Living In A ShoeBox

It has been almost 2 months since I left my hometown New Washington, Aklan. I moved in a nearby city hoping to find better and more stable net connection. I really wished New Washington is more equipped and that it can provide its residents with a more upto-date facilities otherwise, I would’ve definitely stayed there for good.

I still miss the walk in the beach, the weekend stroll sa bay-bay, ang paglagaw sa plaza (stroll in the park) and most importantly being close to my parents. Leaving was indeed hard but I don’t have regrets.

Now that Im living here in a more “urban” setting, I have noticed the big difference. I got a connection of 1mbps plus wifi! This broadband plan is never available to New Washington residents. 😦 This alone is already one of the best decision I have made. Not only did it made a huge impact in my day to day life but it also helped me increase my productivity as an offshore virtual assistant.

Everything here is so accessible. Mall, market, hospitals drugstores and not to mention fast food chains! I can eat and order burger even at 8pm 🙂 (I know its still early compared to Manila but thats the latest time I can get it here). 2 months after moving in and I haven’t even explored the whole place 🙂

The only downside to it though is that we are literally living in a shoebox. Its more of like a mini-condo unit. No bedrooms, No divider, nothing! Im not really used to living in a very small and tight space. Plus 2 adults plus a toddler fitting in this room may seem impossible to some. The good side of it though is that cleaning is super fast and easy. It wont even last more than 2 hours for a general cleaning! Plus now I get to tame down my shopping urges. Why? Because before I buy anything I keep reminding my self about our problem with storage. 🙂

I miss my hometown, but being in a semi-urban setting makes me feel like I am back in the city 🙂

Overflowing Gifts From God

Last Saturday I actually bought a box of colored chalks for my 3 year old daughter. I wanted to have some tools for her to practice writing. We had fun drawing shapes, animals and writing alphabets on our wall. I totally forgot she is asthmatic. Hours after being exposed to it, she already showed signs of asthma.

I prayed that it wouldn’t lead to anything serious but it did. Tuesday, I found ourselves lining up in a government hospital’s emergency room. This is her second time to be hospitalized just this year alone all because of Asthma. The first time we spent one day in the hospital but this time we stayed longer…

With Mikee being sick, and with very little money left in my wallet I panicked. How on earth will I be able to pull it through with barely 4000 pesos in my wallet? I tried so hard to compose myself and make sure I didn’t show any signs of worry despite the fact that I am already in my panic mode deep within.

I almost forgot that we have an awesome God. A God who despite all our shortcomings continues to shower us blessings that we cannot contain. A superb God who heals all our diseases and pain. A loving Father who listens to our cries and fears and gives us hope that in the end everything will work they way He planned it. That day, I surrendered.

Mikee’s condition seem to show slow progress in the first 2 days of the hospital. She would be active and playful during mornings but would be very sick at night. And everytime I see her breakdown, I try to hold my emotions and be strong for her… I have asked friends to pray for her continously every passing day. And I am glad I did.

4 days after, we’re back home.

While worrying for Mikee’s health, I worry about our mounting hospital bills and payables. With the outbreak of Dengue in our province, almost every close family I know has been a victim or has a patient in the hospital, thus there’s no way I can loan money from them. And when the doctor said we  can go home, we practically don’t have enough to pay the bill, not even half of it…

But it was also God’s way of telling me, “Ella, stop worrying cause I will take it from here..” It was as if God has pushed me over to a cliff, holding my hands and spreading it as if it has wings, telling me to let go and just trust that He will not let me fall…

I hesitated…. I worried…. I was afraid… but I let go…. I trusted Him.

Help and blessings overflowed. God sent “angels” to help us get out of it and get through all these trying times. It feels as if I am flying with wings…

This week I have learned the lesson of trusting God and His Awesomeness… I am no longer afraid….

Lord, thank you for sending those angels… and more importantly, thank you for being an awesome God.

*Photo is an original Photo of Marc Soller