WARNING: This second installment is mainly grouching.
We prepared a lot of the above COM folder (because there’s a minimum order^^) — for distribution to moviegoers, fans or not, who attended the shows and for all and any PSH fans who request it, not just PSH4U members. We’re giving it away for free; all we ask is for you to send money to cover postage. We’re sending it by Registered Mail which costs extra, but we want to make sure you receive it.
We made it very clear that if postage was received by August 18, COM folder would be mailed on August 20, otherwise you’d have to wait till mid-September. One of you wrote: “Why so late? Why do I have to wait a month?” Why? Because I am doing you a favor; I am not your servant at your beck and call. I have a life apart from PSH. She didn’t send postage or give us her address, so she’s not getting the folder. Not because of this person but because we wanted to share our COM folder with you ASAP, so even though we only received 2 postages by August 18, we mailed COM folder (buy one get one free) to everyone who gave us their addresses by e-mail. I just tracked every single one of them – they have all arrived at their destination countries by August 24, some even earlier. So if you haven’t received them yet, it’s the fault of your post office, not Hong Kong Post which is the fastest and most efficient in the world!
We asked people to send US$5 or its equivalent to cover postage (or if their address is in China – RMB20). That’s of course an estimate, but we’re so afraid of overcharging people that we preferred to be on the low side. We suggested they send money by Registered Mail – to make sure money would arrive safely. We had no idea a Registered letter from the U.S.A. would cost over US$14 or EMS from China would cost RMB90! I was shocked and felt very bad, so I sent more than requested to these fans which meant of course that my postage was way over what they sent. PSH fans share this non-business-minded trait^^ Who would do business knowing it would incur a loss?
When you receive the package, you will see I used a recycled envelope — NOT because I was so cheap. I bought a whole stack of A-4 envelopes, only to find they’re not quite big enough, especially with 2 folders, and a little bit like 1/4 inch was protruding at the top. Good thing I’m a “green” person and have saved a lot of envelopes from my mother’s bank statements which proved to be just the right size. But you have to open the envelope carefully or you’ll slash PSH’s face^^ I wrote: OPEN WITH CARE!
I made three trips to the post office, twice on August 19 and once on August 20. The packages are heavy and there’s only one of me. You may not realize the amount of work that went into each one: filling in the customs form, writing your address (some are so long!), re-checking address, writing sender’s address, recycling the envelope, sealing the package … Each time I spent more than an hour in the post office. On the last trip I was there from 3:50 p.m. till closing time on 5:00 p.m. People queuing after me were grumbling I was hogging one counter. The postal clerk asked me if the packages were all the same and I said they’re of different weights and for different countries. She had to first weigh each item, work out the postage, add the total (3 times), collect my money, prepare stamps for each package, (meanwhile, I stuck stamps on as fast as I could, dried them so envelopes wouldn’t stick together, and gave them back to her), write the registered receipt (with tracking number), stamp receipt, stamp stamps on items, and put them in appropriate box. She asked me: “Do you have to do this often? I’ll teach you how to send bulk mail.” My reply: “This is my first time, and probably last.” I don’t have any clerical training but I am a meticulous person, which was why it took me so long to prepare 60+ packages for mailing. And afterwards I had to e-mail each person individually to give them the tracking number for their package. My boss H (she’s the real boss!) refuses to do such menial work.
(If your postage arrived after August 21, I cannot acknowledge receipt or mail you folder until mid-September.)
But I am actually very happy to spread the cheer and share with fellow PSH fans. Just let me grouch a little more. I left a comment on the post that if you’re dying to have the JOFC PSH clock and calendars, please e-mail and we’d see what we could do. Some of you did, and I’m glad we managed to fulfill your wish (with the help of a PSH4U member to whom we are indebted.) Others asked: “How much is the price in this and that currency?” I just provided them with the addresss of a currency exchange website, but: “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” After all your orders had been placed, some latecomers e-mailed to say they wanted the clock and calendars to which we replied: “Sorry! Offer now closed.” One person wrote back: “Why so early? Isn’t the deadline on the JOFC September 10?” Well, order them yourself! We’re offering our services free of charge; we have to enlist the help of someone who is going out of her way to help us. Do you think we are a retail company doing this for profit? We hate to be taken for granted! We’re not asking for gratitude; a simple “Thank you” is enough. But show a little courtesy and consideration, will you?
2014 wall calendar – 420 x 594mm (16 1/2 x 23 inches)
We cannot place any more orders for the clock, but there is a chance for you to win the calendar. Please see our earlier post: http://parksihoo4u.com/2013/08/23/who-wants-a-psh-2014-calendar/
I’m doing things now that I wouldn’t do when I was 16, like voting. I know most of the voting sites are manipulated and results are rigged. So why do I still keep at it? Just cherishing the dim hope that keeping PSH at or near the top will maybe make it easier for him to make his comeback. Like buying all these PSH souvenirs at the JOFC. They are not cheap (but they are not more expensive than other stars’ souvenirs) and I don’t really need a clock or calendars. And I don’t subscribe to the theory that “she who dies with the most toys win.” Like those who also ordered these items, I just want to support PSH. Mentor, the company that produces these stars’ souvenirs, must be keeping tabs on whose items sell best. This is factored into the star’s standing, and we all know how important the Japanese market is for PSH (and other Hallyu stars.)
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that PSH’s comeback is on the horizon. We’ll continue to wait patiently and pray for him. The Korean entertainment world is not the same without him. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t watched a single Korean drama since mid-February. I’ve seen some good movies, though, and of course I’ve been re-watching PSH’s dramas and movie. Oh, I miss him so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o much!
(Credits: 1st photo by H.A.T., 2nd from Mentor. Thanks!)