26 November 2012

Dear Santa,

I remember when I was a kid, I wrote a letter to Santa every Christmas and put it up on the Christmas tree. I'd even use a nice stationery. I like to think that I was never a materialistic person (well, back then); I remember one Christmas I only asked for a box of Chips Ahoy, because that's how I absolutely love them, and got the biggest pack you can imagine. Santa was very generous though, he also gave me the most wonderful View Master--the projector, not the binocular ones, which you would understand if you are a 90's kid--with it. But I also remember the last time I got a gift from Santa. I was in fourth grade and I asked for, and got, my very first cellphone: a Nokia 3210. Of course, by that time, I knew who Santa was already, but I didn't matter. It was still quite fun to do.

Again, just for fun, I'm putting up my 2012 Christmas wishlist. I have been thinking about this since last month and quite frankly found it a bit hard as I realized I don't really like a lot of stuff. My initial list was just all books. But then I thought of one thing, and that one thing led to another, and now, I'm just itching to get my hands on everything. Greed is a snake in the grass, y'all. Anyway...

Dear Santa (I mean you. Yes, you.),

1. The Great Gatsby, hardbound original cover

Which, in case you didn't know yet, is my most favorite book. My copy of Gatsby is the yellow Penguin Classic, which incidentally was borrowed by my best friend and never returned! And she lives in darn Canada now! I have been on the lookout for the original cover of the book ever since I first fell in love with dear old Fitz. And, want to hear something crazy? I found this first edition of The Great Gatsby up for sale for, well, only 500,000 US FREAKIN' DOLLARS. To which my mom freaked out to and said "Who would buy that!" I would, Ma. I would.

2. Kafka On The Shore, vintage retro cover

I LOVE the Murakami vintage retro covers. I have been on the hunt for this little gem for almost a year now. The last I saw a copy was at Bibliarch, Glorietta. One copy. It was always there and I never bought it. Until one day it wasn't, and that's when I went crazy. Oh, the things we take advantage of thinking it will always be there. (But really, just anything written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jeanette Winterson, Haruki Murakami and Jonatahan Safran Foer, and we'll be friends forever.)

3. Hunger Games, hardbound box set

I still haven't read Mockingjay. Only because I promised not to finish the series until I get my hands on a hardbound box set. And they are always out of stock.

4. Yoda "Do or do not. There is no try." Star Wars 2013 Moleskin

Was supposed to buy last year's edition, but chickened out because of the price. Moleskin is NOT cheap, you guys. And, you know, so long as we're on the topic of expense, here are some other (off-the-grid) things...

5. Pentax K1000 film camera

So I can suck at it as well.

6. Music Hall MMF 5.1SE turntable

This one has been on my list for some time now. Our turntable was ruined during the Ondoy hurricane a few years back (though it wasn't really working anymore anyway), so I want to get a new and of course a more modern one. And this one is just such a beauty. The MMF 2.2 is pretty great too, and both have exceptional reviews.

7. A puppy!

Something cute to cuddle with, please. A Jack Russell Terrier would be lovely. * Why?

8. Plane tickets

photo from Tisa

To New York where the big city lights that I love are, to Toronto where my best friend is, to London where the streets are lined with big red boxes, to Hong Kong where I was, ahem, young, wild and free, to Boracay where it's always warm and sunny. Just somewhere. Somewhere I can fly away to.

9. World Peace

I really, really hate war, you guys. I really do.

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