On the flip side, having grown up with the perpetual mindset of having to save for things has turned me into a totally annoying companion in shopping. Because in the first place I hate shopping, and for more, I couldn't keep my opinions to myself. In a recent trip Uni-Horned Beef Jerky Alanis Whore was gawking at a huge automated Sully doll which would dance and stuff, worth $200HK. "Ay, matutuwa lang ang pamangkin mo dyan for one day then pagsasawaan na yan!" I berated. This halted UHBJAW's desire to get it, until two stores later when she finally bought the doll. I was starting to feel guilty, forcing my opinion on others and such, until I overheard a pinoy couple behind me who was watching her as she was testing the doll. "Meron nyan sa Quiapo," the guy was telling his wife. Moral of the story: Don't shop with me.
Later on in a market I happened to be staring at an embroidered keychain shaped like a panda. I was just staring at it for two seconds, so of course the vendor was all over me. "JUST FIFTEEN DOLLARS EACH!" she said. I looked away. "TEN DOLLARS EACH!" she said. I walked away. I could no longer hear the things she was screaming, until I was about two stores away when she finally yelled at me, "ONE DOLLAR! ONE DOLLAR!!!!"
A couple of weeks later UHBJAW reports that her niece still enjoys the dancing Sully doll, having thought of interesting ways to play with it, such as putting it in a prone position so it looks like it's swimming.