After being sick for about a week and a half, I slowly but surely gathered enough coins for my Lunar Lantern. With some help from a guildie, I also managed to purchase a Festival Lantern. :)
Since each lantern pet is so lovely colored, I couldn't resist switching my transmog gear to match. :P Red and Blue! I'm just glad that there's no pink lantern because uh... not only do I not have a pink outfit, I'm also out of room to create anymore transmog sets. x_x
Overall, even though I got pretty sick and was unable to go out and buy the pets as soon as they were released, I'm still very satisfied. Not to mention grateful. I enjoy the hardcore grind for pets, but sometimes a slow but steady approach is also welcomed.
So thank goodness for the Lunar Festival! No limited duration, limited attempts, RNG-based loot bag pets to stress over! I don't think I would have been able to handle it mentally, emotionally OR physically if I got that ill during any other in-game seasonal event.
It really helps to put things into perspective, and makes it very clear how miserable the holiday loot-bag system is for many collectors. Not just due to the in-game RNG and restrictions but also because of the RL randomness that occurs as well. Put all of it together and a collector really just has NO options or work-arounds at that point. Blizzard really needs to take this into consideration and have a heart. Ease up on the pet collectors please; we can only do so much to play and enjoy this style of gameplay until we're at everyone else's mercy.