I got new Crocs on a recent trip and love them so much I thought I’d show them off.

The Crocs Cobbler ankle boot in black suede and a chunky two-inch heel is to die for! It runs a bit wide so it was perfect for me. Although it was cozily snug, it was also roomy near the toes that it allowed for a bit of air to circulate inside (so my feet don’t get deathly stinky, hehe). The heel was the absolute clincher in the deal as it provided height without the danger of toppling over. A♥ wasn’t convinced I needed this pair but after a few minutes of whimpering and begging, he finally gave in. This would be his Christmas gift for me, I added convincingly. 🙂

I like this shot. I look thin in it!

I think A♥ would’ve believed me if I hadn’t gotten the Crocband Hello Kitty winter boot, but alas, I had also begged for them earlier. Still, what is a Hello Kitty fanatic to do (and I thought I had been rehabilitated enough, heehee!) when faced with choices such as these? The Crocband Hello Kitty winter boot has a water-resistant nylon upper with puffy fill for warmth and comfort. Fortunately, the filling isn’t too thick that wearing it this season in a tropical climate is total foot suicide. The upper sole is a bit narrow but it does give a little with time.

It comes in two colors, white and black. While the white one is adorable, the black one seems a more logical choice when it comes to wearability. The white one just seems to “wintery,” aside from the obvious fact that it will get dirty with use.

I am absolutely bowled over boots and if I could, I would wear them everyday! Fortunately, the brief periods of cool weather and sporadic rainshowers make this possible for now.  Oh, how I love, love, love Crocs boots! 🙂



They say that the only thing that can kill a pair of Crocs is an escalator. And they have pictures to prove it too.



Now, Crocs and machinery, that’s easy enough to understand. It doesn’t take a lot of common sense to know that grinding, crushing metal beats Croslite/foam resin any time.

But, you haven’t seen anything yet until you see what good old plain human teeth can do.

Round 1: Fight!

 This is it. Alphonse vs Crocs Prepair Slides…

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HK Crocs New Releases

I was caught unaware by the release of new Hello Kitty Crocs in the markets. Fortunately, A♥ has the knack of finding out what’s new in my list of favorite things (how sweet is that?) and as usual, it was A♥  to the rescue with these surprises!

The Hello Kitty Carlisa Flats are traditional closed-toe ballerina flats with a Croslite™ material foot bed and a translucent TPU animal-print upper.

They come in three color combinations- cyan/canary, berry/aegean blue, and espresso/watermelon. A♥ purchased them three weeks ago  at Crocs Bonifacio High Street and Crocs Trinoma. As usual, he got the size right the first time.

In Singapore a little over a week ago, while trying out other Crocs styles, A♥ and I spotted these in their new arrivals section.- new colors of the Hello Kitty Crocs Lily.

I love the green (stucco/khaki) and the deep pink (berry/plum) colors of these new Lilies! The details on these are also very attractive (see picture below). I think these will get more wear in my wardrobe than the first two color selections. I can’t stop gushing over the striking beauty of the green pair.

In Singapore, each pair retailed for SGD80.20. A♥’s colleague just told him that these are now available locally and at a much lower price (rats!). If we had known these would be coming to our shores, then I would have waited to buy them here. The lack of marketing information on new styles, either on the official Crocs ph site or in their FB page, did not help us a bit in our purchasing decisions. Alas, these are the perils of the impulsive shopper, haha.

Check out the lovely new Crocs at Crocs concepts stores in the city- they are absolutely fabulous!

My Favorite Things III: HK x Crocs

I got this short note a few days ago but I got sidestracked by the Fat Cat episode. I didn’t want to pass this up so here it is:

How many Kitty Crocs do you own? Which is your favorite?

~Curious Cat


Dear Curious Cat,

As you know, Crocs are among my favorite things in the world, Hello Kitty x Crocs doubly so. I own quite a number of non-HK Crocs but my most used pairs are still the ones that bear HK in their designs. They just sort of fit into my wardrobe, which is often Hello Kitty-inspired.

As far as I know, there have been four different Hello Kitty x Crocs collaborations in the last two years. I think I was able to get all adult HK Crocs releases, thanks to the generosity of my number one enabler, A. I’ll let the pictures do all the talking here, to show you.

The very first Hello Kitty Crocs were Caymans, released in mid-2009. They had two adult designs and two children’s designs. My first two pairs came from Crocs Malaysia. The next set came from Crocs Bonifacio High Street.

In the third quarter of 2010, HK x Crocs McCalls followed suit. These ballet slippers are made of Croslite all over and are super comfy. Crocs Philippines released only two colors in the lineup- black with a pink bow and white with a black bow. I found the red one on a trip abroad and on sale to boot! There’s a pink version also but I have yet to track one down. If I see it, I will definitely buy it. These are the easiest shoes to wear, even in the rainy season.

