Achieving Happiness

October 24, 2007

Wandering the supermarket aisles

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ina Alleco @ 6:01 am

I’m having a hard time concentrating on work because the entire office is in a funny uproar over the man who is allegedly the husband of plastic surgeon and high-end cosmetologist Dr. Vicki Bello. Lunchtimes here remind me of the tv afternoon variety shows where everyone is talking at high-speed, generally being hyper and chirpy. It’s a wonder that no ends end up with indigestion here from too much laughing. The meal-time topics range from politics (today it’s about the LPP’s announcement that it gave out the money to the governors two weeks ago. Comments were “Supermarket cartcharing,” “chorva lang ng LPP yan para i-save si GMA”) and local showbiz (“Si Sam malamang straight; pero si Piolo questionable pa”).

I like grocery shopping with Kim. I used to hate it before, when he would question and oppose almost everything I put into the cart as being too expensive: 555 Tuna brand versus Century brand; powdered milk is better than liquid milk; rice for P25 per kilo against rice that sells for P30 per kilo, and on and on.

Now I totally understand where he’s coming from – he grew up very poor and he managed to secure his degree and graduate magna cum laude with his tummy growling and seldom containing anything other than kangkong and kamote tops. I am also well aware of how expensive everything is these days, but in the end, scrimping on a few pesos on canned tuna fish doesn’t make much difference, right? We live frugally as a rule anyways – not by choice (hahaha, because if we did we’d be vacationing in Palawan every weekend); but because of our own personal circumstances and the result of decisions we willfully made.

Before it was so stressful going grocery shopping with Kim because he was like a walking calculator, determining and comparing prices to milligrams and liters and liters. No sooner had I put something into the cart would he ask me to put it back because he says it’s too expensive and we could get something cheaper. Add this to the fact that we have to avoid certain brands (like Nestle) which are what actually what’s within our price range.

Now he’s more relaxed about it. In my own defense it’s not like I go out of my way to pick the pricier brands, but there are certain brands and products that I grew up and have gotten used to (Like Colgate, and real butter not margarine, and pasta that doesn’t go all soggy, and liquid milk and juice). If and when I find some products that are just as good in terms of quality and taste, i don’t have a problem shifting; but Kim is so extreme.

Like the time he bought Bingo cornedbeef and not Purefoods because it was waaaay cheaper. I didn’t say anything, withheld criticism. When he had it for lunch one Saturday when I wasn’t home, he realized that sometimes when you buy cheap, you really get cheap– it was like eating dogfood, he said, if he had ever tasted it.

Still on Dumbledore, these are the highly popular t-shirts that came out immediately after JK Rowling’s announcement on the beloved Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Maybe Prof. McGonnagal was lesbian? She’s brilliant andstrong and independent-minded, and it didn’t look like she had any personal relations with men, either.

I like the musical ‘Wicked’ much, much better than the book it’s based on by Gregory Maguire. The book strikes me as misogynist (I don’t know anything about Mr. Maguire). ALL the women in the book are freaking flawed.

Elphaba’s mom, Melana, hailed from a rich and influential family, but she married Frexpar, an impoverished Unionist minister/preacher. She is unable to cope with the boredom and the poverty, and is weak against temptation. She becomes an adulterer and sleeps with the Wizard of Oz (way before he ever became a wizard and was still a hot air balloon operator from some circus who lost his direction and ended up in Oz) and a Quadling.

Elphaba, is green-skinned, intelligent but an underachiever. She is passionate and committed to a higher cause, but when tragedy strikes she completely falls apart and becomes a recluse.

Her younger sister, Nessarose (who is libelously called the Wicked Witch of the East as her sibling is called the WW of the West), is breathtakingly beautiful, but was born with no arms. When she discovers her magical powers, she first uses it to fight the dictatorship of the Wizard of Oz, but soon becomes a petty tyrant herself.

Galinda, who transforms herself into Glinda (and is called the Good Witch of the South), is beautiful but vain and empty-headed. She devotes herself to efforts that will elevate her status in society, and she chooses to remain loyal to the Wizard even after she discovers that he has evil designs because the connection will help her win her goals.

And on and on.

Last Saturday courtesy of my sis I got ‘Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.’ I haven’t started it, am not particularly looking forward to it; but Maguire is an entertaining writer, though I didn’t love his characters.

So what now, I’m suppose to rush to the freaking malls because the PNP has said that what happened in Glorietta 2 last Friday was an accident?!

Who the heck are they trying to fool? It’s so infuriating the way the government doesn’t even make any more effort to dress up its lies and embellish the details to make its explanations more convincing. The Arroyo government must think that Filipinos are a bunch of brainless idiots who can’t put two and two together, much less see through a deliberate, orchestrated attack when they see it. Accident, my foot. Am so glad that UP professors have given their say on the matter.

On a related issue, the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) has announced that it was the source of the moolah given to governors two weeks ago, and not Malacanang.

Ows? How come it spoke up only now? Why only now and not as soon as the controversy first broke out?

I guess it took Malacanang all this time to come up with this scheme – to make it appear that the LPP distributed the bribe money and that Pres. Arroyo’s office and closest officials hadn’t anything to do with it. Pabobo na talaga nang pabobo, and as they grow more stupid, they also become careless.

Everyday these officials make it hard for one to like living in the Philippines. Ang sarap na talagang patalsikin ni Gloria, nakakainis!

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