Funny memories especially during our years in Marikina City (lived there for 24 years, then Ondoy). We moved out in the quiet of the night (after weeks of house-hunting), and without much fuss, so there was really not much time to thank some nameless faceless individuals, to whom I’ll be forever grateful. So let me just thank them here through your site.
Thank you to our very understanding landlord (may he rest in peace) and eventually, our landlady (the daughter). For letting us stay in our rented space (~24sqm) for the past 24 years or so. Even with delayed rental payments (there was a time we were behind by 2-years worth of unpaid rent). And thank you for keeping the rent at Php550 through the years. I don’t think Juan will easily find such rental fee in Marikina. Imagine, Php550 rent and still we can’t pay for it? I know, crazy right? Thank you so much.
FoodThank you to my mother’s friend and kababayan, who allowed us to get viands and food on credit from her carinderia while my brother and I were still studying. She was generous enough to enable my family to eat three times a day even on credit, then mother and father will just pay during payday weekends. Then the same cycle in the weeks and years to come. Admittedly, Juan can get tired of the same old viands day in and day out, and if you eat from the same vendor 5-6 days a week, then there’s really not much choice but to repeat her menu of viands. But hey, better than salt and fish sauce on rice right? So thank you so much. And that’s the advantage of good credit standing I suppose. One can be a repeat client.
HaircutThis just happened once but still forever etched in my memory. Thank you to my suki barber in Marikina, who allowed me to get a haircut on credit, with mother’s promise to pay Php50 over the weekend. Imagine, Php50. I never imagined prior that even a haircut may be availed by credit. Or that I will be availing of one. I was still studying then, and you know it sometimes gets strict when it comes to haircut, especially during CAT days. I was even too shy to ask the barber, it was my mom who did. And thinking about it, made me admire my mom more for her cash flow management and negotiation skills.
ShelterThank you to our other neighbor, my father’s friend, for letting us spend the night in their living room, while Ondoy is flooding our rented room. Admittedly, we are not among the hardest hit by Ondoy, water was chest-deep but most of our very few properties were not damaged. And the water subsided overnight. But still, we did not have relatives nearby, so the blessing of your roof for the night, and sharing sardines dinner with your family in a candle-lit night (very solemnly romantic), will never be forgotten. Thank you.
May God bless all of you a hundredfold. There are many many more not mentioned here I’m sure, but God knows who they are, and that we’re forever grateful.
And thank you God for these people. And thank you God for all the many many blessings you have given us and those to come. Someday, somehow, I hope to change somebody else’s life too (or lives), for the better and for good.
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