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ON SEEING THE 100% PERFECT GIRL ONE BEAUTIFUL APRIL MORNING

ON SEEING THE 100% PERFECT GIRL ONE BEAUTIFUL APRIL MORNINGON SEEING THE 100% PERFECT GIRL ONE BEAUTIFUL APRIL MORNING

by Haruki Murakami

One beautiful April morning, on a narrow side street in Tokyo’s fashionable Harujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100% perfect girl.

Tell you the truth, she’s not that good-looking. She doesn’t stand out in any way. Her clothes are nothing special. The back of her hair is still bent out of shape from sleep. She isn’t young, either – must be near thirty, not even close to a “girl,” properly speaking. But still, I know from fifty yards away: She’s the 100% perfect girl for me. The moment I see her, there’s a rumbling in my chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.

Maybe you have your own particular favorite type of girl – one with slim ankles, say, or big eyes, or graceful fingers, or you’re drawn for no good reason to girls who take their time with every meal. I have my own preferences, of course. Sometimes in a restaurant I’ll catch myself staring at the girl at the next table to mine because I like the shape of her nose.

But no one can insist that his 100% perfect girl correspond to some preconceived type. Much as I like noses, I can’t recall the shape of hers – or even if she had one. All I can remember for sure is that she was no great beauty. It’s weird.

“Yesterday on the street I passed the 100% girl,” I tell someone.

“Yeah?” he says. “Good-looking?”

“Not really.”

“Your favorite type, then?”

“I don’t know. I can’t seem to remember anything about her – the shape of her eyes or the size of her breasts.”

“Strange.”

“Yeah. Strange.”

“So anyhow,” he says, already bored, “what did you do? Talk to her? Follow her?”

“Nah. Just passed her on the street.”

She’s walking east to west, and I west to east. It’s a really nice April morning.

Wish I could talk to her. Half an hour would be plenty: just ask her about herself, tell her about myself, and – what I’d really like to do – explain to her the complexities of fate that have led to our passing each other on a side street in Harajuku on a beautiful April morning in 1981. This was something sure to be crammed full of warm secrets, like an antique clock build when peace filled the world.

After talking, we’d have lunch somewhere, maybe see a Woody Allen movie, stop by a hotel bar for cocktails. With any kind of luck, we might end up in bed.

Potentiality knocks on the door of my heart.

Now the distance between us has narrowed to fifteen yards.

How can I approach her? What should I say?

“Good morning, miss. Do you think you could spare half an hour for a little conversation?”

Ridiculous. I’d sound like an insurance salesman.

“Pardon me, but would you happen to know if there is an all-night cleaners in the neighborhood?”

No, this is just as ridiculous. I’m not carrying any laundry, for one thing. Who’s going to buy a line like that?

Maybe the simple truth would do. “Good morning. You are the 100% perfect girl for me.”

No, she wouldn’t believe it. Or even if she did, she might not want to talk to me. Sorry, she could say, I might be the 100% perfect girl for you, but you’re not the 100% boy for me. It could happen. And if I found myself in that situation, I’d probably go to pieces. I’d never recover from the shock. I’m thirty-two, and that’s what growing older is all about.

We pass in front of a flower shop. A small, warm air mass touches my skin. The asphalt is damp, and I catch the scent of roses. I can’t bring myself to speak to her. She wears a white sweater, and in her right hand she holds a crisp white envelope lacking only a stamp. So: She’s written somebody a letter, maybe spent the whole night writing, to judge from the sleepy look in her eyes. The envelope could contain every secret she’s ever had.

I take a few more strides and turn: She’s lost in the crowd.

Now, of course, I know exactly what I should have said to her. It would have been a long speech, though, far too long for me to have delivered it properly. The ideas I come up with are never very practical.

Oh, well. It would have started “Once upon a time” and ended “A sad story, don’t you think?”

Once upon a time, there lived a boy and a girl. The boy was eighteen and the girl sixteen. He was not unusually handsome, and she was not especially beautiful. They were just an ordinary lonely boy and an ordinary lonely girl, like all the others. But they believed with their whole hearts that somewhere in the world there lived the 100% perfect boy and the 100% perfect girl for them. Yes, they believed in a miracle. And that miracle actually happened.

One day the two came upon each other on the corner of a street.

