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Weekend Worries

A thoughtful gift I got from work colleagues was a voucher to spend a night at the Casa Ibiza in Antipolo.

It was an ok weekend, until we realized my daughter’s laptop was missing. That and my iPad, her Wacom graphic tablet and her USB drives. We had been working on her homework the night before, so we had thought to bring all those gadgets with us.

Bad judgement.

Anyway, it has been a week since that happened. After much boo-hooing, mostly from daughter (also from me, but in secret), we had nothing else to do but move one.

Move on, move on din pag may time.

I had consoled my daughter by telling her that we lose people, don’t we, so why not stuff? I just meant to say that there were worse things in life, though maybe I could have said it more poetically.

So, what to do to prevent this from happening to you?

1. Don’t bring gadgets when you vacay: I know that’s kinda impossible, but if you can hack it, then leave them ALL at home.

2. If you must bring them, keep them in the place where you sleep: Casa Ibiza has villas that have their bedrooms on the floor above the receiving area, and that was our mistake. We didn’t remember to bring our stuff upstairs after we used them.

4. Take a photo (of your stuff): I know it’s tacky, but it’s just to aid in the search, if ever, not to post in Facebook.

3. Check your doors: that’s a no-brainier

4. Record yourself locking those doors: take a vid of you actually locking the door, so that management can’t argue that you were careless, and therefore, got what you deserved.

5. Report the incident to the police: you can file a report at the nearest police station, so that there’s a record somewhere that it actually happened. And on the off chance that there can be miracles if you believe, maybe you’ll get everything back (though I seriously doubt it).


They ARE only stuff, and even though it hurts to think about how hard you’ve worked to pay for them, be thankful that nothing worse had happened. You can replace all of those things, if you have a care to.

We still have a lot to be thankful for, so let’s move on, shall we?


By supernormalgirl

Single, 40-ish mom, travelling this world as any normal, girl-next-door would. Is both positive and negative, yin and yang, good and bad. A forever 'tween. Has a love-hate relationship with food, and food wins most of the time. From Manila, Philippines.

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