Orange box of happiness

Something about orange and dark taupe brown with white etching.
While the nation is in Orange alert, i indulge in an Orange box!

A bit of a history lesson with the iconic orange box. In the beginning, it was brown. During World War II the Nazis occupying Paris, Emile-Maurice Hermès later chose this shade for the newly acquired pieces. But the original brown shade still remains with the logo stamp as well the thin borders around the box.

The Kelly bag was renamed after the late fabulous Princess Grace of Monaco when she shielded her pregnant belly from the paparazzi. And the celebrity bag of status was inspired by Jane Birkin in a flight where she can’t find a bag that would fit everything for her carry-on bag. The third trinity of the holy grail would be the Constance bag, carrying the shiny ‘H’ depicting the brand of epitome in luxury and class. These are the fundamental knowledge of the brand you will know before getting yourself into buying the brand as a lifestyle. Hermès place significant stories about their brand history and captivate the audience.

Oh no you didn’t!? Sorry PETA, the alligator band looks better on my wrists!

Each time you made a purchase when you took the product home, the unboxing experience is like a dangerous drug. Adrenaline rush comes rushing when you are browsing the boutique and the dopamine really hits you hard after you have done with the current purchase, you have already thought of what to buy next! It’s really a marketing genius creating real-time desires with a follow-up desire for future sales. It was designed to ensure that you will be hooked for life! Why do you think many Hermès collectors have many stacked up orange boxes?

My collection of orange boxes so far…

Acquiring a Birkin is not money well-spent. It is money well-invested. Why? Simply because when you purchase it first, it is at retail but depending on the rarity of the bag in question, materials used and, how coveted it is (demands meet supply concept) You may just end up selling it at a handsome profit! Not too shabby. Certainly not as risky as buying stocks, bonds and, unit trusts.

The handbag, which also comes in cow, calf or ostrich leather, is made entirely by hand in France. Each bag takes anywhere between 18 to 25 hours to finish. But the coveted handbags recently became the focus of an expose by rights group Peta on crocodile farms from Texas to Zimbabwe, where the reptiles are allegedly crammed into concrete pits before being “cruelly hacked” to death. It takes two or three crocodiles to make one Birkin bag.

Having said that, however, it is what it is. I’m not going to sugar-coat the subject. Since the dawn of time, mankind has been using animals to fulfill their survival. We are at the top of the food chain after all. Though the topic is subjective, I find myself drawn into the world of fashion and orange boxes.

#Hermès #paris #orangebox #investment #finance #money #passion #love

Bastia coin pouch in epsom leather in the colour étoupe.

Bad boys goes to Cartier

Love Bracelet & Cartier Santos watch
Love You! Screw You!

Years ago when I was in a relationship of 10 years, I got a Cartier Trinity ring that signifies our love. The ring represents our love, devotion, and, friendship. A piece of jewelry especially a ring is significant. When you are no longer with your partner, I think its only right that you return the ring. The symbol of the relationship is no longer valid. Therefore it is meaningless to keep it. I saw this beauty awhile ago. My god-sister have it with diamond. The Cartier Love ring denotes eternal love. That’s why the screw motif is all around pretty much like the Cartier Santos watch that I’ve purchased myself. Back then, it retail for $5,000. But now, its closer to $10,000. The price has doubled since 20 years ago. Investing in a dressed watch is like having a tuxedo in your wardrobe. You always need one dressed watch in case you need to attend a fancy dinner. Besides, you can never go wrong because of the value it holds. This time I decided to complete the set with the Love bracelet and the Love ring. The bracelet is about $5,600, and the ring is priced at $1450 which I will get for myself by Christmas. Though you are paying for the brand name, Cartier is coveted and it is treated like currency.

The romantic bangle was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969″

I purchased the slimmer new version of the bracelet. The cheaper one! The original cost closed to $9,000. I am not willing to part with my money yet. For the ring, I fancy myself an 18K gold Love. It is a wedding band however, it’s alright. It was indeed Love at first sight. The idea is that with your bracelet, which fixes onto the wrist with screws, you show the world that you are ‘locked into a relationship.’ The romantic bangle was designed by Cartier’s Aldo Cipullo in 1969: he was inspired by the idea of men locking up their wives in chastity belts to ensure they would remain faithful.

Although you are not in a relationship or marriage, you can still purchase this collection as love for oneself. You are worth it. You don’t need someone to buy for you because if you are independent and make your own money, you are everything. I have friends who rely on their partner to get fine-jewelry like so. The truth is, I find that they can’t even last a week without their other half should anything goes wrong. All my two times I’ve been in a relationship I learned one thing. By giving people trust is giving your life away. Trust is the most powerful thing a person can have power over you. It’s great if you found someone who is your soulmate. In such instances, such a situation is a fairytale. Searching and having love is a wonderful thing. A luxury that not everyone gets to experience.

Cartier Love Bracelet 18K rose gold
Good boys go to heaven, bad boys go to Cartier. 18K rose gold Love bracelet, the slimmer version.

Love you…. Screw you!”

#cartier #gold #finejewellery #highfashion #ootd #designer #relationships

Algorithm for Love

Dating Apps

I couldn’t help but wonder what life is like without love. Some people say you might have three great loves in your entire life. I was lucky enough to have two great love of mine. Meeting people, dating and getting into relationships have certainly advanced, nowadays. We communicate differently in today’s fast-moving society and how we anticipate love to happen. But most of the time, the act of anticipating is a thrill itself. The chase and hunt get your adrenaline pumping, endorphins are released to stimulate you to heighten senses through dopamine.

