Where do the restrictions imposed by all governments on travel for its citizens amid COVID-19 leave people, especially young students whose parents reside in a country as foreigners?
In preparation that my younger daughter will one day soon be granted permission to enter Singapore, I asked if she had masks for her journey. To my horror, her answer was a ‘no’. I asked my older daughter to send her some, and she informed me that she had donated all her supplies to her medical department.
Horrified, I wrote for advice on my chat group, where I was advised against sending any. The reasoning: There are none available; secondly, courier services are suspended; and even if there was a service, my packages could get stolen en route. Masks are the New Gold.
Nevertheless, I started my search and found them in a place unimaginable — a vegetable market in Singapore!!
Meanwhile, a friend on the chat group offered to keep my daughter in Connecticut. She said she could give her whatever she needed except for masks. She apprised me that medical workers in the US not having adequate supplies.
I purchased about 400 masks for the medical facility in the US and some for my daughters. While we were looking for a courier, my husband was called on duty to fly to Alaska. The masks reached the US! And he found a local courier with great struggle and succeeded in sending the three packages across.
My daughters were teary-eyed at finding two Indian 5 Star Bars in their package. They are not home, but they received a touch from their patents. On hearing about the arrival of the masks, the Macmedical facility stated, “this is the best news we have received in recent times.”