13 August 2010

The Album Story.


Magazine-style, just what I wanted. :)

It was Saturday evening, right after Maricar and Glover's wedding, when I picked up Grace's album from my Mom's office where it was delivered. I was already tired and sick then, and home was still an hour away. I could've actually dropped by Mom's office the next day, but I couldn't wait because I promised Grace I was going to give the album to her within that week.

I was extremely excited to hand it to Grace. I opened the package as soon as I got home, but I was very disappointed with what was in it -- photos mounted in the pages of a leather album. It looked nice, alright, but it wasn't what I wanted.

I cried in utter disappointment. I guess, everything just piled up in one big ball of emotion. I was tired, sick, and disappointed. And at that very moment, I felt helpless. I sobbed, like a lost little girl. Mom rubbed my back without saying anything, like what many moms do when their little girls cry, trying to comfort me.

You see, all my wedding albums are magazine-style, bound in leather padded magnetic covers. What the printer sent me was an album with photos mounted on its pages.


This arrived today. The other album arrived last week.

"I can't accept this." I told the manager (of the company where I have these albums made) first thing Monday morning. "If you will return it," she said with such sad voice, "I will have to pay for it." I couldn't let her do that, especially because these albums probably cost half her monthly salary. So I ended up paying for two albums, one I did not order.

But she was very apologetic, reprinted my layout immediately, and promised it will arrive in Cebu today. And it did.


Grace got the albums tonight and she was very happy. And oh, she decided to buy the other album and I gave it to her at half the price. I've been thinking what I'll do with that album and I'm glad Grace got it for her in-laws.

I needed to tell this story because this taught me to be more patient, to be more understanding, to be more considerate. This also made me appreciate more how people could be very helpful and kind -- from the printer manager to the courier guys -- who all made sure the album gets to me before I fly back to Manila.

Big thanks to CBB for his special participation in this story. LOL.

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JoPiE August 14, 2010 at 3:14 AM  

what a beautiful story, ai. and what a beautiful wedding album!

all's well that ends well. :-)

Chelo August 14, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

what beautiful albums you have ai=) match kaayo sa quality sa imong photos=)

Anonymous August 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

God will make everything perfect for you Ai. He loves you that much...He would stop the rain for you, give you sunshine. I need not tell you who I am, just look up, sideways, in front of you and you will see me. Love you always....

Tita Lou August 14, 2010 at 7:35 PM  

Patience without losing your compassion to others. And am glad Grace was very gracious in picking up half the tab of the other album. It wasn't all a loss - and certainly made a lot of people happy.

Aileen Siroy August 17, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

JoPiE said...
what a beautiful story, ai. and what a beautiful wedding album!

all's well that ends well. :-)

. . . . .

Thank you, Jops. It certainly ended well. :)

Aileen Siroy August 17, 2010 at 10:31 PM  

Chelo said...
what beautiful albums you have ai=) match kaayo sa quality sa imong photos=)

. . . . .

Thank you, Chel. You saying that means a lot to me. :)

Aileen Siroy August 17, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Anonymous said...
God will make everything perfect for you Ai. He loves you that much...He would stop the rain for you, give you sunshine. I need not tell you who I am, just look up, sideways, in front of you and you will see me. Love you always....

. . . . .

He does. And I always trust that things will fall into their right place.

I know who you are. I know. :)

Aileen Siroy August 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Tita Lou said...
Patience without losing your compassion to others. And am glad Grace was very gracious in picking up half the tab of the other album. It wasn't all a loss - and certainly made a lot of people happy.

. . . . .

Grace was happy she has an album for her in-laws. Things do happen for a reason. :) I'm grateful how things fell into place. :) Thanks, Tita!

Liza September 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

What a beautiful album this is! I think you and my wedding photographer have your albums made from the same place. :-)

Grace is so nice to have bought the other album.

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