Sunday, October 26, 2014
4 days to go and I am in a bit of a panic.
Some of the vital pieces of clothing I need for my trip , I ordered online. And they are not here yet.
"WHY DID YOU BUY THEM ONLINE?"
1. Jeans from Dorothy Perkins.
You see, my size for pants from that store is either 18S or 20S. And no, S does not mean small. It means short , leg-length wise. None of the stores I went to had those sizes.
"Why not get an 18R and get it altered?"
Brilliant idea. If I could wear something other that bootcut because the rest tends to hug my calves.
While ordering, on 8th of November, the site was very confident in saying "The latest your order will arrive will be on the 20th."
26th and not still here. And since I had to take the cheaper delivery, I could not track the order. And the FAQ? Not helpful. It finally mentioned that sometimes, "2 weeks are the minimum." which it did not say at all while ordering.
"Contact us." means I have to call them. No email.
2. My jeans jacket.
On the 11th, I went to Fat is Fab bazaar, a plus size clothes bazaar and saw the most amazing jeans jacket but my size was not available.
So the seller offered to post it over. I was delighted, paid for it.
This all happened via Whatsapp.
"Hey, have you posted my jacket?"
"I'll post it on Thursday."
"Hey, have you posted it?"
"Hey there, I was wondering if you have posted my jeans jacket yet? Thank you.|
3 hours later- "Hey there, I don't know if you're reallly busy or I'm not getting your replies but if its the latter, here's my email. I need the jacket by next week. Thank you."
"Hey, yes. I'll give you the tracking number tonight. Busy at the factory."
"Hey, can I have the tracking number please?"
No reply till today. I have been really polite and patient because I know how these clothing businesses can be really busy and some of them are also studying so they have to divide their time. But, come on. I have bought stuffs from many online shops and they usually update me if the stuff shows signs of being late, or it comes on time.
A particular nice shop even texted me asking if I've got my stuff already because she was worried. She didn't text me a week later, but the day after I got the parcel and I admire that.
Man, I am close to losing my temper.
*takes deep breath*
When people ask me what sites I plan to visit in Istanbul, I just go "The usual places. The local scenes you know."
I got a confession.
For someone who loves planning and making checklists, I kinda have not researched on where to go, and what to eat.
I know, terrible.
But, at least I have done most of my shopping apart from 3 things I can get at Mydin on Thursday, and also the jeans and jacket. I might have even tried to compensate for that by buying a nice handbag/sling bag type and a sweater.
I got a question for you guys.
How much money would I need for food + transportation + entrance fees at Istanbul? I would be staying there for 8 nights and accommodation is paid for already.