I’ve posted before how shopping has brought me to tears more than once. And that’s just regular, grocery shopping. Clothes shopping here when you have a ‘built for comfort’ Western body is pointless and ego damaging.
Anyway, grocery shopping does become easier over time and one of the big tips I give anyone is that if you see a product you like or use regularly then you should buy as much of it as you can!
The vast majority of goods here are imported and arrive by the container load, so while the supermarket is fully loaded today there is no guarantee it will be tomorrow. And once a product has sold out you have to wait for the next shipment. That could be tomorrow, next week or several months time. There was a Vegemite drought last year that caused issues for Australians, and there was much Facebook rejoicing amongst my American friends when a random shipment of Frito’s (Honey Barbecue flavour) flooded every Cold Storage in Singapore.
So, if you see it, grab it! It’s very much “first come, first served” here.