Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mailboxes in Palembang

Did I ever mention that the majority of houses here do not have mailboxes? Its true. (Bilbo, when your letters come, the mailman throws it in the same way the paperboy throws the morning papers.)

I've asked several people and nobody has given me a satisfactory answer yet as to why this is the case. One person mentioned that it is because the mail that people get is usually registered mail that needs to be signed for anyway. So, there is no need for a box.

As for things like the electricity and water bill, a guy comes in to read the meter and hands you the bill anyway. So, no use for a mailbox there either.

The good part to all this is that there is almost zero junk mail. Occasionally, I still get something like the latest Pizza Hut menu. The menu is put in a clear plastic sleeve. A piece of string is then tied to the sleeve so that the menu can be hung on the front gate of each house. (By the way, this is the same method that we have adopted to distribute our Toy Drive flyers. Lots of work!)

Alright, since I know a letter from Bilbo is on its way, perhaps I should try to do something like this:

I took the photo last January when we went to Pangkor Island and have been meaning to copy the idea ever since.


Mike said...

This is the kind of stuff that's really interesting to know. It's like , WHAT?, no mailbox???

Bilbo said...

I agree with Mike - that is a fascinating tidbit of information. What happens when it rains? Does the postman bring the letters to your door, or do they lay on the ground and get soaked? One of the things on my to-do list for this spring is to replace our mailbox, which is falling apart. I want to be ready in case lightning strikes Mike and he decides to write me a letter...

fiona said...

LOL @ "The Boys"
You could paint your container all fancy like and get Aaron to cover it with stickers!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

The things we learn. Our mail goes in a box just outside the main door that we built.

Anonymous said...

Pizza Hut menu or leaflets constitute junk in my opinion. They became junk ever since they pulled the Italian thin crust off in favour of thick pan :P.

Seriously, your situation is the same as my Filipino maid's. She lives in a remote village where families are known by their names so mails are delivered right to their door steps. I don't know if they have mailboxes per se but I think they would be completely unnecessary.