I have a friend who is not keen to have a credit card. For her having a credit would only give her problems. Well, that is her own opinion. As for me, I got one already when credit cards are not popular as of today and I consider it a great blessing. I use it only when necessities arise. I even let my children have my supplementary cards so they can also use it for emergencies especially Love and Jinggoy (my children) are living in other countries. Now, they are very thankful because it's very convenient for them to purchase airline tickets online. Having a credit card is truly a great blessing and a great advantage on my part. Here is one of my unforgettable experience in my lifetime.
When Love gave birth to Lyle in Thailand last October 2008, we were there with Mayette's (my daughter) family. We went to Thailand via Singapore because our promo airline ticket was bound for Singapore so we just board another plane going to Hatyai, Thailand (place of Love's family) which our flight took us only 1 hour.
Our plan was, since our plane for going back to the Philippines will be at Singapore we might as well visit the famous tourist spot, the Sentosa Island on this country. Mayette was excited to go to that place with Zboy her son for it was supposed their first time to have visit that place. For me, it's my second time visiting this country. We set that plan on our going back to the Philippines because we do not have enough time upon our arrival from the Philippines to Singapore.
Before I forget, we were able to check in overnight at Changi Village Hotel upon our arrival in Singapore because a Singaporean pastor a friend of Jesu (my son in law) is a friend of the owner of that flush hotel and he arranged for our free accommodation. Wow! we thank God for that great blessing.
So that was it, we stayed for two weeks in Thailand bonding with Love's family, then it was time for us to go back to the Philippines. Praise God! Jesu was invited to preach in one of the churches at Johor Bahru a border between Malaysia and Singapore so we go with him in his car going to Malaysia.
Yes! we slept at Rajah's residence (uncle of Jesu) in Malaysia and early on that morning (Saturday) we rode a bus bound for Singapore while Jesu had to stopped at his destination and for us to proceed to Singapore.
Here's the astounding moment: We were in the bus and almost to arrive at Johor Bahru, while Manny and Jesu were talking with each other suddenly and unconciously they read our plane tickets and to their dismayed our plane has left the night before already. We were stunned! Imagined we were nearing the border already...Then we agreed to just proceed to Singapore to look for the office of Cebu Pacific in order to board if ever there's an evening flight. We spent too much for taxi fares but to no avail because the airline has no office in Singapore. Rajah also kept on calling the office in the Philippines but there was no answer. So we decided to go back to Malaysia instead.
We arrived in Malaysia in the wee hours of the morning, exhausted, frustrated and tired remembering our experiences at the border, catching the bus to reach the terminal to get our luggages where we checked in. And thanked God for His protection to Mayette condition as she was 5 months pregnant with Zane girl at that time. Oh! what an ordeal we experienced.
At last, thanks to Rajah for facilatating our plane ticket going back to the Philippines and of course using my credit card. We thanked God for inspite of the many trials we encountered we arrived safely at Cagayan de Oro still on time for our scheduled arrival because in our ticket from Singapore we will be landing at Cebu City. Thanks to Tintin, the close friend of Love who facilatated our plane ticket from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City and the friend of Manny who met us at Clark (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) so we were on time to board our domestic plane. We thanked God for their lives.
Now when we are reminded for all those things we experienced, we gave thanks to God on His words in James 1:2-3: " Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops persevirance." (NIV)