I found this picture online that shows all colors and styles.

Early this year, HK x Crocs Lily came out. These are also classic ballerina flats but made with a canvas body rather than Croslite. The HK print runs from toes to heels. You can still see the tags on these; I have not used mine because the upper material isn’t as easy to clean as Croslite. I am waiting for a perfectly sunny day to christen these pairs.

Just this month, these arrived in local stores. These Classic HK Flowers come in two designs for adults. The white and purple color scheme is reminiscent of the kids’ HK Caymans released in 2009. And lest I get some goodnatured ribbing from readers of this blog, yes, those are my ankles. No, I do not wear watches on my ankles. The pasty white legs with ginormous gastrocs are mine. At least they’re peklat-free, heehee.

And finally, to answer your last question, “which is my favorite?” The McCall flats in black get the most mileage these days as I have recently developed a liking for leggings and skinny (gasp!) jeans. However, when I think about the sentimental value attached to them, my favorite is easily the pair of white Crocs HK Caymans. This is the pair that is associated with one of my best memories, shown below: the fortuitous meeting and photo op with one of my idols, former Vice President of the US Al Gore. While all others were in uber-deadly heels, I carried my Crocs with panache and pride. Now who says Crocs aren’t fashionable?

Thanks for the wonderful question, Curious Cat! Till next time…

Mr Al Gore, flanked by A and me

When People and Plastic Mix*: The Crocs Mega Sale Event

*Title courtesy of my husband- thank you, honey, for the witty caption in Facebook

We had a pretty good weekend there. There were one or two chores that went undone (grocery shopping, for the most part, laundry too) but we did manage to squeeze in the Crocs Mega Sale into our schedule. Alphonse has school even on weekends so he was kept occupied for the better part of the day. And Alex, vegging out from three whole tiring days of Ateneo’s college orientation seminars, simply stayed in Sunday to get some R and R before classes started Monday.

We weren’t really planning to go the Crocs Mega Sale this year, but having heard from A’s colleague and friend (Thank you again, Arlet!) the really good buys she grabbed at the sale, I figured A and I could check it out. It took some egging and some pleading till A finally agreed. A went alone on the first visit on Saturday, the third day of the sale. He knew that long lines and cramped areas were not my thing so he decided to do it alone first and give me the heads up on it.

First visit on the third day

As expected, the lines were horribly long, snaking around the NBC Tent. When he finally got inside, it was, again as expected, madness, with people grabbing for shoes as if their lives depended on them. The sales personnel were helpful but were no match to the demands of throngs of Crocs-crazied folks. For his agility and surprisingly quick eye on sale items, A got three pairs of black prepair clogs (for me and the kids), a pink prepair slide for Alphonse (he likes pink!), toddler Caymans for a nephew and baby clogs for a soon-to-be-born niece, four Crocs bags and two Crocs padded shoulder straps. He lucked out on the golf shoes as they were all out but he was happy with his purchases. As he gave them to me with a flourish, he heaved a very obvious sigh of relief.

“Done! I’m all done after those hours of wait and lines! I can’t believe it!” He generously gave a full, very detailed account of his Mega Sale adventures. He was even more pleased when Alphonse took to his new prepair slides without fuss. Pink can look very manly in a man, it seems, heehee.

The smiles, however, suddenly turned into worried looks when he saw me inspecting the toddler Caymans. It seems that in all the shouting we did over the phone on sizes (it was very, very noisy inside the Tent that he could hardly hear me), we still didn’t hear each other very well. A quick phone call to my sister tilted the decision my way; we were going back for returns and more Crocs! Obviously, I was ecstatic. A, well, let’s just say, he wasn’t too thrilled over the prospect. 🙂

The next day, we went bright and early. Returning an item was easier than we thought it would be. The Crocs people didn’t even ask why; they simply explained that all items returned will be brought back to the floor for sale so we can’t get them back anymore. After giving us a receipt for the returns payment counter, we were allowed to go in, ahead of a line of people already waiting under the sun. Kids’ shoes went for unbelievably low prices, many on buy 1 take 1 promotions. We also found other adult styles going cheaper than they did the first three days so we decided to gift each of Alphonse’s four nannies with a pair of Crocs wedges. My husband remembered how one of the nannies tried on my shoes once (she didn’t know A could see her) and walked around in them. We knew they would love to have the very same pair for themselves so we hurriedly went through the boxes to find three pairs of size sevens and one pair of size six. After more than half an hour of vigorous, aerobic rummaging, we found them all. Yes, success!

