My day today started good. Even if I had to get out of bed earlier than usual, I was not grumpy about it. In fact, I was quite excited because I was looking forward to spending lunch with a couple of friends that I don’t get to see as often as I like. Well, we don’t get to see much of each other because of our own busy schedules.
An hour and a half of lunch with these two started my day good.
I didn’t even mind the traffic so much from Makati going to Ortigas after our lunch date (and I am usually not so patient about it).
My good mood didn’t last long though. I still have not received any referrals for a nanny for my son (even for just one month), we had a quite heated discussion at work that threw us off the loop (another “work around” process – can’t divulge anything more than that), and given that I quite lost my focus, I decided to come home early so I can fix my stuff and prepare things for the weekend again. And I thought I was only going to think about getting the laundry done.
When I arrived home about a couple of hours ago, the building guard handed me a letter. I was expecting a note for my lease renewal and it was about time that it arrived since my lease will expire exactly a month from now. And while the guard was handing me the note, he said, “hindi po ibig sabihin nyan na pinapaalis namin kayo. May vacancy po sa kabilang building.” (This doesn’t mean that we’re kicking you out. There is a vacancy in the other building.)
Since I just wanted to get to my apartment and relax for a while, his statement got me confused. So I opened the letter while climbing up the stairs to my unit at the 5th floor (yes, I climb 5 floors everyday). Imagine my surprise and dismay when the note was not for my renewal of lease. Rather, it states:
“Why?!?” was the first thing that came to mind. It doesn’t say anythjing else. No reason, no nothing. They just don’t want to renew my contract. Is that even legal? Heck, I don’t know. I am going to call the office tomorrow to get more details about this. I am not the only one who got this kind of note, I think. The guard still has abnout a couple of letters to hand out, if the letters he was holding earlier contains the same message.
I have been living here for the past 5 years. I have accummulated a lot of things over the years as well. And my shoebox apartment may be tiny, it has been home for the last 5 years. Now I only have one month (ONE MONTH!!!!) to find another place. That is so going to be a challenge since I have been working long hours during the weekdays and I am not in the big metro on weekends. Now I have to squeeze in “find an apartment” in my uber busy schedule. Huhuhu!
I have even come to love this place. Relatively quiet area with a residential feel, we don’t get flooded during rainy days, area is technically walking distance to the malls. What more can I ask for?
Now I have to find a new place to live. I might try to check out the vacant apartment in the other building a block away from here but I think I will check out other places, too. Maybe this is some sort of a transition phase that I need to go through (good luck budget plan). Probably it is about time to find a better and bigger place so my son will have more room to play.
Anyone knows any apartments for rent within Pasig/Mandaluyong area that is reasonably priced for a single, working mom? (Parts that don’t get flooded and not far from EDSA, I hope). *Sigh*
I hope nothing adds to my list of things to worry about. For now though, I think it is a good time to have a drink.