One Fine Day – 4

One Fine Day – 4

Richard had no choice but to bring Sunshine to his office at the Lim Aviation Services building.

He was carrying the little girl atop his shoulders and everyone they met greeted them.

They loved seeing Richard with his daughter.  They knew that despite being separated from his wife, Richard Lim is a very good father to Sunshine and that her daughter adores her dad so much.

“Good morning Sunshine! Good morning Sir!” Liza, Richard’s assistant greeted them as soon as they entered his office.

“Good morning Liza!”

“Good morning Tita Liza. Look  at Gus. She has a new ribbon.” Sunshine proudly showed her stuffed kitty’s pink ribbon.

“Oh wow that’s so pretty Sunshine. You can play with Gus at your dad’s big chair. You want something to eat?”

“No Tita Liza. We just had breakfast  a while  ago that’s why we were late for the field trip.”

“Oh today yun field trip Sir? Hindi kayo umabot?”

“Unfortunately nahuli kami Liza that’s why Sunshine will be staying with us her today.”

“That would be great. I’ll take care of Sunshine Sir.”

“No need Liza.  I have her toys here in her backpack. Sunshine can just play here. Right Princess?”

“Yes daddy. I will just play with Gus.”

When Sunshine started bringing out her toys and settled at his big sofa inside his office, Richard went behind his desk to check on his schedule.

“Liza si papa nandyan pa ba?”

“Naku Sir he already left. Galit yun kanina kasi wala ka pero when I informed him that you brought Sunshine to her school, ayun kumalma rin. He’s on his way to the airport for his 10 am flight to HongKong.”

“Ah okay. Thank you for bailing me out Liza. Hindi ko naman kasi alam na hindi ako aabot sa meeting  kanina. Kindly corrdinate na lang with Eng Yamaguchi about the new Time Airways planes for repair sa Clark Hangar and please clear my schedule today. I will stay here but I want to bond with my daughter.”

“Okay Sir. I’ll also bring your coffee in a while and a chocolate drink for Sunshine.”

“Thank you Liza.”

The moment Liza left, Atty Ryan entered. Sunshine gave him a kiss.

“Oh the pretty little Princess is here. Kaya naman pala wala ka kanina brod. “

“Obviously yes. She’s supposed to have her field trip kaso nahuli kami. There’s this parent ng classmate ni Sushine kasi who got late. Ayun nadamay tuloy kami.”

“Sino naman? Babae ba yan? Yan ba yun dahilan for that phone call?”

“Oo! Gusto ko lang bwisitin. Ang sungit kasi at ang ingay.”

“Aba at binigyan mo pa ng pansin by making up a fake phone conversation. Sobra ka naman atang apektado. Maganda ba?”

He didn’t answer but Sunshine, who heard her Tito Ryan replied. “She is very beautiful po Tito Ryan. Her eyes is like the eyes of Gus.”

“Oh she’s beautiful pala at doe-eyed… hmmm…”

“Naku Ryan whatever it is you’re thinking stop. Hindi ako maaattract sa ganun.”

“Napakadefensive mo brod. I wasn’t saying anything.”

“You were about to.”

“Hindi no. O baka saan pa mapunta ang usapan. Hinintay lang kita to give you this. Yan yun documents for the lot we purchased beside the Paranaque hangar. Aalis na rin ako kasi I have a hearing after lunch.”

“Ah sige brod. Salamat.”

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His phone rang and he immediately answered it.

“Maya apo hindi ko pwedeng bantayan si Sky. It is my spa day today. Dapat sinabihan mo kasi ako ng maaga.” The voice on the other line was unfamiliar.

“Hello who is this?”

“Who are you? Bakit hawak mo ang telefono ng apo ko?

He was surprised so he checked his phone and found out that it was Maya dela Rosa’s phone.

“Ah eh. I am Richard Lim. I am…”

But before he could say more the voice on the other line got excited.

“Oh Richard Lim, the poster boy of Lim Aviation? Ikaw yung nasa malaking billboard sa EDSA, sa SLEX, NLEX at sa NAIA?”

“Yes mam, unfortunately that’s me. You see my dad wants to save money so he made me pose instead of getting celebrities to do it.”

“Oh my God you look so handsome in it. At ang ganda rin ng boses mo. (bumabawi bumabawi! hahaha!) Lahat nang nakakita ng billboards mo mukhang gustong bumili ng eroplano para lang may maparepair sa Lim Aviation.”

He chuckled at what the lady at the other line said.

“O bakit ka tumatawa? Seryoso ako. Magaling yun tatay mo at ikaw ang pinagpose sa ads niyo. At napakagwapo mo iho. Pwede kang magartista.”

“Hahahaha!!! I’m really flattered po Mam…?”

