Yesterday I wrote about going back to work – fixing, repairing, installing, etc. The roof repairs have been made, the new toilet flange and bolts are in, and the electrician is coming today. Until he arrives, I’ve begun some serious packing. Up until now, we have packed things with a certain methodology; we packed all the things we could do without for a while and other things that we would want to be there when we arrived. Those latter items all went into balikbayan boxes and are ready to ship.
The serious packing involves everything that will be shipped by the movers… by a truck… by a boat… to Manila… then by a truck… to Samar! So, I picked up bunches of boxes – some from the liquor stores and others from the movers (most moving companies will give you used boxes free). Wrapping paper I picked up from the local newspaper – used up newsprint rolls that came off the press. These paper rolls can still have up to 150 feet of paper on them when they are replaced on the press and are the same type of paper the movers will charge for. Because it is in rolls, I just have to cut it into sheets first.
For several weeks now I have collected these rolls from the newspaper company and have set up a paper tearing assembly line in my garage. This is what I do when I need to get my mind off all the pressing issues of moving… I just tear endless sheets of paper. By collecting our own boxes and wrapping paper, and packing our own boxes, we will be saving several hundred dollars in materials and labor costs that the moving company would have levied on us for doing it all. And, there is a bonus…the hard cardboard center of the paper roll just happens to be the right size to insert and protect a bottle of wine!
So, the wrapping and packing is officially underway and the official chaos has begun. We need to concentrate on separating the items marked for shipment from the items we need to live on for the next two-three months. The express shipment (kitchen things, clothes, towels, etc.) will all be shipped last via balikbayan.
The mover is coming back again tomorrow to re-estimate our total volume. If all goes well, our shipment will be packed and on the truck by the end of the 1st week of May. And from now until the truck shows up, we will be living in a state of confusion. I have had to remind the wife that it is just like we are camping again and it won’t last forever. I can tell that she doesn’t like going through this disruption. She will get through this because her family IS the light at the end of the tunnel! Even the cat suspects something is wrong and is feeling displaced already!