Monday, April 27, 2009


So these few days the housemate and I have been doing a fair bit of shopping for stuff to bring to Scotland, and getting a little broke along the way.

I have been looking in many places for the best deal I can get for 2 skincare items I absolutely can't do without: Za T-zone cleanser and Za Metavoltage cream. You see, my face is the annoying type which gets blackheads and whiteheads all over, unlike most people who only have them confined to the nose and chin. So every week or so, these two products help me to clear up my skin so I won't look like I stuck a porcupine on my face when I walk out the door.

ie, I will DIE if I don't have these two products with me. Really.

But the thing is, these are considered as whitening products.
And as everyone knows, angmohs aren't exactly the most avid fans of whitening, unlike us poor asians borned with tanned skin.
So I am fully expecting scotland NOT to have these two skincare items in their stores.
Which means I have to stock up a shitload of these before I leave.

That is why I have been looking around for the best deal in town for them.
Because, you see, for some unknown reason, the prices of these items can vary quite much from store to store. Well this mainly applies to the T-zone cleanser....

Watson's #1: RM 23.90
Guardian #1: RM 27.90
Watson's #2: RM19.88 (promotion price!)

*at this point, it would make sense to get the 19.88 one right? but I do remember there was a time when 2 bottles of Tzone cost RM30, which was a better deal. so I passed on the 19.88 in search for greener pastures...*

Guardian #2: RM 24.90
Watson's #3: No stock!!!

*so at this point I was regretting my decision to not get the 19.88 one. but too late liao....*

Guardian #3: RM 19.88!!

And so I snapped up 2 bottles of the 19.88 T-zone.
Although there was a part of my mind still pining for the RM30-for-two-bottles deal, I guessed that 19.88 would perhaps be the best price I can get for now.

And then, I had an A-HA! moment.

Isn't this exactly like looking for a boyfriend? Or husband?

Throughout the years, you have seen good deals and even better ones around you.
And you know you have to get one of them.
But the question is, which one?

(okay, I know there is also the option of NOT getting one, but for clarification's sake do please bear with me and assume that we HAVE to have a boyfriend/husband. ok?)

So you shop around (well, literally) for good guys.
You vaguely remember one, who seemed like the perfect guy to you.
Think handsome, tall, athletic, intelligent, suave, kind, caring, considerate.....well, you get the picture.
So you set that as your golden standard.
But then as you shopped around, you come across many guys, who seem to be really nice and sweet but somehow doesn't really compare to the 'perfect guy' in your mind.
Then you meet one, the 'almost perfect guy'.
So you think, hmm, this is a really good deal, but what about the perfect guy lurking at the back of your mind?
So you pass him on.
Then you go shopping again.
But now the deals you get are not as good as the last one. Some places are even 'no-deal'.
Then you start regretting not getting the 'almost perfect deal'.
You think to yourself, that would probably the last time you could find such a good deal. No way you would come across that again, right?...
You REALLY do come across the 19.88 again.
Tell me, would you snap the 19.88 up immediately, or would you wait some more to find the RM30-for-2?

The thing is, in real life, there is really no such thing as the perfect guy.
As kids, we started off thinking that there were princes on white horses who would come to our rescue and sweep us off our feet at the stroke of midnight. And then we would 'live happily ever after', for ever, and ever, and ever.....
Then, as teenagers, we still carry some notion of the prince, but we still keep our eyes open, and compare every guy we meet to the prince in our minds.
After that, as young adults, the image of the prince on the white horse becomes increasingly blurred in our minds, and at a certain point, we finally realise that the prince was nothing but a mere fragment of our imagination.

And then I'm thinking,
Should one day, a guy were to come up to me and ask me,
'I am not a prince. Would you still love me?'
And I would reply,
'I am not a princess either. So that makes two of us.' =)



milochel said...

oooOOOoo, great post ! :) deep but enlightening.. :) lighten my skin too when I read it.. ok ok lame.. Anyways, I still believe we'll find our Mr Perfect.. not Perfect full-stop, but Perfect in every way for us.. :) He's probably waiting for you over at Strathclyde :)