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Life After Losing a Phone (And Gaining a New One)

Hi everyone! *waves furiously*

I’m back! Did you miss me?

*cricket sounds*

Okaaaay. Anyway, I am back in more ways than one because *drum roll* I finally have a new phone! Let me tell you how life was in the past two weeks.

The Saga of the Lost Phone

I know I’m going to sound way too shallow here, but I was really dejected when I lost my phone a couple of weeks ago. I was not sad just because I lost a phone. Although that phone and I shared a lot of memories together (I used it for everything — from taking photos and writing blog posts to responding to emails and communicating with my long-distance partner), it was not the actual loss of the item that made me feel depressed. Rather, it was the loss of the things that I had taken for granted.

This is one of the last photos I have of me holding my phone hahaha. This was taken by my friend and colleague, Lenz, at Eden Nature Park

This is one of the last photos I have of me holding my phone hahaha. This was taken by my friend and colleague, Lenz, at Eden Nature Park

I would spot lovely sights or visit awesome places but had nothing to use to take snapshots (somehow, the compact camera has lost its appeal for me). Yuri would do something really funny or witty but I have nothing to record it with.

But the worst part of not having a phone is losing constant communication with Job. You see, the internet is not an option as he’s assigned in a location where internet/mobile data signal is really poor. So we depend on good old text messaging.

Side story: On the fateful night when I lost my phone, I was so desperate because I could not recall Job’s number. He didn’t know where I was and I was supposed to inform him of our whereabouts — you know, the usual drill. I didn’t have a copy of my contacts nor did I bother to have a cloud backup — wag tularan. I prayed to God to give me the number and then numbers appeared in my mind. I’m not sure of the prefix, though, so I contacted all of the possible prefixes and combinations until I finally got the right one. I was able to inform him that I lost my phone etcetera etcetera.

A big thorn was taken out from my chest when I was finally able to contact him. He would contact me sporadically during the weeks that followed using my sister’s phone. I told him not to pester my sister haha. But we barely communicated at all and the sepanx was real.

The New Phone

I lost my phone on a Saturday night, the 27th of February. Thankfully we had our holiday on the Monday that followed so I immediately applied for a post-paid plan with Smart. I was going back and forth between Smart and Sun (I had a not-so-good experience with Sun — another story for another time), and I finally decided on Smart, which has been our family network since forever.

Hello, little thing!

Hello, little thing!

I chose plan 999 with the free iPhone 5s. Yep, I made the big switch from Android to iOS. I know fully well that iPhone 5s is an old model, but I’m quite contented with it. More than contented actually! You see, the plans that came with iPhone 6s (I think it was P2000 and up) were not practical for me. I would not be able to use all those texts and data.

Since there was no iPhone 5s available onhand in the Davao City main office, I had to wait for a week. I was finally able to get a beautiful new phone and a new Smart number on the Monday that followed. Thank you, Lord!

The Curse of Anaesthesia

Hear me out on this, this is still connected to the topic. Do you believe that anaesthesia causes forgetfulness? I believe it’s true! I’ve had a funny share of forgetfulness and, for some reason, this saga of the lost phone was not spared.

When my sim card was finally activated after 24 hours, I immediately texted Job’s number (or, at least, the number that I remembered was correct). He didn’t reply. I assumed he was still busy so I set it aside and focused on work. When he still didn’t reply that night, I tried to call him. It did not even ring.

*insert cricket sounds*

*insert cricket sounds*

A number of possible scenarios crossed my mind. Could he have blocked me? Nah, that’s too far-fetched. Actually, that’s impossible. Yes, I’m confident like that hahaha. Could he have lost his phone, too? That’s admittedly funny — what were the odds of both of us losing our phones within the same time frame? Or, was his phone broken? He did mention a month ago that his phone was starting to freeze. Did he travel to some place where there was no signal? Where was he?!

I asked my sister to check her phone and, gah, she already deleted his messages and call log. Why oh why. How on earth could I contact this guy? He couldn’t contact me, too, since he didn’t know my new number yet. I hadn’t been that worried sick since the tsunami scare 4 years ago.

After a couple of nights, he finally called my sister’s phone. I’ve been texting and calling the wrong number the entire time! Grr! Sayang ang load haha.

That night, my life officially went back to normal. Hallelujah! Praise Jesus!