“I’m Conchita, apo ko si Maya. But ikaw you can call me Connie. Teka are you dating my apo? Wag mo siyang pababayaan ha? Moody yan at masungit pero mapagmahal. Si Sky naman mabait na bata kahit makulit kung minsan. Yun tatay nya rakista kasi kaya hayun naghiwalay sila ni Maya. Pero wala namang problema yun kasi annulled na sila.  Richard mamahalin mo si Maya ha at wag na wag mong paiiyakin.  Atsaka bagay kayo.”

“Ma’m Connie, I’m not dating Maya po. Classmates po yung anak namin but we’re not that close. Kanina lang kami nagkita and ayun nagkainisan pa kasi our kids weren’t able to join the field trip kasi nahuli kami. And now nagkapalit pa kami ng phone.”

“Oh! Oh! I’m sorry. Naku nakakahiya naman sa’yo Richard.  Akala ko nagdadate kayo. Kaya pala ganun yun text ni Maya kanina. Hindi ko pa naman nasagot yun tawag nya kasi I was preparing for my spa day. Naku baka iwanan nya si Sky sa daycare sa Buendia kasi walang mag-aalaga sa bata. Sige sabihan mo na lang  na ihatid nya sa akin dito si Sky.”

“DayCare?”

“Oo where the Makati workers drop their kids. Ayaw ko kasing iniiwan nya si Sky doon kasi nabubully yung bata. Sabihan mo na lang si Maya na ihatid dito sa QC si Sky. I can’t travel na kasi to get him. Medyo hindi ko kinakaya ang traffic.”

Richard had to make a quick decision.

“Don’t worry po Ma’m Connie. I’ll take care of it. You go ahead with your spa day. Ako na ang bahala kay Sky.”

“Really? Hindi ba makakaabala sa’yo?”

“Hindi po and my daughter is also with me now. At least may kalaro siya.”

“Oh my God! Thank you Richard. Promise kapag naisipan mong ligawan ang apo ko, may 100 plus pogi points ka na agad..”

He laughed then ended the call.

Another call came in…

“Naku Maya nasaan ka na? Nandito na sa board room si Sir Jaime at Captain James. Si Ma’m Ina kanina ka pa hinahanap. Maya naman. Ngayon ka pa talaga malalate. Mawawalan ka nang trabaho nito eh.” A very worried voice was heard at the other line.

“Wait… this is not Maya. This is her phone pero mukhang nagkapalit kami when we were bringing our kids to school kanina. This is Ricky Lim. Classmate yun kids namin. May I know where Maya is working?” He purposely used his nickname as he didn’t want to be recognized like what happened with Maya’s grandma.

Emman was surprised as well. “Naku kaya naman pala hindi tumatawag.  Sa Time Airways po ito Mr. Lim. I am Emman Castro, his officemate. She was supposed to give her presentation with the management.  Wala pa po siya.”

“Okay Emman, Maya will be there shortly. Can you just tell her boss that she’s doing her best to be on time. Nahuli kasi mga kids namin so she had her son with her. Alam mo naman how kids are. Kindly tell your boss. I’m sure she’ll understand. “

“Sinabihan ko na po but of course nakakahiya pa rin. Please tell her na lang po Mr. Lim na naghihintay na kami dito just incase she calls her phone which you have right now.”

“I will do that Emman.”

The moment he ended the call, he dialed a number using his office landline.

“Hello Ina. This is Richard. I have a favor to ask…”

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Sky was grumpily following her mom towards the Time Airways office. She was already rushing as she’s already late for her presentation.  On their way to her office they met a mishap when Sky accidentally spilled his orange juice on his mom’s blouse. Maya had to return to their house to change.

It also didn’t help that she was unable to contact her officemate Emman.  She accidentally swapped her phone with her most hated person of the day.

“O Maya what happened to you? And bakit ganyan ang hitsura nyo ni Sky? Nagkaproblema ba?” A concerned Ms. Ina met her.

Maya was apologetic and very embarrassed to have disappointed her boss and mentor Ina. “Ma’m Ina sorry po. Sky has a field trip kanina and hinatid ko siya kaso hindi kami umabot. Ang daming disgrasya na nangyari this morning tapos yun tatay pa nung classmate ni Sunshine na dapat ihahatid ko sa school nagpasaway pa kaya nahuli kami. Pero Ma’m Ina handa po ako sa presentation. Actually kagabi ko pa po pinaghandaan yun at nagusap kami ni Emman na maaga akong pupunta kanina kaso eto nga…” She was already near crying. Her job is very important to her and Ms. Ina had been instrumental in helping her reach the position she has now. She never wanted to let her down.

