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pop friday

I was chatting up with a friend of mine (Kristoff) when I noticed a bb8 figure sitting on his desk. I immediately asked about it and found out that he is also into funko pops! So we chatted some more and shared our pop wishlist /pops we think are awesome/what we like to have..etc. the chat lasted more than an hour. And pops have been cropping up on our conversation each time we got a chance to talk.

We talk about our own pops and where we got them. Recommended stores and stores that are overpriced, other friends that also collects pops…stuff like that.

This collection is NOT mine, I just found the photo on the internet

This collection is NOT mine, I wish I have a collection like that too! -photo from the internet

Today, he declared that it was a Pop Friday. I liked the sound of that. Apparently he is hunting for funko pops (online) today. Some of what he likes are unknown to me. He knows what I wanted to collect GOT and Marvel. –he doesn’t watch GOT. So mostly we agree on marvel and some awesome looking stuff from Star Wars, some exclusive expensive piece or DC.

These are the pops Kristoff is looking for

These are the pops Kristoff is looking for- Kei is familliar with this, as for me I have yet to watch the film. Photo from the internet

Also online Kei and I are hunting for a toy box subscription. And promptly managed to secure one. The wait begins.

we are on a pre-order list for Spiderman. Kei

we are on a pre-order list for Spiderman. Kei loves Spidey.

As for me, I am just happy if I can find some of the older Game of Thrones funko pops. I regret not getting into the toys earlier. Most of what I wanted is not available in stores or if I do find one it is very much overpriced. Any ideas? leads or help would be very much appreciated.

How I wish pops are cheap or free or readily available. Kei and I am even lemming for a nice shelf to “house” my (very) few pops and some of our books. Crazy, I know.

We don't have Ikea in the Philippines, but this bookcase is sure pretty! My dream bookcase-photo from the internet

We don’t have Ikea in the Philippines, but this bookcase is sure pretty! My dream bookcase-photo from the internet

A happy geeky home must have happy looking toys on display. Am I right?! Maybe someday I get a shelf full of toys.

Fingers crossed I get to find pops that I am looking for to fill my imaginary shelf. Off to a geeky weekend toy hunt. 

Enjoy the weekend everyone!


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scent of remembrance

Mention perfume to me and one of the images that will spring to my mind is my (late) Grandma from the father’s side. She is one classy lady with a taste for the finer things in life. She has a huge perfume collection (and adores scents from Dior), collected jewelry (gemstones), tended a garden full of (scented) tropical flowers and only wore tailored clothes. She has perfectly maintained curly white-grey hair, always seen wearing a muted pink lipstick and smells heavenly even if she only stays at home.

Fancy. I know. More so, now that I can comprehend a bit of how fabulous she and her life was. 

I can recall my childhood days with her walking around the living room carefully arranging freshly cut flowers on the vase. She normally uses Sampaguita (Jasmine) as altar flowers. But for home decorating, her flower of choice was locally known as Rosal (or a Gardenia).

Rosal/Gardenia photo taken from the internet

Rosal/Gardenia photo taken from the internet

I loved that it looks and smells lovely.  The scent alone reminds me of her. 

But my Grandma is already in another place now, her tailored clothes are nowhere to be found, the gemstones are already lost, the garden which she lovingly tended has grown tangled and unruly, her regal home is now a a empty shell of beauty it once was. Soon enough, the house was sold, along with the fragrant garden. The said house holds a lot of my childhood memories as I grew up there with my cousins before we move to Manila to go schooling, I sometimes still think about it, I also miss my grandma, from the soft touch of her wrinkled skin and her faint lingering smell of perfume.

I was only fifteen when she went away. Was given a small jade pendant (she once wore, is all I have) to remember her by. 

If only I have the brains then to save cuttings of her beloved plants, to be replanted to pots. Even only her signature flower the Rosal.

So, I searched for a Rosal. I asked around, and came up empty. After months of asking. I was about to give up. 

I was resigned to the fact that the memory and the scent is lost and I should just go sniffing bottles of her (used to be) perfume/s to remember her. Then Kei took me to the relocated Manila seedling bank, It is now on Quezon City circle.

There it was. A rather huge sized shrub with shiny dark green leaves.

A Rosal plant about to bud.

Without much thought we brought the plant along with a huge pot and soil. All the thought of gross-ness went out the window as we took turns carrying the huge and heavy potted plant back home. Kei took good care of it and as of now it has many buds ready to bloom anytime soon. We named it “Groot” from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

We got a flowering plant to remember her by, I think my Grandma would smile at the idea.

I am excited to see it bloom and also get Kei to smell what the rosal smells like. 

It smells like the scent of remembrance to me.

For that I am grateful.