The repairs being made on our library bathroom have been going on smoothly, so far! Although it’s draining the little bit of money that I have here, I really think it’s all worth it. We still have food to eat on the table anyway so I guess that’s good enough for the meantime.
I was startled this morning when the phone rang at 4am. It was my brother who called. I messaged him yesterday about the talk I had with my cousin over at Yahoo. I wanted to find out the complete details about the misunderstanding they’re having over the new car that they bought. Here’s the full story.
My cousin went online yesterday and I found out from her that finally, Mama was able to buy the 2005 Nissan Quest that they’ve been eyeing on since last week. When my brother mentioned that to me in one of his messages, I looked it up and found out that it’s a cool mini-van that will suit them to a T (so long as the kids won’t grow as big as me for their age! Hahahaha!). Anyway, I knew that Mama had bad credit and I was actually thinking that she’ll have a hard time buying the car because of that. You know how Americans are so into one’s credit standing and all the works. Having worked for a US-based credit card company in one of my call center stints, I know that one’s credit report and standing does make a difference in an American’s purchasing power.
I was glad that the salesman was so kind enough to assist them buy the car and all the works. Of course, my cousin’s boss helped them out too (that’s according to my cousin). My cousin told me yesterday that Mama wants to return the car because she was assessed a value for the low jack car alarm (it’s a satellite-based alarm that traces one’s vehicle in the event it’s carnapped) and the extended maintenance warranty for 6 years (this would include repairs for whatever reason or causes and they only have to pay $50 for it – kahit pa mabangga pa yung sasakyan!). Regardless of whether these things are in the package, she would need to pay US$460++ monthly for the car for 5 years. This became a cause of argument between my parents because Mama wouldn’t accept Papa’s nor my cousin’s explanation. After the chat I had with my cousin, I immediately sent a message to my brother telling him to explain to Mama the benefits of those things included in the package.
Sabi nga ng pinsan ko, baka makinig sa ‘kin ang nanay ko kasi sa ‘kin lang takot yun. Ako lang kasi ang katangi-tangi nyang anak na kayang sumuway sa mga gusto nyang mangyari! Hahahaha! Anyway, I told my cousin to also explain to my mother the situation and what may happen. It’s a good thing that she was still able to buy that car despite her having bad credit. But my cousin told me too that it’s also possible that the car may be retrieved if the bank doesn’t approve of the arrangement they had with the dealer. I just hope everything will be settled real soon.
Going back to the phone call I got this morning, Papa and I discussed certain things, especially the one pertaining to Mama’s bad credit standing. He wanted to pay whatever debt Mama has (it’s just a very minimal amount due to a blouse that she bought years ago) so that she can start building her credit again. Papa told me that Mama doesn’t want to pay even a dollar to that debt so he told me to ask the help of my cousin if she could find a way for him to pay off whatever Mama owes – basta wag na lang ipapaalam sa nanay ko. Ayaw kasi ng tatay ko na me utang and he wants Mama’s credit records to be updated para ‘di na sya magkaroon ng problema. Ewan ko ba naman sa nanay ko kung bakit ganon ang mentalidad!!! Tapos puro reklamo naman ang maririnig ko sa kanya *sighs*
Papa informed me that Ryan was able to rebook his return flight from May 22nd to May 18th. He’ll be arriving here on the 19th! It put a smile on my sleepy face because he’ll be here just in time. I wanted him to be here when I go through that nerve-wracking interview on the 23rd. His presence will surely help me relax. 😀 Papa mentioned that he already wants to go home kasi napupundi na sya sa nanay ko. I can’t blame him. Kahit naman pag umuuwi si Mama dito, wala kaming ginawa kundi mag-away! Nagalit pa raw sa kanya kasi binilhan nya ng nuggets yung mga bata pero nagreklamo raw ang aking Mama na dapat yung tig-$1 lang ang binili nya. Hay naku! Ang nanay ko talaga! ‘Di ko maintindihan! Sabi ko nga pagpasensyahan na lang at baka nagmemenopause lang. Mahirap talaga ispelengin ang aking butihing ina!!!
I was able to talk to Nikki and she told me that she wants to make use of the chance she has to cook up something for Mama since Mother’s Day’s just around the corner. She told me that she wants to go to the craft store for the things that she needs on the project she’s working on for Mama on Mother’s Day. She even told me that she can’t do the project on weekends because Mama will be with them and since Mama’s working 7am-7pm everyday, she has all the time to do it. I just told Ryan to bring her to the nearest craft store for whatever she’ll be needing.
The call lasted for about 40 minutes. My brother just made kwento about the cotillion he’ll participate in and all that boy stuff. Papa, on the other hand, told me that he wants to go to the mall to stroll with the kids. I told him to just go and have fun. After the call, I went back to sleep and it was almost 5am.
Anyway, I just finished chatting with my cousin again and she told me that she’ll do what she can to try and see what they can do with Mama’s credit. I’ll know by tomorrow or later today what happens. Hopefully, everything will go well.
Haay! Ang hirap magpalaki ng magulang! I hope Basti won’t go through this with us 🙂 Hehehehe!