After running errands and spending hours at the showroom of a custom kitchen designer, Speedy and I had dinner then proceeded to the grocery — first at S&R for dog food, cat food, vegetables and fruits, then at Shopwise Libis for rice paper (you know, for making Vietnamese spring rolls). At Shopwise, the first thing that caught Speedy’s attention were these bladeless electric fans. Of course he had to inspect them… A guy thing, maybe?
I don’t know what he found more interesting — the new technology, the fabulous design or, perhaps, both.
The air blows from small slats around the frame.
The desk fan models (the two in front; the one at the back is a stand fan) have bodies that tilt so that the air blows downward…
… or upward.
Neat, huh? The price is an altogether different issue though. The desk fans cost PHP3,229.00 (around USD75.00) while the stand fan costs PHP5,099.00 (about USD118.50).
We didn’t buy any. But I’m sure we were thinking the same thing — if these bladesless electric fans were available when Sam and Alex were toddlers, we probably would have bought one for every room in the house. I don’t know about you but Sam and Alex both went through a stage when they were curious about their surroundings and they just had to touch everything they laid eyes on. Sam tried to touch the blades of an electric fan once. And she liked to touch electrical outlets. As a result, we did some serious child-proofing all over the house — electrical outlet covers, no electric fans within her reach, gates at the top and at the bottom of the stairs… you name it, we probably did it.
What was even worse was that there were times when they weren’t content with touching — they liked to taste what they touched too. For instance, Alex liked to peel paint off the walls and put the flakes in her mouth. So, I had all the walls in the house covered with wall paper.
So, you can understand why Speedy and I immediately thought about toddlers when we saw the bladeless electric fans. They just looked so much like they were designed with young children in mind.