Me Want Superdry

I have been fascinated with Japanese clothing lines and accessories for quite some time. It started with my love for Onitsuka Tiger shoes, those super nice colorful shoes which has been introduced in the Philippines lately. 

This weekend, I got the chance to drop by Bonifacio Global City, and check out the new mall at the tip of the High Street, near the fountain area. There is a new upscale mall there with mostly SSI-related merchandisers. There is a particular store named Superdry Store. I got curious with their shirts because it has Japanese characters in it. And the colors. They are a bit pricey, but damn, I want some. I check online the brand, and Superdry is actually British. It got inspiration from Japan and vintage America with British tailoring. And the product becomes Superdry. I want some shirts and hoodies!

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And then there were three Tigers

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The last time I decided not to buy a new Tiger because I thought I will just wait for two more weeks before I will come back for it, I feel terrible because when I return to the store the design I am aiming for is not available anymore! I wanna show tantrum inside the store!

And so when I saw their new Summer collection, I have decided that I will buy this time and right away before someone buys it again. So, now I have three Tigers.

UP Commemorative Swatch

I drop by the Swatch store in SM Megamall over the weekend to check their latest model of watches. Upon leaving the store, I volunteer to ask the staff if they have the Swatch designs for schools which they release in batches before. It was just an out of the blue question. The staff ask me what school? I said UP (University of the Philippines). He said “we still have 1 stock.”

Fast rewind to six months ago when I inquired from the same store if they have that same Swatch for UP and the staff then said that its out of stock. So, I kill my expectation that I will own a UP Swatch watch.

Until that moment came over the weekend. I just have to buy that one last stock, otherwise, somebody else’s will. It’s a special commemorative watch for the 100 years of UP. Which makes me nostalgic because there is a lyrics of UP Naming Mahal at the back of the watch box.

If only I can engrave my student number in the watch, I would gladly do. I don’t know if they do it. Mean while, I am happy.

Asics Gel Nimbus 12

It was third quarter of last year that I realized I need to buy a new pair of running shoes. My current New Balance shoes was used for close to a year! I think it needs a partner.

I research for the best running shoes around—Nike, New Balance, Newton, Brooks, Asics. I decided to scratch Nike in the list of options because well, it’s too common. Most runners in the runs I join wear Nikes, in different colors. I also scratch New Balance even if I have a discount coupon for joining Unilab Run 2 last Nov 2010. My current shoes is already NB, so no two same brand for now.

Newton shoes are too loud for me, their shoes are in colorful designs and colorful running shoes are not my type. Brooks shoes I don’t like the style–generic looking, although, I heard that they are one of the best (not to mention, expensive).

So, I was left with Asics. It was really meant to be it because I love their sneaker line, Onitsuka Tiger. I have two pairs of it, in white and gray. Around Oct 2010, I went to Asics store in Greenbelt 3 and check out the different styles. But I did not stay long because I just felt sad seeing those nice running shoes and I am not buying. But I promise myself to return to that store soon because I really wanted an Asics shoes.

Fast forward to Dec 2010. I went to Greenbelt 3 to register for the Condura Skyway Marathon 2011. Their registration booth, incidentally, is in front of the Asics store! Little did I know later on that Asics is a co-sponsor of this running event and that every registrant is given 15% off discount coupon. Sweet.

I thought maybe this is the sign? So after I officially register for the Condura Run, I went inside the Asics store, have my feet analyze (normal pronation) and presto! I was presented with the shoe type suited for my feet.

I choose their top of the line, Asics Gel Nimbus 12 (2010). Lime color. The funny thing was, when I first try using it on my regular run (in Antique during Christmas break), I was caught up in a heavy downpour while in the middle of doing an afternoon 10K. Literally, “bininyagan yung sapataos.”

Since then, I am using it on my runs (both indoor/outdoor) and it’s nice on my feet. I can really feel the gel while I run, like your stepping in a gummy bear. That kind of comfort. I heard from online literature that runners who switch to a gel shoes confessed that their shin splints was gone. I have to agree.

It was a worthwhile purchase. Glad I choose Asics.