What Price Vanity?

Shopping can be a pain when one has to part with a few hundred ringgits for a moment of impulsive indulgence. I have been meaning to get a pair of sunglasses since my last pair got squashed under someone?s posterior. After deferring for a few years, I went out with Peter to shop for one yesterday. Initially, I had only wanted to window shop and wait for Wuan to come before getting one. I had wanted Wuan?s opinion.

I tried on a few and liked two – one by Giorgio Armani and the other an Adidas. The Adidas was a snug fit, sporty and lightweight but the GA looked better on me. Peter liked one by Gucci with polarized filter. It looked really cool but was way over my budget. After much haggling with the salesgirl, I settled for the GA and Peter took the Gucci. I felt so broke as we exited the shop with our booty.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

11 thoughts on “What Price Vanity?”

  1. ah peter, you parted with a few hundreds because you are brand conscious. my sunglasses i bought at the optemetrist with just slightly over RM100. no armani, no gucci or whatsoever well knon brand.

    well i’m rather brand conscious when it comes to shoes! i like scholl or hush puppies and last dec. while in singapore got myself a scholl shoes that is over RM100!

  2. Lucia,
    I would have gotten a less expensive pair if I could find one that suited my face. Alas, there was none. I am generally not brand conscious. I am still wearing the same and only pair of sandals which I bought four years ago for RM20. Aesthetics, comfort and practicality is more important to me than brand.

  3. peter, actually i don’t go for brand but one can’t deny the fact that sometimes branded items are far superior and with better quality than non branded ones. and that most branded shoes are aesthetic, comfort and practical.

    i remember once i saw a very nice pair of shoes which went for only RM12. bought it… well comfortable to wear… but just 14 days later, the strap broke. then the first time i bought a scholl sandal for about RM80, when i first wore it, i felt so comfortable and so nice with it. it has that cushiony feel and i even have the urge to jump up and down with it. never have i wear such a comfortable shoes before.

    btw, i bought that shoes about 6 years ago and am still wearing it now (with some ‘repairs’ done).

  4. Lucia,
    Branded items do last longer, but not all. I will not mind buying an unbranded item if the quality is equal to those branded ones.

    Cool? Wait till you see the eye bags after I remove the glasses.

  5. Now can u plse post a pic. w/o the shades – and replace that with a SMILE instead?? :o))

  6. Dear; Peter,
    Hi ! How Are You? So how is Everything.I’m doing great here in Penang.Wow you look cool with the sunglasses. To me you look cool and gorgeous with the sunglasses .

    So you created a new websiteof ur own.

    Hope to hear from you soon


  7. I thought so too. That was why it was a must-have at the expense of my monthly expenses.

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