It was the Anglo-Irish essayist Jonathan Swift who once said…
Four years ago, I had a simple feeling that maybe my son Tutapel inherited his dad’s mathematical ability.
And as Regina Spektor’s famous song goes- that feeling turned into hope…
I then resorted to the only viable solution available to Christians and that is to offer everything we had to our Lord and plead with Him to direct us to the path we ought to take. It might be a passive response to some, but devoted followers would agree that the fulfillment of any vision begins with surrendering your all to God.
Manila ➙ Hong Kong
But if there’s anything I learned from my UP Diliman education it is this: SINK or SWIM. That was the glowing mantra of every teacher I had during freshman year and I soon found out that the faster I adapt to my environment, the better chances I had of overcoming obstacles.
Hundreds of professionals from various disciplines such as medicine, education, government service and mass media applied in the Japan Information Cooperation Agency (JICA) Friendship Programme back in 1999. We went through a series of examinations and interviews and eventually the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines and the Japanese Government were the ones who decided our fate. It was God’s gracious hand ALONE that got me in, believe me!
Hong Kong International Airport
Basically, our family was going through the usual routine of checking in. We were respectful and mindful of our manners, when all of a sudden, some personnel congregated amongst themselves and started laughing while shouting “FILIPINOS!” If that was not enough, the people in charge of inspecting our carry-on luggage, raised their voice at us, while commanding us to open our belongings! Can you believe that?
FAST FORWARD TO THIS PHOTO. It was unfortunate that six days after this photo was taken, a similar incident happened. Three of our mathletes, my son included, were just laughing and talking to one another when all of a sudden a male security personnel raised his voice at them!
One of my mom friends told me that some airport personnel could be really strict. However, in my vocabulary, that was simply being RUDE and UNPROFESSIONAL!
In a matter of seconds, I concocted the best defense ever! It was creative, respectful but somehow laced with hints of irony, which left him quiet all throughout my speech. But that’s another blog! 😉
Hong Kong ➙ Shanghai
It was my first connecting flight in 19 years so it was only natural for me to get all excited.
DragonAir is basically an airbus so it’s much smaller than parent Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 777.
Since my son is a picky eater, he didn’t like the Chicken Meal that much.
He opted for the Beef & Potatoes instead which turned out to be quite good!
Shanghai Pudong International Airport