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WORK FOR ME, MY CHIEF…
Richard Lim couldn’t be any happier. He has the best family in the world. He considers himself lucky and blessed to be married to his lovely wife, Maya, the most amazing woman he’s ever met. He has the most loving and sweetest kids– Luke, Nikki and Abby, who continue to make him and Maya proud. And of course, he is excited to be Daddy all over again, as he, Maya and the kids await the birth of their most precious twin babies.
Maya couldn’t be any happier. She has the best family in the world. She considers herself lucky and blessed to be married to the man of her life and her dreams, her dear Sir Chief, who has made it his life mission to make her happy all the time and whose unwavering love and devotion she values like no other. She has the most amazing kids– Luke, Nikki, and Abby, who have learned to embrace her as their most beloved second mom. And of course, she is excited to be a Mommy to her and Richard’s firstborn babies– their twins, whose birth, she, Richard and the kids, all await with bated breath.
Business at Lim Aviation Services is more than good these days, and Maya couldn’t be more proud of her husband’s success. More and more airline companies here and abroad have been entrusting the care and maintenance of their aircraft to Richard’s thriving business. Once the biggest hangar in the history of Lim Aviation Services is built, more business opportunities are headed Sir Chief’s way. By the looks of it, LAS may soon be one of the top companies in the Philippines, whose rapid growth and success will create more job opportunities for many and whose existence will be a big boost to the Philippine economy.
No matter how perfect life seems, it never is. Life happens…
It’s almost 10 pm and Richard is finally home. He senses an oncoming misunderstanding between him and his wife. Though work at the hangar is not yet done for the day, Richard immediately decided to call it a day the moment he realized that Maya is hell-bent not to answer any of his texts and phone calls. He is worried about Maya and he has good reason to be. He forgot to call her soon enough to let her know that he can’t pick her up from work, help her enroll in Lamaze class or take her to the mall shopping. “She must be fuming mad, and I can’t blame her,” he thought to himself.
Richard enters the masters bedroom, expecting to see a sleeping Maya, exhausted from all her activities of the day. Imagine his surprise when he sees her seated on the sofa bawling her heart out in front of the TV. Richard immediately rushes to her, wipes her tears away with his thumb and then rubs her back with his other hand to stop her from crying. He tells her in the most soothing voice to calm down and to look at him. He cups her chin, looks at her intently, and kisses her forehead. She avoids his kiss and his sweet gaze.
Richard: Sweetheart, tell me what’s wrong.
Her doe-shaped eyes stare right back at him accusingly.
Maya: What’s wrong? Talagang hindi mo alam what’s wrong?
Richard: Look, sweetheart, I’m really sorry about earlier. Diba I already told you? It completely slipped my mind. Masyado lang busy talaga. Ang dami lang trabaho sa hangar today.
Maya: Porke ba masyado na kong dambuhala, kakalimutan mo na ko at ikinahihiya mo nang makasama ako? Ayaw mo na din ba akong sunduin dahil I’m in VERY bad shape?
Richard: Ha? Diba I already explained myself to you this morning? That’s not what I meant.
Maya: Ikaw naman may kasalanan kung bakit ganito ako kalaki ngayon, diba? Lahat na lang kayo, nalalakihan sa kin. Yung kliyente ko kanina, si Emman, si Ms. Calandra at higit sa lahat, ikaw Mr. Lim!
Richard: Sweetheart, don’t even think that way. I don’t care about how big you are.
Maya: Oh, e di inamin mo din na malaki nga ako.
Richard: Okay, listen, sweetheart. You’re carrying our twins so siyempre you’re a little bigger than usual. But I don’t care about that. I love you no matter what. You still look lovely!
Maya: Eh bakit nga hindi mo ko sinundo at sinamahan kanina?
Richard: (raises his voice) Kasi nga things got so busy at work and I totally forgot.
Maya: (cries even harder) O kita mo na, naiinis ka na sa kin! Siguro dapat hindi na rin pala ako nag enrol sa Lamaze class kasi busy ang asawa ko at malabong masasamahan niya ako sa class ko.
Richard: Sweetheart, hindi ako naiinis. And as for Lamaze classes, I will make time, of course. Listen. I’m sorry for raising my voice. I’m sorry for making you think that I don’t like how you look. I’m sorry for not being able to pick you up. And I’m sorry for making you so sad today. I love you so much, Maya. I do. I really do, sweetheart.
