If you have been following my blog, you’d notice that my daily life here in Bangkok revolve around very few people. Why don’t I introduce them to you, yeah?
1. Portia- my super petite and girly suster who comes once or twice a month as she’s in the province around 2-3 hrs away from here depending on the traffic. I’m so grateful that God helped her develop the sense of adventure and independence. I like traveling with her.:)
2. Vish- she’s my colleague/neighbor/friend whom I hang out about 70% most of the time. We share the same passion for movies, books, and instruments although we like different genres.:) She’s the one I usually dine with and have occasional sleepovers with.^_^She has also become my nurse as she keeps me sane when I freak out about teeny-tiny things. She’s truly a God-given friend.
3. Ate Delle- she’s the one who comes and cooks food for me and Vish. She’s someone I can invite to go places with me and would go without hesitations. She’s always on-the-go.:) Praise God for her.
4. Sam- the-boy-next-door who likes coming to my place to play with my iPhone, musical instruments, and Monopoly. He’s so cute and adorable.
5. Joane- Sam’s mom who is always a pleasure to hang out with. She likes sharing stories and food.:)
6. Rose- the new colleague and neighbor whom I usually walk home this summer because both of our classes end at 4:30p.m.
7. Jas- Joane’s sister who is my laundry classmate. We usually see each other doing the laundry in the balcony. She has a sweet smile that makes me want to be a reserved, soft-spoken girl. Hehe.
8. The Boys, Rey & Third- they’re the supervisors at school whom we have befriended too. Whenever we need some help with moving or carrying heavy furniture then they’re the go-to guys.:)
9. The Vesper Group- they’re the people I have worship with every Friday night (something I always look forward to at the end of the week. It’s basically composed of families, married couples, kids, relatives, and us–the singles. (My friends and I are the only singles in the group. They’re about 4 or 5 of us who come.) I like being everybody’s AUNTY.:) They also invite us for birthdays and aunty has to buy gifts and babysit at the swimming pool where most of them cling onto my bikini–very disturbing. LOL.
10. Colleagues- people I work with and sometimes eat out with.:):)
11. Janice- a friend from the province who comes and stays with me every weekend so she can go to church. I also play instruments with her. She volunteers to help me with some
12. NagaViewers- they’re my classmates, schoolmates, and ex-lovers from college who have migrated here to start a family and get a better job. Hanging out with them brings back nostalgic memories. Sometimes we go and spend a weekend by the beach in Pattaya, two hours ride away from here. And again, I’m the aunty their kids play with when we go out. Sometimes they also invite me in their homes to just hang out and spend a couple of days witb them. They’re God’s instruments for my coming here.
See! God blessed me with so many wonderful people to help me enjoy my stay in this foreign land. I must admit that this place feels a lot like home because of the familiar faces and the places similar to Philippines. But I can’t deny that I had so much fun in Korea, too. There I was veeeerrryyyyy independent. Here I am more of a human enjoying simple things–being a friend, an “aunt”, etc. I have more “humanitarian” activities here. In Korea, I was always out seeing new places–in and out of the country. I made friends, too–friends I will treasure forever. With all these people I’ve met, I have learned (still learning) to let my guard down and remind myself that no matter how crazy our world has become that it’s not wrong to fully let go of myself and start letting people into my life without resevations. I’ve always believed that “people always leave.” Therefore, I do not really let the whole of me out of my shell–afraid to get attached and be hurt. Thankfully God has been helping me see the reality of life–that He always look out for me and I just have to let Him and His people in without “what ifs and buts.”