Saturday, December 15, 2007
Time For Three
After coming back from our vacation, the same mundane routine kicked into daily cycle.
Me, going to work... trying hard to get up to speed with the going-ons and clearing tons of emails that have piled-up since I activated my "out-of-office" auto-replier the Friday before the trip.
Nothing much has changed, except the office found itself cold and solemn... yes, extra cold because there are not enough human body-heat to warm-up the place; solemn, because many of the people have started their long-away-from-office leave for their own vacations.
Wifey started her usual house chores... laundry was the priority here after we amassed a heap of dirty clothes to wash and iron. She had been at it for several days already... and she had completed her quest to have things back to normalcy.
Our Son, having his cake and eating it too... now turns on both his desktop and notebook in his room. Busy with his website building and forum administrations, oblivious to the outside world... outside his room and beyond.
Sometimes, I wonder if I did the right thing to award him his notebook for his PSLE exam achievement... feeling I gave him more opportunities to being a recluse in his cyber-world. Sigh!
He has been wanting a bicycle... a good request to get him out of his chair and into the outside world... sun, fresh air and "non-electronic" social life.
Wifey felt she needed to venture outside the home with some exercise too... the house chores did not give her that rewarding a workout and definitely a good idea to loose a few pounds after the good week-long feasting-cum-relaxation during our vacation.
As for me, I love spending time outside. Being close to nature as oppose to the office cubicle 5 days a week is an obvious choice to a slacker like me.
With all that, came a beam of light from the newspaper... a calling from Carrefour, having a Christmas sale of dirt-bikes, amongst other thing, for just S$55.00 each. Wow!
Surprisingly, the bikes were light-weight. Perfect!
"What is that sound?!" I asked Wifey as I went to the kitchen to investigate.
"It is time for a new washing machine, Ayah..." Wifey concluded, "situation is getting worse... after the third repairs, the repairman was saying it was time we retire this 7 year-old washer."
More money that needed to be spent, right after the vacation. Ouch! Money to spend... not so perfect.
It finally hit me why Wifey had not washed the clothes in the evenings anymore... the hour-loud sound of the washing would disturb the neighbors. It sure irritated me... too embarrassing too.
So we headed to Courts MegaStore at Tampines too look for a new washer, after having a meal at Courts Box Bistro and walking around at IKEA.
We set our eyes on the new LG Steam Washer & Dryer that was priced at S$2,799.00 by the manufacturer... with some free-gifts thrown-in with the Christmas sale on by Courts.
We scouted around for other offers at Best Denki too, but finally settled for a good bargain at Harvey Norman in Millenia Walk... inclusive of extended warranty to 5 years plus free delivery and installation... foregoing a free vacuum cleaner, we got the dry-cleaning capable LG Steam Washer & Dryer for S$2,599.00 for an 11/6Kg washer/dryer set.
In the long-run, it will save a lot of dry-cleaning bills... and Wifey will not need to iron as many clothes as before, since the steam washing takes care of it, hopefully as promised by the product, among saving water and electrical bills as well.
Now! For the family time... the S$55.00 bicycle each for us three seemed inviting when we reached Carrefour and saw the bikes for ourselves.
I set my eyes on these bikes simply because it will mean family time outside the house together. We only need our Son to see the bikes before we buy them.
He was not with us... spending this few nights with 10 of his cousins at my Sis' place in Sengkang, going to movies and bonding during this school holiday.
Wifey set for the red-colored bike while I stamped my name on the black and gray, our Son will need to agree on the blue one and we are set to get them.
The family time cum exercise will then commence from next weekend onwards. Yes!