Singer Tuesday Vargas reminisced the old days when she barely had enough for her groceries, which sent her shedding some tears.
Vargas recalled her bittersweet experience in her Instagram page last Saturday, June 25, while she showed a photo of herself inside her car with her purchases.
“Dati kapag namimili ako, bawat piraso ng bawang binibilang ko kung kasya ang pera ko. Nagdadala ako ng calculator (kasi pati telepono ko noon mumurahin lang walang calculator) para makita ko kung pasok pa sa budget. Ni wala akong membership sa kahit anong shopping club,” she recalled.
(In the past, when I shopped, I counted the pieces of garlic to make sure that I have enough money for them. I brought a calculator, because my cellphone was cheap and did not have a calculator, so I can see if the items are still within my budget. I did not even have a membership in any shopping club.)
Vargas admitted that she only got to taste imported grocery items when her mom sent them or when there was a relative who returned from abroad and brought pasalubong. But she is now able to buy healthy food because of her perseverance, and from the paycheck from her essential oils business.
“Aba ang mahal pala ng mga organic, grass fed chururut. Pero mas mainam kasi kung makaka iwas ka sa sakit in the long run, kailangan mag invest tayo sa katawan natin,” she said.
(Wow, organic and grass-fed products are expensive, but those are better. Better to avoid getting sick in the long run. We need to invest in our bodies.)
“Pwedeng simple ito para sa iba. Pero kasi po kanina naiiyak ako habang nilo load sa cart ang mga bagay bagay at nagawa ko siyang bayaran galing sa pagod at sakripisyo ko nang di ako kinakabahan sa bawat beep ng kahera,” she said.
(This could be simple for others. But a while ago, I got teary while loading the groceries in the cart, and I was able to pay for them from my own hard work and sacrifice, without me having to worry at every beep of the cash register.)
Vargas feels there are many who could relate to her story, about how one’s ability to provide for one’s family can be a source of pride and joy for a mother like her. She expressed gratitude for the blessings she receives and wished the same for others. JB