“Hey Maya kumalma ka nga.  Tingnan mo kahit si Sky natatakot na sa’yo. Alam ko na lahat yun. Emman informed me already and I know naman that hindi mo pinababayaan trabaho mo and you wouldn’t be late if it’s not an emergency. Relax ka lang. I moved the meeting to 11 am. You can prepare first or asikasuhin mo muna si Sky. Kalma ka na Maya.”

She was teary-eyed while profusely thanking her boss.

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Maya decided to bring Sky to the daycare center where she usually brings Sky when no one would be able to watch him.

It is her son’s most hated place but Maya had to convince Sky. She only needs to leave him for two hours so she would be able to do her presentation.  The Time Airways office had no area for kids and Sky will surely be bored.

“Sige na anak. I promise we will eat ice cream and spaghetti after my work. Basta behave ka lang doon and tell Ms. Ruby when big boys tease you.”

“Yes mommy.” Sky sadly agreed.

At the daycare center…

“Here’s Mr. Potato…”

“Oh hi Mr. Potato, can my daughter join your games?”

“What is her name?”

“Her name is Sunshine. She wants to play too.”

Maya decided to leave Sky at a local daycare. They arrived while there was an ongoing puppet show where the performer was hidden. Only his puppet covered hands can be seen by his eager audience.

Maya was so impressed that she was clapping her hands when the short show ended.

The performer suddenly emerged.

It was Richard Lim.

“Oh Ms dela Rosa.”

“What are you doing here Mr. Lim?” Maya was beginning to get agitated again upon seeing him.

“Oh Sunshine got bored at the office so heto dinala ko siya dito. Nakakatuwa pala yun puppet show. Maybe I can make myself useful by doing it regularly here. Are you leaving Sky as well?”

He was nice so she had no choice but be nice as well even though he despised him so much for messing up her day.

“Yes iiwanan ko kasi walang place for kids sa office. Actually ayaw nya kaso napilit naman when I promised his favorites mamaya.”

“Ah eh.. Maya, I know I was a jerk kanina pero I want to make up for it. Let me make up for it. Ako na lang magbabantay kay Sky while you do whatever it is you need to do in your office.”

She stared at him incredulously. “Seryoso ka?”

“Yes. I can take care of the kids you know.  And you don’t have to worry leaving Sky here alone. Isasama namin siya ni Sunshine.”

She’s contemplating and had a worried look on her face.

“I promise he will be unharmed at buong buo mong makikita ang anak mo mamaya.” He tried to joke.

“Alam ko naman yun kaso baka mahirapan ka kay Sky.”

“Hindi yan.” Then he asked Sky, “Little buddy do you want to go with Tito Ricky and Sunshine?”

The little boy gave a beaming smile. “Yes po!”

“See mommy! Your son trusts me.” He also gave her his bedimpled smile.

“Sige na nga. Pero please don’t let him eat chocolates kasi nagiging hyper sya. Not too much sweets din, then don’t let him play sa sandboxes dyan sa park kasi di natin alam yun mga tinatapon ng mga tao dyan atsaka….”

“I get it. Don’t worry. I’ll take good care of your son. Sige na baka mahuli ka pa sa work.”

“Thank you.” She sincerely said this time. She gave him her very first smile.

Richard also smiled then remembered their phones.

“Teka before i forget, here’s your phone. Nagkapalit pala tayo.”

Maya got hers then with some final reminders again about Sky, she left Richard and the kids.

Richard couldn’t remove his eyes from her retreating form.

He found her interesting and his heart unexpectedly reacted in a way he only felt years ago when he was still courting his ex-wife.

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One Fine Day – 3

One Fine Day – 3

Richard Lim and his daughter Sunshine together with Maya dela Rosa and her son Sky were rushing to the kids’ school.

They alighted their taxi even if they were still a few blocks away from the school. The traffic was terrible and they decided that running is a wiser option to be able to reach the school bus which will bring the kids to the ferry terminal.

While still catching their breaths from running, they were told the bad news. The school guard informed them that the school bus already left.  They don’t have a choice but to hail a taxi again to be at the ferry terminal by 8 am. They just have 15 minutes to go to the terminal so the kids could still catch the cruise ship which would tour them around Manila Bay and Corregidor as part of the activities of their field trip.

The moment they boarded a taxi, both kid and parent sat at the backseat of the taxi. Since both Sunshine and Sky wanted to sit by the window, Maya and Richard had no choice but to unfortunately sit beside each other.

“This is your fault. Ang tagal nyo.” He started blaming her in hushed voice so that the kids won’t hear them.

“Mr. Lim maaga kami. We were at your place 6:45. Kayo yung wala doon.” Maya countered in a hushed voice as well.