I’ve been to last year’s sale too and even blogged about it here so I knew what to expect and had steeled myself against the crowds, the jostling, even the heat. However, in the aftermath of this year’s sale, I’ve heard and read a lot of complaints from disgruntled buyers who were obviously unused to the pricing strategies used in the sale. I think they’ve got it all wrong in thinking that they were somehow ripped off. Let’s be clear on this: pricing is Crocs’ prerogative.Then too, although some of the other styles were less discounted the first day, they also had a fuller range of sizes available, which meant one can choose with complete confidence that you can find your size on sale. Another advantage of first-day buyers was the availability of PhP49-shoes on sale. By the second day, you could hardly find any of these. And while last-day buyers may have had the super-cheap shoes, many of these were for kids and adult sizes were difficult, if not impossible, to find.

So, lessons learned:

1. If you want the right pair with the right size, go on the first day. The discount may not be as big as you want but it’s still a discount. If you wait another day, those shoes may be gone.

2. If you want really cheap pairs, as gifts, for example, try the last day. This is also a good day for stocking up on larger sizes of your kids’ Crocs.

3. From experience, the second to the last and the last day yield the greatest savings. You have to hedge on the chance, however, that your size and favored styles will still be available.

4. Children are NOT necessary to the sale. Unless you really don’t have anyone to leave your kids with, please try to leave them at home. You can’t control the level of activity in a jampacked room filled with Crocs addicts. I’ve seen small kids pushed and jostled and this absolutely angers me. Parents, just trace your kids’ feet on paper and cut them out for sizing shoes. Crocs are normally roomy so there is little chance for error. If, on the offchance that you did make a mistake, returns are not a hassle. I would rather return an item the next day than subject little children to unnecessary hardship. Now, if your kids are teenagers, by all means, bring them along!

5. Avoid bringing bags, if you can. No valuables too, except cellphones. That way, you’ve got your hands free and clear for rummaging and you need not worry about losing anything. I brought a hanky, a small disposable cardboard fan, money, and a cellphone. I would’ve brought a folded umbrella but my skinny (gasp! heehee!) jeans didn’t have any more room. I “baked” in silence, no worries. (I always wear sunblock everyday, anyway.)

6. I know you’re a diehard Crocs fan but if you really want the least hassle on Crocs sales, do NOT wear Crocs. Wear something easy to slip on and off, like comfy slippers or ballet flats (for women) or moccassins (for men). If you wear Crocs shoes, the sales persons will need to put stickers on them to distinguish your pair from those on sale. Not only does it eat a little time and people will jump over you in line while the Crocs people fuss over your shoes, getting the sticker off is a pain. I couldn’t clean mine off last year without leaving sticky residue so this year, I wore Skechers Mary Janes and left the Prepair clogs home.

7. If you’re not a sociable fellow and you hate small talk, bring something to occupy your time while you wait. A book would be nice but make sure it’s something you can stash in your pants’ back pocket. Remember, bags are easy prey to thieves. For music,use your phone’s mp3 player or radio; just bring your earphones. If, however, you’re like me, then you can spend your idle time talking to people on the line. I enjoyed my small chat with an older woman I was in line with. She was buying Crocs for her grandchildren.

7. Lastly, cap your hardships with a nice date. A and I went for a late lunch at Wee Nam Kee. I absolutely love their Hainanese chicken rice and could have seconds and thirds and even fourths. Really! If I didn’t have to pay for the sins of my Ben and Jerry’s daily indulgences (a pint a day for three days!), I would’ve cleaned my plate to the garnish. Perhaps it was my conscience reminding me of this promise that deterred this chicken rice glutton to save some for the kids. The leftovers were enjoyed by the other glutton in the family, Alphonse.

I ♥ Wee Nam Kee!

There you have it, the low-down on the Crocs Mega Sale. It’s an annual event so there will be another one next year. In the meantime, we’re all enjoying our Crocs, loving every bit of comfort they bring to our tired feet. Hmmm… I think even Alphonse is a fan…he is chewing on one right now.

D-6 and Counting

Late yesterday afternoon, I received three email messages confirming the pick-up places for the giveaways. Woohoo! This was all coming along so well, I thought to myself as I half-ran, half-skipped all the way to the bathroom to get ready.  I wanted to do at least one pick-up last night and depending on the state of traffic, maybe add another one. When Alphonse saw me getting ready, he started flashing his dizzyingly gorgeous smiles at me, which was a very convincing plea to bring him along.

I was excited but control freak that I really am, I had this script planned in my head already. I would bring along Alphonse, and with his dad taking our picture, he and I would pose with some store personnel in the act of receiving the donated gift items. More bloggable moments, I figured.  Our first stop would be the Sanrio Store at SM North EDSA Annex, where Ms. Isabel Lopez, marketing manager of Gift Gate- Sanrio Philippines (Great Gifts sales & Licensing International Corp.) had sent the giveways for pick-up. If traffic cooperated, maybe we’d have time to drop by Toytown Eastwood Mall where Mr. Joseph de Leon of Ban Kee Trading, exclusive distributor of Sylvanian Families in the country, had dropped off the SF giveaways.