Richard cups her chin and gives her the sweetest kiss. Maya kisses him back with all the love she feels in her heart, then she starts bawling like a baby all over again.
Richard: Sweetheart, what’s wrong?
Maya: Ang sama-sama ko, sweetheart. Ikaw na nga itong pagod sa trabaho, hindi pa kita inintindi. Inaway pa kita.
Richard: (smiles and shakes his head at his wife’s mood-swings) Well you do have a reason to get mad today.
Maya: Kahit na. Tapos eto gabing-gabi ka na nga nakauwi, di man lang kita inalok ng kape o tinanong kung nag dinner ka na.
Richard: (smiles sweetly) Sweetheart, enough. I’m okay. I already ate a sandwich kanina on the way home.
Maya: Eh kape?
Richard: Sweetheart, it’s almost 11 PM. (He hugs her and kisses her forehead.) Instead of worrying about me, pwede bang just go to bed and matulog ka na? I know how tiring today was for you. You need to rest.
Maya: You also need some rest. O sige na. Magbanyo ka na muna para maka-freshen up ka. Pagtitimpla kita ng kape. Tapos mahihiga na ko. Promise.
Richard: Are we okay now?
Maya: Oo naman, sweetheart.
Richard: Sure ka?
Maya: Really na really.
Richard: I love you, sweetheart. (Hugs and kisses Maya and lovingly touches her tummy) I love you, buddies!
Maya: I love you more.
After breakfast with the kids and Kute, Richard and Maya retreat to their room.
Richard: Sweetheart, pwede ka ba mag halfday today? Lunch tayo mamaya then let’s spend the afternoon together.
Maya: Sure ka, sweetheart? Hindi ka ba busy?
Richard: I will always make time for you, Mrs. Lim, no matter how busy I get.
Maya: Bumabawi ka ba?
Richard: (smiles) No. I just miss you so much and I want to spend the afternoon with you.
Maya: O sige, Mr. Lim. Date tayo. May kailangan din akong sabihin sa yo mamaya.
Richard: Why don’t you tell me now?
Maya: Mamaya na, sweetheart.
Richard picks up Maya from work shortly before noon and in comfortable silence they drove off to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Over a healthy lunch of steamed fish, veggies and rice, Maya told Richard about Ms. Calandra’s recommendation that she apply for maternity leave ASAP.
Maya: Sabi ko nga kay Ms. Calandra kaya ko pa naman at seven months pa lang naman si baby kambal. Kaya lang sabi niya sa tingin ng nakakarami kabuwanan ko na. Para nyo nga akong pinagkaisahan lahat kahapon, eh. Lahat kayo nina Emman, ni Ms. Calandra, pati na din ung client sinabi di na ko mukhang fit to work. Hahaha! O, sweetheart, wag ka nang magpigil. Alam ko gusto mo din tumawa.
Richard: (Laughs heartily) Sweetheart, maybe it’s for the best. Now, you can get all the rest that you need. Once baby kambal are born, we will definitely have our hands full.
Maya: Hindi kaya pwede payagan nila ako pumasok kahit twice a week man lang?
Maya: Alam mo naman ako diba, sweetheart? Gusto ko parati ako may ginagawa.
Richard: Don’t worry, sweetheart, once the twins are born, you can always go back to work after your maternity leave.
Maya: Yun na nga, eh.
Richard: Anong yun na nga?
Maya: Kasi naisip ko lang sweetheart, sa palagay mo kakayanin kong bumalik agad sa trabaho pagkatapos ng maternity leave ko? Sa totoo lang, parang gusto ko present ako sa lahat ng milestones ni baby kambal pagkapanganak ko sa kanila.
Maya: Okay lang ba sa yo kung hindi agad ako bumalik sa trabaho pagkapanganak ko?
Richard: But isn’t being a flight attendant your dream?
Maya: Oo naman and hindi ko naman talaga kakalimutan yun. Pero sweetheart, pinakamahalaga sa akin ang pamilya. Pinakamahalaga sa akin ikaw at ang mga anak natin. Mas mahalaga sa akin na mapalaki natin ng maayos sina baby kambal, at sina Luke, Nikki at Abby. Yung pagiging flight attendant pwede ko naman sigurong balikan yun after a few years.
Richard: Are you sure? I mean, it’s your dream, Maya! I witnessed all the sacrifices you made to attain your dream.
