I can’t help but look back on all those years where I discovered so much of the world and of myself.
In 2007, I followed my heart and quit my then managerial position in Thomson Reuters in Makati to try my luck in Singapore. I know it was a gamble but there are times in your life that you just have to do it. So packed my bags, I did. I had to make do with the meager savings that I have. It didn’t help that the cost of living is just so high.
After two weeks, I got a job. Yay! But I was still sleeping on someone else’s couch – out of the goodness of a friend’s relative’s heart. When I got my first paycheck, that was the time I was able to move out to a decent bedroom with privacy. Soon enough, my friends would make it to Singapore, too and it wouldn’t be that lonely anymore.
Each small steps we took slowly got us to where we wanted to be. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it. We celebrated each other’s victories no matter how great or small. One thing we agree on is, Singapore gave us the best time of our lives away from home. We consider it our second home.