The other day, a relative of mine whom I haven’t seen in years commented that she’s been checking my Facebook pictures. She is impressed that I managed to some parts of the Philippines in a short span of two years and that I am going out of the country every now and then. She is in her forties and I can say that she is financially stable and her family life is going smoothly. With a corporate job in a 9-5 setting, a good provider husband and hardworking kids, she revealed that she only managed to go to Hongkong – Macau last year and that the farthest destination in the Philippines that she’s been to is Ilocos, which I believe is six hours away from Pangasinan via bus.
I told her to just subscribe to the social networking accounts of the budget airlines to get the best deals. It’s been a dream of hers to go to Boracay and I told her to just go for it and it is worth the time and money. As usual, she had doubts and asked me if I save enough money. I gave her the usual answer.
All of a sudden, she asked me THE question: Do you have a limited number of clothes? Like, how many tops do you own?
I paused for a while and told her the truth that yes, I do have a limited number of clothes, although some of which are the clothes I used even way back in college. I only wear those that I like and i consider as my favorites. I only have three jeans all in all, five shorts (or p3k2 shorts haha) and i usually get black and white colored shirts or stripes so I can wear it in my travels and in the corporate setting if needed.
I then realized that hey, it’s not that i cannot buy new clothes. It’s just that I am lazy and it is not my priority changing outfits and join the fashion trends bandwagon. As long as i am comfortable with what i wear, i don’t really care. As long as i wear the right outfit for a particular event or place, i am safe.
I don’t own rubbershoes or sneakers. My mom was surprised when I told her that fact. She even offered to buy me one, but i refused. I said i’m good with my flipflops and i have one stiletto shoe that never fails to impress whenever i wear it.
In a few hours, my grandfather and i will embark on yet another 5hour roadtrip back to Manila (i’m in Dagupan now) and as i look at my luggage, i can’t help but smile. You know why? because my limited number of clothes and i were able to share a lot of memories that i truly treasure – more than photo-ops and fashion statements. Woot!
PS: Uhm, now i wonder why i kept on wearing that ‘I Love Boytoy’ shirt often? Why? Must buy new shirts! LOL!