Categories: Birthdays, Food, Personal life, Pictures, With my NEX
I forgot to post something on ViolinStar.NET on my birthday. Let me see if I can remember what I did on my birthday this year.
Since my birthday is on a Sunday this year, I didn’t take a day off from work like what I used to. Haha, I don’t like to study or work on my birthday. Fortunately I am a December baby so it has always been school holidays time for me.
I had Beauty in a Pot dinner with my boyfriend this year. He gave me a music theme musical box that he handmade from a kit. I love handmade gifts and I love musical boxes.
We went to see the Doremon exhibits outside National Museum of Singapore this year. I was carrying my birthday gift for myself (which I got back in September – Hermes Evelyne 29). I also got a new bag charm from Luxlexicon (someone sold their bag charm which is new-in-box condition). It’s the Hermes horseshoe bag charm in Vermillion and Rose Sakura (both are in swift leather). The bag was S$4900 and the bag charm was S$590 (below retail price). I feel so poor after buying both of them this year.
I was checking my old birthday photos and I realised I lost the 28th and 29th birthday photos. It’s sad. Oh well, my hard disk has died and I didn’t have backups. I also didn’t have time to really try to retrieve them. Sigh, I only realised I lost those photos. So I can’t upload the photo of my birthday cake last year, hence breaking the tradition. This year, I am uploading it while I write this post just in case something has gone wrong again.
Leisure travel has started in Singapore. We can go to Hong Kong and Hong Kong folks can travel to Singapore for leisure purposes without the need for quarantine.
Even though I have never been to Hong Kong but I don’t think I will want to travel in the middle of the pandemic. In fact, I don’t think I will want to travel in 2021 or even 2022. I am not a fan of travel usually and when there is a global pandemic, I don’t think I want to risk it too. The COVID-19 PCR test looks uncomfortable as well so I think I will want to avoid it.
However, I am still spending money, not really saving as much as I hope for. I got my first luxury bag. A new Nintendo Switch (which I am using everyday). A new headset (which is my go-to audio device these days).
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…