Growing up, I used to celebrate my birthday twice a year. Well, that is to say, my parents celebrated for me, according to both the Gregorian and Lunar calendars. I know that I am luckier than most of my friends, who celebrated once, or some, not at all.

As a working adult myself, I have wondered why I should wait for the two days over 365 days when I could celebrate every day as though it is my birthday. Why do we work so hard if we do not pamper ourselves, right? Especially for a singleton like me, if I don’t treat myself to some goodies regularly, who will?

I drew up this list of gifts that I am targeting for myself this year. I read a book about sharing our goals, so that we are accountable for them, and have no way to back out, lest we are labelled as a ‘failure’. And so, here is my list in random order, all consumer electronics, all work tools that I hope to upgrade before the year is over.

GoPro HERO 5 Black
Been dreaming of owning this nifty camera since HERO 1. Into its fifth upgrade now and it is still not in sight. I am currently using Panasonic Lumix as my primary camera.

GoPro HERO 5 Black

GoPro HERO 5 Black

Although I am using a semi-pro camera currently, I do find it a tad bulky sometimes. So, having a pocket-able camera like a GoPro without compromising on image and video quality is advantageous.

GhostDrone 2.0 – VR Edition
It’s the trend to own a drone these days. As a non-techie, I think I will have trouble operating it but if I don’t own one, I will never learn how to use it.

 GhostDrone 2.0 - VR Edition

GhostDrone 2.0 – VR Edition

I am already imagining the places that I can capture on video from the sky. Looking at a place from an aerial view is a refreshing perspective.

Samsung SM-R3600 Smart Watch
If I successfully get this smart watch, it will be my very first wearable technology. I am a huge fan of watches but am reluctant to invest in them.

Samsung SM-R3600 Smart Watch

Samsung SM-R3600 Smart Watch

This will be my most expensive watch but I believe that it should be a sound investment as it helps to keep track of my fitness. Boy, do I need to keep fit badly!

Dell XPS 11 2-In-1 Convertible Ultrabook and Tablet
I have a 12in Fujitsu laptop, a 10in Samsung Tab and a 10.1in ASUS Transformer. Call me greedy but I need more devices that allow me to work on the go.

Dell XPS 11 2-In-1 Convertible Ultrabook and Tablet

Dell XPS 11 2-In-1 Convertible Ultrabook and Tablet

As cloud storage gives me access to my files wherever I am, I choose the device to carry depending on each particular trip and its requirements. Do I have time to do a lot of work on the computer, or will I only be doing light work?

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 5.5 MIUI 4G Smartphone
Despite a lot of people’s negative opinion on Xiaomi, I am a huge fan and have been a loyal user of the brand for approximately three years. I know it is budget-friendly but as long as it fits both my budget and requirements, why should I complain? My current model, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, has served me well for the past year or so and it is time to find it a new owner: my dad.

I want my phone in Gold, please. My current one is grey but has a gold silicone protective back case cover. LOL Lame, I know!

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 5.5 MIUI 4G Smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi Pro 5.5 MIUI 4G Smartphone

There you go! I may have only five items on my birthday wish list but to me, they are all big ticket items. Yes, it may take me a while to fulfil my list but I am giving myself till the end of the year, so there are 9+ months to save up and then splurge, just in time for my actual birth date!

Thank God there’s ShopBack, which pays me to shop online – actually, I get a percentage of cashback for every purchase through a link on ShopBack to the respective online merchants. Yes, shopping online is no longer a bane to my pocket!

If you do not have an account with ShopBack yet, you are losing out each time you make an online purchase! First, register for an account with ShopBack.my. Then, from ShopBack.my website, browse through the more than five hundred domestic and international online merchants. Make sure that you are logged in to your ShopBack account. Once you have selected the store that you wish to shop from, click on the red ‘Shop Now’ button. You will be directed to the merchant site, where you can then browse through the items that you want to purchase.

When you buy from an online store in this indirect way, you will enjoy cashback on top of all the other discounts which that particular merchant offers, such as credit card promotions and free shipping.

Wish me luck in ticking these items off my wishlist as the months go by! If you want to have a look at my selection, click on the respective product title.

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