Another reason to adore Ikea. Twenty-four numbered drawers to mark a countdown to Christmas is a lovely idea. It’s called an Advent calendar and costs S$19.90 which is a bit expensive, but it’s such a cool idea for both kids and adults and I like the idea of tiny gifts.
A good thing about missing Sweden after a wonderful holiday, is that you can pop into Ikea for a dose of everything Swedish. The strange thing is, you can even get authentic Swedish goods at a cheaper price here and it’s all authentic.
Please stop reading here if you don’t want to hear negativity, as this is going to be a rant. But I can’t help it and need to vent. What spoils a nice visit here is the crowds and on my particular visit, a mum practically screaming her head off at her kids. And I’m not exaggerating. Well at least I don’t see kids beaten in public anymore. That used to make me so angry. Sometimes I think Singapore parents are worse behaved than the kids and the poor kids just emulate their behaviour after years of being yelled at. It’s just bad. I hate being critical, but I see this type of thing occurring all the time and I never blame the kids. Children need their dignity too. Sadly it’s just ignorance.
It was also disheartening to see products in Ikea damaged. I saw those lovely Ikea straw goats that had the ribbons pulled out the the straw pieces sticking out. I even saw some of the Tomten Santa Claus drawers squished. Makes me so annoyed. I don’t want Ikea to go the way of Borders because a few inconsiderate people treat this like a free playground. Courtesy campaigns are not much use. Bad behaviour seems to be ingrained. Makes me feel ashamed as a Singaporean that sometimes we behave so badly.