Long Lost Relative Found

May 31, 2009 at 9:30 am 9 comments

spider web

It looks like Y’d survive from the spider bite I suffered last Sunday. The fear of an impending death has been a product of my hyperactive imagination. My neck doesn’t bother me anymore and the tingling sensation on the right side of my face is gone. I’m starting to feel good all over. I’m on the road to full recovery.

I wonder if it was just a coincidence but at about the same time the spider bit me, I received an e-mail from a long lost relative. He found me on the internet while googling.

In his note, he told me the name of his father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He also told me the place where he grew up in the Philippines. Looking up in my family tree confirmed that we are indeed relatives. Our great great grandfathers were cousins.

The receipt of his e-mail brought a lot of excitement to me. I was very interested to know more about his side of the family. I immediately responded to his e-mail. He replied back and introduced his wife to me. I then sent him another e-mail asking if he could help me fill some of the gaps in my family tree.

A few days later, I got an e-mail from him. But it wasn’t the response I was anticipating. It was rather a request for money. He said he was in dire straits and needed to borrow money to pay a debt he owed to a friend . He added that I was the only one who could help him.

To say the least, it caught me by surprise. How could he ask this kind of favor from me? After all, we barely know each other.

I decided to consult a friend.

“Make it difficult for him to borrow money from you,” he advised. “Ask how he is going to pay and when. Be firm about it.”

He then related about his father’s experiences in China who never refused a friend or relative in need. Most of the personal loans he gave were never paid.

When I told him that we just met on the internet, my friend laughed.

“Then, you can respond to him with a ‘LOL'”.

“But he’s my relative. We share the same last name.”

He replied that if we trace back 2000 years, we’d find that we’re also relatives.

“Why don’t you lend me the money instead?,” he asked in jest.

“Seriously,” he said, “I’m not telling you what to do. But if I were you, I’d just ignore the request. Don’t even respond to his e-mail.”

I think my friend is right. I’ll follow his advice.

Perhaps my encounter with the spider was nature’s way of warning me that I should be careful of being caught in a web that i’d later regret.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. AC  |  June 3, 2009 at 12:19 am

    let me refer to one of your past entries “a sucker is born everyday”.. 😆

    what the hell is it that makes people think they can get something from you? hehehe

    perhaps, i should try… pwede mo ba ko pautangin? hehehe

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  • 2. plaridel  |  June 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ac:

    sure. i’ll lend you some money. no strings attached. how about after i win in the lotto? 🙂

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  • 3. fortuitous faery  |  June 3, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    sounds like an elaborate, well-googled scam to me.

    be careful!

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  • 4. plaridel  |  June 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

    fortuitous faery:

    he’s an ofw (overseas foreign worker) who wants to go back to the philippines after six months because the job is the pits. he said he needs money to pay off a debt he incurred while applying for the job. in addition, he’s thinking of coming to the u.s. as a tourist or something. i’d decided to err on the side of caution and ignored his request for money. i don’t think i’d answer any more emails from him.

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  • 6. Imelda  |  September 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Yay! If you are the only one who can help him – practically a stranger although related in some ways, he must have a bigger problem than money. Of course, you may help, but never expect to be paid or for this request to be the last either. 🙂

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    • 7. plaridel  |  September 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      imelda:

      he’s an OFW working at a restaurant somewhere in asia. he hates the job and needs the money to buy out his contract. he also wants help in finding a job in the u.s. he said any job will do. in the meantime, i’ll have to shoulder the finances until he’s settled. i hate the feeling of being used. i wasn’t born yesterday.

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