Quick Throwback: Encouraging Words From A Colleague

I got in my first job 8 months ago and it’s a bit of an exciting yet weird experience for me that I got in there. I got hired but not into the position I was applying, rather I got into a job that is kind of complicated to handle –to be an EA.

When I got into the job that directly reports to the CEO, there’s a little bit of pride instilled in me; that proud moment when I felt so much trusted to handle impenetrable and complex tasks, it’s a big thing for me. But at the same time I was feeling anxious and asked myself why I accepted the job and do I really know what I’m getting into. But then I accepted it anyway because I know I can do it.

Getting into my job, I’ve gotten close to one of my workmates who later on I have so much respect on. He has helped me a lot from adjusting to studying anything and everything about the nature of the company’s business. I love how he’s got all the time and patience to teach me; it made me really motivated to do my job well.

But then he left (no, he did not die) a month later due to health issues. He had to rest himself from all the stress he got and that’s totally understandable. But it was a shock for me cause of all the people in that workplace, he’s the only person I get comfortable being with. Well I guess we just have the same brainwaves.

And so he left me with these encouraging words. Whenever I feel unmotivated or unsatisfied with what I do, I just read his encouraging letter to me. It’s simple yet I know the words are straight from the heart.

Hello Len,

I want to express my appreciation that you are part of CSI family now and shall have the most exciting, weird, substantial and complicated experiences that shall mold your skills, learning and character as a whole being [as a] professional and expert in human behavior art work.

I know that you have abundance in heart the best goal to learn and grow as a person and as a professional. I[‘ve] always advised you that it is the best place to learn fast. I appreciate the courage and strength that you have invested and still investing to cope up and learn fast as you [can in your] first ever professional work.

Always remember, regardless wherever you are working, things will always be complicated and continuously be complicated, but remember that when you feel [like] that is becoming one, do not be frustrated or burden but instead continue to feel grateful because, it is the only sign and manifestation that you are maturing, learning up for a new and higher learning and experience and that you have graduated from the current level of your life and honed to move higher.

I always knew that you are gifted with so many ways and skills, but it is still up to you how you are going to use these skills of yours at your advantage and success. I apologize that I will not be there to guide you anymore but you can always consult me when you need a third party support.

Never doubt yourself, cause sometimes I can feel that in you that you do, just always raise your flag and go for the test of time. You are a lot smarter than you think. But remember, that BEING SMART IS FAR DIFFERENT FROM BEING INTELLECTUAL, so therefore DO NOT INTELLECTUALIZE everything because when you do, that is the time that you shall make mistakes.

Think always with the intention to learn and accomplish a task, do not think only because you need to do something that is new or strange for you. Thinking and asking the right questions are the best tools that one acquires but not used properly. Be organized and you shall never go wrong.

Always reward yourself with small gifts whenever you accomplish something because it’s the benchmark of your success. Likewise, reward yourself when you fail something for it is the benchmark of your growth. Be afraid if your[‘re] start[ing] to not feeling anymore of what I have mentioned because it’s the benchmark of your uselessness.

I shall continue to pray for you and I know that you shall succeed with your time with CSI. The company is your biggest avenue to learn, believe me because I[‘ve] experienced it all and I left with much appreciation of myself and what I can do to which a lot of people there still do not get how I was able to do what I did at work.

Merry Christmas and God bless my little sister.

Regards

Ed Corbe

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Even though I’m already out of the company too for some important, valid reason, I still read this letter to keep me motivated in anything that I do. It’s a reminder for me that there’s someone out there who believes in my capability as a person whenever I feel inadequate as a pro. And that keeps me on the go.

Thanks, Ed. You are very much appreciated and won’t ever forget you. You are one of the best people I know in my yuppie life.

What I’ll Miss About Summer (part 2)

It’s still about the Program and the Glen but I’m going to talk about the things I’m going to miss about my work. 🙂

I work in Banquets department for 20 hours/week and I usually work in the morning shift (I love working in the morning it makes me feel so alive even when I’m sleepy). And by morning shift that means I get to get up at around 5:30 am cause I have to be at work at 6:45 am (talk about prepping up, and I do my quiet time early in the morning). I work in a very fancy dining hall called the King James.

I just love everything about my job—the environment, serving guests through food and drinks, and also the chance to get to know them, the FOOD (cause we get to eat what guests eat so I just love it. I love food actually) especially the people I’ve worked with and our manager who’s very friendly, outgoing and a mother to all of us in the department.

