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  • Posted On: September 6th 2021 at 10:59 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Singapore is on track to another lockdown. I think this is the fourth lockdown if it really happens. We are encouraged to work from home and if you want to go back to office, we need to do Antigen Rapid Test (ART) weekly. We are also encouraged to reduce social gatherings to once a day and no workplace interactions from 8 Sep 2021 onwards.

    Hopefully things get better after 2 weeks with the upcoming guidelines, otherwise we will be welcoming our fourth lockdown. :sad: Oh well. At least we can still dine in and shopping malls are not closed. Anyway, our shopping malls are not closed during a lockdown. It’s only the first lockdown that has shopping malls being forced to close.

    I’m getting a bit of backache after carrying my violin and my heavy bag to go shopping yesterday. Gone are the days where I am able to shop with heavy bags and my violin. Oh well. I need to use smaller bags to force myself to carry only what I need and not anything more. I’m becoming old after all. :sigh:


    Posted On: September 4th 2021 at 5:17 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping

    Hi everyone! How have you been? Time really flies this year. I thought it’s just 2021 yesterday and now it’s September? :shocked: Like whoaaa.

    I still need to clear my trainings for this year and it’s September. I got the approval to do 2 trainings by the end of this year and I haven’t even start any of them yet. I will need to find time to start them this weekend.

    I bought 2 comic books on Animal Crossing. I found them at Popular bookstores. When I first saw it, I’m like: Yes I want it! Luckily it’s not too expensive. 2 comic books and a sticker pack for S$19.90. I unbox it but haven’t start reading it. I haven’t bought any comic books before so this is the first. Animal Crossing is also my favourite game now so of course I want to get its comic books.

    Otherwise, life is still the same. Singapore is having more COVID-19 cases and clusters in various bus interchanges. Life still goes on and we are still opening up for travel, etc. Guess we have learned to live with the virus.

    It’s not even the August lunar month and mooncakes are selling out now. I guess the mooncake production is lesser this year, which explains why it is snapping out so fast when there are many people who are ordering it. Lesser companies are buying for their working partners too.

    I haven’t meet some of my cliques and I just meet the closer ones these days. I know I will lose contact with some of my friends as we get older but I didn’t expect it to happen so fast, aided by COVID-19.


    Posted On: July 24th 2021 at 4:22 pm | Add a Comment?
    Categories: Personal life, Rants

    Hello everyone! I haven’t been blogging as frequently as I should be. In fact, I hardly use my personal macbook these days. I’m usually on my iPhone and occasionally on my iPad. I also always play Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch.

    COVID-19 is still here to stay. We still can’t travel out of the country too. I see more folks shopping at luxury stores too. Like the massive queue when Chanel launched their new collection or the Factory 5 series. I am guilty of it since I started luxury shopping during the pandemic but I have since slowed down in it. Money don’t drop from the sky for me, sadly. :smile:

    Singapore has entered our third lockdown again, this time due to horny guys who visit KTVs and destroyed the rest of the nations’ plan to reopen the economy and start to travel overseas in end August. COVID-19 virus is always on a lookout for the weakest link and Singapore’s weakest link that cause third lockdown is horny guys. :angry:


    Posted On: June 20th 2021 at 12:14 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Shopping, Wants

    I finally managed to get my Hermes Evelyne 16 (also known as mini evelyne)! It has been close to 12 months hunt for the bag and I finally got it.

    Actually, I got it under my boyfriend’s profile and he scored it before me. I went to collect it on 1 Jun 2021 and it is Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather. Unfortunately there is a slight peeling in the leather stitching and it turns out to be a quality control issue. We bought it back to the store on 15 Jun 2021 after discovered the issues on 14 Jun 2021. Well, it took some time for my bag insert to come and I didn’t want to start using it before my bag insert is here.

    The SA at Hermes Takashimaya said it is a quality control issue hence they have to send the bag back to Paris for fixing. I didn’t want to wait for so long since it will be minimum 6 months wait for bags that go to Hermes Spa servicing – be it Singapore or Paris. So I requested to change to another bag but they don’t have any available for me to purchase. So I have to be added back to the waitlist for the same combination as other combination waitlist will be too long.

    Fortunately, I got added to a Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather more than a month ago at Hermes MBS. Well, I had the other evelyne 16 bag in waitlist and the SA didn’t realised it before adding me for the Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather combination. When he realised, he was scolding me and said it is against the “rules”. Well, the system didn’t flag any issue though. Shrugs. I told him he can remove it then. I can just keep my existing evelyne 16 waitlist. What I didn’t realised he didn’t remove. Maybe he couldn’t remove it? Anyway, more than a month later, the bag came and he called me to inform me. He called me on 14 Jun 2021 after I discovered the issues on my Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather bag. I was in a dilemma as I will have both bags in Noir – just different hardware options. Fortunately, I was able to return the Palladium hardware bag at Hermes Takashimaya and use the store credit at Hermes MBS store to buy the bag I was waitlisted for.

    It turned out to be well and I am now a very happy owner of Hermes Evelyne 16 – Noir and Gold hardware with Clemence leather. :smile: Not my number 1 dream combination (Gold and Gold hardware) but it is my number 2 dream combination. :happy: Noir and Palladium hardware with Clemence leather was never one of my dream combinations but I convinced myself to accept it because I have been hunting endlessly for 12 months and still couldn’t get an evelyne 16. What I didn’t expect it is that the bag had issues and I didn’t check before I buy. Well, I trusted Hermes quality excellence at that time which now I certainly don’t trust as much now. It has been incredibly stressful to have a bag with quality control issues. I was thinking if I should sell it and I will make a slight profit for it. But nah, I don’t want to go through the stress of selling which I briefly went through. I will just buy what I truly love and never sell it. I’m fine to forgo the potential profits for lesser stress in life.

    Now I have the exact same combination as my Hermes Evelyne 29. :happy: After I got the bag, I don’t feel tempted in any other Hermes bags anymore. Haha. I shall pray for my wallet safety.

    I did buy an orange twilly when I picked up my bag at Hermes MBS though. Now both of my Hermes bags each have a twilly and a bag charm to go with. I think I can have many styles with it. Haha.


    Posted On: June 6th 2021 at 9:44 pm | 1 Comment
    Categories: New stuff, Personal life, Rants, Shopping

    I finally manage to find a way-below-retail Hermes rodeo bag charm in MM size. I got it from a consignment store (Luxlexicon). I previously got a horse shoe bag charm that is below retail too. Both were listed as New condition and it didn’t look used as well. Pretty good deals cause I doubt I will be paying retail price from Hermes. Anyway, both bag charms are almost impossible to get it from Hermes store anyway. I’m fine with getting them from consignment stores and at a discount.

    I feel like I spent more during this pandemic. I thought I will spent less since I save on commute and eating out when I am working from home but I discovered luxury shopping and that didn’t helped my wallet.

    Luxury shopping is really expensive and definitely need to be managed. I also cannot keep buying stuff and end up not using all of them.

    Time to slow down in shopping and start saving more money. Gambatte, Sakura!