Devastatia

As written behind the box of Begoths doll.

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“Toys That Refuse to Conform!”

I thought I was over and done with buying dolls.  After my mom died in 2013, I started to lessen my trips to thrift stores, was able to curb the urge to buy like I used to.  Yes, every now and then I yield, but unlike before, now I am more discerning.   So, I’m not yet totally…cured! LOL!

Anyway, I stumbled upon a YouTube video of Andrea B. Divisoria shopping and haul! I got curious so I watched her video.  And there, one store they went to, she held up a box of Begoth Doll Fiona Fatale! My pupils suddenly dilated!  Checking the date, she posted it only a week before I saw it, there’s a possibility that the doll is still there, after all, she didn’t buy it.  There’s no info where in 168 Mall it is located, heck, not even a store sign!  So I replayed the video over and over again, took mental note of the area, a few signs, and at the end of her trip a flash of Soler Wing.  The old wing being the Sta. Elena Street.  After 2 weeks I finally decided to go, it was like treasure hunting! 168 Mall is a huge maze and its my first time there.  After scouring the entire toy section, I felt exasperated, I couldn’t find the store! I decided to give up and just went downstairs to window shop at the clothes section.  Lo and behold!  The store with no name!  

Yes, Fiona is still there but I decided to buy Devastatia.  

  So now I have 3 Begoths Doll!

 There were 2 Devastatia, I chose this one even though her box is not in good condition, the doll even has spots on her face which I’m not sure would come off.

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But it did came off with one swipe!  The other doll has better packaging condition, but I noticed the color of her head is not the same as her body, its yellowish!  Anyway, I’m contented with my pick.

Christmas Doll Gift….from myself!

I haven’t been posting for sometime.  My days since the onset of holidays have been mostly wasted on traffic going home from the office.  Haven’t the time to make an after office stroll in the mall.  Anyway, the much anticipated vacation finally came and I was able to appease my tired weary self by buying a cheap doll.  Well she’s not really that cheap.  I paid Php329.75 so that’s about $7.37, I said cheap because she’s not a regular playline doll that has any distinct brand name like that of Mattel to Barbie, Spinmaster to Liv, etc. that releases new series every time and yet still maintain the character of their dolls.

This one is from Shiner Toys, made in China.  She’s about same size as Barbie’s, and she’s called ZOMBIE PRINCESS!  There were at least 6 types or models I think.  They’re supposedly the Zombie counterpart of the Disney Princess (I think but not indicated in the box) so here are the pics.

I have not deboxed her yet, so I do not know how her body looks like.  I assumed she’s the counterpart of Rapunzel having that type of hairstyle.  I chose this one because the color match ups made her looked collectible and expensive, and violet is my fave color.  The stitches on both sides of her mouth which I found to be simple but cute, the eyes made of synthetic glass plastic.  Next, I shall post her out of the box, plus those other zombie dolls.

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!

CE flowerThis post is as usual, late for the occasion!

Anyway, i found this doll just sitting on top of a shelf (backside down) in a thrift store somewhere in Cubao.  I guess it was the 5th day of “new arrivals” then, judging from the other items all strewn around the place, devastated by a twister!  Actually, it’s the early hoppers with their kids who loves turning the store into their own playground!

The shelf was a bit high so I couldn’t really see most of the stuff, in total disarray, so I just raised my arm and search blindly with my hand slowly groping on each item.  There’s one box that seem intriguing to the touch, alas a window box, I surmised it to be just the right size for……gosh! Barbie Doll!

I slowly pulled out the box from the debris of other mangled second-hand toys and I was right!!  The window box is old, has dents & creases everywhere, the cardboard cover is gone, but the plastic is intact and has protected the doll from its long journey, the journey to 2D’s world!  And that’s me!

I’m so lucky!  I can’t afford this in its original price, and here she is, waited for me, survived the twister ;-P with her accessories all inside.  She has never been taken off her cardboard, although the certificate is missing, everything else is in their right place!

So Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Chinese Empress Barbie Doll, the last doll from the Great Eras Collection, Volume 10, 1996 (released 1997)

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Eerie…

I’m back!  And I chose Halloween, one of my favorite time of the year!

Since All Souls Day/Halloween/All Saints Day are always associated with spooky stuff and messages from the grave…I want to share one of my eerie experience that happened about 25 years ago.

Way back then, there’s no internet yet (umm…at least in our place) and the only mode of pastime was either watch TV, play Game & Watch, Tetris etc.  I rarely play those games, I do watch TV at night but don’t stay up late past 9pm.  I sleep with my older sister in one room upstairs while my parents have a space downstairs.  There was this one night where I went to bed early, my sister hasn’t come home yet from work, so I’m alone in the room…

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I lay there half awake…waiting for my sister.  I could hear the slightest and faintest crick…thud…on the floor, our house is a bit old and it’s just normal that floors would shift every now and then, like what they say, old houses makes a lot of noise.

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Although my eyes felt drowsy, my mind is still awake, I kept tossing and turning.  I can’t seem to fall asleep without my sister beside me..and God knows I really wanted to sleep because I have work the next day!  I would open and close my eyes every now and then to look around…

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And finally when I thought was about to doze off…like I was not awake…but not asleep…a state in between the Alpha and the Theta Level of mind?  Who knows..but I felt weird…then I heard footsteps coming inside the room…

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I tossed to the other side and heard the footsteps stopped….I now hear humming…obviously a girl’s voice!  It sounded like just inside the room so, I told myself “finally my sister is home.”  I turn around to look…

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Our room was well lighted, but since I am myopic, and I had left my glasses downstairs, my vision during that time was blurred.  I saw a girl standing in front of the mirror with her back turned I could only make out her figure and her black hair.  She was humming a tune while fixing her hair, well, my sister would often sing or hum while doing her chores, so, I knew it’s her and she sounded like her!  I tried to gaze in the mirror to see her reflection, but of course, I don’t have my glasses on and I couldn’t see clearly for it was shaded.