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I see how God has been working to people I serve in dining through their life stories. It has blessed and encouraged me throughout the summer and it’s one of the reasons why I always look forward working. Volunteering at the King James also taught me to be humble in a sense that working with willingness and a servant heart can also serve as a channel of blessing not only to guests but to my co-workers as well—it encourages them also to work hard with an understanding and open mind and also to relate with people with no judgment or whatnot.

Another favorite thing at the King James is that I’ve gotten close to people I’ve worked with. I thought that in America, I can only interact with my co-workers with work-related stuff but I was wrong. We were able to share our lives with one another through stories (again) about life, love life and our relationship with Him. I play with them during free times and laugh with them. My co-workers are one of the greatest blessings I’ve received this summer and I can’t thank them enough for the impact that they have left in my heart. They totally changed my perspective in life. They have become my friends.

It’s always heartbreaking to bid goodbyes to people whom you already loved and shared your life with. But I thank God for the wonderful opportunity to work with them and to serve guests at the KJ. Surely I will miss every single thing and person about Banquets and the Glen. I’m looking forward to see and work with them again in the future. Oh dear, I just love life so much. 🙂

What I’ll Miss About This Summer

Two months of being away from home, 2 months of undying fun and excitement, 2 months of dealing with crazy, nerve-wrecking Colorado weather, 2 months of serving people, 2 months of intense God-time, 2-months of being with “strangers” and 2 months of building relationships and encouraging one another –this is what GSP is to me. This summer has been a blast, and I can’t actually believe that this 8-week program is over. Time flies so fast when you get to enjoy the things that are happening to us. And now that we are about to go back to our respective countries, it’s hard for us to bid goodbyes to one another. But it’s even harder to forget the memories (who would even dare try to?) we’ve had this summer.

There are so many memories here at the Glen that I will always treasure in my heart as long as I don’t get to get dementia. I’ll surely miss:

  • Kelli’s sweet smile and adventurous personality, and as well as how she speaks 😉
  • Karlina’s fashionable outfits every nightly meetings and her accessories (I love ’em)
  • Miki’s “Oh, fun!” and her super cute cheeks, and her sweet surprising hugs and of course her love in art
  • Lisa’s “I’m sorry! Don’t tickle me”, “Hai!” and never-ending laughter every time she’s with people.
  • Angie’s angelic eyes and crazy personality when you get goofy with her (I wish I could take you in my suitcase though hahaha)
  • Kimberly’s love for music and excitement for moose and, crazy side and nightly walks and star gazing at the Glen with Deanna.
  • Abisayo’s “really?! Seriously?!” when she doesn’t seem to understand a person or a situation (hahaha)
  • Julie’s servanthood and a motherly personality. What a darling.
  • Charlotte’s outgoing personality and thoughtfulness to others and her “bunny” game!
  • Elikem’s laughter when she gets to hear my jokes. I feel loved when she appreciates them.
  • Sara’s eyebrows (which are my favorite) and her difficulty in breathing whenever she laughs. I always thought of calling 911 whenever I hear her laughing.
  • Fun moments and inside jokes with Otgoo! Oh my goodness I love this girl to the moon and back.
  • Gi and Lucas’s sweetness when they’re together. Their love for each other reminds me of God’s unconditional love (We love because He first loved us) and also her silliness and cute laughter
  • Vania’s baby cry and her touchy personality. At first I find them annoying but I learned to love them that I’d get to copy them and do it with other people. I love you that much, Vania. Hahaha. Oh, also I’d get to miss her favorite question to people, “So what promises do you claim in your Christian life?”
  • My high and low moments with Deanna and her funny Canadian stories. I thank God for her when I can just be myself when I’m with her. I really appreciate it.
  • KK’s laughter. When you get to read this, just ask me how she laughs and I can perform it to you. Kidding aside, I’ll miss her sweetness and sensitivity whenever I get to be silent.
  • Batti’s thoughtfulness. Thanks so much for taking care of me by bringing food to my room whenever I’m sick.  I’ll also miss her beautiful voice that I’d get to hear every single day in our room.
  • Naomi’s surprise hugs and kisses and funny stories that she laughs hard first before she tells you about it. I’ll never get bored whenever I’m with her. “Does it make sense?”
  • Margaret’s thoughtfulness, sincerity and availability. I’ll never forget the day you’ve comforted me when I was homesick in our first week. I really appreciate it.
  • Cammie’s mannerism of rubbing people’s backs, her questions that’ll make you reflect and cry eventually, her generosity and servanthood.
  • Nzilani’s assertive yet loving personality. I love it when she’s always direct to the point. I’m also gonna miss her appreciation to my hair. I feel so loved.
  • Zuugii’s outgoing personality and concern to people. She’s everybody’s bestfriend.
  • Edith’s loud voice that’d get me really awake and
  • Emi’s gentleness and optimistic attitude in life. I wonder how she sleeps at night with Edith.
  • Natalie’s hugs and concern. She’s such a sweet girl and;
  • Lisa Sandquist’s love for all of us GSP-ers and for being our mom for the summer.

