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Relocating from Australia to Singapore? (BBQ withdrawals)

Post by simmo » Tue, 13 Jun 2006 12:00 pm

I recently relocated from Surry Hills, Sydney to Singapore with all of my furniture in tow, except for my BBQ which I gave away to a friend (on the basis that I never thought I'd have a balcony here on which to use a BBQ). My bad mistake! Since arriving in December 05 and finding an amazing apartment with a balcony fit for an outdoor kitchen, I've called or visited what I think is every BBQ supplier or distributer in Singapore only to reach the conclusion that the BBQs here are at least 3 times more expensive than in Australia but without the same range or quality.

Although I guess that's understandable given that Singapore isn't Australia and that the culture, lifestyle and apartments here are different, I'm still having BBQ withdrawals, and can't bring myself to spend a ridiculous amount of money in Singapore buying a BBQ which I wouldn't think about buying back home. And after some preliminary calls to relocation and freight companies, I'd be looking at almost A$1000 to transport a BBQ from Australia to Singapore on a single box basis (hardly economical!)

So, here's my request and some advice: If anyone out there is contemplating moving from Australia to Singapore in the near term and bringing their furniture with them (or you know anyone who fits that description):

(1) please, please, please get in contact with me ([email protected] or +65 819 869 01) so that I may ask (nay beg, and offer to pay a reasonable sum, including a steak on the barbie hand-cooked by me) to add a BBQ to your shipment (delivered by BBQ's Galore direct to your shipping company if that's easiest for you). Of course, I'd cover (and pre-pay to your shipping company if that works) any customs charges, together with any applicable handling fee; and

(2) if you already have a BBQ, make sure you bring it (because you might not be able to find a replacement here!).

Also, on the off chance, if there's anyone else out there already in Singapore who's in a similar predicament and who'd be interested in sharing the cost of freight (the cost for 2 BBQs by sea freight is about the same as 1), whether for a BBQ or another item you'd like to bring over, please let me know.

Thanks in advanced (and fingers crossed), Simmo

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Post by micknlea » Fri, 16 Jun 2006 12:30 am

I have a 4 burner bbq, with side hot/wok burner, which probably needs a bit of TLC in all departments...it also has a cover....if you want it please pm me and come and take it. FREE!

I warn you now it has need of a new join end in one of the pipes and the gas guy said it would cost about $15, it also probably needs a local adapter for gas bottle, pretty cheap too. apart from this it was fine when we last used it.

If you are interested, let me know as it is just taking up space and we just don't get the chance to use it here.

Cheers.....
"My husband said it was him or the cat...I miss him sometimes." - Unknown

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Post by Matney » Fri, 16 Jun 2006 4:55 pm

Have you tried the BBQ supply store on East Coast Road near the intersection of Still Road. They seem to have a good selection, not sure about price though. For $1000+, I would think that you would be able to BBQ to your little heart content. :)

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Post by simmo » Fri, 16 Jun 2006 9:24 pm

Micknlea, that's a very generous offer which we'd love to take you up on. I don't think I can use the PM function (as I haven't made the required number of posts) however, if you can separately send me your email address or phone number to my email address ([email protected]) that would be great. Simmo

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Arrived in Singapore...WITH a BBQ

Post by ANZinSINGAPORE » Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:36 pm

I arrived in Singapore, from Sydney on Feb 4th and I had decided to bring
my Barbeques Galore 3 burner with me.

It's now sitting in the maid's quarters..(we don't have a maid) or a balcony in our condo ..hence it's not being used.

If you are interested, I'd be more than happy to sell it to you.

Hardly used, looks like new because we had the trolley stained again
to make it look new, cover.

Dodgey starter switch, but cooks like a dream..

Cheers

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