Thursday, October 29, 2009

Now It's Ours

Next to having a happy family life, our biggest dream is having our own house. It doesn’t have to be huge nor lavish, just a place that we can be comfortable with and which we can call our home.

For more than 3 years, we have rented 2 apartments in Sta. Mesa, both of which we had wished to be sold to us by its respective owners but none of it we chance to acquire. Until typhoon Ondoy came and those hopes and wishes were all gone. Thank God, we didn’t rush offering the owner to purchase their house. I could imagine how regretful that can be knowing that we saved hard earned money for it.

Right after the typhoon, when things were just 50% back to normal, Gani and I spent late night hours searching the web for a house. The pressure to find a new place to stay was just enormous since we have experienced the biggest flooding in Metro Manila. The weather nowadays is like a nightmare, that every time it rains, everybody get anxious. Houses that didn’t have flooding for years were sank in water. Finally, an office friend of Gani recommended a place in San Juan that is sure to be flood-free. We didn’t get the chance to explore San Juan before 'coz subconsciously, we fell in love with Sta. Mesa. (Funny, but true! we got so used to the surroundings and accessibility of the place and also, we wanted to stay close to my in-laws.)

So we’ve visited the place some three weeks ago, thought about it, searched other possibilities and weighed our options. Then, have seriously considered the place but almost lost the deal 10 days ago. And just last week, we have closed the deal with the seller! She handed us the key and now it’s ours! We’re now free to do whatever we want with it and we're moving next month! :-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lessons Learned

Yes, my long absence here meant we were hit by typhoon Ondoy. Our personal belongings were damaged true, but we are more than thankful that our families and friends are safe.

Things are slowly getting back to normal for us. Although we've got no car and TV for almost 3 weeks already, I see this little inconveniences as nothing compared to those who need to be in evacuation centers. As for my daughter Reese, she found comfort discovering new vidoes to watch from the internet like "Your Baby Can Read" and the old "Mickey Mouse and friends" cartoons.

Just few days ago, I came across Bo's blog entry entitled Every Storm Will End. I was inspired by this article and would like to share my favorite lines from it:

  • Remember that every loss is temporary
  • If you lost material things or opportunities or relationships, believe that God is creating room for something better to come your way
  • I’m too blessed to be stressed. (indeed)

All along, we've been waiting for the owner of the place we're renting to sell it to us not knowing that Ondoy could cause it to drown. Surely, we've lost almost all of our property options right now and all we can do is to ask God to open new windows for us to find the place that we can really call OUR HOME.

I don't believe in luck, I believe that in God's perfect plan & time, our dream place will come. :-)