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April 2, 2009

All that I want is a that magic card. Ann (not her real name) was a fresh graduate and just landed a good job with a salary to match. Considering she’s single, she don’t really have that many commitments to meet. With her salary, she can easily save two thirds of her income every month and put it aside for ‘rainy days’ (or for the elders, under the pillow).

Now it all began when she got her first credit card. As she swiped her card in exchange for that Prada or latest Gucci, she began to realise how good it feel to simply just swipe. Swipe and there you have it. Swipe and here’s your Versace. After a year of swipping and swapping, Ann began to build up debts to the credit card companies . This was when the problem start. Ann was in debts and couldnt pay. How many times have we heard of such stories?

Now showing in cinemas in Brunei. Watch and learn?

Now showing in cinemas in Brunei. Watch and learn?

Having watch the movie ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ now playing at the cinemas, this is what we call reality check. How much can someone afford to have a credit card is not for me or the credit card companies to answer. That movie made me smile and I can connect the feeling of being one ‘Rebecca Bloomwood’ in that movie.

A quote from the movie: “You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down a hot toast? Well, that’s what it’s like when I see a store. Only it’s better.” I just laughed at the scene. I know the feeling. I was there (not at the store). For some, its like a therapy.

There was one episode in Oprah where Oprah was telling about this one book. I think it was entitled ‘ Does this mess make my butt look bigger’ or something like that. Anyway, that episode was about how a messy house make the occupants feel literally trap and down. There was an example of a family whose was so very messy and the lady owner was asked on why she keep on buying clothes when the house was already full of clothes.

Her answer was that she love going to the stores because she can easily find things at the stores and they are clean; everything’s in order. Basically she was saying that she feel happy in a store than being in her own house. So my conclusion was that it was theraupetic for her just to be in a store.

Anyway, I hope we all learn something from the shopaholic movie and not just have a good time watching it.

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