“Hindi ka ba marunong magbasa? I posted a message at my door and I clearly wrote that Sunshine and I would be having breakfast at McDonalds.”

“Richard Lim wala na yun sinasabi mong message pagdating namin. Atsaka hindi man lang ba sumagi sa isip mo na tawagan ako? Alam kong binigay ni Corinne yun number ko sa’yo. Bakit hindi ka tumawag para alamin kung nabasa ba namin yun nawawala mong message sa pintuan ng unit mo?”

“Why would I call you? We aren’t even close.”

“At sinabi ko ba na close tayo? Tatawag ka kasi mahuhuli na yung anak ko at yung anak mo sa field trip nila. Hindi ba importante sa’yo yun? Ang yabang mo naman na mas isipin pa yun pride mo at ayaw mong ikaw yun unang tatawag!”

“Eh ganun pala bakit hindi ikaw yun unang tumawag kung iniisip mo yun field trip ng mga bata?”

“Wala akong number mo. At hindi ko pinangarap na kunin yun number mo after kong makita kung gaano kasama ng ugali mo.”

“Me? Masama ang ugali? Excuse me Ms. Dela Rosa but I’m the nicest person in the whole world.”

“Ikaw nice? Kung nice ka aba santo na pala ako!”

“Whatever! But I assure you. I am a nice and very likeable person kung nice din yun tao pero with someone like you wag na lang nga. Sayang naman yun friendship ko if I’ll waste it on someone like you.”

“Ang kapal mo talaga. As if naman I’m interested to be your friend. Oy Mr. Lim I am friends only with your ex- wife that’s why I agreed to fetch Sunshine. At hindi ako interesado to add you sa friends’ list ko.”

He was about to say something but his phone rang.

It was actually his friend Ryan, who’s also their company lawyer who is calling, but Richard Lim had a naughty idea formulated in his mind.

Still in a hushed voice which won’t be heard by the kids but would definitely heard by Maya, “Oh hi gorgeous! I had fun last night.”

“Anong gorgeous? Hoy Richard Lim si Ryan to!” A confused Ryan stared at his phone to check if it was indeed Richard’s number he dialed.

“Of course I know who you are. Ikaw talaga! How could I forget you after what we did last night? So Stephanie, are we gonna have fun again tonight? You should wear those lace undergarments again. It turns me on.”

A shocked and overly disgusted Maya gaped at Richard then she clumsily dialed her phone too in an attempt to distract herself from Richard’s conversation with the person he made her believe to be a certain Stephanie.

“Brod kung anong kalokohan na naman yan wag mo nga akong idamay. Pumunta ka na dito kasi umuusok na sa galit ang papa mo. Wala ka na naman sa 7:30 meeting kanina. Your success sa closed deal mo kahapon is good for one day lang. Eto aburido na si Tito Roberto. Pumunta ka na agad.” Then Ryan also ended the call.

“I’ll definitely see you tonight babe. Don’t forget to bring the massage oils as well.”

He was staring at Maya with the naughty glint in his eyes. He’s purposely annoying her.

Maya just shook her head while waiting for the person she called to answer his phone.

“Oy Mayabels asan ka na ba? Akala ko very early tayo kasi you will rehearse your presentation. Asan ka na? Mag-aalas otso na dear.”

“Naku Emman maaga sana ako kung walang pasaway na asungot na sumira sa araw ko.”

“Oh why? May problem aba?”

“Malaking problema Emman. Eto naghahabol kami ni Sky para maabutan yun field trip nila kasi merong mama dito na siguro napuyat sa babaeng with lace undergarments kaya late na nagising. Naku kung hindi ko lang kaibigan yun kawawang ex-wife nya.” She was already fuming mad. She needs to be in her office already for her big presentation.

“Naku Mayabels kung sino man yan, hayaan mo na. Umiral na naman ang pagiging man-hater mo. Sige na ihatid mo na muna si Sky. I’m sure naman na kayang kaya mo yun presentation later. Basta be here by 9 ha. Nandun na kasi sa office ni Ma’m Ina sina Mr. Jaime Ventura at yung anak nya. “

“Sige Emman. Thank you ha!”

“No worries Maya. Basta kalma ka lang ha. At please lang be nice dyan sa sinasabi mo. Ayaw mo naman sigurong magmukhang stressed on the day of your presentation.”

“Oo na Emman.”

When she ended the call…

“So who’s that? A boyfriend? Oh let me rephrase, a very unlucky boyfriend?”

“Mr. Lim please lang ha. I have a very busy day ahead at hindi ko gusto yun pambwibwisit mo. If you’re the kind of person who stays home in front of the TV watching stupid shows and eating a whole box of pizza, drinking beer and enjoys annoying people because they have nothing interesting to do, please spare me. I am a very busy person and my time is very precious.”

