Amputated Leg : Ramblings of an Obsessive Compulsive

~ bored with her mundane life ~ lost in a world of fiction ~ wanting, to the point of needing, a life of adventure and travel ~ looking back fondly at what her world was and dreaming of what it can become

The Art of Jeepney Riding by RBM

Problem: Define a failure. Answer: Someone who is still riding a jeepney after 40.

By that definition, I shall be counted (small consolation) half a failure. Barring rain, strikes, rush-hour traffic, and the stark necessity of having to get from here to there, fast, when my old, beat-up car breaks down — I enjoy jeepney-riding. It is an economical field lesson on Philippine culture, a compact refresher course on being Filipino.

Once, with an American friend, I was in the Danao marketplace to catch a ride back to Cebu City. The place was a veritable cockpit of jeepneys. Three jeepneys were competing for passengers, revving up their engines, furiously moving backward and forward, then backward again, in a game of creating the illusion that they were about ready to be on their way.

My friend and I committed ourselves to one of them. We were in no hurry. We watched with much amusement rival conductors jostling with each other to get the approaching passengers. Even the driver of the vehicle we had boarded would suddenly stop the jeepney right in the middle of the road, jump out of his seat, leaving the engine running, to run towards a prospective passenger he just sighted. Our jeepney would leave the marketplace, making as though we were finally on our way, only to turn around the block and bring us back to where we started. A young woman on board our jeepney, exasperated, abandoned us and boarded a rival jeepney that seemed like it was winning the contest. My friend, who was enjoying himself, remarked: ‘Sus, she has defected.’

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A Houseful of Books by RBM

We live in a house stocked with books.

The books trace an intimate, familial geography of sorts. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, one can wander through the house and mentally note where they lie, and how right things are.

There is the kitchen, set apart, with its simple shelf of cookbooks. Then there is the family room (this small world’s center of gravity), with its dictionaries, encyclopedias, various sets of Time-Life books (from Great Cities to Great Ages of Man) — the loyal waiters of quick knowledge — and, strewn here and there, day-old papers and wayward schoolbooks.

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Visiting Friends at Omaha [Photodump]

Henry Doorly Zoo

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At The Mall by RBM

If you think we have had enough of the shopping malls now that the holidays are over, think again. The attraction of malls is a slow, endemic fever. It may subside but it well never go away.

The spaces we construct around us define what we are. Today’s shopping malls are the most recent in a line of “sites of commerce” that, in our case, have included the early tabo or periodic market, the tiangui (Spanish mercado) or permanent market, and the commercial strip or Main Street (the Escolta, Avenida, or Magallanes of Philippine cities and towns). The shifts from one to the other figure changes in the world of goods, reorientations of public places, alterations in our patterns of consumption and rhythms of sociality.

One form does not completely give way to the other. In our city, tabo, tiangui, strip and mall do not only coexist, we sometimes find them lumped together. The old survives in the new, even if dimly. There is something of the strip in the long, boxlike SM malls (look at Cebu’s SM City or Metro Manila’s SM Megamall), where shoppers are pedestrians going up and down a main street (or descending and ascending for this is a multilevel thoroughfare), wandering into sidestreets and back. Ayala Center in Cebu or Ayala Glorietta in Makati evoke markets in their maze of passageways, though more radial than linear, the pedestrians spun around in irregular spokelike streets.

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What I Want In My Closet Now

Acne Studios' Rita Shear Biker Aviator Jacket in grey

Acne Studios' Rita Shear Biker Aviator Jacket in grey

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Bags I Currently Love

Some of the bags I purchased from my recent trip:

Coach Horse Carriage Print Convertible

Coach Horse Carriage Print Convertible

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What I’m Loving: Christian Louboutin Cate Chain Biker Boot

Christian Louboutin Cate Chain Biker Boot in black

Christian Louboutin Cate Chain Biker Boot in black

I’ve always been partial to flat boots. I’m loving this one for its simplicity with a little rock factor with the chain. It’s leather with a soft pointed toe, thick heel and signature red leather sole.

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What I’m Loving: Jeffrey Campbell Studded Wedge

Jeffrey Campbell's Studded Wedge

Jeffrey Campbell's Studded Wedge

I first saw this shoe being worn by one of the users of Lookbook.nu. It was so eye-catching and memorable that I still remember it even days after it was posted. I personally love it in grey.

Image source: JeffreyCampbellShoes.com

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What I’m Loving: Melissa Honeycomb Boots by Frye

Once again I bemoan the fact that I live so near the equator. That fact is hindering my love for all kinds of boots (or protecting my money?). But that’s just me. It’s not stopping other people from wearing knee-highs in this 38C degree weather.

Now, on to the reason of this post:

Melissa Honeycomb Boots by The Frye Company

Melissa Honeycomb Boots by The Frye Company

Isn’t that just lovely? The color is perfect and with the studded detail, who would not fall in love with those boots?

According to their website:

We’ve taken the traditional look and feel of the typical riding boot but given it a fabulous funky revamp with some incredible honeycomb studding on an interesting leather strapping detail. If you want a great, versatile riding boot, with a hip cool urban edge, this is the boot for you! Timeless, yet fashion forward, you’ll be reaching for it time and again knowing that it’s going to get plenty of attention. This boot will remain at the front of your closet…with handcrafted top-notch leather and quality second to none, why even bother to put them away!

Retails at $398. Somebody gift it to me please? I promise I’ll wear them! Wishful thinking strikes again.

Image source: TheFryeCompany.com

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What I’m Loving: Alexander Wang Rocco Mini Duffel

I am loving a lot of bags lately and one of those is Alexander Wang’s Rocco Mini Duffel. The leather looks to be so soft and for one that usually does not like the look of “bag feet”, the oversized studs at the bottom are just what the bag needs to give it the WOW factor.

Alexander Wang's Rocco Mini Duffel

Alexander Wang's Rocco Mini Duffel

According to Shopbop.com:

This pebbled leather handbag features oversized studs at the bottom. Box pleat and 2 hidden zip pockets at side. Vertical front and back banding. Brass hardware. Double rolled handles and zip main compartment closure. Lined interior features zip pocket.

Retails at $875. I want!

Image source: Purseblog.com

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