I moved to Cebu 7 years ago with fear in my heart. I was going to leave my comfort zone — the place where all my friends and family lives — and moving into my husband’s territory.
I knew that in all likelihood I would be working for my in-laws to have time for the kids even though I knew it would be easier for me to settle down in a new place if I went to a corporate setting. That would mean that I would be in my “husband’s territory” both at home and at work so I was afraid that I will have difficulty finding friends outside of my husband’s circle. I was afraid I would not fit in since I didn’t know the language. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to find a friend to call my own.
I never imagined I’d be so lucky to find not just 1 friend but such a windfall of them. The support, companionship, advice, laughter and acceptance they have given this Manila girl has made it possible for me to call Cebu home.
I was lucky enough to form friendships that sprung from a school activity and went on to last for years by getting together for occasional meals and celebrating special times together. A lot of these women are almost like family. They go as far as to drop everything just to help me out whenever I need help. You guys can’t imagine how thankful I am to have you in my life.
|Halloween Party from 2009!|
|Christmas Party 2011 — yes we keep growing.|
|One of our monthly lunches. (July 2012)|
To a friend, one of the first ones I made in Cebu, who I don’t see as often as I’d like but is a part of my DAILY life through chat. Someone who gives me good solid advice, or just listen to my rants, whenever I need it. Simply not the same without a YM from this woman.
|My constant daily chat-mate.|
To friendships sprung from the love of exercise which quickly turned into insane laughter and missing people when they are absent from class. You guys made it possible for me to keep up an exercise regimen… because I started missing you when I stayed away too long.
|Time to Zumba! Yes, that’s my sexy mother in law in green.|
To the women (and men) I’ve met through Hubby S‘s MCCI events. You’re always an inspiration to me for what you are able to accomplish on top of being beautiful souls.
And to all the other girls I’ve shared lunches, dinners and laughter with through the years (through work, PTA activities, Hubby S‘s friends and multitude of activities or just randomly) — I may not have nice photos but you know who you are — thank you for being part of my life.
In these 7 years, I found that it’s never too late to form friendships. I also found out that no language barrier or age barrier or any barrier for that matter can stop us from finding special people anywhere we go at anytime.
So now, I look forward to the next thing that will allow me to meet new people… because I’ll never know when I’ll meet someone new who can make an imprint on my life.
And to everyone who has made an imprint so far, whether you are in Cebu or Manila… THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.