It all started in Guam… –No, scratch that, because it started waaaay before Guam.
For years, I’ve been using a decade/s-old egg beater that my mom got when she was a newlywed. I wouldn’t think of dissing this old model, since it’s got me through all my at-home baking escapades and pastry class practice exams. But it has gone through the wear and tear and a few hard lumps of butter. The unit has a huge crack down the bottom, but still works well. But it was decided that the time has come for a new gadget.
My grandmother, who acts mostly as judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to my cooking, promised last year that she would get me a Kitchenaid as a gift. I was so psyched at first, but became terribly sad to find out that Kitchenaid Philippines only has a limited selection of models to choose from. I had seen 6-quart bowls on the US website and was enthralled.
So when I went to Macy’s while vacationing in Guam, I made sure to have a look at the models they had. Sure enough, there were the 6-quart bowl stand mixers right in front of me. The salesperson even told me that they would be having a sale, but only starting later that week when I was set to leave. I wanted to take my chances and asked if they had any in-stock, but was told that it would have to be shipped in and the wait-time took 2 weeks. Bummed out, I gave up on it for the moment.
The amazing part of this story happened while I was sitting on a bench outside Macy’s waiting for the Lamlam Tours shuttle that would take us to a different part of the city. I happened to turn my phone’s wifi on to check for FB messages and there was a redirect to the Macy’s website. There, in big, bold letters, was an announcement for a big sale on kitchen items. The catch: Sale price was only applicable to online purchases.
Taking my chances, I immediately e-mailed my mom’s good friend who’s in San Francisco and asked if she could have it stored and we would pick it up and bring it home when we make the Holy Week trip there in a month. She gamely agreed and placed the order.
Let me just say that bringing big appliances in from the US is something of a logistical nightmare if you don’t plan to have it shipped directly to Manila. It literally brought me to tears at one point because everyone kept telling me how bad an idea it was. Luckily, my Dad already thought the whole thing through and suggested we pick it up from San Francisco, have it shipped to our exit point, Los Angeles, to save us the effort of lugging it around with us the entire trip. Fabulous idea.
And so, after all the stress, the Kitchenaid has now found its way to its new home.