We spent one evening in Singapore having dinner with D and G. D is actually my boss but he's so kind and generous he basically adopted me when I was in Sg for business a few years back (2011, I think). That was when I first met his wife G, equally accommodating and with whom I've managed to keep in touch thru all these years. She would always send me something precious when D came to the country for business - a Cath Kidston bag, a Hello Kitty Swarovski pen, a necklace or a bracelet, a cheongsam even. Plus bakkwa and chocolates for the boys. It's overwhelming every time, and I always feel like telling this couple: you guys, I'm open for legal adoption, let's do it. Hahaha.
They took me to dinner at Imperial Treasure the last time we met in Sg, and when they found out our whole family was back for a vacation, they invited us all to dinner. I decided to bring along only Ches, tho, bcoz he was the only one of the three boys I could rely on to behave thruout the meal. Hahaha.
Ches agreed with my assessment the last time I ate at Imperial Treasure: this is certainly The Best Chinese Food We've Had Since Beijing. We had the yummiest crabs, prawns, duck - I lost count of the number of courses we were served and the glasses we finished of both champagne and red wine that came from their cellar in Scotland and vineyard in Australia. (Yes, this is How The Other Side Lives. The rest of us have to make do with scoring San Mig Light from the neighborhood sari-sari store. Hahaha.) Ches marveled at how people so affluent can be so deprecating and funny. In fairness to them rich people, I've met a lot of them like this.
At the end of the evening they booked a limo taxi to take us back to our hotel, complete with a chauffeur who offered us more drinks during the short ride. The Life.
And it doesn't end there bcoz we brought home these two huge bags of Cath Kidston goodies. G's only instruction to me was: all the stuff for girls are yours. Gasp.
I still clearly remember the first time D noticed my Cath Kidston bag. It was at an oh so serious meeting in Makati Shang and as I approached he remarked on my floral satchel and launched into this whole story about his favorite Cath branch when he goes back to the UK (where he buys bags for G), as well as the fakes he spotted at Stanley Market in HK - all in front of my other boss, The Big Boss, actually, who just sat there unable to contribute anything about floral oilcloth bags, but looking thoroughly amused. Groan. Since then, G has given me a Cath bag and eyeglass case.
This time, even the boys got Cath bags. (Ches got some high-end perfume bcoz Cath doesn't have an adult male line.) Boots chose for himself this London buses messenger bag (the website officially calls it the kids' sports bag). Isn't it The Cutest? I'm so going to use this for myself when Boots isn't looking. Hahaha.
Yoshi got the other kiddie bag, this backpack whose print goes by the official name Stop Thief! What a riot. Unlike Boots, Yoshi could care less about things like clothes and bags and shoes, so it looks like Boots got himself his second Cath backpack. Hahaha.
As for me, I got all of these three bags. Gasp. I'm not worthy.
I love the blue Clifton Rose print and the red Kingswood Rose one. I still prefer the older version of the zipped handbag, tho - the boxy, rectangular one that I got in the Shooting Stars print, one of my very first Caths three years ago. This new shape is more feminine and has less sharp angles. It has its own plus points, definitely.
My favorite is the foldaway tote. So convenient to bring along when you're out shopping - you never know when you will be blessed with an opportunity to majorly hoard fantastic buys that will require an extra bag. It's like the Butterfly Twist of Cath Kidston bags: you can carry it around anywhere with you and it hardly adds any burden to your scoliotic back.
I told D and C they gave me so many bags I don't have to buy any more this year.
My other Cath Kidstons this year include these stationery items and eyeglass case that I scored at the Myeongdong branch. All on sale. Winner.
And these were what I got from my Christmas money from Ches.
There's my first ever leather Cath bag. So fabulous and perfect at all angles. It even comes with its own cloth case, also white-on-blue polka dot. My only problem is - if the usual Cath oilcloths never seem to age and look like I will be able to use them forever, what more the leather kind? While I'm happy they're so sturdy and everlasting, I also need to give Ches an excuse to buy more, i.e., bcoz what I have are all old and worn. Hahaha.
I also got this kids' satchel bcoz of the bright, happy florals, and the fact that it was on major sale. You know the kind of sale price where you do a double take bcoz it's almost like they're giving away the product for free and it's a crime to not buy it? That's the best kind of sale.
I actually also brought him a pair of alligator-print high-cut Cath sneakers. Too cute. It's gotten dirty, tho, from all his running around, so I didn't bother taking a pix. Hahaha.
I realized I needed a backpack bcoz when I was looking for one for our Sagada/Banawe trip at the start of the year, all I could find was my old Disneyland denim one from Manang Lei way back when I was in law school. I love that backpack, but I knew it was high time I got another one for my more adventurous trips. Hence, this red-and-pink floral beauty.
Now these bird and mushroom prints are some of the reasons Why I Love Cath Kidston.
I already have the blue version of the birds design in a day bag that I bought two years ago, and it's still among my favorites. This white one, tho, is another marvel altogether, and also comes in this new tote shape that's so roomy and practical for everyday corporate life.
I went absolutely crazy over the mushroom print. Who else thinks of putting mushrooms on bags? I love it so much I got two bags of the same design, one an open carry-all, and the other a messenger bag. The latter is reversible, too, into a white-on-red polka dot.
Short of world peace, a girl certainly cannot ask for anything more.