It’s been a while but hello there to whoever reads me type out the internal monologue of my life. Hello! I went on a little spree last Friday to Far East Flora. I get weak when I am surrounded by flora and fauna so I ALWAYS end up spending a minimum of $30 and above when I go to Far East Flora. Part of the reason for my high spending is probably due to the fact it’s hard to get to via train. (Honestly, it’s one train ride for me but the walk there can be tiring with the sun. Thanks, Singapore.)
Anyways, I love flowers but they die very quickly and spending so much money on something that lasts me a maximum of 2 weeks seems bleak for unemployed me. So this time, I decided to get leaves. I love leaves! They last a little longer and have lower maintenance. They also go well with the theme of my room with all the plants.
I actually got rid of my study table because I was getting annoyed how I had to squeeze through my table and bed. I bought a new table from Ikea but long story short, it didn’t go with my room. So I put the new table in my guest bedroom and then got rid of the whole study area in my room and voila! I am struggling with not having a place to put my laptop but who am I kidding my laptop resides in my bed with me. This is the good part of having a queen bed I guess.
Pros and Cons: Far East Flora “warehouse” of flowers vs Supermarket flowers
1. Bulk vs Small
Sometimes the illusion of buying in bulk is cheaper is not always right for your wallet. I do love going to Far East Flora or other huge ass warehouse flower places around that area but they do not necessarily bang for the buck. Like I mentioned earlier, I spent a minimum $30 on a tight budget. They sell everything in huge “portions” which means you get your money’s worth but sometimes a little too much than what I needed to make bouquets. Unless you have a huge floral arrangement or want to drown in flowers, Far East Flora might not be for you. Also, if you are looking for varieties in your floral arrangement, it might be difficult because you’ll be spending more to buy more varieties. (I don’t know if I make sense.)
2. Variety vs Simple
Also, if you are looking for varieties in your floral arrangement, it might be difficult because you’ll be spending more to buy more varieties. (I don’t know if I make sense.) If you want to get a variety of flowers such as lilies and tiny flowers, you’ll be spending about $50-70 in total because one bouquet of flowers cost about $20 already. So buying a great variety will cost some holes in your pocket.
If you are looking to make one floral arrangement or small bouquets, I recommend just buying flowers from Cold Storage. To me, Cold Storage provides a better range of flowers. You can get 5 lilies for $10 and you can mix and match with other flowers without hurting your wallet. Another bonus is that you have less extra unwanted flowers that may cause more wastage. If you know what you need and don’t need a lot, supermarkets are a better option.
3. Flowers vs Leaves
However, if you are into leaves, I would prefer going to a place like Far East Flora. They have a wider range of leaves and are cheaper. Leaves at the supermarket will cost me $3 for maybe 3-5 stalks but leaves from Far East flower cost me $5 and less for 10-15. Leaves like ferns go for $4.50 for a bunch of approximately 15 ferns.
Honestly, it depends on what kind of project you are embarking on and how big of a scale it is. Because it is always best to prevent any unnecessary wastage. Anyways, these are just my opinions and I am a person who shops quite a bit at both places. I don’t know any better than any regular person.