Sandbox Writing Challenge #76 — Life!

The first turning point for me was when I first left my country. I was 23. The first time to be away from my family, the first time to travel to Europe, my adventure. I could still remember that day when they all took me to the airport, my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends – quite disheartening, actually. I was sad to leave them, but at the same time, looking forward to my journey.

with heavy heart
kissed the family goodbye
sad at the airport

Four years later, I was returning to the Philippines – that was the second turning point for me. I have proved that I could do it! I have lived in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. I worked as a Secretary to the Ambassador of Ethiopia at the United Nations Office in Geneva. I did the English correspondence and dealt with his appointments. It was a great diplomatic experience. Then I went to Germany to do some laboratory training. I’ve got my Chemistry degree from the Philippines, so I was able to get a 6-month training at BASF, Ludwigshafen. There, I met Him Indoors, who was also doing some training. Action and reaction, love happened and we were sad to part ways after the training. I went to Los Angeles, California, USA and he went back to the UK to finish his Chemistry degree. In the summer, he visited me in Los Angeles and we decided to get married. That was the reason I was returning to the Philippines – to tell my parents that we were getting married.

lots of experience
and met the love of my life
far away from home

Third turning point was in June 1986, our wedding. We got married on the nicest day of June in the UK. We prepared a big fish (baked) with mayonnaise, red and green peppers, chopped carrots on top. I also cooked spring rolls with sweet and sour sauce and other Filipino dishes. Him Indoors’ mother baked the cake, and did the other dishes. We prepared before hand, so we used the fridges of their neighbours to store them. My cousin from Germany and her husband came and she was my Maid of Honour. She wore a Royal Blue Dress. I wore a creamish dress from the Philippines, made of pineapple fibre, like silk. It was exquisite! Him Indoors wore a dark blue suit, with his great grandfather’s pocket watch. We got married in the Register Office, which was a magnificent timber building and the oldest building in the country. It was so romantic!

we both said “I do”
on the nicest day of June
till death do us part

Four years later, Him Indoors was accepted to work in Bavaria so we moved here. It was a new place for both of us, not knowing that we would be still here after 27 years. We’re happy here – we have the mountains to hike or ski in the winter, and the lakes, beer gardens and parks to walk or cycle in the summer. It was just the right size for us, not too big a city and not too little a village. We have a terrace house and a garden. Fourth turning point of my life was when HRH the son was born two years later. Oh to be a mother is great! I decided to stay at home and looked after him. We did lots of things together, from toddler groups, music school, kindergarden, school, etc. I volunteered to work as one of the librarians in their library. When he was 10, I started thinking about going back to work. I did some training, a Master’s in English Language Teaching. Now, I’m a freelance English trainer/teacher. And so, my journey continues.

family of three
Bavaria is now our home
journey continues


a new dawn, new life
feeling grateful for all things
happy with my life

waddling through with life
experience and challenges
good or bad, they’re mine

on a journey through the world
focus on the deep meaning
time to appreciate

to find ourselves
our purpose and role in life
in tune with nature


the path of life
everyone has his own way
reaching there somehow

For: Sandbox Writing Challenge #76 — Life!


  1. Loved reading this response to Calen’s challenge. That’s quite the CV you have there!! Like how you mix your commentary with poetry – it works well and so nicely rounded off with Nina – great song and singer.

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  2. I’m sorry I missed this when you posted it! I’m so spacey these days. What a beautiful post, and what an amazing life you’ve had! You’ve had the opportunity to try on so many hats. And I loved what you said about each person’s path is different. It’s so true. Bavaria! I always wondered where you were writing from. That’s pretty cool. 😀

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  3. Was looking at all the challenges you did, and stumbled on the story of “your life.” A great and interesting life! Parts of it, are similar to mine (moving countries:) ). I have never regretted it, but the last 3 decades have been in the States. Since my 8 grand children are here, we are probably not going to move countries again… but who knows! Is your son still in school or does he work?

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