It has been almost three years since the last time I created a blog article and more than four years since I've written an interesting one. I blame Facebook for this. So many things happened to my life. I changed and learned a lot.
Four years ago, while I was living in Manila, my company sent me to the United Kingdom. It was one of the memorable experience of that chapter of my life. I learned about so many things. So many to mention here but to cut it short. It had opened my eyes to more possibilities and opportunities. I lived in Manchester City for almost 2 months and went for weekend strolls to London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. It was an amazing experience for a young man from a poor tropical country in Asia who has never left the country before.
|Walking the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland with Friends.|
I met new friends and shared the experience. I really cherish those moments. The experience has also inspired me to work harder and dream bigger.
A year after the trip, I decided to quit my job to move to Singapore for a better opportunity. I have now gained to confidence leave the country and work elsewhere. I got a software engineering job in a French investment bank which I am still working in until Today. So far, so good. There good and bad times as usual.
I now live in Singapore and I have traveled a lot since then. I went to neighboring Malaysia and to islands of Indonesia. I have been to Hanoi in Vietnam which was a interesting trip. One thing i learned through all those Asian trips is that the Philippines is quite disconnected form the rest of the Southeast Asian countries. I can the close relationship of Singapore to Malaysia and Malaysia to Indonesia and Thailand. They exchange goods, food and manpower. What I am saying is that it is so easy to find a Thai food or an Indonesian food in Malaysia. It's not like that in the Philippines. It's easier to find American good than Asian ones.
Anyways, I have also been to quite a few countries in Europe. Thanks to my current company for opening that window of opportunity for me. My current company sent me to Paris, France for a business trip last year. I stayed their for almost a month and did a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium. The business trip was successful and that I went back their earlier this year. This time, the side trip was to Rome, Italy where I was surprised by the number of Filipinos living there. I have tasted the best Ilocano (region in the Philippines) food in Rome.
It did not stop there, on June I went back to Europe for a personal trip with my girlfriend (If you knew me personally, I know what you're thinking). We went to quite a few cities in Europe. We went to Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Venice and Prague in Czech Republic. That short trip was amazing! I get to spend lots of quality time with my special someone in the most Romantic cities in the world.
|In Rialto bridge, Venice, Italy.|