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Friday Photo 122

This is Coppertonic, our svelte Christmas tree at home. This year I decided on orange as the motif to our Christmas decorations. And because many Christmas tree trimmings are metallic, Copper became the dominant color of our Christmas tree, off-set by a bit of silver here and there.

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Even our miniature Christmas tree got into it. Here’s a bonus pic. I call him Lil’ Copper.

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Friday Photo 120

This is Robinsons Place Manila’s giant of a Christmas tree. I call this oneΒ Agatona (after that komiks character) because what she lacks in beauty she makes up for in height and girth.

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Friday Photo 115

Tuesday was a particularly overcast and gloomy day. I took photos of the trees in our front yard and the resulting photos looked ominous. Here’s one of them.

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Friday Photo 114

The first thing that needs replacement in any Apple device is its power cable. I mean, for the premium price of its products, is it too much to ask for a power cable that lasts as long as the device? I sound like I’m complaining, yet I remain loyal to the brand. Anyway, thank God for third-party products that are cheaper than the ‘official’ products and works just as fine. Some even look good, as well!

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On preloved books, conspiracies, and crafting

Whenever I am in my neighborhood mall, I usually stop by Booksale and browse for a few minutes. Sometimes these minutes lead to a discovery and Β purchase of books that I was either looking for or genuinely liked. Recently however, I’d been finding nothing in their stacks.

This made me think of an on-line conversation I had with a friend, on the proliferation of on-line sellers of secondhand books. I’ve bought books from on-line sellers. True, their prices are a bit higher than Booksale but their selections are better. After my favorite on-line seller closed shop and a bad experience with another, I decided to stop buying from them in the mean time.

My friend overheard a conversation where she learned that some on-line sellers collude with Booksale staff so that they have exclusive access to popular titles and newer books for their stocks. Well, these days apparently, it’s not enough to befriend a Booksale staff to get dibs on new stocks.

In my last stop by Booksale, my purchases were of the holiday and crafty mode. I got the two Christmas-themed craft books for 65 pesos each while the book on applique (with some Christmas ideas as well) for a measly 35 pesos. On average, the books are about 15 years old but I didn’t mind. After all, the old can be made new again, right? Besides, it’s already October, the second month of the Christmas season in the Philippines!

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