2011 – The Year of Travel

Year 2011 treated me very well. It was indeed the year of travel. Come to think of it, I was home for only about a quarter of the entire year. So how did it end? Just how I imagined it… TRAVELING!

The recent holidays have been my most memorable ever. Aside from the fact that it was my first time to be away from family and friends back home, it was my first time to spend the season doing what I love the most. In a span of nine days, I have been in ten different cities. I met so many amazing people along the way, experienced a lot of different things and saw a bit more of what France’s neighboring countries have to offer. Here are just seven things I learned during my first backpacking experience in Europe:

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How will I spend Christmas?


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Whew! Time flew by so fast and it’s already December. I’ve been enjoying my time here and I never felt homesick until I saw that Coca-Cola Christmas commercial made especially for OFWs/Filipinos abroad. I know what I’m feeling is nothing compared to … Continue reading

Au revoir, Joey

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss (french? 😉 *wink, wink*) someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously…

– Neil Gaiman (& us =p) >:D<

To my HP and ex-HP (aka Chevron) friends (you know who you are), a big thank you for compiling our photos through the years and for your heartwarming messages in the scrapbook. I’m very grateful to have you as my friends.

A new beginning

This Monday, September 5, the biggest adventure of my life begins as I return to Paris for at least a year. For the longest time, living in my dream city was just a thought in my head. I didn’t know how or when but I promised myself that I will reach my goal before I turn 30. Now at 28, I am beyond belief that this is finally happening. Again.

Four years ago, I was given the chance to go to France as a scholar but I wasn’t very keen on studying the highly specialized field of “molecular photonics for telecommunications and biology.” Right time? Could be! Wrong reason? Definitely! So, I let the chance slip away and landed on another opportunity after resigning from HP. It was a decision I have never regretted.

I love it that fate plays with us and shows us other doors when one closes. I could have won PhP 600,000 in the Philippine franchise of the popular game show “Deal or No Deal” back in 2008 if I didn’t bravely say “No Deal!” Falling down on the floor, it hit me that the money I will spend for a European tour will have to come from my own pocket. Luckily that wasn’t the case as six months later, Chevron asked me to go to France for a short project assignment. At 26, I was having a taste of that dream.

Since I’ve first set foot on the cobblestones of this city, my desire to go back has never faltered because I knew that my affair isn’t over yet. I fell even more in love with the dream. I am very grateful that the things that have happened in the past year are all pointing me in one clear direction. Now, it’s for the right reason and motivation. I am going back to school as a project management student while working as an intern for a company. I couldn’t ask for a better arrangement than that.

I am both excited and anxious for the challenges ahead. However, as always, the saddest thing with new beginnings and moving forward is leaving the familiar life behind. My family and friends, whom I will miss the most, your encouraging words of faith in me will be my strength. You will be my inspiration to succeed as I start this new adventure.