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So, let’s have some real talk. You might think that my life is oh so rosy, full of energy and positivity. But reality is, just like everyone else, I have moments of doubts, fears and mishaps!
Yesterday, I came to office, feeling stressed-out since I have to finish a lot of things before I leave the company. I prepared a to-do list and looking forward to a busy and productive day. I will be joining my new company next week so I really need to settle everything. But first I decided to clean up my bag and that changed my whole plan for the next two weeks.
Three days ago, I have a feeling that water spilled inside my bag, my daughter’s water bottle accidently tilted. I put my hand inside and didn’t feel anything so I just carried on. Yesterday, while cleaning my bag, I noticed that my Kidzania vouchers are wet. Oh no! the ‘Valid Until -Date-‘ is not readable anymore. I looked closely and breathed a sigh of relief when I found one ticket that has still a readable validity date. That should be fine. Then next I saw the police report (my BIL had an accident using my car), I again hyperventilated and prayed that it’s not damaged as I don’t want to go to the police station for a new copy. I cautiously unfold the paper and prayed that it won’t disintegrate. Thanks God it didn’t and the notes are still readable. Then one by one, I removed all those wet receipts, business cards and whatnots from my bag. THEN, I saw it! My passport!!! I checked and my heart sank. Some of the texts are unreadable and my photo was severely damaged.
My immediate thought is our trip to Italy. For sure, I won’t be able to travel with this passport. I checked my options and the only thing I can think of is to apply for a new one. I left the office and went immediately to Philippine Consulate. They told me that it will take minimum of 5 weeks to replace it. It won’t work since we are travelling on 1st April. So I asked them if I can just fly to Philippines and apply from there. Sure I can and processing will only take 7 days. But first they told me to check with airport immigration if I can leave the country with a damaged passport. Otherwise I will need to apply for a travel document. 🙁
So after the consulate, I went straight to the airport and looked for the immigration office. I showed them my passport and the guy in the counter just said that, yes, I can travel out of the country. I decided to believe what he said and left.
As soon as I reached the office, I immediately purchased a ticket and discussed with my husband if I should bring my daughter. Last time I left her, she was crying non-stop and everyone had sleepless nights. It’s obvious that we should be travelling together. Next thing I did is to call my new boss. I explained to her that although we had agreed that I am joining next week, I won’t be able to because I need to travel back home to get a new passport.
You can imagine the guilt, embarrassment and regret that I am experiencing yesterday. All the hassle I went through and the money I will spend for a stupid mistake. All my plans were thrown out of the window.
While ranting to my friend, she told me that it’s fine and she was amazed on how fast I thought of a solution and how I was able to finalized everything in a few hours. She said that if it happened to her, she will cry first and wallow in misery.
My sister also reminded me the conversation we had few weeks ago. I told her how I wish I can rest for a few weeks before joining the new company and I realized I also keep on saying this to my friends. Ahhh, the Universe had heard what I’m saying and granted my wish. We should really be careful what we wish for.
So now, everything is set for my flight. I just need to pack my stuff. I am trying to remove all negative thoughts and thinking that this is happening for a reason. I may not understand it now but for sure I will learn something from this. I wake up this morning with a headache but I immediately thanked God for the new day and prayed for a productive and beautiful day.
I hope you will also have a great day! Remember, a day above ground is always a good day. 🙂