I’ve had these butterflies in my stomach since the gift I sent to P-Angel got sidetracked and held up. The packages I sent two days later than hers got to their destinations (one to the US and another to Europe) in less than ten days but for some reason, this particular package took a longer time than the postal service advised me, even as I paid extra for EMS services to have it delivered early.
And so, with this problem in postal delivery, I waited for my own packages with a sense of fear and gnawing dismay. I had three packages in transit. One was posted from Europe in early September and was nowhere in sight. Another left Europe in mid-October and was also delayed. The third came from Malaysia early this month and was supposed to arrive any day but with the other two packages still unaccounted for, even this short Asian trip suddenly seemed such a big risk, considering that these were items that have been paid for in full.
When I received the postal notice the other day for my Malaysian package, I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Whew! One down. I still wasn’t feeling too well but the trip to claim this package also gave me reason to inquire on the whereabouts of my other packages. Mentally, I psyched myself up to expect more disappointment. After all, previous inquiries had already proven to be futile. Still,it must have been my lucky day yesterday as the other two packages turned up in the post office! How lucky can I get?
The Malaysian package came from BeHappy.com‘s budget corner where I snagged three items on super sale- an ochre dog teacher with a mini-school at just a little over 40% of its original price, a monkey brother at 40% off, and a red squirrel father at 45% off. (Now that I think about it, I should have gotten the red squirrel brother too.) BeHappy also sent me a 2009 catalog to go with my purchases!
Although the dog figure has some minor issues on flocking, I am very happy with my purchase and satisfied with BeHappy’s service. Shipping is a little more expensive than all99, another Malaysian online store I have bought from, but both these sites’ services and products are commendable. They are prompt, courteous, and they update their sites to reflect which items have been sold, are out of stock, or are newly restocked.
The second package was a packet from emma1505 from the Sylvanian Families forum. I have to mention that I am deeply grateful to Emma for her constant communication with me while my package was in transit and thought missing. She was very helpful in giving me details that helped me locate the package. It seems that the bad weather that came in late October and early November plus the long holidays severly hampered delivery of this parcel.
I got this old doctor from Emma’s collection. He is in great condition for his age and despite the incomplete accessories (he is missing his spectacles, stethoscope, a medicine bottle lable and stopper), he is a great buy. Old Dr. Murdoch is Doc Murdoch Junior’s dad. He is retired from the profession and also from the Sylvanian Families current lineup, but his son has since invited him to rejoin the General Hospital as its pediatrician specialist. I love Doc Murdoch and his old school style. If I can track down the Calico Critters version of Doc Murdoch, released as part of the playset Jason and Amanda visit Dr. Murdock (spelled with a K), I’m adding him to my collection too. Here is what the CC version looks like:The third package is what I call my Ultimate Lucky package. Sent as a swap gift by Nattydee, also from the Sylvanian Families forum, this package must have its own exciting stories to tell. It left the UK on September 3 and must have gone around the world as it reached the country only on November 9. When it arrived, it was open and the box was smashed on one side, but I didn’t care. It was here and I loved it! I’m keeping the box it came in as a reminder of what could go wrong with the postal service and each time I am tempted to buy online, this will give me pause to think and reconsider my decision. I bet my husband would love me even more for this, heehee!
You can see the postmark that tells of its arrival in the country in the first picture. The box inside was also a little bent. This is my second Birthday Celebration set but I am just as thrilled to have it. 🙂
I don’t know when I’ll find the time and energy to catalog these new arrivals. Last night, I spent a few hours admiring each and every one of them. I even found a little time to fabricate gold wire glasses for Doc Murdoch. It’s still a work in progress, but I can tell you, he looks absoluely handsome in it! I’m trying my hand on black wire to see if I can recreate his old glasses. For now, at least he can see better.
Lucky days- what’s not to love?