I’m not a very vain person but when I know I’d be posing for pictures, I try to look better than I normally do. (The script in my head demanded for that, too.) Rummaging through my Kitty-inspired clothing, I fancied upon this super comfy gray Kitty shirt from Torrid, matched it with some black leggings, and finished the outfit off with my Hello Kitty Crocs McCall. Sorry for the creases in the shirt, folks. By the time I thought to take the pictures, Alphonse had been sitting on my lap for a while. 🙂

Kittymama in leggings- who knew?

In love with my Kitty Crocs

Traffic, as usual, was bad last night, so poof! I moved the second destination to another date. We would have gone back home were it not for Alphonse, who was so excited to be out again that he was literally squealing in glee. But nothing in the script, it seemed, was going to go as planned. The ride to SM North EDSA which normally takes just fifteen minutes stretched to an hour last night. Alphonse was in such a great mood, though,  that we didn’t worry too much about him getting bored. I prepped him with the plan again and elicited a pinky promise from him to behave very well.

I think he meant to keep his promise, really, he did. From the fourth level where we were parked down to the upper ground floor where the Sanrio Store is located, Alphonse held our hands and walked calmly, all the while flashing his silly grins. When we reached the store, I made him pose for a picture before we went in to get the giveaways. He smiled shyly, stood still for all of three seconds, and bolted away! I managed to click the shutter once before he ran straight to the Pizza Hut kiosk across the floor! I almost dropped the camera as we started running after him but he was determined and fast. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Poof! Another planned moment gone in a few seconds.

The good news is that even without the camera documenting our every move, I did receive the Sanrio giveaways. I am very grateful to Ms. Isabel Lopez and the Gift Gate family for their gifts, which we will raffle off to three lucky readers of this blog. Inside each of the bags is a charming yet functional Hello Kitty star card case/coin purse in canvas, a 35th Anniversary plastic file folder to organize your documents, a Hello Kitty magnet sheet (I’m a sucker for magnets, heehee), a mini-memo pad which is perfect for stashing in your bag, and a unique sticker sheet featuring all the official designs of Hello Kitty from 1974 to 2008. This is a great gift any Hello Kitty fan would love to have and it’s FREE!!! What could be better than that?  

I’m getting ready to publish the mechanics of the contest so please be sure to watch out for it. The contest will start on November 3 and end on November 14. I will pick the winners via this cool raffle drum on loan to me by the very kind folks at BusinessWorld. 🙂

Thanks for staying tune, friends! I will take more pictures of the giveaways as I receive them and post them up too. I hope these whet your appetite for The OC 3rd Blog Birthday Giveway. See you soon!

Anniversary Countdown

I know that anniversary month is here because I get little gifts every day from A. It could be anything, really. The other day, I got two steamed pork buns, my favorites! The day before that, he gave me the loveliest pink Hello Kitty pens and yummy mooncakes. The day before the day before that, he got me a Sylvanian Families toy. And today, he gave me Barbra Streisand’s latest DVD/CD, “One Night Only.” 

Well, they’re not all little gifts, to be truthful, but let’s leave the big things to your imagination, haha. Each day, when he comes home, he hands me an elaborately wrapped package (or two, or three) and waits for the dance of joy that usually follows my squeals of delight. I am a spoiled, spoiled woman.

Yesterday was no exception.  

I knew he was up to something again when he came barging through the bedroom door all serious and businesslike. It was so unlike him to come home like that. Even when I smell awful from housework (or playing, heehee), unwashed, uncombed and unkempt, he would always come home with a hug and kiss for me. Yesterday, however, he strode through the room and ignored me. I was baffled and a little hurt. I think he caught my reaction and decided, right then and there, to pull the plug on his awful joke. He pulled out two bags from behind him and with a flourish, handed them to me, all the while grinning like the Cheshire cat.

Good thing I caught sight of the bags before my eyes had the chance to well up in tears. Guess what he got me?

They’re finally here! Hello Kitty x Crocs McCall ballet flats in the sweetest designs are now available in Crocs Concepts stores. A got them for me at the Trinoma branch on his lunchbreak yesterday after an office colleague, Arlet (many, many thanks (✿◠‿◠) !), gave him a tip. I have to hand it to him, though. He sure knows how to pull the nicest surprises.

Want to see them on my feet? Promise not to laugh!

There! I have half a mind to wear them just like that, but I get enough “she’s-a-Kitty-freak” stares already, haha. The nicest part about this surprise is that the shoes fit perfectly so I need not exchange them. A really knows me so well (down to underwear size!) and I feel very, very blessed. Despite the added weight and the beginning traces of a wrinkle here and there, I have never had cause to doubt his love for me. Thank you, my dearest A. I love you. (‿♥)