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Sunday, August 29, 2010

I now have a fridge!

Yesterday, I received the fridge that I ordered online a couple of weeks ago from AlphaPrice. It cost me 268.61 including shipping, which is much more than what my friends paid for their fridges. But that’s because they all bought them second hand from the seniors. On average they paid no more than 60 euros for theirs. Second hand is definitely cheaper, but I decided to get a fridge online because I was looking for a smaller one which could fit under my desk.

I’ve visited my friends’ rooms a few times, and I find that a big fridge really looks out of place and it just clutters up the whole room and makes it feel so tiny and cramped. I figure it doesn’t really matter that I paid 4.5 times as much as my friends, because I’ll be staying in France for 5 years, and if you divide the cost over 5 years, it’s not so bad. Definitely a good buy.

This is what the fridge looks like, as advertised on the internet [click to go to site]
Gorenje RB4092W mini refrigerator 
It’s just 540 cm tall, so it fits nicely under my desk. The great thing is that despite its size, it’s really spacious and has a storage capacity of 88 litres, including a 9 litre freezer compartment. It’s the perfect fridge for small room like mine.
And here’s a picture of the fridge in my room, still in its packaging, after I carried it up 3 floors to my room. It was, by the way, somewhat heavy, at 27 kg, and quite tiring and cumbersome to lift upstairs [all alone]
After catching my breath for a significant amount of time, I unpackaged it and installed it under my desk, and behold, it fit perfectly!
imageNeat, right? 
So that’s the space where I work and study (well, in theory at least) and the brown table is where I do everything food related. It’s like a small kitchen area, if you will. It consists of the following elements:
  • The fridge for storing beverages, condiments, leftovers, raw food stuff like vegetables and meat, desserts like ice cream and pudding.
  • The cupboard-like compartment in the table (under where the stove is) for storing all the cooking utensils and cutlery (so that they aren’t an eyesore in plain view)
  • An induction cooker for cooking delicious delicious things (as soon as I learn how to) like Nasi Ayam, Nasi Lemak and Kuey Teow.
  • A sufficiently large table area for preparing and serving food. I just need to get a chopping board, then I can chop vegetables and other things right on that table, and then when the food is prepared, I can put it on that table, and keep my study table clear.

You see, my room is very well organized, and everything is compartmentalized and all things have their proper place. There’s a place for serious things like food, and there’s place for frivolous things like “study” and “work”. 

Oh, and of course, there’s a place for essential things like sleep, and whatever other functions and activities you might deem fit for a bed:

image By other functions, I mean the bed also doubles as a place to seat and accommodate guests.


drifter said...

You did a very good job with the room, Hakim. Haha! :D

Hakim Bin Luqman said...

Why thank you, I like to think so too myself. Hehe =)

Joanne Ting said...

Love what you did with your room! It looks awesome!

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