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Andrea Claire's Outdoor Garden Oasis

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By Andrea Claire · November 12, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

No. I did not open a patio bar... but what a GREAT idea!

Here's the thing.

I live in Singapore. Tropical Paradise.

 I want an outdoor livingroom for my lovely deck.


I searched high and low. I saw many items I liked. A lot of furniture I looked at had no prices. When I asked how much something was the clerk would look me up and down before offering a price. Frankly, when someone does that I think either a) Dude wants me BAD or b) He's making the price up on the spot.

Verdict: I found that the prices in Singapore were way too high for something that is made a hop, skip and a boat ride away: Indonesia.

As if reading my mind QB Furniture 'friended' me on Facebook. I checked out their online catalogue and LOVED. I emailed with the company about an order, but hesitated. Ordering furniture from overseas seemed risky to me.

So - off to the shops I went... again. Many sales clerks checking me out and giving me prices. $2000 for an outdoor couch... ouch.

Well, QB didn't have a showroom here but I swallowed my skepticism and did a 50% deposit online bank transfer to Jakarta.

Now, I wait. They are building my Oasis.


Impatience grows...

It takes time to build an Oasis.

I get the email that the furniture is ready, pictures included. YAY!


They forgot to factor in shipping costs.

QB makes good and finds a company to import.

Pacific Concord Forwarding Pte Ltd. They call to confirm my delivery date and to invoice me for the 7% duty. $106 SG. Perfectly acceptable. BUT [don't ya just love a big but?] They inform me that they will deliver ONLY TO MY CARPARK. I live in a landed property (Singapore talk for a house), I have, essentially, a basement with a flight of stairs to my deck. I explain this. No can do. The lovely woman on the other end of the phone tells me that the big burly men will NOT take it up my stairs.

 I respond with 'OK. Well, I guess I will eat a very big breakfast so I can have the strength to carry my furniture up the stairs all by myself.' Yes, the sarcasm was laid on pretty thick.

She says Ok.


Cocky me, thought a wink and smile to the delivery men would get them to take it up the stairs...


So - me, (in my cotton NafNaf LBD) and my nanny hoisted it up ourselves. [and I had no breakfast either]

Upper Deck

Lower Deck

All this furniture.... at a US cost of roughly $1300.00! Shipping was another $1300 (approx) US plus $106 SGD for duty. Even factoring in exchange and shipping I am still basking in the glow of a wickedly amazing deal!

Would I do this again? Yes. With QB Furniture I would.

My thoughts on the furniture?

Everything was received in good order.

The telephone sofa is really cool! But... really big! However, I LOVE it - it just takes up a lot of my deck. The furniture is light so aside from the telephone sofa needing two of us to manuevre, I can rearrange my outdoor livingroom around as much as I want.

Whose coming for Sangria?

posted by Anonymous

Very nice! I'm in need of some new patio furniture. I think I'll have to check out the website. :)

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They do have a great selection!

Thank goodness I don't havve anymore floor space! :)

posted by Tasleema

It looks amazing! I love all the palms around, very tropical.

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Thanks Tasleema!

*sigh* yes, I do love the tropics! :)

posted by hanafi

Nice furniture. Whats the cost like for the telephone sofa? Delivery is dirt cheap at 100 i assume?

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Love it!

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So sorry - I never saw your comment until now! Dirt cheap = WAY less than $3500 for all that I bought delivered to my house in Singapore from Jakarta. (I don't remember the exact dollar amount)


Thanks! I love it too - wish I didn't get the white covers though...toddler, teens and white covers don't mix.


posted by Anonymous

Just asking, if you have the intention to sell it away because of relocation etc, kindly reach me at staritzz@yahoo.com


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