The Saturday before last on12 Dec… I set off to the SM Mall in Pampanga, with my wife, eldest daughter, son-in-law, and of course my granddaughter.
This time I took the expressway from Subic to the mall avoiding traffic accidents and blown tires. My wife has her trusty Charismas list and I have my wallet. I drove on the way to the mall, and figured my young son-in-law would drive the return trip while I slept.
Arrive at the mall 10:00 AM, and enter. First they check me for weapons, I was glad I left my eight inch Naval gun back at the house.
Standing at the entrance I thought to myself “The next person, who tells me what a poor country I live, in, I’ll bring him to a mall.” There were more people shopping, than were at Edsa, when Gloria became president.
I had also noticed in the parking lot that I had the cheapest car there. Commence shopping, first to the third floor where the Cell phones are sold, as I’d promised my daughter one for Christmas. She picked out the Nokia N-series, and then looked at me with those big brown eyes until I nodded my head in the affirmative.
Since my wife had a new phone purchased a month or two prior, all was well. I look at my own cell phone and think, someday!
Okay, that’s done now I can get to the second hand book store and stock up on novels. Lucky me it’s right beside the “Toy World”, so I can browse through books until it’s time to pay next-door. Kenny Rogers for Ribs and more shopping, 4:00 pm (16:00 my time) we’re on the way home.
Without a hitch, son-in-law let me sleep the whole way. Another great day in the Philippines, as always!
Oh dark thirty Sunday morning and I attempted to get on line using my cell phone, error and more errors. The cell phone has bought the farm. I went to breakfast on the Subic Freeport, and used my friend’s computer to notify Sir Bob that my article would be late this week, and then went to a repair shop that was open. “Mr. Paul, I just gave your phone “The Last Rites”, it’s gone, never to function again.” The repair guy said.
Off to O’Campo’s Department store to solve this calamity. My criteria for a phone is simple, it must be loud enough for me to hear people talk, the buttons must be large enough for me to read, and it must be a 3G computer compatible. Okay, so it has a camera, mp3 player and 6 games on it, and does other things I’ll never understand. They all do now, and I just accept it.
Home with the new phone and connect to the internet. Nope, some kind of glitch is preventing that from happening. Alarm in my head goes off as I remember that my wife’s phone is also a 3G phone that works quite well. What do I do with my new phone? My wife explained that it was newer than hers and she wanted it, so I can have her old phone (3 or 4 months old.)
Remember my Daughters new phone? You understand now! Now my dead phone was taken by my daughter to her friend who repairs them for a living. On Tuesday she brings the phone back to me in working order. And to think, it just had “The Last Rites” administered to it on Sunday. So I’m on line and then I’m informed by my better half, that she has contracted for the installation of Globe Broadband, which is unlimited and cheaper than my phone bill. I sure am glad she’s always looking out for me.
Glass half full? I now have a spare phone in case it happens again. See all works out for the best when you choose to live in paradise. I found 7 old phones sitting in a cabinet, I’ll open a little store out front of the house and sell them, and I’m proud they never made it to a landfill.
I wish a Merry Christmas to one and all and a new cell phone too!