Letters of Old Tell of Past Happenings

SINCE owning a Personal Computer (PC) in the late 1995, I took to typing letters to my loved ones and friends in the Philippines, printing them and mailing them via postal service in Kuwait. Majority of those letters were saved in floppy disks, which to my great frustration, can’t be used anymore. A few though were saved on my PC and I shared once on this personal blog of mine a letter sent to my mother informing her of Waleed’s efforts for us to get married despite opposition from his siblings.

Here’s another letter sent to my mother, copied as is, from a saved file on my PC:

15th July 1998

Dearest Mama,

            Our love and warm greetings to you! We hope that you are always in the best of health.  We are sending as well our sincere wishes for a “Happy Birthday.”  Do take care of yourself so you will live long enough to see your great grandchildren from the children we are still to produce.

            We are still working on having a child.  I will resume treatment – for temporary infertility – this last week of July – on the second day of my monthly period, which is more likely to be on the 27th of July.  We hope and pray that God will give us a child.

            How are you Ma?  Are you seeing your doctor regularly?  I’m sure Nening Teresita is not neglecting you and I really am glad she is there to take care of you on my behalf.  I hope that you are not staying in bed all the time.  You need to exercise and the best way is by walking.  Why don’t you take a short walk every morning on the beach?  It will do you good.

            Waleed has been promoted recently but it will take another six months before he gets a raise from his salary.  He is now working on a special project and he had been designated as Project Manager, working directly under the second biggest man in the whole of Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC).  Waleed is a very hard-working employee and he is very diligent and I’m sure he will reach further.  His boss has already recognized his potentials and he is making good use of his talent and intelligence.  Actually he has two bosses, the new one who is the Deputy Chairman and the other one is his previous boss.  His previous boss is not letting him go so he is also depending on Waleed for his reports at the end of every month.

            I’m very happy to inform you that Waleed’s family has finally accepted me.  They asked for me to join the family gathering every Wednesday and Friday and I started joining since three months back.  Waleed’s family is very close to one another and his sisters (three of them) and brothers (also three of them) always see to it that they see each other regularly.

            I was very nervous the first time I joined the family but I’m a little bit relaxed now.  Waleed’s family members are all kind and good to me.  The only problem is that I can’t still converse in Arabic and I find it difficult to communicate with them and them to me.  I am now learning Arabic and Waleed is the one teaching me.  Waleed has also started teaching me how to pray and slowly introducing me to the ways of Islam.

            Waleed has bought me a new car – a mini red Volkswagen (Polo color concept) car.  It’s very beautiful both outside and inside.  I like the inside though because of the design of the seat cover – a leather with combination of black and red.  I’ll send you a picture as soon as I have developed the film.

            The only problem is that I still cannot drive.  Waleed is working on my student permit now and hopefully by next week, I’ll start learning how to drive.  Waleed will enroll me in the government’s driving school and he said that by the start of the school in September, I’ll be driving my own car.  The car by the way is a belated birthday present to me by Waleed.

            The Ramadan month, which fell in the month of December last year, is again falling in December – but earlier than last year.  It will most probably fall on the 19th of December and this would mean that Waleed won’t be able to visit you this December.  He would love to go but he has to stay because of the Ramadan.  I’m going of course, on the eve of our last day in school which will be on 17th of December.

            I end this letter now with a hope that all is well with you and everybody in the house.


About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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