True Story: An Expat’s Struggle With SingPost And Parcels In Singapore

28 February 2017

By Finder blogger: Andrea McKenna


Of patience and packages

Do you ever check the shipping status from the U.S. or elsewhere? Do you ever drive yourself crazy following the tracking only to realize that the carrier tried to deliver your package while you were both out for only 15 minutes? What are the chances they try to deliver at that exact time? Pretty good in my 5 years here in Singapore. It’s happened a lot.

Along with the SingPost cards that say they tried to deliver at 11 am and you were not home, only you were indeed home…. Arrgghghghghghghhg!

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In times like these, one line that Princess Leia says makes a lot more sense to me than ever: “The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers,” she says to Governor Tarkin after she is taken captive in the beginning of “A New Hope.”

The more you try to control things, the less power you will have.

But what can you do about deliveries? Wait. Fight the urge to be in control.

That’s a difficult thing to do when it’s so tempting to check the shipping status.

Online tracking services seem great. Hey, you can see exactly where your package is and when it will be delivered!

But you know what? Life and business get in the way. Things get held up in customs. Clearing gets backed up and you’ve now tacked two more days of missed deliveries onto your wait time.

As expats, we just can’t get everything that used to be readily available back home here in Singapore. And that’s probably true for most people everywhere.

International online stores fill a lot of needs and wants, and this tracking thing is both a blessing and a curse.

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My advice is to wait. Forget about the delivery and you’ll even be surprised and happy when it shows up and you weren’t even thinking about it.

Now that it’s on my mind, I wonder about that sage spray I ordered from Etsy in Los Angeles and forgot about. Well, maybe I’ll check just this once….nah, I think I’ll go watch Star Wars instead.


About Andrea McKenna

image: E. Chiau

Andrea McKenna Brankin is journalist and author from the United States who lives a full life with bipolar disorder. Her book, Bipolar Phoenix, is awaiting a publishing contract. She is also currently a volunteer at the DaySpring Residential Treatment Centre for teen girls in Singapore, providing befriending-family support, therapeutic writing and rugby coaching.


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