Fridge shopping in Thailand!
Sure, there are many visitors to Thailand, but how many get the pleasure of buying a small refrigerator here? Being the jet-setters we are, we recently added this experience to our time in Thailand.
“But you are renting an apartment and will only be there for a few months,” you might say, and you’d be correct. This is why we had been *renting* use of the fridge (for about $17 a month), to avoid buying one. But, through a little snafu, we were tasked with replacing our lovely pastel purple fridge, decorated with a large ‘Heineken’ sticker. The colorful sticker which went nicely with the bottle opener screwed to the wall, that came with the apartment (and has officially been used once!).
The older fridge was working nicely until it seemed the door wouldn’t quite close one day and we noticed that there was a thick sheet of ice in the freezer section. The decision was made to defrost this and well…we’ll summarize it with “it didn’t go too well.” In the end, the freon had escaped through a new hole and management was brought in, who confirmed we should buy a new fridge. Fun!!! Luckily, these small apartment refrigerators are about $200. That is still a sizable amount of money over here and we pay about $60 more for our monthly rent (which doesn’t include power, water, or fridge rental). They said it would cost just as much to have it repaired, the option we’d been hoping for. Being restricted by speaking little to no Thai, we couldn’t really call around to service centers and confirm this. So we set off on this new adventure and I was not looking forward to it.
My fear was it was going to be a pain in the butt as most “large” purchases in the States are and getting it delivered would surely be a nightmare. James did a little prep work on which fridge model to purchase and price. He found the model at a local “nice” store (similar to a Lowe’s) but the Big C (similar to a Wal-mart) was right next door and there we found the correct model for about $12 cheaper! We were left to decide on color but he had already showed me that they had it in orange(!) so it was a no-brainer. It also happened to be the floor model, so we pointed and were immediately taken to the register. Here I was concerned about standard talks of warranty (we have to give it to the apartment complex so forget the warranty!) but there was none. We paid in cash in about 30 seconds and were lead to a table to get our address for our FREE delivery. (Hooray!) I left James to talk with the guy about directions and wandered off to buy a spatula (still unused, frankly just remembered it), returning to them still in discussion, the man drawing a picture to map where our apartment is.
Delivery was full for the following day but by the next, the fridge was delivered and apparently unpacked in the hallway. James said the security guard had to do a double-take on our beautiful orange fridge and even exclaimed ‘oh’. I hope management loves orange as much as me! For some reason, they also left the original broken fridge in the room. Friends can confirm I once had a broken dryer in my kitchen for months (which held snacks), so I was thinking it could be used for additional shelving. It rather stinks though, going to have to get James to clean it. (hehe) For now, it is my still life table, so thanks management!
The new one is working great and blending in nicely with the rest of my orange decorations. The experience was also much more upbeat than the movie (My Sweet Orange Tree). Hooray for fridge purchases in Thailand! Hopefully it will be the last one!