“Ouch! That hurts Ms. Masungit. Buti na lang your son is not as grumpy as you.” Then he even winked at Sky.

The taxi stopped and they rushed to the ferry terminal but unfortunately, the ferry already left.

Sky and Sunshine were waiting for a taxi to bring them home. They were now aware of their bickering parents.

“Kasalanan mo talaga to. Now how would I work with my son tagging along with me.”

“Hindi ko kasalanan.”

“At kanino aber?”

“The circumstances, yun hangin na naglipad sa note sa pinto ko, yun pagiging ontime ng field trip… maraming may kasalanan…”

“Or sabihin mo, yun hindi umaandar na initiative mo to call me. Nakakapikon ka talaga Richard Lim!”

“My mom hates your dad.”

“My dad hates your mom too.”

“But we don’t hate each other, right Sunshine?”

“Of course we don’t, Sky.”

“Can I see your dad’s phone?” Sky got curious of Sunshine’s dad’s phone which she’s playing with.

“Here. Daddy has lots of games.” Sunshine handed her dad’s phone to Sky.

“Here is Mommy’s phone too. She also has some girly games.” Sky also showed Sunshine his mom’s phone.

Their parents got the phones now.

Both kids were able to return each other’s phone but Maya thought they didn’t so she grabbed the mobile phone from Richard’s right hand and shoved the one she’s holding in his left hand.

“You Richard Lim are the most disgusting person, correction, creature I’ve ever met!”

“And you Maya dela Rosa are the most crazy woman I’ve unfortunately interacted with!”

“I hate you!”

“No you don’t and I assure you, you won’t!”

“I DO hate you with every fiber of my being!”

“Fine!”

“Fine!!!!”

Then they both boarded separate taxicabs to bring them to their destination for the day.

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Preview:

At the daycare center…

“Here’s Mr. Potato…”

“Oh hi Mr. Potato, can my daughter join your games?”

“What is her name?”

“Her name is Sunshine. She wants to play too.”

Maya decided to leave Sky at a local daycare. They arrived while there was an ongoing puppet show where the performer was hidden. Only his puppet covered hands can be seen by his eager audience.

Maya was so impressed that she was clapping her hands when the short show ended.

The performer suddenly emerged.

It was Richard Lim.

 

A/N : Sorry delayed. Hindi kasi safe… magsulat while busy sa work. (hehehe!)

 

 

One Fine Day – 2

One Fine Day – 2

Maya de la Rosa was in her usual morning rush.

She will bring her son to school then go to work at the Time Airways like she used to do every single day.

But today is an extra busy day for her.

She will be having a presentation in front of the owners of Time Airways – Mr. Jaime Ventura and his son James Ventura. Also in attendance will be the Board of Directors of Time Airways and her mentor Ms. Katrina “Inah” Ruiz.

Maya will be presenting  her new ideas that could be incorporated in the Flight Attendants training program. She suggested it to Ms. Inah a few days ago. Ms. Inah informed her bosses about it and since they got interested and really excited on what Maya dela Rosa proposed, the owners and BOD of Time Airways requested Ms. Inah to have Maya dela Rosa present her ideas in a conference today.

She was just promoted as a trainor a few weeks ago and she needs to impress the big bosses that she is worth the promotion. She was very excited to be given the opportunity to share her ideas but she was very nervous as well.

As usual, Maya spent the evening mastering her presentation and even practicing everything she would be saying. She was always meticulous when it comes to work and she wanted it to be perfect.

She didn’t want to embarrass her mentor Ms. Katrina Ruiz, who was instrumental in her promotion.

She was just lucky that her son will be having a field trip today. After the field trip they will also have a mini soccer game which means he would be spending the whole day with his teachers and classmates.

Maya doesn’t have to fetch him during lunch time today, like she does on his regular school days. On regular days, Maya would rush to her son’s school during lunch then bring him to her office where her five year old son would be spending the rest of the day.

Everybody in Time Airways knows that Maya is raising her son, Sky on her own after she and her husband separated about a year ago.

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Jeff Macavinta, Sky’s dad is a musician who only cares about his band, his gigs, his tours and concerts. He also cares about the numerous girls he’s been dating after he and Maya parted ways.

During the first two years of their marriage, Jeff had been a very responsible and loving husband.

He and Maya were friends before they got into a relationship and eventually got married that’s why both of them thought that what they had was for keeps.

Things changed when Maya got into the Time Airways as a Flight Attendant. She would be travelling a lot which left Jeff taking care of their son Sky, who was just over a year old then. Jeff had a small music studio in their former house where he used to teach their neighbor’s kids various musical instruments like piano, guitar, violin and drums. He would also offer voice lessons to aspiring singers. It was his passion and he enjoyed doing it.

