These days, I seem to feel like I am becoming more and more of a slob. Well, not that I wasn’t before, but I have been feeling lethargic of late, and when weekends come around, I am often so pressed for time rushing here and there that I get myself totally spent. What most people use to recharge themselves for the 5-day work week seem to become a race for time that makes me even more exhausted when Sunday evening comes. I’m not complaining, because I love my weekends, and the fact that I am so hard up for time is a good thing too. I don’t sleep much, and I think I should try to clock more hours in the slumber department because it seems to have started taking a toll on my health.
Reason for me thinking, or perhaps realising that I am quite the slob these days (and likely even before) is that when I check out some people I see in town on weekends, they are so well-dressed. I am rather fortunate to live within a short train ride from town (to me at least that is a benefit) so almost on a daily basis, I will be in town since that’s where the yoga studio is located. On weekdays perhaps I don’t feel so out of place because I will be in office attire, let’s come to that later, but on weekends, due to me wanting to be comfortable in our infamous hot and humid climate and not sacrificing comfort for fashion, I choose to hit town in what many people in the fashion industry will term as sloppy. Often, I am in a get-up of shorts (of course I try to wear nicer ones and not those that are obviously meant to be worn at home or have seen better days) and an oversized blouse/T-shirt, plus a pair of ballet flats or loafers. I know I make a little bit of effort with the footwear and forgo the slippers, which I do see a lot of in town. I can’t bear to make myself pull on a pair of jeans or something that covers so much of my skin with material that doesn’t allow my skin to breathe properly because I have an extremely low tolerance of heat. It works both ways because I can’t stand extreme cold as well so I will make sure I carry around something to cover up in our chilly malls. Still, I think it’s quite obvious I don’t fit with the fashionable crowd and I don’t think I’m alone there.
Anyhow, I love grocery-shopping and over the last.. years perhaps, I think I have spent quite a fair bit on groceries. For convenience, I used to shop a lot at Isetan Supermarket because it’s on the way home from the yoga studio, but these days I have come to realise that Isetan is one very expensive supermarket, if we were to compare it to NTUC, or even Cold Storage. There are some items that are comparable in terms of pricing, but some things are just ridiculously priced. For example, this season-limited snack:
I bought a pack of this from Isetan before but I don’t recall how much I got it for, but in NTUC and Cold Storage, it retails for S$5. Yes, it’s steep but most of these imported stuff tend to be pricey, so it’s kind of like a treat once in a while. I didn’t believe it when my friend told me the price at Isetan was S$6, until I checked it and was appalled. I don’t think I paid S$6 then, so they just decided to increase the price, and by such a big amount?
I used to buy mineral water from Isetan too, when I’m going for my classes, since a bottle of 500 ml Ice Mountain costs S$0.50. Before, they sold their house-brand water, which costs S$0.60 for a 500 ml bottle, but it was discontinued, so I switched to Ice Mountain that was cheaper. Until one day, when I gave the cashier 50cents, I was told that the price is S$0.90. I did a double take and was shocked. From then, I decided to stop buying mineral water from Isetan, and just for comparative purposes, NTUC sells it at S$0.40.
There are some other things, like the Nature’s Wonders nuts; a big pack of baked almonds would usually cost S$6.90 in NTUC, S$7.20 at Cold Storage, but Isetan prices it at S$7.80. I have an Isetan card that gives a discount of either 3% or 5% (I don’t know how it works on the groceries) but even with that discount, it is still way more expensive that either Cold Storage or NTUC. I never really took such notice of the prices before but after the incident with the Toppo snack, I started checking and comparing. Call me auntie if you wish, but I buy groceries fairly often, and imagine the amount that I am saving by incurring myself a little more inconvenience of heading to an NTUC. Even Cold Storage would be a better option, unless of course, what I wanted to buy is only available at Isetan, or if prices are about the same, e.g. yogurt. For the yogurt that I buy, strangely, all three supermarkets seem to price them quite similarly.
P.S.: just went to Isetan Supermarket again this evening, and this thing pictured above is now priced at S$5! Talk about fast and vast changes! @_@