Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Power of Making Space for What You Want

We got it at 50% OFF and it wasn't even on SALE!!!

How did this happen? Read on...

It all started out not so good. I was feeling depressed and severely disappointed with some people. To make things worse, this was causing my acid reflux/GERD to act up. I hate going to the doctor so the next best thing is to practice proper diet, have enough rest and just simply let go of my negative emotions. One thing that helped was talking to Peter about it and telling a few close friends about what I was going through. Retail therapy also helped. Shopping can be really powerful medicine.

Speaking of shopping, last weekend, Peter and I saw this perfect foosball set designed for tournaments. It was on sale at Php8,100. I wanted to buy it right then and there but the frugal girl in me kicked in plus we didn't really have the space for it inside our already well-designed 2-story, 3-bedroom house. But if it's really meant, I figured, I'll eventually get it.

Yesterday, I finally decided to buy it, still not sure where to put it in the house. We can transfer the Narra coffee table set in the balcony but I'm afraid once the stormy season hits, our poor wooden furniture will also take a hit. Our Narra table set has been with us since 2003. It was the first wooden furniture set we bought as a married couple so I was just not about to gamble it away by putting it outdoors.

When we got to the JB Sports shop in Festival Mall where the Foosball is, the one we want was no longer on sale. It was back to its original price of Php10,000 +. And the guy we talked to seemed unfriendly and that really annoyed me so we went across the shop, entered Abenson and ended up buying this 42-inch LED/LCD Sony Bravia TV with a free home entertainment system instead. That made me happy. Our bedroom now feels like being inside an IMAX theater and it's a joy watching my favorite movies in 1080p Full HD!

Then I woke up this morning still wanting to buy that awesome foosball table! I've been wanting to buy one since I first played with it in Boracay back in September 2008. We even scouted all Toy Kingdom branches at that time but to no avail. Then I bought my drums, and a lot of other house stuff and furniture such that there's no more space left for Foosball.

This morning, I said to myself, whether it's on sale or not, whether the guy we talk to turns out to be a moron or not, we will buy my Foosball table. And I WILL MAKE SPACE FOR IT without compromising the safety and quality of our other furniture.

living room/dining room before the rearrangement

the lanai with the Narra table set on the right before the rearrangement

So I spent a good deal of time rearranging our living room and lanai and I was perfectly happy with the outcome. I even got to have two new nooks at home --- a beer nook in the living room, and a reading nook outside the lanai. Then I gave Peter the money and sent him off to buy the Foosball.

the living room with the Narra table set for drinking beer/alcohol while watching TV

the lanai with the space for the foosball table where the Narra set table was before

the Narra bench was perfect for this cozy reading nook outside the lanai

I got to open the nice capiz divider which made the dining area more intimate

It turns out, the Foosball being sold for Php10,000 has some defects and has already been sold. So the store manager called the warehouse with the possibility that there might still be a brand new one in stock but it would cost us Php16,200 with no defects. When I heard this, I didn't really feel bad. I was just ready to accept what the universe has to offer. I did my part, I made space in our house, I gave the money that I could afford to spend, if it's not available at the price we want, then maybe it's not meant.

On Peter's second call, he told me that the warehouse actually has our name on their waiting list since 2008! Apparently, we went to their store in Alabang Town Center and filled out a wait list form. The owner realized this and perhaps out of joy and shame that he never called us, gave Peter 50% discount! So what originally was Php16,200 + ended up to be Php8,100 --- the original price I was looking at two weeks ago, but super duper brand new, as in the box hasn't even been opened yet!!!

Peter immediately paid for it of course. We'll be coming back for my foosball on Saturday and I am so excited! Now, that is the power of MAKING SPACE FOR WHAT YOU WANT. Things turn out a lot better than expected and we even ended up having an awesome HD TV in the process, something we've also been wanting to buy since 2009 too but only found a great deal recently. That one by the way just cost us about 3,999 a month, payable in 12 months starting March 2012. Thank God for my Visa Platinum card. Now, I'm no longer depressed. LOL! :)

I wonder what's the next thing I should make space for? :)

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