I seriously don't know how to start thanking you both--for the generosity, the patience, the love--and for so many other things. I don't think I know enough words to express my gratitude for everything you have done for my sisters and me. Living abroad and on my own for two years made me miss you and… Continue reading Dear Papa and Mama
7 February 2017 You have a skill that 90 percent of our trainers don't have: you know how to converse. I don't want to forget what Paolo, my trainer manager, told me today after I told him I'm resigning: You have a skill that 90 percent of our trainers don't have: you know how to… Continue reading I told my boss I’m resigning
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12.12.15 After almost one and a half year here in Japan, I finally got to attend church. I found out about Lifehouse Hiroshima through meetup.com where they posted about their upcoming language exchange meet up. What caught my attention was not the language exchange thing, but the service they hold right after the meet up.… Continue reading Church service and Costco pizza
December 24th, 2015 - January 3rd, 2016 Sky Ranch in Tagaytay City Despite knowing I'd probably end 2015 and start 2016 broke as heck, I decided to still spend my holidays back in the Philippines. I got to spend Christmas and New Year's in Tokyo and Nagano, Japan last year and I found it too… Continue reading Holidays in the Philippines
I unexpectedly received extra money at the airport today! I used the extra Php550 to buy some pasalubong (omiyage) for my friends back in Japan. How? I got a refund of my terminal fee because I'm an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). OFWs with Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) are exempted from paying the travel tax and terminal fee when departing from… Continue reading OFWs and terminal fee refund
12.18.2015 I was assigned to teach at Takehara today, one of my schools while I was still living in Kure. It takes almost two hours by train from Hiroshima to Takehara, but I didn't really care. I was so excited to see my Friday students and parents because I never really got to say… Continue reading My simple joys as a teacher
What was I thinking leaving home where it's warm and comfortable? Did I really just quit a stable and well-paying job? Why am I even here in this foreign country surrounded by people whose language I still barely understand? These exact thoughts were running on my mind while I was getting a pizza-looking bread from… Continue reading Those times when the Japanese hospitality just blew me away
Friday, 12 June 2015 Kawaii girls I met at the International Center. I covered at my old school the past two days. I was excited to see my old students, but part of me also dreaded having to teach the younger students in this school again. This was the school where one of my… Continue reading Think positive. Feel positive.
Can't wait to sit along the riverside with Noli I chatted a bit with the two Japanese women before they went on to distribute their tracts to other tourists. Not long after, a Japanese guy who was biking at the park approached me. He parked his bike in front of the bench where I was… Continue reading Unplugged Part 3: Is this old Japanese guy asking me out on a date?