Now I can finally take selfies in peace!

Now I can finally take selfies in peace!

Learning My Lessons

  1. Be vigilant at all times. Living in a relatively safe city is no reason to be unmindful of your belongings and your surrounding. Be alert — better safe than sorry!
  2. Back your photos, contacts, and files up. Seriously. That’s one reason why I switched to Apple from Android. Maintaining a cloud backup via iCloud is much easier and straightforward in my opinion.
  3. Maintain a physical list of your contacts. Yes, an actual list that you can hold and keep. I found it so ironic that I’m into pen-and-paper planning but I neglected listing the numbers of my important contacts. I have less than 10 numbers in my phonebook right now so, yeah, I lost everything haha.

The fourth and most important lesson I learned from this experience is learning how to enjoy life without a mobile phone in my hand. I am probably the most phone-dependent person this side of the planet. Aside from work and my blog, I use it to communicate and develop relationships.

But during those days when I didn’t have a phone, I was able to read the books I had planned to read last year. I was totally offline after work. I was able to view the world through my eyes and not through a screen!

Bring it on, fresh new week!

To be honest, though, I probably won’t be able to function without a phone. But I’m glad I went through this experience because I was able to appreciate everything that I used to take for granted.

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  • Reply emiliana March 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I lost an android phone last year. I had to get my partner’s and friends’ numbers via email and facebook messages. The free sms app for desktips were such a help in sending them important messages while I was still acquiring a new unit.

  • Reply Berlin March 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    losing a phone can be a real heartache. All the phone numbers/contacts and photos/videos are gone and there’s no way to have a copy again unless you do some back ups. Glad you have a new phone. this time, don’t forget to back up. 🙂

  • Reply emma March 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    It’s actually very easy to backup with Android! (in case you’ll switch back, hihi) Just install the Google Photos App and configure the settings to upload automatically when you have wifi 🙂 For other files, use Google Drive app. All the phone numbers and contacts, etc will be saved via your Google Profile (not an app) which is tied to your GMail. Best of all, you can download all your data from Google servers for an OFFLINE backup. iOS online backup is too restrictive in terms of space, only free 5gb, ughh. After that you have to pay. So if your iPhone has 64gb memory, imagine how much you’ll pay monthly for the backup space o.O

    • Reply Maan March 16, 2016 at 5:40 am

      Bahahaha in all my 5 years of using an Android, I never even bothered learning! Thanks for this!

  • Reply Neri Ann March 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Hooray to the new phone! I will never imagined myself losing my phone and all the pictures of my twins are there. What I do is that I have a private album on fb and I will also print some so in that way may remembrance pa din.

  • Reply Denice March 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Congrats on the new phone! If you had an android unit I would reco installing TARA its an anti phone theft app. Very useful. 🙂

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen March 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Losing a mobile phone forced you to be unplugged most of the time and let you appreciate moments. Congrats on your new phone, may you have more adventures together..

  • Reply Madz March 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I agree with your insights.I hope you’ll enjoy having your new phone.

  • Reply Michelle March 18, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Hi sis! Ang reminiscent sakin ng post mo na ito. I think yung devastation na na-feel mo when you lost your phone is same din sa nafeel ko when my laptop got broken that it needed to be sent to the service center. Super lungkot ko that time kasi kakapurchase ko lang ng domain name ko that time and was about to blog religiously kaya ang laking kawalan nun masira sya. On the other side, narealize ko na having a short break from digital media, I was given a chance to spend more quality time with my baby. Kaya ok na din. Nawala ang lungkot ko 🙂

    Im glad you have a new phone to use na! And by the way, I believe in momnesia, too. As an effect of anaesthesia haha!

  • Reply Nina Sogue March 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I had a slightly similar experience when I had to surrender my iPhone to Apple due to the recall. I was using a very old phone and it felt super weird that I can’t use the net, take pictures, or type decently. I made a lot of conversations during those days, and I was more productive than usual. I guess technology has its trade offs. Anyway, hope you don’t lose this one 😛

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei March 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    I use an Android phone but my tablet is an iPad, both have their good and bad points lol. If the iPhone 5s is free it’s all good!

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  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy April 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Congrats on the new phone! I always get excited when there is, even if it’s not mine. Hehehe. I do agree that anaesthesia causes memory loss, I blame mine on it every single time haha!

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