Back a few year ago, I started getting myself flowers once a week to cheer myself up from having to deal with a nightmare of a toxic and thankfully former colleague. I’m not sure why I stopped. The florist I usually go to moved and it was a break in routine that stopped my flower habit. By then, I guess I didn’t need the extra reassurance and I was sure I would survive this episode in my life.
Nonetheless, having a delivery guy from a local florist turn up at my gate last Friday with a bouquet of explosively cheerful gerberas still gave me a rush of delight… even though I was expecting the delivery. The fella clearly enjoyed this part of the job where he pulls the bouquet out the protective plastic bag in his motorcycle basket, and present it with a grin and flourish. I enjoyed the fact that he enjoyed it.
I went inside and present it to the in-house customs officer for inspection, because any and all items or bags going into the house must be cleared.
She summarily ruled it inedible and cleared it for entry.
When I was told about Flower Chimp, I was still jet-lagged from returning from New Zealand and wasn’t particularly interested in another service that probably doesn’t acknowledge Sarawak as part of the nation. Then I decided I was being unfair and took a look. Even if they only deliver to Klang Valley, I have friends there who probably won’t mind a nice surprise.
Surprise! They deliver nationwide, including Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. What the heck, I ordered myself some flowers.
So the great thing is that they offer same day delivery (Mon-Sat) if you order before 12pm. This means if you screw up in the morning, you can have “sorry” flowers delivered before 5pm. Free delivery and card summore. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; there are options that are below RM100 but you can also get pretty extravagant, depending on how hard you screwed up this morning.
I spent a ridiculous amount of time surfing through Flower Chimp for the perfect bouquet, partly because the selection is huge. Although they’re getting shipped to me, I had an agenda. I wasn’t keeping them. So I was on the look out for a bouquet with about 18 individual blooms that can standalone and dismantles easily. As you can see from the screenshot above, the site breaks it down into categories to make your selection easier. I browsed by Flower Types until I narrowed it down to a couple of options. finally decided on gerberas, because they are pretty, cheerful and doesn’t carry the connotations that one would associate with oh, a red rose. #JanganPerasan
The actual thing arrived looking exactly as it did on the site. Okay, they didn’t have pink but I’m not Barbie.
I took it to the seventh edition of our local spoken word show ‘Word of Mouth KCH‘, very big deal because it’s our first of the year and it turned out to be the best yet, and gave the flowers to all the performers I could find.What can I say… flowers make nearly everyone happy, if a bit confused. A couple of them bailed early and some “forgot” their flowers at the end of the night, so I collected them back and now they’re sitting in a mason jar in my living room, no longer attractively bound, but still pretty.
So if you live in Kuching and you shop online, this is relevant. If you don’t live in Kuching, I do. Send me flowers. ;)