And I am Back – Like, For Good!

And the China Adventure has ended. It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I may or may not go back there in the future, but for now, I am back.

One of the questions people ask me is, “how did Seth (my son) react when he first saw you?”.

When I was away Seth doesn’t talk to me. He sees me talking to his dad and he reacts when I’m gone (“dada, no more mama” or “dada, where’s mama?” when the connection lags or when the call has ended). But when it’s just the two of us, he doesn’t talk. He goes away. Although there are days wherein he is very excited – like, once in a blue moon.

So when they fetched me from the airport, people thought he won’t come near me – like most of my friends’ experiences. But he did come to me! When he saw me he was shocked – like he literally put his palm on his face shocked. And he was kilig. Like for real. 🙂 Then he hugged me, and sat on my lap. He wasn’t talking at first, but he was hugging and kissing me all the time. Ah.. priceless. ❤

Another question people ask me is “what now?”. I mean, I get that people want to know what I’ll do next. But right now I’m just enjoying being a stay at home mom to my terrific two. I’ve been a full-time wife and mom for 2 months now! I can’t believe I survived – I have always been a career-driven person. I’ve had a lot of realizations while I was away.. and I can’t wait to share them with you! 🙂

So yeah, I am sooo back. And I am so looking forward to more awesome, beautiful adventures!

But first, let me do the dishes.. and clean the house. Being a SAHM rocks! ❤

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Ni Hao Ma!

It all started with a prayer. There I was- doing so well at work, very happy, very in love with my boss (Hi boss Chi!) and my workmates. I was being trained and mentored for something huge and I knew I was at the top of my game.

And then it just hit me: is this really where I want to be for the rest of my life? I have had a lot of jobs before: jobs that I love, jobs that I wanted to get out of the moment I stepped in the office, jobs that are so-so, jobs that pay well. This is the longest that I have ever been in a company (yes, 3 years is the longest for me!!!) and this is the BEST job I’ve had so far. I am learning, I am happy; I was great at what I was doing. But I was comfortable. Needless to say, I was at my comfort zone.

So I talked to God one evening. I asked the big G, “Lord, is this where you really want me to be? Is this where I really want to be?”. I asked because if this is where He really wants me to be, then by all means, I will do this! Like get promoted, work my as* off to the highest promotion I could get. And then I said, “but you know the desires of my heart. I would be happy if you make me stay here. But if you think I deserve to be somewhere else, create an opportunity for me.”

Days after my prayer, my bff working in China sent me a message. She said there’s an opening at this university in China – with the same job that she has. She’s been a clinical instructor for the longest time. She said she’s hesitant to ask me but she still asked anyway. It is a good job, a job that’s beyond my comfort zone. It’s a job that I wanted (uh-huh!!) and a job that’s related to my degree.

Yep. That fast. ALL I HAD TO DO WAS ASK!!!

So the school and I exchanged papers, had everything settled. In a matter of months, I received the documents and went to China. The hubs and I talked about it and he was very supportive. He does not want me to resent not going, and they are going to follow after I have settled. 🙂

The past month went by quickly. I’ve been here for a month now. I am blessed. I love my job. People are nice here!! I miss my family and I admit to crying at night and in the morning because I want to be with them but the thought of being with them SOON gives me comfort.

The other day I watched Evan Almighty again because I wanted a feel good movie and I remember God and Evan’s wife talking:

“Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

 

Uh-huh. All I had to do was ask. 🙂 

Here are a couple of photos from my Ni Hao experience. I shall definitely add some more. 

 

My welcoming committee!! Yey!
 
At the university gate 🙂
  
With a foreign exchange student, Jennifer and my bff’s sister, Theresa (she’s like family. Literally :))
  
Starbucks, yey!! Coffee here is expensive, BTW.
  
I love Jennifer! She’s from Ghana, she’s a Christian, she’s bubbly and perky like me!!
    
During our Monday lunch. 🙂 These are the other foreign teachers (and some student assistants) . Every Monday we have lunch together to hang out, talk about stuff, etc. 🙂
 
After the students’ Bruno Mars performance 🙂
      

It’s Bruno Mars day, hence, the shades! :p