1. I have been living at my current apartment for over two years now. This apartment is definitely better than my previous apartment.
The post I wrote last 19 Apr 2015 was not exhaustive. Partially because I’m too lazy to remember what happened in the past. Partially because trying to remember what happened in the past brings up so many unwanted memories and feelings. Even if my current apartment is better than my previous apartment, there are still a lot of things that I don’t want to deal with in the long term. Having to look down while walking is one of them. There are a lot of cats and dogs roaming around on the streets that if I’m not cautious I will surely step on their shit. Having to endure noisy dogs and chickens is one of them. Having to endure noisy neighbors playing loud music. Having to endure a shitty ambiance. My long-term goal is to be able to buy a studio at One Shangri-La Place. It costs about 7,500,000 PHP (about 150,000 USD). I don’t have to deal with shit anymore once I have my own studio at One Shangri-La Place. I don’t have to deal with noise pollution anymore. I don’t have to deal with shitty ambiance anymore. I already have a savings account just for this goal. It would take me years to be able to afford one. I don’t want to borrow money. I’ll save enough money until I can afford one. I’ll buy a washer and dryer combo once I live there.
2. People buying stuff to please other people. One-upmanship is everywhere. I’m part of it too sometimes. For example, the smartphone I want is the Google Pixel. On one hand, I want it because of all the features and benefits I will get from it that most smartphones cannot match. On the other hand, if I compare my future iteration of Google Pixel with most future smartphones I can feel the one-upmanship game going on. I’m not loyal to a particular brand. It just so happen that Google Pixel is one of the best smartphones for me as of this writing.