Had made yet another shopping excursion to Ipswich in hope of finding a feather &  down coat for Beam, but to no avail. So, I ended up buying two thermal undershirts, one thick hoodie for her and one pair of indoor shoes for myself. I didn’t want the shoes at first, but now I know how wrong I was. It still gets quite chilly in the room with the carpet on the floor and the socks on my feet.

Five more weeks to Xmas, but people have been into a Xmas shopping frenzy amid the harsh economic downturn. I have to admit that the merrily upbeat atmosphere did grow on me. So! I decided to buy a few little gifts for family and friends in Taiwan.

As a typical Libra, I do love giving away gifts, but the older I get, the more practical I become. And the launch of my 2nd career as a homemaker simply reinforced it =P I tend to choose something with no frills and handy for the person who receives it, such as the botanic soaps and toiletries from Ipswich. Moreover, they are all against animal testing — One of the causes I support.

I think I do come across as a stingy fella to those who don’t know me. Luckily, I don’t get too caught up by that. Worrying too much about what others think of you makes you dependent, allowing them to manipulate you.

And this is what I read in the newspaper the other day — “£1billion in gifts  at Christmas thrown out”… I can’t help but thinking that if each one of us can be more  mindful when it comes to spending, perhaps, the recession wouldn’t have had such a catasprophic impact today.

Well, never too late!! ^_*

 

昨天早晨上學途中,梅小獸說有點冷,因此臨時決定去一趟 Ipswich,希望可以買到娃娃版的羽絨衣。

短短兩個小時內,走訪了三家店,但不知道為甚麼,並沒有見到娃娃版的羽絨衣,最後還是在我的最愛 M&S 解決,買了兩件保暖內衣,一件比較厚的連帽上衣,外加一雙毛毛室內鞋給自己 — 上回只買了祥的,想說省點錢,不過最近真是冷,雖然有地毯又穿襪子,還是不夠暖。

She’s lost interest in Dora, but this is the only pair that’s NOT so girly at the shop.

I think she looks extra cute in the boots!

Luckily, she likes the stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

可能聖誕節將近的緣故,雖然氣候有些陰沉,街上行人熙來攘往,店裡更是一片喜洋洋的氣氛。想了想,我決定湊熱鬧,也來挑幾樣小禮物。

其實,對於所謂的紀念品,我向來持保留態度,除非正好見到某樣玩意兒自覺適合某個特定親友,才會買下。當年在辦公室,同事們出外遊玩都會帶些土特產之類回來,然後每個人都有一份,我是唯一一個從來不這麼做的 — 我有一個大抽屜,就是專門放這些同事們給的土特產,後來發現,我根本沒碰,所以隔一陣子就得丟掉,好可惜;後來都乾脆再分給別人,才不會浪費。

當了這些年的主婦,消費方式也愈趨"實際",除去這些不必要的"外交"開銷,省錢又環保。我們也沒什麼面子問題,因為真正的朋友是能夠體貼尊重彼此的。

竟然有個同事問熊貓,怎麼你們都不帶紀念品回來給大家的嗎?熊貓搖搖頭,因為我們很窮啊。。。聽他說完,我笑到肚子痛。真有這麼直白的對話!!

其實熊貓還是會買巧克力之類的,不過他只會分給那些真正有交情的,而不是順水人情到處發。對於真正的好朋友(咱們彼此心裡有數吼!),我就看實際狀況,例如花茶呀書呀之類的,但一定只會是我覺得對方會喜歡也有用的。

今天難得買報紙,讀到一個小方塊說,在英國,有大約十億英鎊價值的聖誕節禮物最終被浪費掉,而且很多都還是全新未開封的狀態。這個數字實在很駭人!我不禁想,如果每個人都能夠拋開面子問題,把實用性列入考量首位,同時量入為出,或許經濟危機不至於到今天的地步。

再想到世界饑餓人口總數。。。真的讓我消費的時候更加審慎。

昨天挑的小禮物呢,很符合我的道德標準,草本的小香皂還有護手霜,是不用動物作試驗的良心產品,而且很實用。

雖然聽起來很蠢,我還是期盼有世界大同的那一天!