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Bringing Home The Birkin. Book Review


michael tonello's bringing home the birkin


Not all of us will ever own an HermΓ©s Birkin Bag in our lifetime, much less see it in real life. Personally, from where I live, I’ve only seen two. Yes, two only…and God knows I long to see lots of them, just to gasp at the sight of it, enjoying every thrill of the rush whenever you see these bags in every arm of the glamorous women that carries it. Dayum!


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They said, dreaming is free, and in dreams, you can imagine and do whatever you want. But for now, I’ll settle for the book. It’s not just a book, it’s a memoir, an adventure, an experience, a humor and it’s life itself at its most daring part.


bringing home the birkin book


The book is basically about the adventures of finding, buying, and selling the most coveted yet the most elusive bag in the whole wide universe, the Hermes Birkin Bag. Well, what can I say? I freakin’ love the book! The author, Michael Tonello is brilliant!. He’s kinda like the gay friend you’ve always wanted to have. Fun, fashionable, smart and loyal, think Nolan Ross of Revenge.


bringing home the birkin by michael tonello


The book is really good, addicting, riveting and just hard to put down. Also easy to read and well-written. It’s very funny and very witty, and most of all, it’s based in real life. It’s also quite a bit sad in the end, but you know, all’s well that ends well. It’s nice to read about the lifestyle of the rich and famous and it’s also nice to read about different places, travels, and cultures, but most of all, it’s definitely exciting to read about HermΓ©s’ tactics in selling the Birkin Bag. Oh if only I can have one (in my dreams…)


bringing home the birkin book review


The book is available at amazon.com


Bringing Home the Birkin: My Life in Hot Pursuit of the World's Most Coveted Handbag



Who Do I Really Think I am? The Ancestry DNA Review.

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40% Neanderthal
20% Homo Sapiens
20% Homo Erectus
20% Undefined

Wait, what?! I need a refund! ASAP!

Here we go again, man’s lifelong search for identity and meaning. You know what I mean, Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity, which means or in other words, “Are We Relatives?” πŸ™‚ LMFAO! nope, not really, and that’s not what the theory of relativity means.

Enough of the crap! Let’s get down to business. I love ancestry.com, I really do, it’s like investigating people in the past, especially your relatives, what better way to train as a private detective, right?


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Apart from being able to search about your lineage, you can also find out where you’re coming from. Enter Ancestry DNA. Basically, they’re gonna compare your DNA make up to different ethnicities in the world and will tell you what really comprises you and explains where you originated from. It definitely answers the question “Who you really are?”.

I jumped on the bandwagon and bought a kit, originally priced at $99 (used to be “so expensive you cannot afford it ever”) but bought it at $79 since there was a holiday promo. They shipped the kit immediately, but it took the kit an agonizing “almost” 2 weeks to arrive. It’s like it went to the moon and back. Perhaps, choosing a faster shipping method would have worked, but instead, I picked the cheapest shipping cost, which was UPS mail innovations. I didn’t know at that time that ancestry was using their services. It’s like freakin’ snail mail, even the snail they used was comatosed. Plus add-in the holiday busy shipping issues, and everything will take forever.


ancestry dna box kit review


Note: Do not be surprised if you haven’t received your kit past UPS projected delivery date. Their estimation is wrong and your kit will arrive soon, just very very slow.


ancestry dna kit review


I finally got the kit and I put in an ample amount of spit. You know what I mean, just read and follow the instructions: πŸ™‚


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Don’t forget to activate your code online, save the rest of the kit and send the tube immediately (do not linger, or it’ll take forever, again) with the spit in the mail. Yes, sending it back is free postage paid by ancestry.com.

Then the waiting game continues….you’ll get worried, you’d feel anxious, thinking maybe they lost the package in the mail, because you’ll have in no way of knowing where the package is, since there’s no tracking number, and even worst of all, ancestry is not gonna tell you whether they received the package or not.

Note #1: You will never receive an email from them once your kit is being shipped to you nor them receiving your kit. Most probably, they will not even email/inform you when your test progresses to “lab processing”. You’ll have to keep checking your ancestrydna.com account.

Note #2: You can buy the ancestry DNA kit at http://www.ancestrydna.com for $99. If you want to save a little bit, you can wait ’till they have a special offer usually during holidays for about $79, but expect a slow shipping and slow processing time during holidays.

According to ancestry DNA, the test result will be released in 6 to 8 weeks.



After 17 days since my test was activated, it is now in “Lab Processing”



Two weeks later, after lab processing, my result came in. My ancestry result is, for the most part, what I already expected. Aside from a few “shockers” which still makes me wonder, I wished Ancestry DNA would have been more specific about my DNAΒ lineage. But, they seem to be updating their stuff as more and more people get tested. Well, good to know, but for now, I’d say that when it comes to my result satisfaction, I thinkΒ I am only 80% satisfied. I think it’s better to take your raw result (can be taken from ancestrydna.com) to another site that can better categorize or segregate your ethnicity futher.


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