“This is amazing,” he said. “I’ve been looking for you all my life. You may not believe this, but you’re the 100% perfect girl for me.”

“And you,” she said to him, “are the 100% perfect boy for me, exactly as I’d pictured you in every detail. It’s like a dream.”

They sat on a park bench, held hands, and told each other their stories hour after hour. They were not lonely anymore. They had found and been found by their 100% perfect other. What a wonderful thing it is to find and be found by your 100% perfect other. It’s a miracle, a cosmic miracle.

As they sat and talked, however, a tiny, tiny sliver of doubt took root in their hearts: Was it really all right for one’s dreams to come true so easily?

And so, when there came a momentary lull in their conversation, the boy said to the girl, “Let’s test ourselves – just once. If we really are each other’s 100% perfect lovers, then sometime, somewhere, we will meet again without fail. And when that happens, and we know that we are the 100% perfect ones, we’ll marry then and there. What do you think?”

“Yes,” she said, “that is exactly what we should do.”

And so they parted, she to the east, and he to the west.

The test they had agreed upon, however, was utterly unnecessary. They should never have undertaken it, because they really and truly were each other’s 100% perfect lovers, and it was a miracle that they had ever met. But it was impossible for them to know this, young as they were. The cold, indifferent waves of fate proceeded to toss them unmercifully.

One winter, both the boy and the girl came down with the season’s terrible inluenza, and after drifting for weeks between life and death they lost all memory of their earlier years. When they awoke, their heads were as empty as the young D. H. Lawrence’s piggy bank.

They were two bright, determined young people, however, and through their unremitting efforts they were able to acquire once again the knowledge and feeling that qualified them to return as full-fledged members of society. Heaven be praised, they became truly upstanding citizens who knew how to transfer from one subway line to another, who were fully capable of sending a special-delivery letter at the post office. Indeed, they even experienced love again, sometimes as much as 75% or even 85% love.

Time passed with shocking swiftness, and soon the boy was thirty-two, the girl thirty.

One beautiful April morning, in search of a cup of coffee to start the day, the boy was walking from west to east, while the girl, intending to send a special-delivery letter, was walking from east to west, but along the same narrow street in the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo. They passed each other in the very center of the street. The faintest gleam of their lost memories glimmered for the briefest moment in their hearts. Each felt a rumbling in their chest. And they knew:

She is the 100% perfect girl for me.

He is the 100% perfect boy for me.

But the glow of their memories was far too weak, and their thoughts no longer had the clarity of fouteen years earlier. Without a word, they passed each other, disappearing into the crowd. Forever.

A sad story, don’t you think?

Yes, that’s it, that is what I should have said to her.

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Pandora Valentine Collection Looks

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Valentine’s   Day   is   all   about   the   enduring   power   of   love.   Renowned   Danish   jewellery   brand   PANDORA   enriches   the   romantic   moment   with its   delicate   Valentine’s   Collection   2014.   This   Valentine’s   Day, let   your beloved  filled  with  eternal  love  and  happiness  with  the  timeless  pieces.

 

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Bonds  of  Love:  Sparkling  Stones  and  Braided  Sterling  Silver  

Entwined   like   the   love   you   share   for   one   another, PANDORA’s Valentine’s   Collection   braided   sterling   silver   pavé   ring   is   beautifully set with  72  sparkling  cubic  zirconia.  The  elegant  design  features  two  rows  of intertwined  silver,  studded  with   dazzling  white  cubic  zirconia  stones, representing  the  bond  that  binds  your  love. Heart  rings  and  earrings, hand finished  from  sterling  silver  and  pavé  set  with  sparkling  stones, reference bygone  romance.   The   collection’s   statement   ring   is   accentuated   with   a   single   heart-­‐shaped   cubic   zirconia   set   in   sparkling   stones,   and   the   pretty  pavé  earrings  are  timeless  keepsakes  of  love  and  romance.

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Discover Pandora’s New Sterling Silver Bangle

Modern   and   refined,   PANDORA’s   sterling   silver   bangle   showcases   a   look   of   polished   elegance.   Featuring   a   signature   PANDORA   clasp,   the   minimalist   design   is   both   timeless   and  wearable.  Personalize your bangle with your Pandora’s precious charms such  as  the   expressive  openwork  heart  charms  crafted  from  precious  metals  to  celebrate  love,

or   stack   alone   for   an   effortlessly   cool   style   statement.

