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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Filipino Immigrant's Life in the U.S.


I love the trails here!
Some days, I try to picture my life back in the Philippines and Indonesia. My day was usually filled with worries on teaching, winning in different contests, and meeting deadlines of school publications. However, life has taken a complete turn around when I moved here in the US.

I had doubts when I left the stability of the past. Financially, I was secured. Professionally, there were many opportunities. It was the thought of spending the rest of my life with someone I love that pacified all those uncertainties. The beginning of compunction is the birth of a new life and strange as it may sound, sometimes you need to travel far and wide to realize what your heart is missing.

I did not really have any idea of the level of toxicity of my life until I came here and experienced some things that I used to disregard. Life in the U.S. has taught me the greatest joy of simplicity. I find more enjoyment walking on the white sand than shopping at the malls. Though I still own the latest gadgets, I find more happiness in spending time with my husband going on a walk. I find more serenity living in the city and having the pleasure of watching different animals right at the comfort of our home.

Life in the U.S. is not perfect and I have my own shares of struggles and difficulties. We may not live an extravagant life but every meal is a reminder that it is worth a one-month meal of a child back home.

Some decisions may define your future while others are meant to change your life. Though I miss the people and the place where I used to live, I won’t lie that I found the meaning of my being when I chose to move here with my husband.

Life in the U.S. helped me to plant my feet firmly on the ground and cultivate a simple heart. Since I get to spend more time outdoors, it also helped me to live a life rooted from within. 



37 comments:

  1. My wife is also from the Philippines so understood there. The experience of being in a new country can be excitingly overwhelming.

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    1. Overwhelming or disappointing because of some people. lol

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  2. Good you are making the most of your new location. Life is not perfect anywhere. We need to make the most of every opportunity.

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    1. I know. Wherever we go, there will always be struggles.

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  3. Well, that is so nice to read that you are enjoying the latest chapter of your life. Nature certainly is magical when on allows it to be.

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  4. It's the nature of the majority of women, we follow our heart and follow our life leaving all behind. Sometimes it can be a struggle in the beginning but it also depends on your partner and his support at this moment. But that's awesome that you like where you are now!

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    1. Thank you! I love my husband and I will follow him anywhere.

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  5. It sounds like your life has totally changed around and you are happy. It really is the simple things that we appreciate.

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    1. It was a difficult adjustment but worth it.

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  6. To be honest we we follow our heart and follow our life leaving all behind. And it is good to see that your life has totally changed around and you are happy.

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  7. I am from Philippines, i leave my work, my family (parents, siblings) behind and live here in the US with my husband! Its hard to adjust when you used to work almost 10 hours a day 5 times a week and now Jobless for more than a year. Ohh well this is life. The most important is I am happy, we are happy! :)

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    1. I was able to find work a month after arriving here but the longer I'm here, the more I am realizing working here is different from where I came from.

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  8. Moving to another country is always an adventure. New culture to blend it. But the most important thing is to be happy :)

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  9. Really nice article... Loved reading about your experience.. <3

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  10. Being in a different country is tough, but its okay because you learn a lot. Everyday is a challenge and a learning experience.

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    1. Yes. What matters the most is the learning that occurs.

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  11. Good for you for following your desires and making it work. I left Singapore in 1994, and am so glad I did. While I go back occasionally to visit family, I can't imagine myself living there again.

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    1. Singapore is I think the most stressful place to live in because of the cost of living. Everything is crazy expensive.

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  12. I'm so sorry you experienced some things that were toxic. We are glad to have you here, and thankful for your influence. :)

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  13. It really is interesting to hear your perspective after the move. It's so hard to go so far from home, I know from experience!

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    1. Thank you. It was difficult but worth it.

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  14. Very inspirational post for me. One strong decision has changed your life and standard.

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  15. What a short and sweet post. I am glad you are living a happy and quality life in the US. It's the simple things in life which grant us the greatest and long lasting joy/peace of mind. All the best for the future!

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  16. an insightful post. Am happy you’re enjoying the new environment, it’s always difficult to leave home x

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  17. Hey Nina, I think it's a very brave thing to do. And especially not easy when you're coming from a different culture.

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  18. It sounds like you have adjusted so well to life here in the US. I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you. I would imagine things are so different!

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  19. It seems like you've had some significant life changes and those can be overwhelming and difficult to process. I'm so happy for you that you're enjoying this chapter of your life and you're feeling content with those changes you have made for the better.

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  20. As an immigrant living in the US, I can totally relate with you. Leaving your home country and living in a different culture teaches endless life lessons and expand our horizon!

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  21. I’m glad the United States gave you some simplicity in your life, and took away some toxicity. I’m very happy for this new chapter in your life.

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  22. That's a beautiful post. I agree leaving your home country and living in different countries with different culture is so different.

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  23. Life is full of hustle, and if we have to change our home country and shift to other country it is difficult. But take it as positive.

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