Wherever you are in the world, be it Australia or any part of the world. Do you send letters from your local post office to Philippine postal service? You trust your own your local post office and hope Philippine postal services will do the end of their bargain. I hope yours does.
You think with the technology these days, that gone are the days of slow mails, or at least now being used as a method by companies to send out cheques or bills—even bills goes through in my inbox. I rarely get any mails at all delivered to my mailbox by a post man.
But I do send out mails to one person, in Philippines. This is my family, we are not officially married, but we act as if we are anyway. That’s just how we roll.
Over time, we exchanged private messages in Facebook and other mediums. All of these mediums we used are very effective, the messages we sent to each other were received without fail and instantly. Sending slow mails though, has it’s own…uniqueness…it. It has it’s own personal touch.
Slow mail experience
I wanted to create a different experience, going through the traditional route of post office services. Yes, slow mailing. This slow mail process, was supposed to create a more personal touch to it. It takes time to write, and longer to hand write the letters as oppose to typing them. I type pretty fast.
Appreciation—The idea of slow mails is that, it takes much longer to write, unless you write pretty fast. But not only that, there is no room for mistakes when you hand write your letters, unless you like using liquid papers or sending out letters with many crossed out words—your letter won’t look good and won’t be desirable to read. So really there is no room for mistakes.
There are many people who appreciates the efforts that you make in creating your letter. Thinking of what you would like to write first before writing it to minimise mistakes, actually hand writing the letter and then driving off to your nearest post office and mailing it there. It is more personal in a way that you have to physically do a bit more and take a bit more care in what you do.
Hand writing effect—For some reason, a hand written letter has that special feeling when you read it. It’s quiet different to reading the letters in front of your monitor, or reading a typed hard copy letter. It’s just not as meaningful.
When you do actually hand write your letters, it gives it that much more personality to the letter and to the person you are writing to. For me it gives it a little more extra edge, gives more personality and character. Much more than typing and sending it electronically. When I first started writing, I was typing it at first, then hand write it. That special feeling was no longer there. But when you are writing it as you go along, it makes it that much special. What I do after I write it though, is photo copy what I wrote, just in case. We are after all sending the letter to Philippines.
Sending mails to Philippines will probably get lost
I have lost a handful of letters through post sending it over to Philippines. I can almost be certain that it got lost in Philippines. Very sad, but true! The way in which Philippine handles their mail systems is unreliable in my view. There is also that untrustworthiness towards staff that handles your mails. Many of us who sends mails via posts to Philippines thinks that there will be somebody who will pay extra attention to your letter, open it and hopes there’s extra goodies in there—like money. We’re too smart for that though. This is why I make back up copies of what I write by photo copying the letters.
How long does it take to send a letter
I started sending letter through post once a week end of June. The first letter came through almost three weeks later. By then I have sent through three more letters—I send a letter once a week.
You would expect the logic that if took three weeks to receive the first letter and that each week, I have been sending letters then she would get a letter weekly. That’s the logic of my thoughts anyway. But that is not what’s been happening. It took another two to three weeks to get the next letter. It just doesn’t make sense.
Registered post—a more secure way of sending letters is through registering your post, because then you get to track your letter. But it will cost an extra 3 dollars. I thought about this for a while and it wasn’t fitting to the idea of what I was trying to do. Somehow that personal touch to it is not there. So opted out of it and rely on hope the letter does get delivered. I can always register mail the photocopies anyway as a last resort, but of course all those personal touch have all but gone away.
It’s all worth it in the end
Whilst the process might be more of a hassle than it’s worth when we have the technology to get our messages across much faster and easier way. There are people out there that would appreciate you more when they can see you are making the effort—in a way, their language of love—the one that speaks to you more is within the acts of service / receiving gifts, which ever this one false under.
This is why I do it. How about you, what’s your reasons for using Philippine postal service?