The Halfway Mark

Exactly six months ago, I left the Philippines and exchanged a relatively secure and comfortable life for something that I have always dreamed about. Right after getting that student visa, I can still remember how busy, stressful and emotional those last two and a half weeks were prior to my big adventure. Almost every day, I was meeting a friend or a group of friends to say goodbye because I didn’t knew then when I will be coming back. In the midst of the many OFWs at the departure gate, I was in a crying frenzy while talking to my family and closest friends over the phone. Just minutes before the airplane landed at Paris CDG airport, I can’t believe I haven’t ran out of tears and I was still crying some more. What was playing in my brain is a scenario of how I would hurriedly reclaim my baggage so I could dash towards the departure area to buy the next available ticket bound for Manila. If I were a little scared, I might have just held back and chickened out. But I know myself better and it would have been way crazier not to have pursued the opportunities ahead of me. So the minute I set my foot outside the plane, I forced the tears from falling down. They never did since then.

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Dear Future Babe

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I have always believed that as one pursues his life’s dreams, he will eventually find love. I am almost halfway through my biggest dream yet and I can not help but wonder whether I have already gazed upon your eyes or we are just about to cross each other’s paths. Either way, I know that soon enough, fate will bring us closer together because of our common desire to travel and experience the world around us.

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My very first French speaking engagement

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Today, I overcame a personal challenge. I gave a presentation about my current project at work to a team of 21 people. It’s definitely not my first time to give one as I’m used to presenting in the past in many different forms – acting in front of class in high school, delivering a persuasive speech in comms class, defending our thesis, presenting here and there at work. I’ve even attended presentation skills workshops to build self-confidence and to learn about effective tips and techniques. So, what is different this time around? I was asked to deliver everything in French!

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