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It seems lately this is a place for me to unload all of my dissatisfaction and irritation. And today seems to be another bad day for me. I have been having insomnia AGAIN lately and for the past 3 days I've only managed about an average of 4 hours of sleep a day which is no wonder why I am on the verge on turning into a demon with just the slightest assistance.

So, as I was trying to keep myself awake, with only 2 hours of sleep from 4am to 6am, to memorise my Food Chemistry notes for my midterm in the afternoon, I was informed of the arrival of a package for me at the office. Resisting the urge to just grab my pillows and blanket and get my much deserved rest and pleasant dreams after I got back from campus, I went to the office all excited to collect the package. One look at how it was packaged gave my a deep sense of foreboding.

It was loosely wrapped and it looked like someone had just thrown in the CDs into a huge envelope without a care for their safety and left them to the mercy of the postal service. Tearing the envelope open, I saw the CDs wrapped in soft bubble wrap. Looking more closely, I realised that it is just loosely put around the CDs without even using cellotape to secure it properly. And lo and behold, one of the CDs has a huge crack on its casing. This very much puts me over the edge few times over. Of course I told the seller about how I am not satisfied with her way of handling but her only reply is sorry but she is inexperienced in sending CDs.

Saying that she is inexperience is just an excuse to get out of it and it is making me even more mad than I was. Even a small child can tell you that a CD case is easily broken. That is common sense. And if you have bought CDs from online shops before, you would have known how they always package their goods. This is ignorance on her part. Well, a child might not be able to properly wrap the package to be sent but being an adult, one would think that she would be able to do something about the protection of the CDs during transport. A package like that could only have done by a child trying to imitate the action of adults but failing at it. A child might be forgiven for that but for a student who is old enough to study overseas, this is not so.

A crack on the casing means that the product is defected and a defected product is not worth the price I paid for any longer. I am a collector. What does it mean to be a collector? I buy goods not just because I like them and want to have it in my collection but it also means that I take great care in the storage and preservation of the things in my possession. I put high standards for the goods I keep. I wrap books that I buy properly without using cellotape so that there is no mark on the inner cover of the books due to aging and so that my books stay in near pristine condition. Even some slight tears, bends and scratches breaks my heart and I even open my books as small as possible when I read them so that there are no lines down it's spine. Since I am not rich enough to buy the hard cover versions this is what I do with my paperbacks. And the CDs that I buy? I remove the plastic cover to look inside and I slowly put the CD back into the plastic, even when the plastic is like the ones on cigarette packages and is super hard to put it back in after taking it out. This is how far I would go to keep all my possessions properly. So when someone did something like that, how can I feign ignorance to such a glaring act of stupidity?


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Isabelle Chan

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