Of ginabots and puso :)
The title says it all. But the phrase “Simple living” still depends on the person, like living in an average house may be simple for one but not for some and it may be grand for one or not for some. (Well, that kind of thing.) And now that I’m living on my own, I get to do everything on my own. Yes, you read it right I’m living on my own now, in a dormitory like a college student. The usual problem is where to eat and my office is situated in an a highly-urbanized-area (if there’s such a word) so restaurants, fast-food chains, and cafés are all over the area but dining out every day every meal is draining too, financially. But aside from those fancy restaurants, if you’ll just look around, go beyond streets, corner to corner there are those that you call the “pungko-pungko”. (The cebuano term may not be familiar to most but I won’t explain it here but rather read this separate post fromZeroThreeTwo.)
Yes, I admit I am a bit picky, but now that I get to experience the independent-kind-of-life, I learned a lot. Today marks the third time I ate in a pungko-pungko, yes third (a friend of mine even said I missed 1/3 of my life. LOL). But today was different, it felt different as I saw an old man, a construction worker, as I sat across him in the table watching him eat his lunch while I was also busy eating my 25-peso-meal. I kept on thinking about how he tried to budget his daily allowance by just buying real cheap street food and brought a tub of rice (used ice cream tub) while I have bills in my pocket, and ate in a fancy coffee shop for breakfast this morning.
I always kept in mind that I live a simple life. I wasn’t born well-off but I have a happy family that supports me all the way, a simple house to live in and I just got the job that I really like, I can buy the things that I need and the stuff that I want, simple as that. But looking at that old man,
it made me realize it reminded me that I am blessed in every way. I may not know everything about that old man and I cannot just simply help him in any way. I may have felt bad about him that I tend to forget about the simple life and be blinded by those fancy useless stuff but it’s also good to reward oneself once in a while for the hard work, but it was a reminder that I should always be thankful, thankful in many ways no matter what the situation is and no matter how you think life is unfair to you. I am blessed and forever will be.