(Continued from Beds.sg Warrior For A Day (Part 1) )
12.11PM: We’re finally out of the jam and hurrying back to our first stop at Bendemeer when another fellow road user decides to take liberties with us. Just as we approach a carpark entrance, a grey sedan turns out of it and directly into our lane barely 20 feet away from us. Once again, thanks to Musa’s quick reflexes, Optimus Prime emerges unscathed.
12.12PM: At this point I begin to wonder why Singaporean drivers are bold enough to cut directly into the path of another larger vehicle. It’s almost as if someone had spray-painted “We’re Nice. Bully Us.” all over Optimus.
12.15PM: We’re back at our first destination and are assembling the bed. Luckily the customer is nice and accommodating, signing the invoice and making payment without much of a complaint. “It’s my lunch break and I just popped back home since I work across the road,” he says cheerfully, “This is my first time buying stuff from Beds.sg. A colleague recommended you guys to me, he said the materials are quite good.”
12.23PM: Back in the lorry, Musa calls the next customer to tell her that we’re heading towards her place at Farrer Park to deliver the California bed frame she ordered. He gets one of the most bizarre replies ever. “My friend’s still sleeping on the current bed. Could you wait for a few hours and come back later,” she says over the phone.
Musa checks the schedule and notices that all the following deliveries are in the Western area of Singapore and realises that it isn’t practical to continue waiting around for her friend to wake up due to time constraints. He tells her that she’ll have to postpone the delivery to another date and she agrees to have it shifted to Wednesday. We call the office to notify them of the postponement and move on.
Excellent, that’s some time bought!
12.45PM: The lorry reaches its next stop: our supplier’s place in Hougang.
12.48PM: We’ve got the goods and are about to head all the way across the island and towards Bukit Panjang. We make a pit stop at a nearby market to grab a drink and use the loo in preparation for the Journey To The West. The end is in sight and the boys are looking forward to finishing work early.
“For most Friday nights, we’ve to go back to the warehouse to load the stuff for Saturday’s deliveries,” Aliff tells me.
“But not this Friday. This Friday night, we’re going home to prepare!” interjects Musa happily, referring to the fishing trip he’s planned with the guys for the Christmas weekend.
1.30PM: The mood has lightened as the boys think happy thoughts. We arrive at the next customer’s flat in Bukit Panjang and are greeted with a dog’s barks upon knocking the door. Aliff’s eyes widen in horror but enters the door reluctantly, looking warily around and asking me, “Where’s the dog, where’s the dog?” The duo set up everything and leave in a hurry only to be called back by the customer, who’s found that a couple of golden knobs are missing from the headboard. Musa and Aliff head downstairs to check the spare set from the cancelled delivery and realise that the supplier must’ve left out the knobs in all the California sets. We promise to deliver the knobs within the next three days and move along.
1.55PM: We’re at Choa Chu Kang and have just finished installing a bed in a room reeking of insecticide. The elderly customer is adamant that we move his old divan. “Just bring it downstairs, I’ll dispose of it from there,” he half shouts at us despite our protests (we risk getting fined for helping customers dump their furniture downstairs).
We finally relent and compromise on our “Mattresses Only” removal policy (mattress materials can be sent for recycling) for this old man. I’m about to grab the divan when Musa stops me and points out some dark patches on the fabric, saying that these are tell-tale signs of bedbugs. True enough, we find an immobile critter perched the material, probably woozy or dead from the insecticide. Gross!
2.16PM: We’re here, but the customer isn’t. So we begin preparing for the half hour wait by opening a tin of butter cookies. While munching away, the guys catch up on their paperwork and sing along to Katy Perry’s “Firework” on the radio, in their Katy Perry voices.
2.23PM: First layer of cookies has vanished. Musa explains that he can’t skip over to the last stop first and come back to do this one as there’re 18 items to deliver and assemble there which will probably take a couple of hours to complete and put us way behind schedule for this house. We’ve no choice but to wait this one out. My skin starts to itch in areas that’ve been in contact with the infested divan.
2.31PM: Customer returns and sees us at void deck. We go up to her flat to begin the replacement work
2.39PM: Musa points out the damage that made the customer demand an exchange: a small tear not more than 8 cm in length in the thin black cloth at the base of the divan that’s used to conceal the furniture framework within. It’s hidden from view once the divan is in place. The customer tells us that this is a small problem that’s easily fixed and looks annoyed. We wonder silently why he demanded that we exchange the entire divan based on this “small problem” but continue anyway.
2.45PM: Replacement divan is installed and old one’s wrapped up to bring back to office for repairs. We’re done…not quite. Customer finds the new divan’s leg fractionally crooked.
2.52PM: We’re done fixing the leg. As we walk back to the lorry, Aliff mutters under his breath, “Now, it’s war.” He’s right; whatever’s left in the lorry is going into the next house, and the lorry looks almost like when we first loaded it to the brim earlier this morning.
3.02PM: The Beds.sg Warriors arrive at the battlefield. It’s an old block originally built with creaky elevators that don’t serve all floors. But we heave a sigh of relief when we find that there’s been new lifts installed. Thank God for the Lift Upgrading Programme!!
3.14PM: We’re all huffing, puffing and pouring with sweat, but all the stuff is at the lift landing. The three-room flat is practically empty and just waiting to be filled with furniture from our catalogue!
3.15PM: The customer tells me,”I didn’t have the time to go buy furniture one piece at a time. So I just went to your site which had everything and ordered everything for practically my whole house online,” explaining why this was a particularly large delivery. He spent just over $3,000 to furnish most of his three-room flat.
3.44PM: The mattresses (including that heavy Maxcoil Comfort Care from earlier that morning) and all the bedframes are in an assembled. Musa and Aliff head back to the more spacious lift landing and get busy with their drillsand screwdrivers to assemble the Don Coffeetable, clearance dining set, sofa set, Dane TV Console and clearance shoerack.
4.43PM: Everything’s moved in and their wrapping cleared. We’re done for the day … well, almost.
4.54PM: We make one last stop at IDAC Bukit Batok to report the accident from earlier this morning and with that, my day as a Beds.sg Warrior draws to a close. It’s been fun, but it certainly isn’t easy to be a Beds.sg Warrior!
4.55PM: I still have that darned rash from that bedbug infested divan.