In Canada

I'm staying with a couple of relatives for the weekend. My second cousin moved to Canada in 1989 with her husband and her kids, and is overflowing with praise for Canada's social programs and peaceful way of life.

Her daughter and I had a nice chat last night. Juelle is taking up graphic design in Ryerson. She candidly admitted that she hadn't been to the Philippines in a while and preferred Canada over the Philippines. She asked if I was planning to go back.

I said yes without hesitation. When I saw the curiosity in her eyes, I couldn't help but talk about how despite the political circus and the economic problems of the Philippines, it's still _home_ for me. It is a country that desperately needs us. It is a place where we can make such a great difference.

I don't look down on people who have moved to other countries. I think that their support is a form of patriotism, too, sending much-needed dollars back home. I'd like to straddle the divide by spending time in both worlds, learning new things and meeting people in Canada and then using my contacts and experience to bring investments to and improve education in the Philippines.

I'm putting this up on the Net so that you can remind me, if I start to forget, that in the Philippines there are classrooms without teachers and students without mentors. There are companies and organizations waiting to be born or accelerated. There's so much we can do, so much we can give.

There are lifetimes more to make a difference in other places. Life's lottery has given me the Philippines, and I will do right by it.

新しいパソコンを買うつもりで金を溜めているんだ。 I am saving money in order to buy a new personal computer.

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  • Rice

    mabuhay ka, sasha!