Meeting different people with different culture is both an exciting and challenging experience as well as significant events in our lives for we learn from them not only their ways but also their values, language, lifestyles, work ethics and even sense of commitments. I am beyond joy to have lived such opportunity. It gave me generous quality of learning that I must embrace my entire life. Today, my new co-workers in my new school are my new family as well. I will have another kind of values and ways to learn from these people who work with joy and value true education. I have so many expectations and hopes that with any luck will be seen as real success soon.
My first words when I started on my first day were ‘I am home.’ Truly I am home for many years of being away from the country and serve or educate foreign students, I feel I found the right place to stay and devote my commitment and forte for REAL. It dawned on me that I was wanted by my students elsewhere and here I am needed in the sense that these young ones deserve real works. As much as possible I devote my time teaching no-nonsense stuffs to those who are willing to accept them than to those who only wanted certificates.
Now that I am completing my first month in a school that holds a special spot in my being, I feel proud and glad. Proud that I’m part of an institution that involves God in the process of educating the youth and glad that I am trusted to help better in the shaping of the formative years of our future professionals together with my new family.
A framed or laminated photo of my little one playing or holding a 21st century gadget. I don’t have a chest of gold but I have numbers of photo albums and frames of my daughter that I really keep in a safe place. There are unexpected disasters or calamities like floods or earthquakes in the Philippines so I have them all in a safe ground. Just protecting all precious memories. 🙂
Today is the final day of our 10 Days of Prayer to the Holy Cross. I phoned mom who is feeling fantastic at what is happening at home. Friends and relatives came over, prayed, eat, and dance together as I have imagined. I just wish I was there to celebrate with them. But I could only wish and I’ll just check the videos and photos of the event later. I couldn’t thank God enough for this opportunity.
Meanwhile I am sharing my top 5 reasons that I should praise and thank God for this very moment: 1. Life – Having a life is good enough to be grateful. There are ups and downs that I’ve encountered but those are part of human strife. My life is simple and I’d like to keep it that way – less complicated but with spiritual bliss. 2. Health – an important thing that I always ask from God for myself and family. There is no happiness without excellent health. 3. Family – I don’t have a wealthy family with luxurious cars and fashionable clothes but I do have a loving and supportive one who never disappeared when I need helping hands and understanding minds. 4. Husband and Daughter – Sometimes i feel ashamed to God that He matched me with a very understanding and kind-hearted person. I think God just love me enough for giving me a thoughtful husband and a heavenly little being! 5. Job Opportunity – Eight years is long enough to work in an organization that everyone hates 🙂 but I managed to continue working even in the middle of foolish changes and ridiculous complaints. I was strong and patient enough to hurdle the challenges. Without God’s never-ending blessing, I won’t last and get this far.
There are reports I read that another typhoon is slamming northern Philippines today. In fact, some classes were suspended due to the typhoon Glenda. I can only hope that the weather nearby Cebu provinces is bearable. My sister is traveling today from Manila to Cebu and early tomorrow morning she flies to our place, Camiguin. It would be very inconvenient to her if she’ll be stranded in Cebu. Plus, the airline’s already made her travel inconvenient by changing time and dates of her trip, hence the long wait at Cebu airport later today. I just pray all goes right and well for her.
Here in Thailand, the weather is a bit unusual. It has been dark the whole afternoon and in early evening the rain started to fall with substantial winds. For this reason I was not able to work overtime, I wasn’t prepared for a rainy walk to home.
I don’t like gloomy, stormy weather… it makes me nostalgic!