I’ll focus on the non-food items I got for both my birthday and the Christmas holidays, which fell under the fourth quarter of 2021, for the third part of this series. All in all – I got two pieces of outerwear, two shirts, a belt, a new pair of eyeglasses and a new pair of trainers. This entry will serve to talk about these hauls.
I got this Mountain Parka in mustard from Uniqlo back in November, as a birthday gift to myself. I had been eyeing this piece for several years now, but was unable to purchase it on a discount. Good thing the retail joint slashed the price off this functional piece. I originally bought this as part of a cosplay costume – Ethan Winters from Resident Evil 8 – for a possible comeback. However, omicron’s arrival put those plans to a halt.
One of my cousins on Mom’s side, who is an active-duty airman currently deployed in the Asian region, sent me and my younger brother this US Army Combat Uniform (ACU) jacket. This was included in the balikbayan (returning home) box my Florida-based aunt shipped to the Philippines during the holidays. I was surprised when he showed me the jacket – and was even more surprised that it fit me! Truth be told, I’m planning to remove the Velcro appliances as I’m not a military junkie myself.
This Soft-Touch Long Sleeve Shirt in gray from Uniqlo was also intended for my Ethan Winters cosplay. I had a hard time sourcing a possible shirt that had a zipper placket as seen in the game. Thus, I settled for this round-neck long-sleeved shirt – part of the Japanese clothing retailer’s fall/winter collection for the Southeast Asian market.
Dad later gave me this navy blue polo shirt from Bench, a local clothing retailer. He commented that the quality of Bench’s shirts had improved over the years. I told him it was a necessary move lest it would be overtaken by its competitors. I initially used this shirt during a virtual Christmas party at my workplace. Afterwards, I used it during a trip to Pampanga – which I mentioned in Part 2 of this series.
Speaking of Pampanga, Dad originally purchased this tactical belt at the Dau Public Market. The market is home to military and police equipment and US military surplus items, to some extent. He initially wanted a belt in tan color to match his khaki trousers, but later changed his mind and opted for a belt with a plastic buckle. Not wanting the purchase to go to waste, I “bought” the belt from him as I was also looking for a new one to use.
A yearly wardrobe update would not be complete without a new pair of eye glasses – and this one from Japanese eyewear retailer Owndays fits the bill. I follow a yearly tradition of buying new eyewear every Christmas, which started back in 2016. My previous eyeglasses came from Sunnies Studios, until I paid Owndays a visit in 2019. The following year, I availed of Owndays‘ lens replacement service using the pre-existing Sunnies Studios frame I had. I looked this particular model on the website – AIR For Men AR2020-Q – before heading to the outlet.
Lastly, this pair of Supernova running trainers from adidas was a literal impulse purchase. We initially stopped by to have dinner at the Shell of Asia service station, which had an adidas outlet store, on the way home. The supposed dinner stop at the petrol station in Guiguinto, Bulacan – along the North Luzon Expressway – became another shopping trip. I bought the shoes at half the price, and further scrutiny revealed that it was made from recycled materials. Now that’s a definite “yes” from Mother Earth!
I’ll end the third part of this series here. Until the next post, come and stay here at The Monching’s Guide!