It’s been months since I last update my blog, and that’s because Josh and I have a reached a new chapter in our lives. It all started in June, when after much contemplation, we decided to pack all our stuff and leave everything behind.
No. This is not a mid-life crisis.
It’s more of an opportunity for growth.
The pivotal point, the catalyst that changes everything in our lives … for the better, I hope.
A few months ago, I never thought I’d have the heart to leave my hometown. I was born and raised in Cebu. It’s where I gained and lost friends. It’s where I fell in love for the first time and got my heart broken. It’s also where I found my true love and found happiness. I always thought that this where Josh and I will grow old together.
But when June came, that perspective changed.
All because something came in to our lives unexpectedly. An exciting opportunity too good to pass up.
Now, we’re in our second month here in Manila and so far we’re enjoying the unfamiliarity of it all. Sure, there were days when I felt frustrated because of the language and the food (for some reason, we find that the food tastes different here). We also hate the traffic here, but I guess that’s one of tradeoffs. After all, we can’t have everything good in this life.
How Are We Liking Manila?
My first month here was a real struggle. I had to adjust to the language, culture and the traffic. For the first four weeks, I would wake up at 4 am just to get to the office before 7:30 am. Then I would have to leave at 4:30 pm just so I could get to the MRT station before it becomes too crowded with other commuters. I’d get home at around 7:30 pm and sleep at around 8 pm then do the same routine the next day.
There was a point wherein I would get teary eyed because cab drivers would reject my destination, and wished I hadn’t left home.
But then I would remember the reasons we decided to come here.
Fortunately, we were able to find an apartment close to my workplace, so life become better. I’d get home early and have time for a movie with Josh before we call it a day.
After we found a solution from our traffic woes, we’re starting to see Manila in a good light. The first thing we saw was this place has a plethora of restaurants and food establishments that aren’t in Cebu yet. For instance, Cold Stone Creamery (haha!). Since we had our first cup, all the other ice cream brands we loved now taste bland compared to theirs. That’s just an overstatement, though. We just like their ice cream is all.
Another thing that we liked is that some stuff are sold cheap here. For instance, we bought two cabinets here for a price of one had we bought them in Cebu. So, yes, that’s one of the things that we like here in Manila.
Will We Ever Like Living in Manila?
We’re still discovering new things here. But I’m crossing my fingers that we will. There’s no point living here and hating every second of it, is there? So yes, we’re hopeful that we can make this place a second home for us.
Oh by the way, there’s one thing I’m really looking forward to here in Manila. And that’s the Manila International Book Fair happening in September. I already marked my calendar for this even, and I’m crossing my fingers, schedule permitting, that I can be there. You can know more about this book fair by checking out the MIFB website.