Xmas is just around the corner. What I love most about Xmas is the anticipation of unwrapping the paper wrapper to reveal the gift enclosed. While I'm not a Christian nor am I celebrating Xmas, I do love receiving presents but unfortunately I just get 2 or 3 presents every year. Therefore, this year, I took the matter to my own hands, and thus I determine what I want for Xmas by all means, which of course includes begging, requesting, and even buying them myself.
What I am about to reveal here is my wish list of 2008 which I've already had in possession before Xmas. Although I have no intention of showing off (maybe slightly), the ultimate reason for posting this is to remind myself many more years later of what I have been splurging on Xmas. My sister, would definitely call me a lucky bitch again. Sigh....
Warning: If you couldn't stand others being happy and lucky, then you better not proceed. It will aggravate the not-so-nice-side-of-some-people.
A no.1 must-have is of course a new handbag. Every girl likes handbags, the more the better. I don't know what made me splurge on a Celine Signature Boogie Bag, but the feeling of spending RM2k on a handbag is indescribable (could be the irresistible discount). The aftermath, when the credit card bill arrives, reality sets in and hard-earned money goes out. This is my first ever own-money-purchased-most expensive-bag. I felt bad for spending money like that when one of my chocolate operators at the factory told me that the bag is equivalent to her 3 months salary.
I would die happy after having stuffed myself with so much of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts which I managed to spot at the Mall of Emirates in Dubai last month. I think I at least had half a dozen of that! The last time I had a taste of KK was in London 2 years ago. It cost me 1pound each compared to RM4 per piece at Dubai! The feeling of having a piece of KK with a cup of cappuccino is just ecstatic.
I picked up smoking cigars this year. While this is not exactly something to be proud of, I secretly enjoyed it. Although I have also tried smoking cigarettes, I just can't develop a liking for it. Maybe it's the smell or the taste, but I find it very fulfilling when I have a glass of nice wine paired with a good smoke. A few days ago, I finally found a friend who enjoyed smoking cigars, and we both had a taste of the Trinidad which I got it from Dubai. The Trinidad, was long famed to be the Cuban government’s preferred gift to foreign state visitors and emissaries and which is why it is something I longed to try. I found that I quite like it as it was light-bodied and mild. The taste was smooth and pleasant. This is definitely an expensive enjoyment because the price of Trinidad is no trivial amount.
Besides all things expensive which I happened to like, I do also go for cheap digs. I was so lucky to have such a nice customer whom was flying to London and was willing to help me get a few packets of the heavenly Jaffa Cakes. No where else outside UK you can actually find Jaffa Cakes. Usually, only the locals would know about it. Even tourists to the country may not even heard about the wonderful rounded thin sponge cake layered with a thin slice of orange jelly and then coated with dark chocolate. It felt better than ecstacy (although I haven't tried it) but I can assure you that it's the best comfort food! I have been having the cravings for it for 2 years and now finally I've found a price charming whom was so nice to go from supermarkets to supermarkets to only help me find my McVities Jaffa Cakes. I take no other brands except this one which made the looking a bit more challenging!
New lingerie every year is a must for me. That's when I throw away old stuffs and bring in the new stuffs. I have the tendency to buy sexy and unpractical lingerie and then only to find that sometimes it's such a hassle wearing them and thus the many white elephants in my closet drawers. The La Senza splurge comes twice a year, in coincidence with the FJ Benjamin Sales where the lingerie are dirt cheap. Don't ask me for the price because it's going to make you extremely jealous of me and terribly remorseful for not going to the sales.
A time of Xmas is never complete without chocolates, what more for someone chocoholic like me! My Godmom whom just came back from the TFWA in Cannes, brought me a bag of goodies which includes multiple boxes of never been seen chocolates and also a Shanghai Tang folder! It was a great gift because I like trying competitors' chocolates! My friend, Razim whom came back from London, brought me a box of Hot chocolate drink from Harrods and a bar of Ghirardelli Raspberry chocolate which I've yet to try. Gosh, this is going to be a really chocolatey Xmas!
This must be the best Xmas gift I've ever received. A GPS! No more getting lost anymore especially in KL but then again, I have just mastered the art of finding my way in KL. The GPS came a little bit too late. If it were to come last year, I would be very thrilled. One person I could think of who really needed this badly is Huai Bin. I think you should really get one (not mine of course). haha...
A celebration without champagne would not be complete. Someone got me this bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage 1999. So far I've only tasted the Vintage 2000. Although this is not the 1996 bottle, I am still very much into this bottle because according to Robert Parker (a leading US wine critic for The Wine Advocate) rated this at 96 points and it has at least 20 years of life ahead of it. I don't think I am going to keep this bottle for that long. I probably plan to open it next year when I turn
My mom got us a bottle of Absolut 100 and a bottle of Level (from the makers of Absolut) from the Abu Dhabi airport. She just arrived yesterday bearing gifts of vodka and my cigars (I paid for those cigars myself). Absolut Masquerade has just been released and I plan to ask my dad to bring it back in Jan. I have yet to try Absolut 100 but according to the alcoholic Huai Bin, it was good. With 50% alcohol, I'm not sure whether I can take it though! Haha...
And the ultimate must-have for the Xmas & New Year is of course a new hairstyle. So far, this is the shortest I've ever gone. The previous "Victoria Beckham Hairstyle" has grown out and thus I went for a trim last week. The hairstylist then snipped off my a hair a little shorter than the previous time. Now, not only I'm using less shampoo (to save money since we are all going into recession) but also saves time in blowing dry. I really like my new hairstylist because she's such a perfectionist. Can you believe that this haircut is only RM20?!! She uses everything Schwarzkopf from shampoo to hair dye and hair styling. Can't imagine what would my hair looked like when she goes on maternity leave in Feb to April. What would I do without her?!!
That's all folks. Actually the list was not long enough because I still haven't fit in my new shoes and clothes. So much so for a shopoholic like me.