An All-Delivery Week Is A Convenient Way To Get Through These Times
It’s not only convenient—it also offered me peace of mind
I’ll admit—I’m not a fan of online shopping. Way before the pandemic started, I liked heading to the stores and checking out the items to buy myself. These days, though, as much as I see how convenient deliveries can be, I’m still not convinced to rely on these services alone for our necessities.
However, delivery app Foodpanda challenged me to try exactly that. For a week, I did not step out of the house for groceries or take out—all I had to do when I needed something was to go to my phone, browse through my apps, and tap order now.
Especially with the rising cases of COVID-19, I thought this could be a safe option to buy our daily needs.
During those several days, the delivery noob in me had several matters in my head. Firstly, as a cautious digital anti-fan, would cashless payments be secure? The news of scams scare me, but I just decided to trust that reliable delivery apps would do their job right. I simply connected my payments with my Gcash account instead of my card, which I can reload, to be on the safe side.
Secondly, will all the goods I need be available online? This worry was quickly disposed of, though—I just needed to double check if the merchant I was ordering from is legit by checking reviews and being extra cautious. Thankfully, I survived this dilemma.
Lastly, will my orders arrive on time? While I’d like to brush off horror stories from friends as well as those I read and hear on the news, I was afraid my family would starve from waiting for the deliveries. But I was actually surprised!
My first day was spent on ordering groceries—first thing on my agenda—which include some hygiene necessities, pantry essentials, and some snacks. Like my mom, I like to get bigger items that will last for some time to avoid the constant need to buy. I tried Pandamart, where my kuripot self was glad to discover, as I got deals and discounts for my purchases! Eggs were on sale, as well as bread (we’re a bread-loving household), and more.
I also checked out their partner stores, and was glad to find a supermarket that sells Asian goodies. So I helped myself and ordered my favorite ramyeon packs and banana milk!
As I’ve stocked up, the next few days were just all about food delivery. We eat light in the morning, and we cook for dinner, so I decided to have our lunch delivered. Apart from taking out the daily problem of my mom (“What will we cook for lunch?”), I found that the variety of offerings available was a welcome treat. We had some Chinese food, did a pasta party, devoured pizza, and ate our favorite fried chicken throughout the week. The best part? It felt like the old days when I would take them out to eat nice food—it was fun!
After that week, I thought that relying on deliveries isn’t at all bad, as long as I use reliable apps and be extra cautious with sellers online. It also offered me peace of mind and bought me extra time, as all I needed to do was tap and checkout, then wait for the items to arrive. As I work from home, it gave me those precious few moments to relax and have time for myself and my family.
The only drawback was some of the choices—I live in a provincial area and restaurants and shops can be limited. But anyway, even if I do go out, the choices are still limited, anyway, so that’s okay. And also the amount of packaging used for each delivery, which I remedy by reusing or recycling.
Was I converted into a delivery believer? Yes, definitely! The lesser contact with people made me feel secure, health-wise, taking that risk out of the picture. However, when things ease back, I still think personally shopping is the best experience. For now, though, I plan to go the safe and less risky way—while still making smart shopping choices!
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