For the first time in a few days, it was bright and sunny for a change, which meant that I didn’t have to bring an umbrella to work (though I did so anyway). With the strong rains over and the floodwaters gone, this meant that it was business as usual for the city. Which I suppose is a good thing, I think.
Despite my fears of getting chewed out last night, they never really materialized. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who had trouble coming in, nor was I alone in not being able to call in to inform workforce about it. So in the end, it’s not going to be held against me. Which is actually quite reasonable for our higher-ups, for a change.
Aside from that, it was pretty much the usual day at work for yours truly, except for some small details.
For one, we were overstaffed for the day, but that’s what happens when you have a ton of people still stranded at the office, and were doing overtime because they were stranded. With the end of the rains however, they were looking forward to finally going home (the three college girls in particular, who had been there for at least three days already), though there was still some good-natured ribbing about the fact that they pretty much made the office their unofficial condo because of the rains.
The free food at the pantry continued today as well, so I didn’t have to pay for anything except for drinks. Unlike the others however I didn’t abuse the opportunity too much; I listed down one instance of breakfast, followed by lunch some two hours later, and neither had a price amount that went over fifty pesos. That’s quite a bit of self-control, especially when one considered the fact that some of my other co-workers were taking twice the amount, which meant that whatever food that was there quickly vanished.
The end of my work day was pretty mundane as well (though I did notice that there were still fewer vehicles and jeepneys on the road than usual). I did have to make a detour to the closest ATM of my bank before I went home, but that was because I was renewing my membership with the gym again. And since it was sunny again, I made sure to drop by for a visit, though I had to limit session there to around forty minutes instead of my usual one hour.
That withdrawal pretty much tanked my savings though. And while it’s payday tomorrow, I can’t really be happy, not when the bill for the package I was waiting for arrived as well. The total amount due for the Fedex’d Warhammer 40k 6th Edition rulebook came to around two thousand nine hundred ninety-eight pesos and some change, which is almost the same amount as I’d paid for the book (seventy-seven odd dollars). This meant that my savings had an impending deduction before I had even put it into my bank account. Ugh. And that’s not the only due I’m expecting to come in — there’s the credit card bills too, which are inflated due to the purchase of all those books I need for review in prep for the comprehensive exam.
The next few months are going to be rough on my savings, to say the least.
Still, I’m glad that the package likely came through in one piece (and dry as well, since it was already at the delivery center before all that rain came down on the city), so I’ll shell out the cash tomorrow when I pick it up. Getting the book will be enough for me to turn the other way with regards to the annoying customs fees.