Everything went on smoothly until Maya’s flights became more frequent. There were times when they hardly saw each other since Maya comes home very early in the morning then sleeps the entire day.

On their son’s third birthday, when Maya was unable to go home because her flight was cancelled due to the bad weather,  the husband and wife started to have arguments about many issues like lacking time for each other, who gets to sacrifice more,  who gets to bring the bigger income in the family and even little bouts of jealousy about an FA who gets closer to Maya or a student who gets closer to Jeff.

This went on for about a year until both decided that they could no longer live with each other and it would be better for them to part ways. It would also be better for their son who was growing up already. They both agreed that Sky shouldn’t be witnessing their quarrels and arguments. Despite what happened to them, both Jeff and Maya love their son very much.

They parted as friends for the sake of their son and Jeff admitted to Maya that he could not take care of Sky for he would also be pursuing his career as part of a rock band.

He knows that his gigs and tours would take much of his time and he wouldn’t be able to take care of their son. Both decided that Sky would live with his mom but Jeff could visit him anytime. They also decided that whenever Sky had school activities, both would be in attendance to support him.

Jeff kept his promise the first few months but eventually stopped when his band went on tours nationwide. Sky would always ask about his dad which Maya would patiently explain without making Jeff look bad.

Seeing her situation as a single mom and also knowing her potential as a trainor, Ms. Ina transferred Maya to being a ground crew of TA. It would mean that she could also bring Sky to work. Since Maya was a well-loved TA employee, everybody was supportive of her and nobody questioned when she had her son stay in her office after his morning classes. Sky was a very good boy anyway.

Then came the opening in the FA training institute where Ms. Inah immediately recommended Maya.

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Maya finished practicing her presentation around 4 am then she proceeded to fix her son’s needs for the field trip. She prepared his small bag and made sure that her 5 year old son would have everything he would need – extra clothes, small towel, soap, powder, cologne, his favorite cupcakes, juice and his small soccer ball-shaped pillow. The school would be providing hot meals as lunch for the kids.

After fixing her son’s things for the field trip and the materials she’ll be using for her presentation, Maya prepared omelette, hotdog  and rice for breakfast. She always makes sure that her son eats a full meal before going to school. Unlike other kids, Maya never had a problem feeding Sky. The boy is not a picky eater. He could eat just about anything.

She took a glance at Sky who was still sleeping soundly. She smiled then kissed her son. She proceeded to the bathroom to take a bath.

She glanced at the clock on her bedside the moment she went out the bathroom. It said 5:30 am. She should wake Sky up now.

“Mommy I’m still sleepy.” The boy complained the moment Maya tried to wake him up.

“Anak today is fun. You will be riding the cruise. Wake up na Sky.”

“Mommy 2 minutes pa.”

“Two minutes or you want me to tickle you?” She jokingly said.

The moment Sky heard it, he immediately sat up. He knows he is no match for his mom.

“Ayan scared  ka sa tickles ni mommy no?”

“No mommy I’m not. I’m just excited kasi I will see daddy later after our field trip.”

“Anak, daddy said he will try to watch your soccer game later but he did not promise that he would so pag wala si daddy don’t be sad ha. He is just very busy.” Maya tried her best to explain to Sky.

“Yes Mommy I know po. Pero sana daddy is there so he could run with me. Yun mga classmates ko kasi may mga  daddies teaching them soccer.”

“Naku anak napakagaling ni Mommy magplay ng soccer. I could run with you later. Then with free kisses pa like this.” She kissed her son’s tummy which made Sky squeal.

“Mommy enough! Ill take a bath na po.”

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6:15 am the mother and son were now having breakfast when she got a call from her friend Corinne.

“Good Morning Maya. Nakakaistorbo ba?”

“Good Morning din Corinne. No hindi naman istorbo. Eto patapos na kami mag-almusal ni Sky. In ten minutes pupuntahan na naming si Sunshine sa bahay ni hubby mo.”

“Maya pasensya na sa abala ha!”

“Naku Corinne wala yun. Eto naman. Atsaka mas mabuti na yung may kasama si Sky papunta sa school. Hindi maiinip yun bata.”

“Maya pagpasensyahan mo na yun daddy ni Sunshine ha kung ano man ang sabihin at gawin nya. Medyo mabiro lang yun pero mabait naman si Richard.” Corinne was actually worried that Maya would be annoyed with her ex-husband.

