As I sit here in this long and very comfortable couch, watching Freestyle live in concert in my temporary TV set, I just can’t help but thank the Lord for all the blessings. As I scan my eyes through all the small corners of my place, I can’t help but give gratitude to Him. As I see the simple yet functional fixtures and small appliances that surround me, again I can’t thank the Lord enough for He is the one who provided me with all these things. In retrospect, I can’t even remember how I was able to start and finish this project which my fiancée call Luna.
It all started December of 2009. There was something in me that snapped and said that I need to invest in something. I’m not getting any younger plus I don’t have a real savings account that I can be proud of. Browsing through an internet buy and sell site, I came upon this ad saying that I can own a condo for just Php 7,787 a month. I was curious and everyday I kept on checking that ad but I was still not doing something about it. Finally, after three months of continuous searches, I got the guts and time to see the condo for myself. I met the agent and he showed me the bare and furnished unit. I liked it but for how much? Seeing the sample computation, I thought, I can do this but I have to sacrifice some things of comfort and luxury for me to pay the mortgage and especially the first 6 months, the equity, which is very steep. I began to be reluctant but I said to myself, I can’t have anything or something if I keep on hindering myself with this attitude of cowardice and hesitation. I decided then to push through not knowing how I can pay the equity. God has so many powerful ways of blessing his children. I received an email with the formal computation of my equity and my God indeed! It was lower than the earlier computation. I was so thankful and told myself that maybe it was God’s way of saying that I should go on with this project. I was very jovial and again very thankful.
I was able to pay the monthly equity and then started to pay the mortgage. Then Bernice came along. She put the moral, physical and financial support in this project that I so desperately needed. She made it all beautiful. As for me, I would’ve moved in ASAP with just the bare necessities in a bare condo. We received the keys to the future last April 30 and we began the month and a half process of turning a box into an art.
We searched and asked for friends who can help us with the improvement of the unit, but in the end we chose to go with the in-house project because they had a wonderful promo offer for our unit.Every weekend, we try to visit and monitor the progress of the unit improvement. this was the time that I was introduced to Wilcon and MC home depot. These establishments are filled with just about everything that you need to build a house. They have everything! I was amazed on how many things that i never thought our small unit needed until I saw them inside Wilcon and Home Depot. We shopped for tiles, wood laminates, shower fixtures, lighting fixtures and kitchen fixtures. Sure, we made some rookie mistakes along the way but overall, it was fun, exhausting and expensive at the same time.
The next phase comes the appliances and pieces of furniture. Bernice influenced me on this aspect big time. She showed how one furniture can be simple, beautiful and reasonably priced.Her take on things like color, space and material opened my closed sentiments on how I want the unit to look. Again it was fun, tiring and a bit expensive.
The project became a therapy for me, every time I see an improvement, endorphins were released which in turn makes me happy. Luna was like chocolate to me.
Yesterday, August 31, 2011 at exactly 9:15 am, we were able to move in finally. I wanted to move in on an earlier date but the Ghost month prevented us from doing so. After some prayer and good luck rituals, I can ultimately say that my investment is worth it and again for the nth time I thank God for all his blessings. God truly provides.
This little space will be my family’s home for some time to come,but for now its just me and Bernice. Soon an angel will come and with God’s almighty hand everything will be complete
Dream, pray achieve and give thanks.