place, with a different set of bags being sold.
One day after I did some Brain Train-related stuff, I told our driver to stop by the other branch (which was on the way). I was dressed very casually: blouse, jeans, sandals and haggard face. The vehicle I was on was the official Brain Train mobile: an old, white L300 FB van. The store owner (who, I was told, owns most of the bags being sold) was also there at that time. She talked to me very quickly before she left me still gawking at the bags.
Truth be told, gusto ko s’yang sambahin at that time. Imagine, she owns those bags!!! #GOALS!
But still, I did not buy anything. The branch near the Chinese restaurant is the one with a better collection.
After a week or so, the sales assistant of the branch near the Chinese restaurant (let’s call it Branch #1) texted me: “Ma’am, ‘yung mga Chanel na gusto mo naka-sale po. Limited time lang po. Murang-mura na po; nagki-clearance sale lang po kami.”
I told Randy about it, and he told me I can check it out. He said I could even buy if the deal was really good.
I did not waste any minute and went to the store. True enough, the vintage quilted Chanel chain bags (with some damages) were on sale!!! I couldn’t contain my joy and withdrew money from the nearest ATM and purchased 2 bags right there and then. I knew I still had to have these bags repaired, but I didn’t care. I felt like the luckiest girl getting the best deals that day.
When I got home, I spent minutes just looking at my new (yet old) bags. I couldn’t wait for an opportunity to use them! But first, I had to send them over to Vintage Restore for restoration.
To be continued….