Bonita to Mom:
Arrived safely in Manila (from Xiamen). All without a hitch except that we were overweight 19 kilos! As it turns out, every kilo is charged RMB 50 so we almost had to pay RMB1,000!
Mom to Bonita:
Did you pay overweight?
Mom felt so bad because i am not alert enough yet to think fast. We should learn from our mistakes
We should have left the big carton with us cause we dont have luggage. Just one big and one small luggage.
Next time, think fast and make decision accurately.
Bonita to Mom:
In a way, it is God’s will. Yes we were 19+ kilos overweight and we were asked to pay excess of RMB1,000 (or 50 RMB per kilo).
However, because we were overweight, we talked/prodded/begged people if they can have us load our luggage with them if they’re only traveling light and under 20 kilos.
We had two good samaritans – one was an OFW from Dubai who bought a Php15,000 LCD TV from Samsung in China (25% of Philippines’ Php 60K price).
The other was a Filipino Chinese who studied in UNO High School, but finished in Xiamen university using international trade. Guess what? He is working for his uncle who is actually an importer for dried pineapple from the South. They actually talk to the pineapple farmers and consolidate — EXACTLY the supplier I had been looking for over the last two months.
Both of them are truly my good samaritans. I have already given him my card and he will email me the price list this week.
So mom, take heart. Calm down.
God is indeed good and He provides. There is definitely a purpose for everything. If we don’t have overweight, we would not have a story to tell. If we were not forced to talk to people, I would not have met our pineapple importer and maybe make a good friend out from it.
Hope that mom gets a smile in our story.