Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
Wow, 13 weeks! And what a bittersweet 13 weeks it had been. Honestly, I am speechless from the amount of support I have received. Despite how difficult it gets, there will always be good friends that I could count on. Regardless of the outcome, I am grateful for everything. A lot of people turned their backs on us, some even questioned my intentions but many still cared for us. Thank you!
When I first heard that we are about to lose our house, my initial reaction was confusion. How can this happen to us, especially at a time of a pandemic? Then comes the feeling of helplessness. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you are well aware that I have been unemployed for some time now. I am living off my savings and raising a daughter with it. My savings is enough to cover our day-to-day expenses but I am afraid that I am not prepared for something as big as this. This is a joint effort with my other siblings. I am willing to do the legwork while my siblings take care of the money we need.
But I wish being the eldest is that simple. If ever you have been to South East Asia, you will notice how strong our familial ties are. The eldest child has an obligation to their youngest siblings, especially if the eldest born is a son. I cannot stand by and let my siblings shoulder the burden, so I did the only thing I could think of, setting up a fundraiser.
I never expected from the fundraiser; if anything, I am quite reluctant. Who in their right mind would give their money to someone on the internet, especially at a time like this? But as I have said, I have to try and help in carrying the weight, and try is what I did. Trying despite knowing you are failing is still better than doing nothing.
The first few weeks are nothing but an outpour of support from friends and readers alike. I never expected anyone to help out when I needed it the most. I cried out of sheer gratitude when I reached 10,000 pesos from the donations. There are people out there whom I have never met in person who want us to be well. There are people out there who have a hard time of their own but never let that stop them from being a good person.
But as good as it sounds, I am aware that this will not last, and sooner or later I have to think of other ways to make money. So as planned, I put half of the money I’ve gathered on a high-interest savings account. I’m hoping that it makes some interest before I withdraw it. Then I’m holding the other half for emergency expenses like documents and bank visits.
As the days passed, the stress has started to take its effect on me. I was in poor health as well as struggling with my anxieties. I never expected this to be easy, yet I made some miscalculations to the amount of stress I was putting myself into. As much as I needed to keep on working on the fundraiser, I took a step back. I want to keep the house but I also need to take care of myself and be in the right mindset.
I went to the bank last Wednesday to see what our options are. Before I went there, I took a detour to another bank and see if they are offering a refinance option. And they are but not in terms that we could afford, much to my dismay. Defeated, I went to the bank to talk to the manager and submit the requirements. I told them about the situation and we are on the verge of agreeing on something. But as it turns out we made a critical mistake in one of the documents that came from Canada.
With that, I returned home with some good news and bad news. The bad news was, the bank rejected the document and the good news is they are giving us some time to complete it. Hopefully, we could make it in time but in the meantime, the fundraiser is still open until the end of November. If there is anybody out there who is willing to help out, please check out my fundraiser.
I do not have anything much to offer but my gratitude. If you need help with anything, I would be glad to return the favor somehow.
I would also like to thank my friends for their support during this difficult time. You made us believe that we are worth something! I’m so thankful for your friendship and support. I wish this would be over soon. Maraming salamat at mahal ko kayo!
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