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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday

Today was a bit strange. And scary.

Around lunch time David, who lived two floors down, sent me an instant message warning me of suspicious-looking people who rang his doorbell. Now our apartment is not gated, and the only security we have is our door. This wasn't really a big deal because I've always thought of Japan as safe. I mean you could walk around carrying huge amounts of cash without fear of it getting stolen - ask anyone who bought a laptop or dSLR or L-type lens.

Anyway, back to the story. So according to David, this guy rang his doorbell, and he seemed to motion to his companions to "position themselves" while waiting for him to get the door. Now our doorbell has a camera that's activated when you ring it. So this means we are able to confirm who is outside without having to open the door. The standard protocol, I believe, for people who ring the doorbell - delivery people, police, and people who solicit and stuff - is to flash their ID or badge or any form of authorization to the camera, and also explain what they're doing (at least I think that's what they are trying to say in very rapid Japanese). Since the suspicious-looking person didn't do any of that David didn't open his door and warned everyone else in the building to do the same. True enough, after a couple of agonizing minutes my doorbell rang and this guy was there and he just stood there for a couple of seconds and then he left. I hope I'm just being paranoid but I was really really scared.

So after that I kept thinking of what could've happened if I wasn't online and if David didn't tell me to lock the door or if the guy rang my doorbell first and I opened the door without checking who's outside (I do that all the time) and it drove me nuts after a couple of minutes so I decided that I have to get out of here.

OK, so on to nicer things. First I went to Harajuku to visit Forever21 and H&M. They were jampacked as always but there were so many nice things I had to do a lot of editing before proceeding to the counter. Among other things I passed on a really pretty sweater, a large clear plastic square ring, and this ring shaped like a leopard with pink spots. Hmmmnmnm EQ.

After that I went back to Shinjuku to visit the usual places. Now at this point it was drizzling and it was really really cold. But I just had to go visit my new Macbook so I made a detour to Yodobashi (the one near the East Exit). But as luck would have it, they didn't have the new Macbook on display which was kinda annoying. Anyway, I was so hell bent on seeing my soon-to-be-new-baby I trooped all the way to the other Yodobashi branch near the West Exit, and there he was in all his glossy shining glory. I got to play around with the Magic Mouse too. But today is not the day for big-ticket purchases so let's proceed with my teeny tiny haul.


It's a Barbie pendant! It's from this store called Un Petit Coeur which sells the most adorably dainty things. I've been looking for a pendant for the longest time because my coral one is kinda tarnished. Hopefully this holds up better. And Barbie is one of those things you never really outgrow.


OK, so I don't know how to explain this, but I've decided I wanted Kanebo powder foundation. My skin has been behaving really well lately (thank you Clarisonic et al) so I don't feel the need to slather on liquid foundation like I used to. Now I love MAC MSF for setting foundation but on it's own the color is a bit too pink. Kanebo foundations have always garnered good reviews, and they do cater to Asians so they're a bit more yellow. I have really high expectations for this one, and from the couple of trials I've done so far it hasn't disappointed me. And I did get a lot of freebies which always makes me happy.


I found these uber-cheap zebra-print flats in Forever21, and I know they look like the flats I bought two weeks ago, but those were absolute hell on my feet while these are soft and comfy. They also come in gray, red, and purple, but white has always been my best friend when it comes to flats.


I saved my favorite purchases for last. These are all from Forever21. I got two silver cuffs that were small enough to sit comfortably on my abnormally thin wrists. I would've gotten more, but I found this shirt so I had to compromise a bit.


(My apologies for the weird picture composition, but it's the only way to take the picture without you seeing the mess all around me). I finally found a Brokeback Mountain shirt!!! I've been meaning to get one for the longest time but I never really found something I could pull off. I'm so happy I found this; it's perfect.

Anyway, that's that. I can't really do major shopping because I'm planning some major purchases next week. But I think I did pretty well this weekend, EQ-wise. Tomorrow I'll be doing a lot of tidying up because the new Macbook can't come home to a dirty apartment, can it?

3 comments:

  1. good luck sa big purchases next week. :)

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  2. i don't know if i missed a post...pero *ahem* di ba you're supposed to be on a shopping ban?!

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  3. @anj: yes, you missed this one: http://ellayap.blogspot.com/2009/10/what-shopping-ban.html

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