Monday, October 13, 2008

Scary, Nightmarish Ordeal


Last night, after my wife and i dropped our son at the in-laws, my wife passed me a plastic bag which i mistakenly thought was garbage to be thrown away. It is a habit which i'm very accustomed to because everytime i leave my mother-in-law's place, i would help her to dispose of one or two plastic bags of garbage.

In actual fact, the plastic bag did not contain garbage to be dumped but my wife's handphone and wallet!

Then i walked to the rubbish chute hopper and casually dumped the bag down the chute.

My wife panicked and screamed "That plastic bag has my wallet and handphone inside!"

It was heart-wrenching to see her panic-stricken face as tears were welling up in her eyes that very instant.

We quickly scurried down to the first floor via the lift and went to the garbage dump.

Opened the shutter. I climbed up the garbage dump and found a door that leads into the pile of garbage. There was a broom lying at the door. I used the broom and fished out the plastic bag with my wife's handphone and wallet intact.

Thank God for letting us retrieve my wife's wallet and handphone without too much trouble.

The dump was pretty disgusting with lots of roaches crawling around. What do you expect? It's a garbage dump.

If we could not access the dump, we we would have to call town council for help. We'd probably have to wait until the the next morning for the dump truck to pick up the rubbish and get the rubbish collectors to help us retrieve the plastic bag.

This is certainly a brief but horrendously frantic and nightmarish experience for us.

15 Comments:

Blogger Happysurfer said...

Wow! Just like in the movies, wor!

Glad you managed to retrieve the plastic bag. I can imagine your wife's reaction especially her new iPhone and the wallet (of cash and cards). Phew!!

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 11:45:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To HS: Comedy or horror movie? :p

My wife couldn't believe how stupid and careless i was :p

Thank God we managed to retrieve her iPhone and wallet :)

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 11:48:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

OMG! That's terrible! It's a good thing the rest of the rubbish cushioned the fall of the phone. But on the other hand, isn't the rubbish collection area supposed to be restricted access?

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 12:27:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: I realise that for HDB flats, this area's shutter door is usually not locked.

At least it was also not locked at the block where i stayed in Sengkang.

My in-laws stay in Yishun.

We just need to press the up button to get the shutter door to lift up.

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 1:13:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Serene said...

Gosh! Wat an experience! Already the smell is a turn off, plus it's really not easy to retrieve anything relatively small from piles of rubbish!

Anyway glad you managed to get the items back without much hassle. You are lucky man!

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 4:06:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Serene: Precisely, it is like an amazing divine miracle that we were able to find the plastic bag in the midst of the huge pile of garbage.

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 5:17:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Snake said...

Woah Iphone some more! Luckily you guys manage to retrieve it otherwise some lucky person (mostly bangla cleaner) will use it.

Monday, October 13, 2008 at 9:30:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Old Beng said...

Ha ha ha, what an experience.

BTW today your Birthday hor?

Happy Birthday but in case lim peh remember sala, keep my wishes till the actual date.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 9:20:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lin said...

o.O
whoa!!
i would've have tears welled up in my eyes to if i had my wallet & phone dumped.
but...thank God you got it without much trouble! =)
it was scary and nightmarish indeed!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 6:57:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

According to Old Beng, it's your birthday!

Happy Birthday Mockingbird!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 10:39:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: No Bangla would get to use it as the rubbish truck's compactor would have crushed the phone :p

To Old Beng: You're right pal. Oct 14 is indeed my birthday. Thanks for the birthday greeting :)

To Lin: Amen. Thank God for letting us retrieve my wife's wallet and iPhone :)

To LIS: Thank you for the birthday greeting :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 9:27:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Snake said...

In case they saw it otherwise it will be crushed!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 5:56:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: Like i said, the wallet and iPhone would probably be collected by the garbage truck along with all the trash in the dump and no one would have noticed it as it gets crushed by the compactor.

Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 8:56:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger QuaChee said...

wow, like happysurfer says, it really is like in the movies. but yes, glad you managed to get the bag back :)

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 2:55:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Quachee: Yaloh. Thank God we managed to get the bag back :)

Friday, October 24, 2008 at 5:10:00 PM GMT+8  

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