Jeet mentioned that she hadn’t been to IKEA for ages. Me neither. I couldn’t even recall the last time I was there. What was the last item I bought? The 6 stem glasses that I hardly used? One thing for sure, during that last visit I must have eaten their meatballs. I hardly leave IKEA without eating meatballs. And super huge curry puff with eggs in it. And vanilla ice cream that tastes better than McDonald’s.
These recently arrived in my mailbox, calling me to visit IKEA.
I’m not an IKEA Friend (their membership club, something like J Card). But around where I live we always receive new IKEA catalogs once they are out. The one on the right (the full catalog) arrived last month, I think. The one on the left (a special additional catalog on kitchen) just arrived last week.
Since I don’t read IKEA catalogs that much (in fact I haven’t read both of them), I’ve given them to Liza who’s quite a fan of IKEA. But not as a big fan as Mar. I remember going to her apartment several years ago (at that time the big new IKEA at Mutiara Damansara just opened) and saw the entire place being filled with IKEA stuffs! Then she went to Warwick to do her Master, so bye bye IKEA-filled apartment. Haven’t been to her new apartment since she returned home, but I expect it to look quite similar to IKEA showroom ;-)
I bought these glasses for two reasons: One, they are cheap. Two, they look great hanging upside down on a rack like that. The rack is not from IKEA though, I bought it at Jusco.
IKEA is good at selling cute + cheap stuffs that you don’t need but if you don’t buy it you won’t be able to sleep at night, like this ice cube tray.
Guess what, the ice cube tray turns out to be one of the most impractical kitchen items (not that I have many) I have ever bought. It’s made of rubber, thus after filling it with water carrying it to the freezer requires major balancing act so you won’t end up flooding the kitchen in the process. If I have continued using it I might have qualified myself to join Cirque du Soleil by now.
Angah’s Swedish friend (IKEA is from Sweden, if you haven’t known that already) said that they pronounce the word IKEA as “ay-kay-yah” not “ee-kee-yah” like we do. He said that in Sweden, people from remote parts of the country would drive their cars / vans / trailers for hundreds of miles just to go to IKEA and buy furniture. No wonder Ingvar Kamprad is one of the richest men in the world!