My Gifts and Christmas Wishlist 2011 ! ! !

My expenses have greatly bloated this year and they were mostly spent on my gadgets.

☜ Epiphany ☞

I bought my very own dSLR last January. This is my biggest shell-out for 2011 but I do not regret having Epiphany. She is an extension of how see the world and its beauty. She preserves my memories through the photographs she’s taking.

Ovation Chassis

I bought my new PC last June. I had my old PC for 5 years and it had been repaired and upgraded many times. Although, it crashed one day due to over-usage. I was low on cash so I borrowed some from Dad.

Small but stylish!

I bought my around-the-ear headphones last July as an alternative for my big cans. I am using this more often now since my cans got broken. *sob*

Canon EOS 500D accessories

During the months of November and December, I bought some accessories for Epiphany. My hands are shaky so I bought a tripod for occasions that require it. I bought a screen protector because the old plastic one was removed during our trip to Nagsasa. I bought the prime lense so I can use it for portraits on low-lit areas.

Sennheiser PX200 and HD518

THESE ARE WHAT I WANT!!! I don’t know the quality of the HD518 yet. I just like how it looks and I hope it’s either as good or better than the HD418. I’ve been to a listening room and I have tested the PX200. It is waaaaaaaaaaaaayyy more powerful than any of those I tried and owned. It’s so expensive, though. *sob*

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I haz bangs ☻ ☻ ☻

My hair is one of my assets because it’s long and thick. I’ve been taking good care of it for many years. However, there are still instances when hair strands lose vibrance and I get split-ends.

Today, I visited a salon in FCM called “Meynard’s” (formerly a property of Jun Encarnacion). The lady who attended to me was very nice but she lacks the skills of a hairdresser. I asked her to just trim the split-ends and put bangs just like in those Korean posters they have in front of their salon, but she still didn’t get it. She put bangs on one side of my forehead only. I had to “gesture” to her what it should look like before she finally understood. The end product was still messed up. When I got home, I took a pair of scissors and fixed it myself.

Anyway …

Good-bye, split-ends! Hello, bangs! ☻

Epiphany . . .

☜ Epiphany ☞

Ever since I got immersed with cosplaying and the fascinating world of photography, I’ve been very eager in getting my own dSLR and be a photographer myself. Unfortunately, I am not very good at saving money and I don’t want to hog my parents’ cash just for this.

I initially bought a Canon IXUS 850 IS because it’s comparable to a dSLR (at that time) but my little sister busted the lenses so I can no longer use it properly. Dad recently gave me an OLYMPUS FE-4000 but it’s too crappy.

It’s a good thing that a colleague informed me of BPI’s 3x S.I.P. Limit promo. I had my mind set on purchasing a dSLR ASAP! When I got home, I immediately called BPI’s  customer service to inquire and I felt so happy when the agent said that I am qualified for the said promo!

I asked my little sister to go shopping with me then and there. We only had two hours left before SM Fairview closes! LoL!

We scouted some accredited shops and they basically had the same price range. I trust nothing but Canon when it comes dSLRs. Canon doesn’t compromise quality even though it’s much cheaper than its other competitors. I bought a Canon EOS 500D because that’s the only one that my SIP can cover. LoL!

I can’t give detailed reviews or opinions about this camera just yet because I am not a skillful photographer. I’ll study and practice some more before I say anything else about it. For now, I’m just happy I can finally take good reso shots and do minimal veeeerrryyy minimal to no editing.

* Epiphany is the name of my camera.

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Either it’s an OMEN or I just did something stupid …

    I left home around 2:30 PM, an hour earlier than my routine. I wanted to pass by SM Fairview because I plan to buy a new digicam that I can use for my proceeding hobby.

    I rode an FX so that I'd get there in less than 10 minutes, but I guess my calculation was wrong. The damn driver stopped by the terminal that's just a few meters away from SM so he can get something (I dunno what that was). I wanted to run towards the SM entrance but to do that, I had to cross the busy highway! So, I waited for about 3 minutes until he returned.

    Upon reaching SM, I headed to a shop (I forgot the name) where they're selling the Sony Cybnershot dsc-w55 for 20k. I was sooooo tempted to buy it already and I didn't hesitate as I told the lady, "Sige, ate. Kunin ko na 'yan." I was about to pay it when the cashier told me that they can't process it because they don't support my ATM card. So, I had no choice but to withdraw money. Golly, I was so scared bringing out that much moolah in public!

    I reached the 1st BDO ATM in less than a minute, but there were a lot of people ahead of me. When there're only about two people left, all of a sudden the ATM stopped dispensing money! I was in panic as I looked for another ATM. The second one I found also ran out of cash so I moved to the third. Upon reaching the 3rd ATM, I suddenly received an error message "Exceeded maximum number of attempts" and apparently I was entering a wrong PIN code! I forgot that the PIN for my savings account is different from my payroll account! ~__~ ;;;;

    I left the mall empty-handed and I found myself staring blankly into space, wishing I could turn back time even for just a bit.

    So there…

    Either an omen tells me that what I found was not a good deal…

    … or I was just too stupid.

    ~___~

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