It Wasn’t So Bad After All

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By the end of November last year, I (and some of my coworkers) had been dismissed by the company I worked for 7 years of my life. It was only a days notice and we weren’t given any chance to plea for reconsideration especially that it was almost Christmas season. We didn’t even have the chance to prepare ourselves for the sudden turnaround. It was definitely at the height of inhuman atrocity. We were left being jobless in no time at all and without any basis as to why we had been unluckily dismissed from our jobs. I was so heartbroken when I first gets wind of it. I understood that the company was not in good status but I still believe that it can somehow survive in the competitive industry that we are in. Apparently, our boss doesn’t seem to think that we are as valuable as any other monetary and material assets of the company. He is one of the meanest and heartless persons that I know. He never treated us with high regard for our contributions to the success of the company in the past years. To put it in a nutshell, it’s all about making money and profit and he cares less of the people who stood by him through thick and thin. And it’s really a shame!

Months ago, I had written about the unsettling situation in our company. And I should have listened to my intuition to get going while the going was good when things started to become a revolving door. However, I opted to stay, thinking that everything will again become stable and we will be holding much consideration and bearing on them since we had been in the company for years. We stayed loyal despite the grave situation which in turn lead us to our own downfall. And it was painful and sad to leave what once been our second home but we have no other choice but to let it go.

As I mentioned from my post before, change is the only constant in this world. I may have feared of what my life will be once I get out of that company yet I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all. The strange thing was that I was even more excited to explore what is in store for me out in the open. I can’t wait to spread my wings and soar all the opportunities waiting for me. It was liberating to know that I have the upper hand to decide on which way to go.

I never wasted time in sulking after what happened. After a few days of planning and thinking on my next game plan, I started to play my cards thoughtfully. And my effort was rewarded with something I didn’t expect to come too soon. I got hired in another educational company and I am now working as one of their ESL Teachers for Taiwanese/Chinese students. This is precisely another experience for me to look forward to.

So before the year ended, I still get fortunate enough to land an even better company. I feel blessed that my year 2016 didn’t end so bad at all. Many lessons and experiences learned and will be remembered from last year and I am looking forward to more exciting things ahead this year 2017. Let’s bring it on!

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S Lewis

Here Comes 2017

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“May we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of God’s love in every sunset, every flower’s unfolding petals, every baby’s smile, every lover’s kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our hearts.”

FACING THE UNCERTAIN UNCERTAINLY

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Today, a very special friend will arrive from other country to settle some business transactions with his partners. It’s over 10 years that we haven’t seen each other and I am really looking forward to seeing him again. We talked over the phone a few days ago and he told me that he will see me this time. This is not his first time to come back home yet on his recent trip, we haven’t had the chance to meet due to his hectic schedule. He also spent time with his family so I really don’t want to be such a burden to him to have me squeezed into his busy schedule. The family is more important and besides I can still wait for the right time for us to finally meet. I do hope that the right moment will be now. I really want to see him personally and to have some time to catch up on each others lives. Having a communication online is not so fulfilling unlike if you are communicating face-to-face. You can see and observe the reactions and emotion that could be elicited from the person you are interacting with in real time. I want us to have that quiet and undivided conversation. Just him and I. It is pretty uncertain if he could see me this time and I have nothing else to do but to patiently wait for the uncertain to happen. I believe in his promise and I know that he doesn’t go back on his words. 

AWAY and BACK

It’s been a while that I have not posted any here. I have been preoccupied with my job duties  that I couldn’t find the time to write. I have been missing it so here I am trying to get back on track. I hope I could post more often.

Today is such a lovely day and I just want to leave an encouragement message. And also to wish everyone a fantastic weekend!

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APRIL FOOL’s

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How uncanny to always get tangled
on events like April fool’s!

Folly here and there,
A pleasure and a distaste.

What can I say?
This is what we call life.

Be better not bitter.
Enjoy life to the fullest. 🙂

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

KEEPING A PROMISE

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With my hectic schedule at work, I am almost away from home most of the time. When I left home, my children have left for school already and we only have a few hours to be together in the day. And at night, when I arrived from work, they are soundly asleep. We really couldn’t have a decent time to spend with on workdays. My only consolation is that I can spend the whole day with them on my rest day ( that is, only every Sunday). On those times, we can spend time all together in some family activities. It could be a simple indoor or outdoor activity, importantly everyone can interact actively with each other. We play board games and ball games. We sing in a karaoke (even if we are out of tune except for my husband 😀 ). We go to the mall for window shopping or other times to go shopping. We go to the park or the zoo. We cook some special dish for the family. We watch movies on rental. And sometimes, we go to visit our family and relatives. These are just some of the activities we love doing when we have the time and I always make sure that I can spend some quality time with my family despite being a working mom.

Sometimes, for this reason, that I couldn’t help to say some promises to appease them especially if my children are asking something that requires time and money. I do not have the resources to just give in to their whims and caprices. So instead, we usually agree on a deal so they would be able to get what they ask for. I realized that children are very attentive and have a sharp retention when they are promised of something.