Well also I’d never forget

  • Muli’s love for yoghurt, his witty and silly jokes. I feel so comfortable whenever I’m with him. “Oh my goodness!”
  • Ricardo’s love for killing people. Just kidding. I’ll miss his care for people and medical skills. Talk about stitching Bryce’s arm and healing other GSP-ers. You’re gonna be a great doctor.
  • Bryce’s incredible voice and his fandom for One Direction.
  • Widianto’s TMI moments and his whole being because he reminds me of a friend. 🙂
  • Lucas’s love for Gi, for being such a gentleman and his caring and heart for serving people.
  • Mark’s devotional, Romans 8:1. (Hi, Otgoo!) And also his dance and made-up reason “Painting the dog.”
  • Andreas’s sincerity, loving voice and leadership. I’m also gonna miss Klaus. 😉
  • Pablo’s openness and laughter and our craziness together when we imitate people. :))
  • Toar’s waxed hair and his friendliness.
  • Jean’s “How are you today?” questions which always make my day.
  • Clement’s “Burkina!” and laughter when he talks with Jean. I just love them talk in French even though I don’t understand. It makes me real happy.
  • Joe’s weird taste in everything and his camera of course. Hahahaha
  • Owen’s “So! How’s it going?” and his sweetness. I also appreciate his sensitivity and care for others.
  • Jonathan’s card tricks and random yellings of Korlekuor’s name and other things (for the win). And also his duct tape and
  • Dan’s friendly personality, witty jokes and “observations”. You know it, Dan. Lol.
  • And most importantly, I won’t forget Shannon’s announcements. 😉

One thing that I won’t forget about these people is their love for God and people around them. Leaving this utopic community may be hard but the real training starts from here—the challenge of being able to share His love and faithfulness to others. Thanks y’all for sharing your lives and for encouraging one another to keep the faith and to stand firm for what we believe in. I hope and pray that He’d make us channels of blessings to other people around us and that whenever people would see us, they’d get to remember God’s love through our lives.

Saying goodbye is mainstream and (I think) not appropriate in here. It’s better to say, “See you later!”

Till we meet again, friends! 😀

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It’s Sinking In

I’ve been counting down the remaining days that we’ll all be leaving. It’s too easy for me to make fun of it, and I could be mean but I find it funny when people just hit me and tell me to stop. But at the same time, it’s the reality–we’re all leaving, going back to our respective places and face the “real life”.

As I keep on making fun of it, my heart’s slowly getting heavy. I know why but I pretend I don’t ’cause I don’t want to realize the fact that it’s getting nearer. We’ll be home at some point. And I hate the feeling ’cause I love everything here—the place, food, and people. There are relationships which just started to dig deeper, moments that are cherished and yet time’s limited now. These are the things that make my heart feel heavy.

I’ve met new friends, got trusted and loving best friends, had a list of crushes (yeah yeah!) and praying for one thing (if you know what I mean). And I’ll miss them the most by the time I head home ’cause no one knows when we’re all meeting again. Maybe soon, maybe 2 years from now, or maybe never.

During my stay here I learned a lot of things and I must say my life has been changed since I came here. It’s such a blessing and encouragement for me to hear stories of other people and to experience His greatness and awesomeness. And I got no great words to describe how thankful I am for everything.

12 days more and I’m making the most out of it.

An Encounter with Big Horn Sheep

I was on my way back to my house after having my quiet time and when I was walking I prayed and wondered if God would give me an experience alone with a flock of big horn sheep (I usually see them when there’s someone with me) and what would I do if that happens. And while praying, God just was just so funny and awesome that He just placed these sheep on my way back. Here’s the video of my experience and pardon me for my reaction. HAHAHAHA 🙂

Adventure Day 1: Hollywood CA

My first day in CA went really well–talking about going to Hollywood and get groceries in Costco (where muricans get their groceries). :)) Gustong-gusto ko yung weather dito na usually ranges from 16-23 degrees C. Baguio ang peg diba? Now I know kung ba’t di trip ng mga tao ditong maligo. :))

But as for me, I love the hot shower here so I had bathe twice. :))

So ito talaga yung details with my first day here in States:

Nagising ako around 3 in the morning. Maybe ’cause jetlag and sobrang gutom na ko! Good thing I have my pack of Sky Flakes (buti na lang talaga) so may pantawid gutom ako. :)) At around 7am, for breakfast I had cheeseburger. Nakalimutan ko siyang picturan cause I was so hungry I could eat a live woman hahahahaha.

