Easy Good Deed

I just came from Candy Empire in Vivo City to buy Ovomaltine Crunchy Cream to trade for a UP friend’s mouth-watering baked goodies.

If you haven’t heard of Ovomaltine, it’s a rich and creamy chocolate spread with Ovaltine bits. I group it with Speculoos and Biscoff which are hot in Manila now. I don’t know if Ovomaltine is as known and popular back home but if not, I can tell it might be catching up as most of the buyers in Candy Empire (the only store I know here in Singapore that carries it) are Filipinos!

Candy Empire has been promoting Ovomaltine products so much that in its top 10 products shelf, all 10 were Ovomaltine Crunchy Cream bottles! They also have impose a limit of 6 bottles per person per day to avoid hoarding.

Ovomaltine Singapore

Trading these for baked goods!

They were also selling Ovomaltine muesli, digestives and drink mix. I bought a 4 sachet pack to let my colleagues try them tomorrow. I personally haven’t tried the spread yet though I bought some for my family back home in my previous trip. I have to check what they thought about it.

Ovomaltine Pack

4-pack Sachet

Despite all the promotion, this post was not meant to be about Ovomaltine. It’s about my experience buying it.

In the cashier line, I was the third person. The person being served was a Pinay who had a very sweet smile and when she took out her groceries from the basket, she had 9 Ovomaltine bottles. The cashier told her, “sorry ma’am only 6 per person.” The lady tried to negotiate but was rejected by the cashier. I saw the sudden disappointment in her face as she said “alright…”. I felt bad for her so I just suddenly blurted in Filipino, “Miss I’ll just buy it for you”. She thanked me accompanied by a genuine sweet smile and I could tell that she was really relieved because it seemed like she was just buying for her friends or family. The guy second in line gave us weird looks as we exchanged the Ovomaltine and cash between him.

It felt good being able to help out, and it made me think – sometimes situations like this happen where it’s so easy to help others out because it almost requires nothing from us. Situations like sharing your huge umbrella while crossing the street with a stuck stranger, volunteering directions to someone you’ve overheard on the street who’s lost or helping to push the elevator button for someone with his or her hands full.

I feel bad for all the times when I let go of these “easy good deed” moments, because for an itsy-bitsy act, I could have made someone’s day.

I hope whoever that lady’s friends enjoy the Ovomaltine! Have you done any “easy good deed” lately?

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