Surprise from my boss

Surprise from my boss

Pru Life UK backpack

Pru Life UK backpack


And I thought that when my boss gave me this bag, I just received my coolest Christmas gift for the year. I mean, I was so glad because firstly, it was unexpected, plus, it was something that I did not realize I want until I started to use it and found out that it is something I badly need. Its size is just the right size of “handy”, and yet it has more than sufficient compartments where I can neatly and safely place my random daily stuff (including most especially my laptop).

Hence, I considered it as the coolest tangible Christmas gift I have received. Or so I thought.

Last 21st of December, the alumni of UPLB Street Jazz Dance Company, Urban Elite, had a Christmas gathering my good friend Xan’s (Arigato) apartment. It was less grand than most Christmas parties, but it was extra joyous. That’s what I love about Urban Elite gatherings — we simply enjoy each other’s company regardless of the setting.

So before I get distracted, let me tell you that on that same evening, I received a handful of gifts. I received from our “exchange gifts” this:

Witty Will Save The World's latest installment

Witty Will Save The World’s latest installment

I also got my Phillips hair clipper.

I have been dying to own one since I first tried using one when I borrowed from my friend in SG.

Phillips hair clipper

Phillips hair clipper

This is very useful to me because I had been maintaining a skinhead since 2009, which meant frequent visits to the barber shop for my regular shave. Also, I liked so much that this particular product is rechargeable – meaning, I can use it cordless in the bathroom and avoid having messy hair shavings anywhere else in the house. When I scouted for it here in Manila, I discovered that it’s priced at a whopping P7,000++. Are you kidding me? So I contacted my “brod” in SG to check its price there, and we learned that it’s only at P2,000++ when converted to peso. Without batting an eyelash (i.e. without confirming my financial capacity) I asked him to buy it for me and then I pay him when he gets here. Bam! Approximately P5,000 savings plus free shipping. 🙂 Thank you so much Tope!

However, the most standout gift I received that night, and I now consider as the coolest one I got for Christmas 2013 is this…






YES! The much-coveted Starbucks planner. YAY!

I have been a couple of times vocal about being not too crazy about Starbucks coffee. Perhaps, its popularity among the yuppies made it less appealing to me. Yeap, I oddly have this habit of shunning away from the mainstream (with exceptions, of course). If I would rank my top fave coffee shops, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf would have to be on top, then Café de Lipa (in Market! Market!), then Figaro, and then Starbucks and Seattle’s Best at a tie. Hence, year after year, I am always unsurprisingly immune to that year-end Starbucks planner hysteria.

Although, when I saw the sample 2014 Starbucks planners, I secretly mumbled to myself, “They have a good design this year. Too bad I don’t fancy drinking Starbucks.”

Thus, when I received this as a gift from my co-dancer/friend/daughter-in-the-org, I jumped for joy! 🙂

It was even more touching to learn that she had earnestly spent the past weeks drinking Starbucks just to get me this planner. Awww… If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is. My daughter really knows how to pull my heartstrings. 🙂 Also, she figured out early on that because of my personality [ (1) I like to plan; (2) I have a very busy lifestyle; (3) I like to write down things; (4) and I am a damn forgetful person ] a planner would be the best gift for me. 🙂


Thank you so much Sabrina-anak!!!

Thank you also, Miss Vicky, Nanay Angel, and Topeppers!

I wish you all had a Merry Christmas and will all have a bountiful 2014. 🙂


P.S. Sometimes people around me just know me more than I know myself. Or at least they figure out what I exactly need before I do. 🙂


About lonewulf

I am a self-confessed 'jologs', a country boy who now works in the big city. I studied Applied Math, and am now completing Finance while working as a risk analyst. I feel extremely happy whenever I dance, draw/sketch, and write. I also like to read books, eat (not fruits, or vegetables), sleep, and travel. Update (12/2017) - I have already completed my Finance Masters in Diliman, plus Financial Engineering in Korea. I came back to Manila just last year from the Land of the Morning Calm, and is now currently working as a Risk Manager for a multinational financial institution. I am now updating this information box in the hopes that I will get my groove back into writing. I kinda missed it. And I actually have tons and tons of adventures that I have not logged in here. Hope to catch up to what's happening in my life. Here's to hoping for more adventures, and having enough time and energy to share all of them in this online realm. Cheers!

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