After two days at the office/staffhouse of the NGO Sam works for, the family and I went on the final drive from Iligan City to Cagayan de Oro City, and flew from Lumbia Airport to touchdown at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. This is a year and seven days after we first came to live in Iligan City.
But now WE’RE BACK!
I’m taking advantage of the Internet connection at the office/staffhouse here in QC. The house in Parañaque is almost done but not clean enough for a toddler to be running around in, so we’re staying here until it is. Need to iron out a few design misunderstandings with the contractor (that’s what happens when you renovate by remote control), need to get a few things for the house, need to wait for the container van that’s got our stuff packed like sardines.
Which brings me to Pedring. Pedring works for WGA Zip Cargo. He and his boys came over to the old Iligan house last Tuesday morning to pick up our stuff and put them into a 10-footer container van for shipping to Manila. I had no idea how small a 10-footer container was until I saw one up close. I looked at it, and then at our bulky furniture and assortment of boxes, one of which contained the air purifiers, and said to myself I’d goofed on this one, our stuff will never fit into that container.
But Pedring made them fit, and without having to use a hammer or crowbar either. With the most awesome display of spatial intelligence this side of the archipelago, Pedring directed his boys on which piece of furniture to give him at a time and within the span of less than two hours, he had the entire contents of our house safely piled up one on top of another. I thought, this guy would play a mean game of Tetris.