Gone are the days where we see at least double digits of new COVID-19 cases. It’s hardly any case in the community now but there are still massive testing. In fact, it seems like testing and tracking are increasing.
The world after COVID-19 is going to be very different and I am starting to see the first signs of the new world in Singapore now.
- No more mass gatherings without testing and tracing/tracking.
- No more going out in public places without tracing/tracking.
- More and more tracing/tracking and safe distancing.
- More e-commerce and grocery/food delivery.
- More income gap distinctions. The rich gets to stay at their big homes comfortably without the need to go out while the poor are the ones doing the delivery, etc.
I’m not sure if I will like the new world post COVID-19. Bleh. Probably not.
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Wants
I got myself a new bag from Hermes. It is my first luxury bag (if you exclude Long Champ and Marc Jacobs) that I own. After working more than 7 years, I finally got myself a luxury bag and it is from Hermes.
I got myself the Evelyne 29 in Noir and gold hardware. I originally wanted to get Evelyne 16 but after more than a month of camping at the online website and visiting all the boutiques in Singapore, I decided to just get the bigger version.
I actually went to Liat Tower boutique twice and Takashimaya boutique (the worst customer service I ever had in my life) once and the MBS boutique twice. The second time I went to MBS boutique is when I got myself the Evelyne 29.
I went in to ask about Evelyne 16, Mini Lindy, Evelyne 29 and Lindy 26. My SA, Ricky, came out with Evelyne 29 in Noir and gold hardware (clemence leather) and Lindy 26 in dark blue and orange inside (I forgot the name of it) with palladium hardware (swift leather). I didn’t dare to risk owning a bag with swift leather because it is not scratch resistant and I know I won’t be able to baby my bags. So I gave it a miss even though it is a very rare bag to get at the boutique. In the end, I went for the Evelyne 29 bag since it is in clemence leather which is scratch resistant and in gold hardware. Gold hardware bags are very hard to get in Hermes boutiques and often cost more if you buy it preloved.
I’m loving my bag so far and have been using it a few times. I’m still waiting for my bag insert which I ordered from JennyKrafts as recommended by one of my favourite YouTubers, I am GPS. Even though it is not the first leather bag I own, I still find it rather heavy because of the thick leather. The craftsmanship is indeed superb, just like what Hermes is famous for. I see myself using the bag more often once I get my bag insert and I want to get more colours of bag inserts so that I can match it with my clothing colours. That’s the beauty of Evelyne bags as there are holes on it to reveal a bit of the bag insert colours.
The leather of the bag is the thickest I have ever seen. That probably why it is so heavy too. It doesn’t have the leather smell which I sometimes use as an indicator to check if it is real leather.
Will I buy another luxury bag? Not for this year. I have to watch my budget very closely for the rest of the year since I burst my targeted monthly average for this year. Even though I am not going overseas this year and I hardly eat out as I have been working from home since March, I still have to watch my budget because the Hermes bag does not come cheap. It costs me S$4900 which is definitely not cheap. For the quality and craftsmanship of the bag, I think it is worth it. Will I buy the Lindy series bag? Nope, given how heavy the leather for my Evelyne 29 bag. Lindy uses more leather and hardware than Evelyne 29 so I think it will be even heavier. I might buy another one in future but I doubt it is anytime soon. The Evelyne 29 bag is something that I can use for wedding lunch/dinner or any formal occasion. I can also use it for casual days which is what I have been using it for.
Will I buy another Hermes bag? Maybe or maybe not. It is stressful to carry the Hermes shopping bag on public transport as there are so many people looking at your orange bag. I have not seen many people carrying a Hermes bag on public transport too. I think people thinks that I am carrying a fake bag given how casual I dressed when I carried the bag. Having said that, I will still buy it if I ever visit the Hermes Paris boutiques. No Birkin or Kelly for me because I will be too stressed to carry it around. I am still hoping to get the Evelyne 16 bag though. Hopefully my SA will contact me when he gets the bag for me.
