Lucky Day

24 Nov

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?

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10 Responses to “Lucky Day”

  1. skin doctor November 24, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Hi Kittymama,
    You have the cutest collection. But can you educate me about sending packages to Manila? Do you use the postal service or do you use a courier service, and which one?
    C

  2. Kittymama November 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Hi, C! For small parcels and packages that weigh less than a kilo, I use the postal service (International Express Mail Service) but for larger packages, we use DHL, Fed Ex, or Johnny Air, depending on what’s available. 🙂

    And I’m glad you like my collection. 🙂

  3. bbqweasel November 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Those are awesome items 😄 I’ve had my eye on some of those for a while now, especially the birthday set with all the cute Bearbury bears. I’m glad you got your packages. Hey, can I ask you to take a picture of your dog teacher? I want to see how the damage looks like…

    • Kittymama November 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

      I will. The damage isn’t as extensive so I can just pretend he’s old and balding. If he loses more hair, I’ll swap him with a spare ochre dog father figure I have. 🙂

      Btw, bbqweasel, Sylvanian Families Australia lists stores that carry SFs in your area. Have you checked those out?

      • bbqweasel November 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

        My husband says that my dog teacher has mange 😛

        I have, and the nearest places that really has a good selection of stock is about 8 hours away in Adelaide. I live in the country >_< The only place that sells Sylvanians here is Woolworths and this one only has the carry cases. They had families at one point but they weren't selling so they don't offer them anymore. So online is really my best bet 😛

      • Kittymama November 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

        Your husband is right, heehee. It does look like mange.

        It’s too bad that there aren’t a lot of stores in your area that carry Sylvanian Families. I do hope that things improve. We didn’t use to have such an active market for SFs here too but that has changed and now we get new stuff both from Epoch Euro and Flair. For Epoch JP, Hong Kong and Singapore still have the edge over us but they’re near enough (at least nearer than Japan, and less expensive too).

      • Kittymama November 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

        BTw, I sent out your package today, bbqweasel, along with Eric’s. Sorry for the delay. This flu bug won’t leave me alone. 🙂

  4. John Lenard D. Cruz November 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    How to pay Behappy?

    • Kittymama November 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

      Your parents can use a credit card or Paypal services, John.

  5. moodswings November 29, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Wow atchi! We like this! How are you daw, my mom is asking. =)

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