Nothing says “living it up” like being cavalier with your finances.
It’s Libra season y’all — the best time to be all over the place. And part of that can sometimes mean buying cool stuff on a whim, because life is short, and your wallet ain’t meant to stay fat forever.
Our way of celebrating the season of general walwalan is this: we’ve gathered stories about people’s most memorable impulsive purchases — stories that show there are apparently many dimensions to on-the-fly splurging.
It was a really beautiful kimono shrug — gold, sheer, with some very elaborate beading — that I saw while I was in Shibuya. I saw the shrug on a mannequin, and because it’s something I normally wouldn’t wear (especially not in Manila), I tried it on for kicks. As soon as I put it on and looked in the mirror though, the first thing I thought was “Oh s***!” Next thing I knew, I was 7,000 yen poorer.” — Patricia Chong, 21, editorial assistant
On January 31, 2017, as I was idly browsing through Amazon, a brilliant idea hit me. I had just bought a Keurig one-cup coffee maker. The pods which are called k-cups come in various forms — coffee, tea, chocolate. So naturally, I bought 48 cups of cappuccino (each box has caramel, hazelnut, French vanilla, and pumpkin spice variants) and 30 cups of chai lattes in one sitting. It was a mad feat but madness aside, it was a worthy one. I still have enough k-cups to last me until the end of the year. Or you know, the decade.” — Olivia Solomon, 22, content strategist
This was last month. I saw a copy of Best American Essays 2016 in National Book Store. It was P600, P700-ish. Didn’t think twice. Bought it immediately and had only enough money to get to the airport for my flight home. Not to mention the huge unread pile back home. — Vincen Yu, 25, doctor
I’m a very big Doctor Who fan, and during Matt Smith’s first season, I really fell into the fez craze, and searched for it desperately. I was with my lola when I finally found one, and I made my longing for it very clear, because I kept it on my head the whole time we were in that store. Back then, this lola was someone I was trying to get close to again, because I hadn’t seen too much of her ever since I moved to Cebu. But she found it really amusing and offered to buy it for me, on the condition that I “really wear it, ha.” I no longer wear the fez, but I now find it very hard to think of how cool my fez was to lola, instead of just Doctor Who. — Mio Borromeo, 24, student
In 2008, I went out with my family to find a replacement for my recently deceased goldfish and came home with a bouncing baby Beagle. There was much begging, pleading, and insisting that the dog I later named after a Persona 4 character was the cutest dog to have ever lived. I came home a champion, and my dad in shock. — Erica Laraya, 21, photographer