Tinder, Grindr

“Searching for love and orgasms

one swipe at a time.”

It is a normalisation of nuances towards the new millennium. Old-fashion introduction just doesn’t cut anymore as society moved forward with the time. Studies have shown how men swipe indicate a simple and predictable pattern versus women who swipe capriciously.”

Let’s face it from Grindr to Tinder from across the board, there are all kinds of apps to be downloaded and profiles to be judged. People who collect photos or syncing photos from other individuals from a cloud-based app make what it is today in modern-day dating. The use of hashtags and geotagging has become a new norm for secret admirers or stalkers to accidentally bump into you. The algorithm for love and lust predicts a probable match between the data it gathers and intercepts. It’s a normalisation of nuances towards the new millennium.

Back in the day when personal ads run on papers or magazines, things are a little slow. Life was simple. The earliest form of personal classified ads or lonely hearts ads dates back to the 1800s. Ultimately, people want to search for a companion at the end of the day. We create our presence online because we want our profile portrayed in a certain way. Creating a perfect profile affects the way people see themselves. Often describing some realness through images, obtaining validation from others. People love the ideology of compatibility and amicability. A vision of acceptance but sometimes narcissist.

Companies designed dating apps are out to make money and believe me, they made a whole ton of cash through subscriptions. Multiply that by the number of the population who are single, separated, divorced or even married and still looking something on the side. It is capitalism at its best. This is how economics is forged through the masses bringing lucrative yields with recurring returns. The more premium you pay for your subscription, the higher the chances of meeting a quality candidate. Advanced smartphone app changes the way we meet people, we travel, we dine, the way you date and the way you have sex. The visibility from a profile monetized the industry simply because all the information is key and sex sells. All searching for love and orgasms one swipe at a time.

Social Network

“It’s a Dating Revolution or just a Dating Apocalypse?”

What seems to be the dating revolution, it would also mean the death of courtship as the majority of people do not know how to communicate face-to-face. They found themselves awkward in situations and does not hold brilliant conversations. While they are geniuses with technologies and gadgets but they have zero social skills. These have made them become introvert by nature. It is okay of getting rejected if you swipe left or get accepted by swiping right. Once the connection is made, its a swipe for success! The courtship between couples plays an important role. It deciphered the major characteristics of a person’s likes and dislikes. It eventually pivoted the decisive notion to be a couple. Millennials using slangs, and abbreviations that no older generation understood. It is an extreme disconnect. They break every dating rule on the handbook to be more susceptible to the new society. Have we finally discovered the algorithm for love? Swipe right now!

#datingrevolution #algorithmforlove #swipe #love #sex #app #technology

Finding back my Faith

Cancer Survivor

It’s been three and a half years since my last entry and, I couldn’t help but wonder how life has turned out. Three years before I was diagnosed, I was working out five times a week and was in great shape. Suddenly one day, my friends noticed that I had lost a lot of weight, but I just thought it was due to my active lifestyle. During this time, I was constantly having stomach problems and passing motion has been from pain to really excruciating. During my workout, I was stretching out on a yoga mat I knew something was not right. I had also been very tired, having a hard time eating, and in general, not feeling good.

I went to my usual general practitioner and he recommended over-the-counter drugs. For well over three months, I also had constant diarrhea. The doctor suspected unhealthy eating habits and misdiagnosed me with hemorrhoid. By the third month, I knew something was really off and I had a second opinion. I underwent a series of MRI, CT scans, stools samples, and bloodwork. Dr Young finally diagnosed me with an unfortunate, colorectal cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer and at that time, my world came tumbling down.

It was on my birthday I got admitted to the hospital and got started on my treatment options. That day, I met with my nurse, who explained how things would go for my evaluation and consultation. I first met with my intake physician, then I started all the testing and all sorts of scans to confirm the diagnosis and determine whether the cancer had spread anywhere else. Next, I met with all the people who would provide me with supportive care services. Then I met my social worker and pharmacist, along with a few medical staff. They were indeed wonderful.

We discussed my treatment options. Everything was coming together with the way I needed it to. Together, we chose a treatment plan, and I was ready for the battle.

I started an aggressive chemotherapy regimen, which included intravenous chemotherapy for 2 to 3 sessions followed by radiotherapy which is radiation therapy often abbreviated RT, RTx, or XRT, is therapy using ionizing radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells and normally delivered by a linear accelerator. Each time I attended my session, it cost around a thousand dollars including medications. I was so fortunate to have made a wise decision a few years prior to making my health insurance premiums upfront. I was unemployed for almost 2 years. My partner had left me and I lost interest in everything that once holds joy to me. This was the lowest point of my life. I stayed in a private hospital for over a month. The total cost of my treatments, medications, consultations and hospital stay is equivalent to a Hérmes 35cm Birkin Ostrich in exotic leather.

The intra-arterial chemotherapy, in particular, was very intense. After each treatment, I slept the whole day because my immune system was so low and weak. But it knocked my tumor markers down dramatically. I experienced a few side effects, including nausea, low blood cell, and platelet counts, luckily my hair loss was not huge. Progressively, I started getting better and feeling stronger. It’s been exactly one year since I have survived cancer. This experience has made me stronger, more resilience and more in tune with my faith which I have may lose in it several years ago.

I am back in the workforce doing the things that I really love. I am very dedicated with my work and very passionate about it. I thank God for giving me this second chance to live and for that I think it’s a great blessing to found Him again.

#cancersurvivor #survivingcancer #resilience #faith #love #blessed