Maya: Oo, sweetheart. Pero dream ko din to be the best mommy in the world para match na tayo talaga. Ikaw kaya ang the best daddy in the world! Tsaka alam mo, iniisip ko pa lang na umiiyak sina baby kambal tapos wala ako sa tabi nila, nalulungkot na ko.
Richard: (smiles and hugs Maya tightly) I love you, Maya! You are already the best mom to Luke, Nikki, and Abby. I can only imagine how great a mom you’ll also be to our twins.
Maya: I only learned from the best kaya. Ikaw ang idol ko sa pagiging the best parent. Nakita ko kung gano mo pahalagahan ang mga bata. Kahit gaano ka pa ka-busy sa trabaho, basta kelangan ka ng mga bata nandiyan ka para sa kanila. Hindi madali ang pinagdaanan mo nang mawala si Alex pero hindi mo sinukuan ang mga bata. Yung pinagdaanan mo kay Abby, hindi madali yun pero never ka nag give up.
Richard: Thank you, Mrs. Lim. If being a full time mom is what you want to do after you give birth to the twins, then I’m all for it, too. Whatever makes you happy makes me happy. I love you.
Maya: I love you more, Mr. Lim.
Richard: O, ano na naman iniisip mo?
Maya: Sweetheart, anong gagawin ko simula next week? Pumayag kasi ako kanina sa suggestion ni Ms. Calandra. Simula na ng leave ko sa Monday, sweethear. Sana kasi kahit twice a week man lang pinayagan pa ko ngTime Airways mag-report for work. Mabo-bore ako sweetheart na walang ginagawa!
Richard ponders his wife’s current predicament carefully, then proposes a solution.
Richard: Well, sweetheart, I want to offer you a job.
Maya: (smiles) Ha?
Richard: Work for me, Mrs. Lim.
Maya: (chuckles) Parang nangyari na ‘to dati ah. De’javu.
Richard: With the business expansion of LAS underway, we need all the help we can get. Liza’s often out attending client meetings. I need a trusted assistant who can help me at work.
Maya: May secretary ka na, sweetheart.
Richard: Yes, si Minerva. I don’t need a secretary, sweetheart.
Maya: So, what will you be needing in the next month or so?
Richard: I’ll be needing someone whom I can trust with all my business dealings. Someone who will help me in decision-making and planning. Someone who is willing to learn the ropes of the business. Someone who can help me deal with the big and small things about LAS.
Maya: Pero wala akong background sa engineering, sweetheart. Wala akong alam sa pagkumpuni ng mga eroplano.
Richard: Haha! I know, that’s why you’re perfect for the job. We complement each other. What I lack, you possess, and vice versa. I need someone who can hold my hand and inspire me, listen to my plans and my dreams, help me talk and deal with possible clients, help me cope with problems and stress at work.I need someone who will come with me to work at least three times a week, make me coffee, answer important phone calls for me and just be there for me.
Maya: Sweetheart, assistant ba talaga kelangan mo?
Richard: Ikaw ang kailangan ko, Maya. As my wife and partner, I now have the perfect chance to let you know more about our business.
Maya: Our business?
Richard: Maya, what’s mine is yours, too. And I think it’s best you get to know more about LAS, too. It’s our company, after all.
Maya: Bakit ako? Nandyan naman si Luke.
Richard: Of course, Luke will eventually be part of the company, but he’s only a sophomore in college now. Matagal pa bago siya magtrabaho sa LAS.
Richard: Maya, LAS is yours as much as it is mine. And I would really love it if you would consider this time as an opportunity to get to know our business more. Sabi mo nga you’ll be so bored these next few weeks if you can’t get your hands on something. Eto na ang perfect opportunity.
Maya: Ano namang gagawin ko dun?
Richard: Honestly? It’s up to you. I want you to come with me and observe and see how things work in our company. The rest is up to you. Knowing you, by day’s end come Monday, baka may maisip ka nang gawin o itulong for the success of LAS. Believe me, Maya, I’m certain you’ll be an asset to our company. I’ve always loved your innovativeness, wit, patience, humor and positivity. LAS will be so lucky to have someone like you.
Richard: Okay lang? Walang demands at all? Mas demanding ka pa the first time we made a deal and I had you work for me,
Maya: Hihihi! Balita ko fair naman yung boss niyo, eh. Bukod sa ubod ng gwapo, the best boss and engineer pa. Di naman niya ko siguro pag-oovertime? Buntis kasi ako, kaya twice or thrice a week lang ako pwede pumasok sa trabaho.