“Naku Corinne bakit ba parang may pagbabala naman yun meeting ko with Sunshine’s dad. Ikaw talaga. Okay lang ako. Atsaka nakwento mo na lahat yun mga pinagagawa nya so sya yun dapat matakot sa akin.” Then she laughed. She knows about Richard already after Corinne have opened up to her about their situation. Maya haven’t seen Richard Lim yet but she already pictured him as an irresponsible, good-for-nothing, womanizing guy who is full of himself.  Well she may be biased after experiencing the same kind of attitude from Jeff as well.

“Salamat talaga Maya.”

“Don’t mention it Corrine. Sige na have a safe flight and enjoy your vacation with Papa James.” She knows James as well.

“Ikaw talaga Maya.  Sige enjoy the day din at goodluck sa presentation later. Thanks again.

“Thanks din Corinne.”

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It was already 7 am and Maya had been knocking at Richard Lim’s door for 15 minutes now. She tried to call Corinne to get Richard’s number but Corinne’s phone is now turned off. She’s probably on her flight now.

Maya began pounding on the door until a neighbor of Richard Lim saw her.

“Miss walang tao dyan. Kanina pa bumaba si Richard. May nakadikit na papel dyan sa pintuan nya kanina, hindi nyo nabasa?”

“Wala naman pong papel.”

“Naku baka nailipad. Ang sabi dyan eh nandun silang mag-ama sa McDonalds sa harap nitong condo. Dun ata sila maghihintay sa inyo. Expected ba kayo ni Richard Lim?”

“Ah opo, susunduin ko yun anak nya. Nandun pala sila. Sige po kuya. Salamat.”

Maya and Sky rushed towards McDonalds.

She was already fuming mad. She knows that Corinne gave her number to Richard Lim but the idiot didn’t even care to call her up to inform her that he will be in McDonalds. “Naku nakakapikon pala talaga tong ex mo Corinne” she thought to herself.

The moment Maya saw Sunshine, she rushed towards her.

“Good morning Tita Maya. Good morning Sky.” The little girl greeted her and Sky.

“Good morning Sunshine.” Maya was trying her best to smile though she’s already so annoyed with the little girl’s father who was also equally giving her his angry stare.

“Bakit ang tagal mo? Late na yun mga bata! Dapat siguro ako na lang sumundo sa anak mo. Siguro late ka gumising?” Richard Lim was babbling nonstop.

Maya dela Rosa’s eyes grew wide. Nagpanting yun tenga nya but she still tried her best to stay calm. She’s trained to do it in her work as an FA. Besides the kids are around. But she will definitely have something to say to the arrogant Richard Lim when the kids are no longer with them later.

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Preview:

“You  Richard Lim are the most disgusting person, correction, creature I’ve ever met!”

“And you Maya dela Rosa are the most crazy woman I’ve unfortunately interacted with!”

“I hate you!”

“No you don’t and I assure you, you won’t!”

“I DO hate you with every fiber of my being!”

“Fine!”

“Fine!!!!”

Then she grabbed her mobile phone from his right hand and shoved his mobile phone in his left hand.

 

One Fine Day – 1

A/N inspired by my fave romcom movie of Clooney and Pfeiffer

The knock on his condo unit was heard but instead of answering it, he covered his ears with his pillow. “Ang aga aga istorbo!” But the knock was incessant and it became louder until it wasn’t a knock anymore but a pounding on his door.

He begrudgingly sat up and glanced at his alarm clock which says ‘5:15’ “Ano ba ang aga! Sisisantehin ko to si Doris mamaya eh.”

Doris is his househelp. She goes to his condo three times a week to do his laundry, clean the unit, change his sheets and curtains,  iron his clothes, do his groceries and even cook his food which she keeps in these microwaveable containers for him to reheat.

Doris makes life bearable and easy for him but right now he doesn’t see that.

He hates her for disturbing his sleep.

He slept late after watching a championship tennis match of his favorite Roger Federer the night before.

With some cans of beer and a family sized pizza he stayed  up until 4am to finish the Australian Open.

It was his way of rewarding himself after closing a deal for Lim Aviation Services, a company his father built but could never call his own until he has proven himself.

After making so many wrong decisions in his life, his father Roberto Lim lost trust and faith in him that when he decided to be serious with his career, he now had to painstakingly prove it.

He knows it was his own fault that’s why he’s hell bent in proving himself. True enough he was able to close a deal with a big client, the Singapura Lines which earned him a compliment and congratulary remark from his father. He also heard the word ‘son’ which he rarely hears from his dad.

If in the past he would normally celebrate his success in a bar with friends, he’s a changed man now prefering to celebrate alone in front of his tv, watching his favorite sport, with his favorite pepperoni pizza and beer.

And after staying til four in the morning for his ‘solo celebration’ he needed a much deserved sleep right now…

which Doris disturbed.

