Headlines for Thursday:

  1. My cat (142 words)
  2. Home (377 words)
  3. I won't be part of the brain drain (146 words)
  4. Job search? Company search! (161 words)



1. My cat: 10:08

My cat's generally psychotic nature can be explained by the fact that when we found her, she was this ant-covered starving little ball of fur trapped inside our bathroom wall. She's always been a little bit distrustful, quick to bat at others. It didn't help that my sister liked teasing her and that I'm the only cat person in the house. As a result, she has a well-deserved reputation for being snooty and more than a little ill-tempered.

But she lets me blow raspberries into her fur, and she sneaks under the covers and curls up with me when I'm sleeping. It's been good seeing my cat again. She was so scrawny when I arrived, but it's good to see that she's gained a little weight during my stay.

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2. Home: 10:35

Most people take vacations to escape reality. I took this vacation to get back in touch with it. It's been a very good trip.

I didn't see all the sights that the Philippines has to offer. I didn't do all the networking that I was thinking of doing. I didn't even meet all the people I wanted to meet. But I felt truly at home here, and I know that when I go back to Toronto, I'll feel at home as well.

Where is home, anyway? Home is where you know people so well that you can be fully yourself. Home is where you share people's saddest moments and their best ones. Home is where even the most frustrating moments help you grow, and where the best moments make you soar.

Being with my barkada reminded me how *wonderful* it is to have deep friendships, and how totally awesome it is when your best friends are also best friends with each other. I'm still growing all those friendships in Canada, but we'll get there. Being with my family reminded me that through all things, family is there. I don't have family like that in Canada, but I can love my friends.

I'm going to miss leaning over and giving my mom a hug, scooping up my cat and listening to her meow half-heartedly in complaint, and watching my barkada's antics at videoke. But there's a time and place for everything, and I'll be able to enjoy all of that again during my next trip.

I'm flying off tomorrow, but I'm not leaving. When I arrive in Toronto, I won't be lost. I have two homes now. Isn't it so wonderful that I can experience the joys of coming home twice over?

When I go back to Canada, I'm going to keep trying. I'll work hard on my thesis so that I can graduate early. I'll also work on my job permit so that I can take advantage of the opportunities. I'll go out and meet more people so that I can mix more people into the group. I'll dare to live life and to share it with others.

Life is awesome.

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3. I won't be part of the brain drain: 10:42

It'll be easy for me to establish myself abroad. I have to keep my ties to the Philippines strong. If I wait until I'm rich, my reasons for caring won't be as vivid. I might forget why I love my country despite the smog, the traffic, the scandals. I'll make sure I remember. I'll keep an eye out for stories that make me feel good about the Philippines and I'll keep looking for ways to help.

I pledge 10% of my income towards charitable causes. I don't want to stop at sending money home. I want to find a cause that I can be involved in, that will e-mail me reports of the difference it is making in people's lives.

As long as the Philippines is real to me, I will also be fully real and alive.

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4. Job search? Company search!: 16:09

I figured out what I really, really, really want to do as my next job. I'm a perfect fit for it, and it's a perfect fit for me. Now all I have to do is sell my future company on the idea so that they'll create my position. I'm not searching for a job... I have a job that'll create a *lot* of value, and now all I have to do is search for a company!

Watch. I've got Awesome Things planned. Here are my next actions.

  • Find out how many companies get started in Toronto each month / year and their survival rate.
  • Establish links with entrepreneurial groups and meetups.
  • Find a news source for new companies.
  • Identify the potential established companies that would benefit from the kind of work I want to do, and set up meetings.


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