Posted in my previous blog: September 21, 2014
“How have you been?”
Everyday during my 23-day stay in a foreign land, I was greeted this way by people that were generally taller and prettier than me. They wore sweet smiles and talked in an accent I would familiarize with British people but theirs were slurred with i’s in the vowels. They were white and had eyes and hair in various hues. To the untrained senses, all looked pleasantly beautiful.
Welcome you to the Land Down Under!
As Raquel and I walked along the wintry streets of Canberra to go to work, clad in scarves, beanies, gloves, jackets and boots, we found a daily routine that would mark my first week in my first ever out-of-the-country experience.
I was overwhelmed by how different everything was –the people, the climate, the scenery, the food and the culture. But the girls at Canberra helped Raquel and I to adjust perfectly well in the city. We had made friends with them and by the time Raquel had to leave me to go to Wagga, I already felt at home working within a great team of professionals who were ready to share their expertise with me.
But as the saying goes, those who work hard play harder, Raquel and I didn’t let the first week go by uneventful. We experienced our first snow at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. We were 20-somethings obviously of legal age who shared the excitement of five year olds playing around with snow.
When Raquel finally left, I was given a wide breadth of opportunity to get to know the city and a lot of time to ponder about the changes taking place in my life. Leaving my old job for D&V Philippines meant giving up the secured life I used to have. But by letting God take control of my life wheel, he turned my expectations upside down. Instead of closing off opportunities, he created an overflow of blessings in my life.
On the third week, Nick fetched me to go to Wagga to meet his team and his family. I was warmly welcomed by everyone and as I got to know more about the great people behind the firm, their family and just how the congruent their values are from the Filipino values that we live by, I developed a deeper respect to them. Now it was time to go home.
Back in Sydney and after a day’s worth of tour, my last night was spent looking at the scenic view of the Sydney Harbor as the city lights boast of its character and the building’s architecture spoke of its history. “Kamusta ka?” I asked myself this. A translation of the greeting I’ve long been hearing since I’ve set foot on this foreign land. “I’m good. Thank you!” That would be a normal response but as I pondered on my 23-day stay here in Australia, I was beyond good – I felt great/lovely/fabulous!
More than that, I felt blessed.