growing up life lessons

of the 5 weeks i was away...

Thursday, February 25, 2010tee

as my travel commences and as i come back to life as i know it,
i'm sharing the little tidbits
of i've learned in the 5 weeks i was off:

  • independence 101. it was that. and more. i thought i was self-sufficient and independent but it really expanded my horizons! :P i learned how to cook food. edible food, at least. i did my own laundry, and really, you should bring detergent and quarters along with you, unless you want to go back and forth in the cold for what you've missed!
  • i have learned that i may have zero tolerance for the cold, but you'll learn to adapt with it. with a few frequent nosebleeds and brain-freezes here and there, but survivor's instinct will really take the reins. layering, is really the key. plus, it's easier to say - i didn't gain weight, it's the clothes :P
  • i read maps, took track of road signs and learned to navigate! furthermore, i learned that googlemaps maybe your friend, but not all the time.
  • i learned i should really put my driver's license into use and not just as an accessory in my wallet.
  • vending machines are a good source of food and drinks. duh. but furthermore, it's nirvana for state quarters collectors like me! (with the coin return slot, it was like playing at a slot machines in the casino!) :P
  • no matter how game you are - with your plans all worked out, the weather really has the last say. i've learned late, not to take it seriously. it's never a fair fight to begin with.
  • the joy of outlet stores and online shopping. but later on i noticed that everything's pretty much really "on sale". after a few weeks and maybe a little too late, i became wiser.
  • skype and chikka became my closest friends. and even closer with ym and gtalk too.
  • i developed a codependency on coffee. without it, i wouldn't have survived the cold and oh-so sleepy mornings (and meetings). i can't say it worked all the time though, i had bouts of occassional headbangs now and then.
  • i have come to appreciate those who are in LDR's and who are, for some reasons, away from their loved ones and families. i don't know how they did it. i salute them for it, but i think i'll always want to have a sense of "home" nearby.
  • it pays really to have a smile on your face. it's true what they say, once you're in a foreign country, you'll really look for other Filipinos and build close-knit ties with them. i have the chance to have a met nice people whom i wouldn't have befriended otherwise. and yeah, sometimes, first impressions are just nothing but impressions. :>
  • and of course, no matter how busy and overwhelmed you are, it's really a must to take a few minutes off and have time for Him.

there's really no price tag for what i've come to learn and experienced over the past 5 weeks. so it is will a smile and probably, a little bit experienced than when i've started, that i will come back home.

it's been a while since i've started my countdown and now, it's just a few days more.

i can't wait!!!

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  1. We used the mapquest instead of googlemaps simply coz we have grown accustomed to the former. One unforgettable experience: we printed the "direction" to the church, but instead mapquest brought us to Keeneland which was on the opposite direction! haha so yeah, we were late for church! haha

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  2. haha. and i thot reliable ang mapquest!

    my first navigating experience - to mammoth cave. daghan au xa gipanganlan na exits ug roads na sayop. we didn't get lost but we kept on stopping to check if we are. needless to say, i never volunteered to navigate again. natrauma ko marge oi. googlemaps' fault. :D

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