Around 10am we went to Hollywood. Yey! Sayang lang sobrang layo namin dun sa Hollywood sign so di ko rin napicturan. Pero nakita ko with my very own eyes. It was…just a sign. :))

Before we went to the famous sidewalk in the world, we had Cheeseburger (again) for lunch in In ‘n Out Burger. Ito daw yung parang authentic burger shop ng California and sobrang affordable ng price nila.

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Sobrang benta saken yung calorie count sa menu. Sorry na. Hahahaha :))

And this is our food. It’s really good! Small size pa lang nila di ko na maubos. Then yung drinks nila unlimited forever so it’s really heaven. I had pink lemonade kasi puro Coke na ko sa plane eh. :))

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$17 for four people is a good deal. Naks!

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So this is us. :))

Then after namin kumain we went to the Hollywood street! Ok so di ko tanda anong name ng street basta ang alam ko may stars yung tiles. HAHAHAHA. So this is one of the pictures I got

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And I found my father! :O Hahahaha!

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So after strolling around Hollywood, we went to Costco. Ito yung parang SM Hypermarket nila dito. They get everything here wholesale and for good deals too. May nakita akong bag na worth $18 lang eh back in Ph it’s around $60-$75 (2500-3k pesos) yung price. Sayang lang di namin kasama si Papa dito may financer sana ako. Chos :))

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And I get to experience free samples sa grocery nila. Mwahahaha >:)

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And what’s cool here is that when you pay your grocery items, wala nang cashier and bagger. You just scan the items by yourself then insert your credit card/cash in a machine and voila! Nabayaran mo na groceries mo. Cool no? Kung ganito lang din sa Pinas eh. Pero malabo hahaha.

So when we got home I took a nap kasi sobrang inantok na ko then when I woke up dinner na. Hello naman sa 6:30pm dito pero tirik-na tirik pa ang araw. :)) We had a half-western-half-asian dinner. Bakit half-asian? Kasi may rice. WUHOOOOO!!!

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We had salad and rare-cooked steak and raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries for dessert. Man, di ako fan ng cherries til I tasted the most legit one here! Fake pala yung cherries na nasa fruit cocktails natin, or say sobrang processed na. Dito kasi sobrang sarap eh and iba yung itsura. Again, di na ko nakapagtake ng picture cause I was really enjoying my food. And sayaaa! 🙂

At around 9am, Michelle, a friend way back 7 years ago (she visited in the Philippines and stayed with us for two months) went to our place to visit! Grabe sobrang tagal na talaga bago kami nagkita and sobrang saya na we were able to catch up!

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So that sums up my first day here in US. So far so good. Masaya pa naman ako. Looking forward to more happier days and adventures here! Hahahaha 🙂

 

Let Da Abenchur Begin!

Let Da Abenchur Begin!

After 10 years of being on queue on several checkpoints, nakaupo na rin kami! Kung hassle makapasok sa local flights, x100 pa pag sa international. Descriminating lang sa part natin cause nagmumukha talaga tayong di katiwa-tiwala. But well, Pinas kaso ‘to eh. Hahaha.

Departure time’s at 6:40am, bound for Nagoya, Japan. Please wish us a safe 5-hour trip! 🙂

Hidden Desire

Hidden Desire

So it all started as a hidden desire. Pinangarap (yes pangarap talaga eh no) ko, or say, binulong ko sa Kanya yung gusto kong gawin after graduation. When I was grad-waiting, I felt all the unnecessary stress that a graduating college student shouldn’t be feeling at that time. A normal graduating student should be enjoying his last days in college with friends and buddies and, if grateful enough, spend time with their favorite instructors. But as for me, it went the other way around: My barkada kind of split-up when something ‘terrible and traumatic’ happened sometime in October. I had to control my tongue or it may be used against me. I had to be with 2 of my very close and trusted friends most of the time, and other introvert shiz that you can imagine. My last days of college life weren’t as fun as I’ve ever thought that I’ve become quite…sad. So, that’s when I had this desire of going to a place that no one knows me, to be able to spend alone and experience real tranquility myself. 🙂