Now he stood up not bothering to put his pants over his boxers. He just wore his glasses and annoyingly went out of his room to open his front door.

“Doris ang aga pa…”

“Richard hindi ka pa nakabihis???!!!???” An equally angry woman with a sweet pretty little girl was at the door.

“Daddy!” He immediately carried and kissed the little girl on both her cheeks.  He immediately forgot his annoyance.  He smiled.

“So what brings my princess here this early?” She gave his daughter kisses of her tummy which made her squeal in delight.

“Ricardo ano ba! Bakit hindi ka pa nakahanda?” The woman asked again.

He smiled at his daughter and asked her to go inside his room to look for ‘Gus’, her tattered kitty stuff toy which she leaves with her daddy.

The moment Sunshine ran to his room, Richard faced the little girl’s mother, his ex wife. “Ano ka ba Corinne naririnig ka ng bata! Bakit napakainit ng ulo mo at bakit nandito kayo?” Then he saw that she has a luggage. “Oh so you regret leaving your poor husband and now you’re returning to me?” He was intentionally sarcastic.

“Tumigil ka nga Richard. Wala akong oras makipagbiruan.”

“At sinong nakikipagbiruan?” He said as he teasingly approached Corinne to annoy her more.

“Richard ngayon yun flight namin ni James papuntang Japan…”

“Ah ngayon na pala yun vacation mo with that jerk.”

“He’s not a jerk. Kung meron mang ganun hindi si James yun.”

“Oh so ikaw yun.” He said bitterly.

“Richard I don’t energy for this. Pwede ba tigilan mo na. I am already late for my flight and our daughter will be late for her fieldtrip.”

“Ah the ever evasive Corinne…”

The tension was diffused when their daughter came running to her dad with her favorite kitty toy. “Daddy Gus was sleeping under your pillow. Ang tagal ko sya nahanap.”

“Ah I’m sure Gus will be very happy to be with you Sunshine.”

“I’m sure he is daddy.” Then the little girl smiled while hugging the toy tightly.

Corinne took the opportunity to avoid having a longer conversation with Richard which would eventually lead to their usual arguments by giving the instructions and reminders about their daughter.

“Richard here are the list of things you shouldn’t forget. Here’s the number of Sunshine’s pedia. You can call her anytime even on midnight kapag nagkaproblema. Here’s the number of her teacher too. You should call her even after classes kasi sometimes may mga pinadadala yun school or assignments na di ni Sunshine naaalala. Eto din yun mga pagkain na bawal sa kanya. Please refrain from giving her chocolates and candies.”

Richard though listening intently while carrying Sunshine, was raising his eyebrows at Corinne.

Corinne just ignored him and continued. Tapos eto yun number ni Maya dela Rosa. This is important kasi Sunshine will be joining her and her son in going to school today. Maaga kasi yun mga bata since may school field trip and they shouldn’t be late. She’s my friend and a mom of Sunshine’s classmate. Napakiusapan ko na sunduin si Sunshine dito para wag mahuli yun bata sa field trip. Malapit lang naman apartment nya. I asked her to fetch Sunshine at 7:00 so dapat nakahanda na siya pagdating ni Maya.”

“Whoah! Wait! Why would I let someone take my daughter to school? I could do that myself.” He looked pissed.

“Richard alam ko naman yun. I’m just making things easier for you. Please wag ka nang makidiskusyon. I’m already late for my flight.”

Seeing Corinne’s stressed face, Richard relented. “How would I know who this Maya dela Rosa is? Baka mamaya iba ang sumundo sa bata?”

“May number nga di ba. O wait I have a picture of her on my phone taken sa PTA meeting. Here. That’s her beside Teacher Rafi.”

“Oh she’s very pretty. Ang ganda ng mata nya. Parang sa cat.” Richard couldn’t help himself but comment.

“Like the eyes of Gus daddy?” Sunshine joined.

“Yes princess parang eyes ni Gus.” Then he smiled.

“Richard.” Corinne gave her a warning look.

“What? I was just appreciating…”

“She’s my friend. Ayaw ko nang magkasiraan kami so please don’t try anything silly…”

“Oh but kami ni James, we were friends too… Or so I thought.”

“Richard please…” Corinne was begging now for she could never win whenever the topic leads to James.

James Ventura was once Richard’s best friend, the best man of his and Corinne’s wedding seven years ago.

“Sige na Corinne. You’ll be late for your flight. Ako na bahala kay Sunshine.” He now seriously told his ex-wife.

“Bye mom!”

“Bye baby. Don’t give daddy a hard time okay? You can call mommy anytime. Enjoy your stay with daddy.”

“Yes mommy I will.”

“Bye Chard. Thank you.” Then she kissed him on the cheek.

He just gave her a sad smile in return.