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Was already feeling groggy, I could still hear her humming a soft tune…still in the mirror?!  I fell asleep, and this time went deep and soundly.

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The next morning, I did not see my sister during breakfast so I asked my mother what time did she went off to work?

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She said “What are you saying…she did not come home last night, she had to stay in the office late night to finish her work.”

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I was startled to hear what my mother just said and couldn’t believe it!  I just froze and look at my mom while I try to recount what happened last night, I can still remember it.

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A girl…fixing her hair in front of the mirror…she was supposed to be….I knew she’s my sister, the voice, the hair, I just couldn’t remember the dress….maybe If I stood up to look or chat briefly with her….then…I would know…

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At that moment I felt my head swelled up!  Was it just a dream?  But I am pretty sure it’s not!  I felt weird seeing the figure, but I had assumed it’s my sister so I did not suspect anything…I kept thinking, what could have happened if I called on her?  Would she answer?  will she turn around to face me…….or…….turn around and walk towards…..me???

Honestly speaking, as I write this last part, it still gives me goosebumps!!!  I do not know how I would react had she turned her head around and ……..!!!

A doppelganger??!!  Or something else?

LAST DECEMBER…

Very late post!  That was some holiday indeed!  All work, less vacation, not much time to bond with dolls.  Anyway, last christmas, as usual, some of my “inaanak” (godchildren) came in their best dress, and holiday outfits bought by their parents.  Here in the Philippines, when we don’t have time to shop for gifts, we usually give money to children instead. As early as November, some folks would reserve/request from their banks for some crisp new Peso bills which we put in an envelope (white/red) to give to our visiting godchildren as our “aginaldo”  (from Spanish word aguinaldo, means christmas bonus). 

I usually asks children to line up (for fun) and one by one they would do the “mano po” gesture (a sign of respect/greeting where one would press their forehead to the hand of an elderly relative, same like kissing their hands).

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“For fun, since a lot of children come to visit us, I have asked them to line up, give respect and we give the aginaldo.”

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“We usually extend the right hand (unlike what 2D did above…ooops uses the left hand) for the children to do the mano po.”

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“After which, we do the picture taking…and as years go by, these kids gets older, some will not visit anymore, they get lesser and lesser….but only for a couple of years or so, when they get back, they would have their own children doing the same tradition, and the cycle goes on…”

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While me on the other hand remains to be single, and shall always welcome the next generation of kids who will come and visit….it was a MERRY CHRISTMAS indeed!

Trick or Treat…

It’s that time of the year again when remembering our dearly departed is not the only thing that comes to mind.  People are more inclined to watching horror movies, playing ouija board, visiting haunted places, sharing ghost stories and all things connected to the darkside………

“After watching a scary movie, Victoria prepared to sleep…she’s feeling half-asleep and half-awake, opens her eyes at the slightest faintest sound she hears.”

“Tossing n’ turning, feelin chilly……scratching noise under her bed, she doesn’t want to get up or look underneath, afraid to see what it is, she shut her eyes and force herself to sleep, just an overactive imagination.”

“Night is getting deep, Victoria is feeling sleepy but still could not shake the notion that something…or someone  is watching…waiting for her to fall asleep…….for only in her dream the dark shadows can manifest itself and snatch her soul, thrown into a world of endless nightmares…”

“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children, only dolls….and if you see her in your dreams, do not ever, ever scream…or she’ll rip your tongue out at the seam…”

“Victoria just saw the movie Dead Silence………recreated the dark being in her mind……….is it just a nightmare…???”

HAPPY HALLOWEEN…

ANGELIC HARMONY BARBIE 2001

After my encounter with the doll from the in-between comes a celestial being…

Months after that I found a Special Edition (Caucasian) Angelic Harmony Barbie Doll 2001 in the same thrift store!  Actually when I saw them putting up again a batch of ” new arrival” toys I did not rush in.  The pink box immediately caught my attention because of the Mattel logo.  Anyway, I took my time, there were a lot of thrift store addicts already inside.  I told myself if she’s meant to be mine, then she will be.  I just check out what type of doll it was, majestically standing in her box on top shelf, Angelic Harmony Barbie.  It surprises me that she’s still there, usually by that time she would have been taken already by an addict collector or seller, but, still there.  I wonder if the price put them at bay, Php500.00 bucks!  Fair enough since she seems in mint condition and have not been taken out of her cardboard (yeah box have been opened).  In my mind I was having a crazy conversation with myself……..”hold on to that wallet of yours, no need to rush…play that game…….”  The game?  I must be insane!  There’s this dialogue I always say inside my head whenever I see dolls in department stores that I liked but could not afford…I would say “if you want me to adopt you, lower your price and reserve yourself to me…….”

Yes, I’m insane, I do that, well…just a thought to relieve stress and tensions after a days work, good stress reliever for me!  It worked several times……..I’m surprised!

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ANGELIC HARMONY BARBIE 2001 – SPECIAL EDITION

CAUCASIAN, BOB MACKIE FACEMOLD

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INCLUDES CERTIFICATE, STAND, GOLD TRUMPET, SHOES & HAIR BRUSH!

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