Many women like to shop for shoes. Their pulse quicken at the sight of shiny new footwear flaunted on shop windows or the word SALE in screaming red. They make impulse buys and feel just a wee bit guilty for waving that plastic to the cashier for the nth time that week. I don’t have this problem. Not with shoes, anyway. What I have is this (bad?) habit of trawling airline websites for cheap plane tickets. I know I shouldn’t, especially when I don’t really have plans to fly…to let’s say Cebu. Because I’m planning a road trip to Banaue with P, anyway. But because I regularly check airline websites, I’m often tempted by those regular promo fares. Oh, the promise of adventure. It’s like a shopaholic trying to just window shop. P599 (US$13) for one-way ticket to Caticlan (Boracay), Coron, and Puerto Princesa, but there were no more seats available. Thank goodness! But wait, there were still promo seats up for grabs to the province of Cebu. It was only around P1,000 (US$23) plus taxes for a roundtrip fare. That’s cheaper than most shoes. Almost P3,000 (US$70) for me and P. That’s still cheaper than some shoes.
So I purchased those tickets and felt giddy for the bargain I got. I have long wanted to return to Cebu and check out the relatively quiet beaches of Bantayan Island or Malapascua. But a few minutes later, I got buyer’s remorse. I realized, the expenses don’t stop at the plane tickets. There are the resort accommodations, the food, transfers. Wasn’t I suppose to use that money to buy tickets for John Mayer’s concert this Friday? Does this mean P and I won’t be celebrating our wedding anniversary hiking the rice terraces of Batad and Banaue? I think purchasing those tickets was my subconscious telling me, “C’mon, Mabel…Hiking?! Seriously, I know you’d rather just go to a beautiful beach, soak in the sun and swim. And the John Mayer concert? That’s just one night.” Yes, I do prefer that vacation option better. As for John Mayer, I guess I can always listen to him while lying on the beach.