Richard: Tama ka, mabait at gwapo ang magiging boss mo. Hindi ka nun papahirapan. Ihahatid at susunduin ka pa nun sa trabaho, for sure. And in a few years, should you decide to become a full time flight attendant again, okay lang sa kanya yun sigurado. Ang kailangan lang nun lambing at kiss at kape pag nase-stress na sa trabaho. Kaya mo namang ibigay lahat yun, diba?
Maya: Haha! Oo naman. Eh hanggang kelan naman ang contrata ko dun? Malapit na kasi ako manganak, eh.
Richard: It’s a life long contract. The benefits are great. You get to sleep, kiss and make love with your boss all you want, too! Forever…
Maya: Haha! Wow! Excited na ko. When can I start?
Richard: ASAP. Your boss can’t wait to have you join the company.
Richard and Maya smile their way out of the restaurant and then share a lingering kiss to seal the deal the moment they enter their car.
That night as Richard and Maya prepare for bed, they talk about another pressing concern.
Maya: Sweetheart, nahihirapan ang mga bata makaisip ng pangalan para sa kambal. Sabi nga nila, sumali na daw tayo.
Richard: Well, do you have something in mind?
Maya: Gusto ko sana may Richard pa din ang pangalan ng magiging baby natin. Ang ganda kaya ng ibig sabihin ng pangalan mo.
Richard: At talagang ni-research mo pa ha.
Maya: Oo naman. Powerful, strong ruler ang ibig sabihin ng Richard. Tapos gusto ko two names din katulad nina Luke kaya naisip ko ring mag-research naman ng name na ang ibig sabihin God’s gift. Kasi sweetheart, etong sina baby kambal talaga namang gift ni God sa atin, diba?
Richard: Matthew. The name Matthew means God’s gift.
Maya: Tama ka, sweetheart. Kaya kung ako ang masusunod, gusto ko sanang pangalanang Matthew Richard Dela Rosa Lim ang baby boy natin. Matt for short.
Richard: I like that. You know what, sweetheart? I actually have a name in mind for our baby girl who I am already quite certain will be as beautiful, kindhearted and lovely as her mom.
Maya: Yan ka na naman sa pambobola mo. Okay na diba? Tinanggap ko na yung job offer mo.
Richard: No seriously, Maya. Do you know that your name means “close to God”? You are God’s gift to me, Maya! You brought me closer to Him when you came into my life. I’d like to call our baby girl Arabella Maya. Bella for short. Arabella/ Bella means beautiful. What do you think?
Maya: Wow, sweetheart. Like na like! Palagay mo magustuhan ng mga bata yung suggestions natin?
Richard: Matthew Richard and Arabella Maya Dela Rosa Lim. Matt and Bella. I do have a feeling they’d love the names we’ve chosen.
Maya: Sana nga. Luke, Nikki, Abby, Matt and Bella Lim. Bagay, diba? Haay, sweetheart, ang sarap pakinggan, diba? Uhhhm, sweetheart, okay lang bang tawagin kita ulit Sir Chief pag nasa LAS tayo?
Richard: If that’s what will make you happy, then that’s okay with me. And since you’re married to me, I’ll have them call you, Mrs. Chief. Okay with you?
Maya: Siyempre, para match. Hihi! Eh ano namang itatawag mo sa kin?
Richard: That’s easy. My Chief, of course.
Life continues to happen for Richard and Maya and it’s a marvel to witness how they cope with whatever life throws their way. Life has not always been this exciting, easy and fun for them. When they first met, they were both struggling with their own problems, fears, concerns and dreams. Lucky for them, they faced life’s challenges head on, became friends, found strength in each other, fell in love and fought for that love. Now, they’re happily married and expecting twins.
Can you just imagine how beautiful this place would be if there were more Sir Chiefs, Mayas and families like theirs in this world?
Disclaimer: I do not own the creative minds behind ABS-CBN’s Be Careful with My Heart TV show. This creative endeavor is just for fan fiction purposes. The characters are ABS-CBN’s BCWMH TV show’s sole property.
Allow me to acknowledge and thank BCWMH’s brilliant Creative Team as some of the scenes and lines mentioned in this piece may were taken from the TV series.