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ABOUT  PANDORA   PANDORA   designs,   manufactures   and   markets   hand-­finished   and   modern   jewellery   made   from   genuine   materials   at   affordable   prices.   PANDORA   jewellery   is   sold   in   more   than   70   countries   on   six   continents   through   over   10,300   points   of   sale,  including  approximately  900  Concept  stores.      Founded   in   1982   and   headquartered   in   Copenhagen,   Denmark,   PANDORA   employs   over   6,000   people   worldwide.   PANDORA   is   publicly   listed   on   the   NASDAQ   OMX   Copenhagen   stock   exchange   in   Denmark.   In   2012,   PANDORAs   total   revenue  was  DKK  6.7  billion  (approximately  EUR  893  million).  For  more  information,  please  visit  http://www.pandora.net.

Small special things are just enough to enjoy the month of love, with Pandora Valentine Collection, make someone smile on your romantic moment. 🙂

 XOXO,

Fashion Ate The Lawyer

 

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Pandora is available at GREENBELT 5, GLORIETTA 4, BONIFACIO HIGH STREET CENTRAL, NEWPORT MALL (RESORTS WORLD MANILA), SHANGRI-LA MALL EAST WING, THE PODIUM, ELEMENTO IN AURA MALL, MEGAMALL EXPANSION (OPENING JANUARY 2014), CENTURY CITY MALL (OPENING JANUARY 2014).

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BENSIMON SNEAKERS ARE HERE!

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MANILA WELCOMES BENSIMON

Last night was a celebration of good food and ambiance at the Enderun, Fort for the launch of the coolest sneaker shoes Bensimon. It was a festivity with their Parisian market-like exhibits of the shoes and their artworks.

Thirty years ago, there were two brothers who shared the same passion for advocating the Parisian love of life. Serge and Yves Bensimon created a symbolic icon of a classic sneaker design which embodies what the true Parisian love of life is- simple, effortless, and natural. This Philosophy is what the brothers wanted to communicate through their footwear, which is shown in their perfectly imperfect look and feel.

Bensimon has built its roots in the European market, and is inspired by travel, military and true Parisian fashion. The sneakers of Bensimon cover an array of styles, colors, prints for men, women and children.

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bensimonIMG_6329 by Miguel Alomajan

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going extra futuristic here

going extra futuristic here

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bensimonIMG_6334 by Miguel Alomajan

Everyone wears Bensimon Sneakers

Everyone wears Bensimon Sneakers

bensimonIMG_6338 by Miguel Alomajan

bensimonIMG_6342 by Miguel Alomajan

bensimonIMG_6343 by Miguel Alomajan

bensimonIMG_6347 by Miguel Alomajan

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This pair really drown my attention! I WANNNNT :)))

This pair really drown my attention! I WANNNNT :)))

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The sweetness David Bianco and Jeniifer Blair-Bianco with Bridgess Events Officer Miel Abong having a great time.

The sweetness David Bianco and Jeniifer Blair-Bianco with Bridgess Events Officer Miel Abong having a great time.

getting their Bensimon Sneaker

getting their Bensimon Sneaker

Bensimon for kids! So cute.

Bensimon for kids! So cute.

Miguel Urbina and BJ Pascual got their pairs of Bensimon.

Miguel Urbina and BJ Pascual got their pairs of Bensimon.

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Bloggers Paul, Raiza and Jacob

Bloggers Paul, Raiza and Jacob

Bloggers Ana and Ava

Bloggers Ana and Ava

with Jheric Delos Angeles of TSA and  Shen Jarlega

with Jheric Delos Angeles of TSA and Shen Jarlega

“A certain idea of lifestyle where color, elegance, and the job of living are intertwined…always,” which is the central vision of Serge Bensimon himself, clearly translates into Bensimon’s most sought after classic shoe collection: La Tennis Bensimon. These sneakers which embody the brand’s target to create “perfect imperfections” falls in line with combining comfort and simplicity with the luxury and Parisian elegance.

XOXO,
Fashion Ate The Lawyer

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Solenn Heussaff: Esquire February 2013

Solenn Heussaff named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ for Esquire Philippines February 2013.
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