Monday, March 8, 2010

Rebuilding My Phone Book

Yesterday was an interesting day. My cell phone has been in the Nokia service center since the second week of February. It's been shutting off on its own since about the week I started owning it.

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I finally got fed up and it took it to the service center for repair since it is still under warranty. I am glad that Nokia issued a service phone in the meantime.

Twenty two days later, Nokia finally sent a message and let me know that the newly-repaired cell phone is ready for release. When we finally reached the service center and the phone was handed to me, I inserted my SIM card and realized that it was still shutting off automatically.

I informed the customer service guy that the problem was still existing. After testing the unit with other SIM cards, he concluded that it is the SIM card that is defective after all and not the phone.

I asked him why my own SIM was working perfectly in the service unit that they issued me. He said that they got a technical bulletin from SMART Communications that some SIM cards might not work with some Nokia phone units and unfortunately, mine was one of them.

I sadly left the Nokia center with a heavy heart and dreading the trip I have to make to SMART to request for a new SIM card. I was not looking forward to do it because my subscription plan is under my father's name and not mine -- which I know will make things very difficult.

Before walking over to the SMART business office, I decided to make a stop at the Apple Center in SM Mega Mall to have someone look at my mother's iPod shuffle. It hasn't been working so she wanted me to have it checked.

I lined up for a bit and decided it was taking too long to get help. I decided to start working on my SIM issues since the need is urgent.

As I walked out of Apple center and reached for my book bag and tried to get my mobile phone, I discovered that it was gone! I thoroughly searched through my backpack: wallet (check), camera (check), iPod (check), makeup bag (check).

But the cell phone was definitely gone. Another girl in the same area discovered her phone was stolen too.

All I could do at that point was to ask Robert to stand in a corner and pray for who ever stole my cell phone. At the start of this year, I made a commitment to God to completely love others.

"Loving others" is also applicable in this situation.

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

I feel so sad for that person. The pleasure of taking something that's not yours will forever remain a mystery in my heart.

But I am also using this time to trust God, knowing that whatever was lost, He will lovingly give back to me.

This is just the first part of a weekend-long horror story. The story just gets worse as I tried to go to SMART and recover what was lost. But I will save it for another blog entry.

In the meantime, please send an e-mail to happysammy [at] gmail [dot] com with your phone number. I am trying to rebuild my phone book (again) this week.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages of concern and cared enough to cheer me up. You all DID put a smile on my face and it's these times that God shows Himself (through you) and lets me know how much He loves me. At the end of the day, I am still very blessed.

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