I once remember my son, who is quite importunate when he wants something, that I promised him to give what he was asking from me after a week. For me, what he was asking for was not of utmost important. It was only a thing that he can show off to his friends and something to boast about which I really do not like him of doing. With peer pressure, sometimes our children could be irrational. If not guided accordingly, they might do something that we cannot be proud of. Peer pressure is a silent enemy among youngsters and parents should be observant enough if their children have already been a victim of this. Many untoward circumstances happen when they are caught up in this mess. Yet this is not just youngsters problem but even adults are also affected with this. To make the story short, I did not take our deal seriously. And when the time comes for him to claim what was promised, I take him out for a walk and we had a talk about it. Afterwards, even if he was heartbroken because he didn’t get his expectation yet he understood completely that his motive and purpose for acquiring such thing was not right. I told him that we should not be prevailed over by our wants rather we should consider the relevance as such. We had agreed on something different though because he still insists that I did promise him. So to keep my promise, we had dined out for a special dinner to treat him for his obedience and understanding.

Keeping our promises to our children is equally important as taking a vow. Once said, we should not go against our words or it will backfire to us. We should keep ours so they would keep theirs as well.

“Don’t make a promise you cannot keep and don’t say something unless you mean it.” – Unknown

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RIP CURRENTS

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It’s summer time once again! This is the best time to hit up the beaches. It is always refreshing to take a plunge in the cool blue-green water especially if we are with our loved ones for a holiday. Sometimes, at the height of our enjoyment, accidents do happen. Last week, I have read an article how a supposed family outing end up tragically when 5 of its members drowned while swimming. According to the article, they got stuck in the strong currents. Many have shared the same fate unaware of rip currents that may be the cause of their deaths. But of course, there could also be other reasons and factors that contribute that ill-fated circumstance. In the US, more than 100 beachgoers drown in these strong rushes of water that pull swimmers away from the shore. So just to keep safe while swimming at sea, I just want to share this with everyone. This way you might save not just your own life, but others as well. 

To know more about rip currents, read here and share the information with your family, relatives, friends, and everyone. Let us spread the word and be safe while enjoying this summer season.

Beautiful Distraction

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I get into a relationship at a very young age. I was in the first year in high school when I met my first and only boyfriend who happens to be my husband now. We are both active academically and with some extracurricular activities. We often participate in school events and sometimes we are even competing with each other. I was one of the contenders for any inter-division and regional competition in declamation, oratorical, and extemporaneous speaking contest. I had gotten several awards, merit, and participation certificates. I was also the Cheerleader in the cheering squad of our year level and won second place in my first year and first place in my second year in high school. Meanwhile, my then boyfriend was also into sports so he was among the athletes in our school. He was into all types of ball games, running, boxing and taekwondo, though, he didn’t compete for martial arts. We are a great team and we are great partners as well. Being the leaders of our own team, our classmates and schoolmates look up to us. Many admired our good performances. On our second year, We even bagged as the over-all champion in one of our school sports activities.

From working as a team and partners, we were able to develop and cultivate a good friendship until such time that we eventually became as sweethearts. Many were thrilled, others were appalled when the real score between us was divulged by one of our friends that it spread like wildfire in our school and neighborhood. I received a lot of criticism from others but at that time, I don’t give a damn what others say. As long as we are not doing anything wrong, we know our limitation, we tried to responsibly keep our relationship pure. My parents did not oppose to our relationship. He was even welcomed to our home so he can visit me. It was also a way of my parents to prevent us from sneaking out just to see each other. At least, when we were at home, my Mom could always check on us. And I think it was a clever idea.

He was accepted and treated as a family. Even my younger siblings liked him. He is such a charming guy and could easily get along well with people. I was inspired in my studies and I exerted more effort to excel in class to prove others that having/getting in a relationship is not a hindrance nor a distraction to my studies. I would rather call it a beautiful distraction. But of course, our situation was not a bed of roses. We encountered a lot of hardships, heartaches and challenges along the way before we get to the next stage of our relationship which also has its own story.

I recalled those times as I was mulling over on my children’s getting into this kind of circumstance. I couldn’t imagine how would I react if they will start entertaining such acts but I know that sometimes the inevitable happens. I am worried and scared that they may go out of the way and will end up having a disastrous life. Teenagers nowadays are even more aggressive and stubborn. And all I can do is to guide them throughout in their growing up years. I always instruct advise and warn them about this matter. Even if I survived that phase of my life, I do not want them to experience the same things that happened before. I want them to focus and set their priorities and goals first before they ever consider of being involve in heart issues. It will break my heart to witness their disappointments and heartaches.

I am sharing this not to encourage the young people to engage in premature romantic relationships but rather to encourage them to enjoy their teenage years. This is something that can wait for the right time, at the right place, with the right person and the right circumstance. But if you ever get into this situation, remember that romantic disappointments are a chance to learn about what really matters. Don’t let it ruin your life. Adversity brings out the best in us. Let not your heart rule over your mind. May it not be a desolation of yourself instead makes it a beautiful distraction to be inspired in achieving your aspirations in life.

The Fisherman’s Testament

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This book has long been sitting in my sister’s nook and I just got interested to read it when my daughter had her book review project in school a week ago. She asked me to help her in polishing her project and I was caught up in its historical, cultural, and biblical details that show up throughout. This book is absolutely a great read.

I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for such a good pick to kill the time in this long holiday in the observance of the Lenten season.

Be inspired by the story of Marcus Junius Vitalis, a Roman military general, who has come to terms with the story of Jesus. He has embraced the story Peter shared wholeheartedly and has himself become a follower of Jesus Christ.