In the beginning of 2014 I received the saddest news of the year. I was going about on my day, I was heading out of the clinic for a quick visit to a nearby store and the owner of the neighbor shop said: “Narinig mo ba? Nabenta na daw nila yung building, ah” (So, have you heard? They’ve finally sold the building.) I looked at him. I pretended to be totally okay with it and I ran back inside. It wasn’t exactly the first time for me to hear this. Rumors about selling the building circulated 2 years prior but it was never pursued and we were assured that we would all be given proper notice once things are certain, so I stopped worrying about it a long time ago until I heard it again that day. When I got back upstairs, I took my phone and called the caretaker. She was shocked I knew about it, but she had no choice but to confirm that it was indeed happening–the building will be sold and we had three months to get ready to move out.
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