In the last one and a half months we’ve had some hiccups. I have to say the disappointments all turned out to be blessings in disguise:
- Cookerhood We paid Lion City a deposit 2.5 months ahead of when we wanted our stuff – this was because I had my mind set on specific items and didn’t want to be told that they didn’t have stock later, when we actually needed them. Although I made the effort to plan ahead, just 4-5 days prior to taking delivery we were told the hood we wanted was not available. I was really sad because they were the only ones who sold the exact hood I wanted. I had to settle for something else – same performance specs but it turned out to be cheaper and more sleek-looking. The switch also forced our ID to relook into her kitchen cabinet design and realised that she’d done her drawings based on a 900mm hood, when it should be space for only a 600mm hood. Phew.
- Fridge In one of my previous posts I confessed to have been obsessing over how and if our fridge could pass through the kitchen doorway. The position of the fridge also made me worry about its ergonomic functionality standing in its designated space within our kitchen layout. Anyway, we came to a point where we were convinced that it would be best to see if we could change the fridge (even though Best Denki indicated on the receipt ‘NO EXCHANGE. NO REFUND’.) Eventually, not only did we manage to switch to a fridge which would certainly fit, it was on offer that weekend! So, although we had switched to a fridge with a slightly smaller capacity, we managed to get that PLUS a Karcher bagless vacuum cleaner PLUS a Pansonic microwave for the price of the original fridge we picked. WHEEE!
- TV Console The TV console was something we didn’t shop around for. We just picked the one that was sitting opposite the sofa we chose just because it looked nice and it was convenient. Today we got a call saying that the TV console would arrive only at the end of the month. We were really upset! We put a deposit for it in February, and then came back to make full payment and arrangements for delivery more than a month ahead to ensure nothing like this happens – but it happened. We were offered an alternative but the design was not what we liked at all. We made a trip to the shop at Park Mall after work to see what else they had, and someone gave the old uncle an earful – I felt bad for the uncle cos he ‘kanna’ from someone. We agreed to a refund arrangement if we found something else we liked better in another shop (Park Mall is a furniture mall) and went scouting around. Saw a few potential replacements and then we found one made of oak – right size, functional, nice colour and AT A DISCOUNT – 10% cheaper than our original choice. We honestly like this much better than the one we didn’t get in the end.
We have definitely learned that some set backs are just temporary, and are sometimes an opportunity to gain something more. We can either wallow in our discontent, or do something about it believing that something good can come out of a bad situation. 🙂