How long did I take to save for the bag? I didn’t actually save for the bag. I save for my holidays and since I don’t think I will be flying anytime soon or for the next 2 years, I used the budget for vacation on the bag. It is a very versatile bag in a colour that is easy to maintain. I think I can use it for many years to come. Hermes is well known for their bag quality where people used their bags for over 20 years without much issues. I think I can use it for that long too. I will just send it for Hermes spa every few years to maintain the quality of the bag to keep it looking fresh. I know the style will not change since it has been here since 1978. If it can last for 42 years so far, I think it should last for at least 20 years more.
Will I get more stuff from Hermes? Definitely yes! I am looking at getting their scarfs or twilly to decorate my Evelyne 29. Their towels are nice too but I just cannot bring myself to pay S$78 for a face towel.
What are my thoughts of owning a luxury bag? I think it is okay to buy if you can afford it. Like not taking loan to fund the purchase. It is okay to buy if you actually always use it. I am trying to commit to using the bag at least once a week but I think I might end up using it more because it can fit all my daily essentials and many more. I really love the classic design as well.
What are your thoughts of owning a luxury item? What do you own so far?
How is everyone doing so far? COVID-19 situation is getting better in Singapore and we are getting used to the new normal. Shopping malls are much more crowded than pre-covid days since we are essentially locked in Singapore. We can’t go anywhere else and Singapore is such a small country. There’s only so much you can do in Singapore and it’s so freakingly hot in Singapore too. So where do the locals go? All rush to shopping malls to chill and retail therapy. Surprisingly, the number of community cases are still pretty low (like less than 5 cases in a day). Everyone is obediently wearing masks and social distancing even in crowded malls. That’s something that the westerners can learn indeed. If such a densely populated country like Singapore can manage the COVID-19 situation, I am sure other countries that are less densely populated can do.
I’m happy that COVID-19 situation is getting better now but Dengue situation is getting worse. Those mosquitoes are spreading dengue around us instead. Sadly, both disease symptoms are kind of similar. These days people prefer to get dengue instead of COVID-19. I don’t want any of the diseases. Hopefully the weather gets colder and makes it hard for the Aedes mosquitoes to spread dengue…
I’m getting used to working from home and got an office chair to sit comfortably while working at home on my dining table. I guess this arrangement is going to last longer and I can’t wait to go back to office. I miss working in an aircon environment. Singapore is just too hot to work in non-aircon environment, unfortunately. Fortunately, it has been raining heavily in the afternoons and that certainly helped in relieving the heat in Singapore.
Anyway, I shall prepare to sleep soon. I feel like I am abandoning the blog so need to come here every now and then and blog a bit. I wish I am much more active in blogging though. Oh well. Life has been busy with all these learning and hustling. Bleh…
Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Technology, Work
I realised I haven’t been blogging much. In fact, no new entries in July 2020. Omg.
Anyway, I’m going to summarise what has been going on in my life in July 2020 in this post.
Firstly, Singapore has started Phase 2 since mid June 2020 and life has been back to the new normal in July 2020. Shops are open and shopping malls are really crowded.
Secondly, I also got my Nintendo Switch on 4 July 2020 from Amazon. Chin Hau got me Animal Crossing and I have been playing it since July 2020.
Thirdly, I bought my nephew’s 1st birthday presents too. I got him a watermelon romper and a customised cardigan from Kids Crafters. August is his birthday month and I wanted to get his presents early.
Last but not the least, I cleared my Microsoft Azure Security Technologies exam. Whee! Now I’m AZ-500 certified. I cleared it on 29 July 2020 and was spending the past 1.5 months to study for the exam. It was tougher than AZ-900.
Now onto Splunk Core Certified User certification.
I realised I have been neglecting this blog for some weeks. Bleh. I should be blogging more since I am now working from home. Oh well…
Phase 2 has started in Singapore and Orchard Road (the shopping district) has been really crowded. I have never seen such huge crowds even before COVID-19. :shock: It seems like everyone has dropped by to Orchard Road since they cannot travel out of Singapore.
I guessed the next time I go Orchard Road will be on weekdays, instead of weekends since I don’t want to queue just to enter shopping malls.