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16 January 2012

Made For Each Other

All in all, that was a total of 10 days from when I placed my order at the Singpapore Apple Store during the "Red Day Sale", 3 successful, 1 missed, calls with 1-800-myapple customer care rep (possibly another 1 tomorrow just to check if I got the package).

I didn't have the opportunity to feel giddy when the notification from our reception (had it send with business hours shipping to make sure someone would always be there for signing) as we were but about 6 heads in production today. It's Martin Luther King's Day in the US of A but we, whose holiday calendar got messed up, still went to work even if technically we follow Singaporean holidays.

My head was simply too full with purchase orders and special discount approvals and there's just not room enough for anything else.

Fast forward to when we got home - I carried the 2.68 Kg (yes, it's indicated on the outer brown carton packaging) from work, in the train, and up to our HDB block - I didn't even open it yet. I had to attend to a need that overrides geek-lust: food. So it was still after we cooked and ate dinner that I finally got to open my box.

I also considered an unboxing video at first, following in the steps of those thousands or millions before me, but nipped the idea in the bud. That was exactly the point; unboxing videos abound and mine won't make any difference.

And so I opened my very first Mac box, right on our dining table. Let the picture spamming begin!

 Housemate suggested we keep it sealed and displayed like a memento on our kitchen shelf.

Thinner than my Seagate Go drive.

MacBook Air, meet MacBook Mini

Apple sticker gets chummy with real Apple logo

Bumper to bumper

I must say it does feel creepy to read this message supposedly from the Apple authorities; as if I've just gotten married to a slab of anodized "alumuni-yum" (per Jon Ive's oh-so-lovely-Brit-accent).

Had my unit BTO, BTW (don't I just love that little play on acronyms!).

S$ 1,308 during the Red Day Sale

  1. bumped to 4GB DDR3 - RAM is soldered onto MacBook Airs' logic boards so it's something you'd have to live with all this MacBook Air's life.
  2. 64 GB SSD - decided to stick with this base storage space and forego the 128 GB SSD after all.
The "Red Day Sale" offered S$ 120 off prices on Macs. Rather than getting the S$ 1,468 retail config of 4GB DDR3 + 128 GB SSD, I thought I'd spend the extra S$ 120 on another portable external hard drive as there are lots of 500 GB choices in the market, instead of just 64 GB additional storage space.

I'm one happy Mac-camper who has written a post for the first time on her very first real Mac.

But I still hope that Apple Customer Care rep still calls tomorrow morning; he did mention something about a gift coupon from Apple to compensate me for the delay in the delivery. I was, after all, supposed to get my MacBook Air last Friday but the package got held up in a heliport somewhere in Hong Kong.

Was that "feef-teeh" S$ 50 or S$ 15?