Thursday, August 15, 2013

Friendly Hearts

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Sent: 1 May 2013, Sent from Meschede, Germany
Received: 3 July 2013, Traveled 10,245 km in 63 days

I am on fieldwork in Bukidnon, south of Mindanao. When many people think Mindanao is not a good place to visit because of the negative publicity it gets in the press, not all of it is really dangerous. Bukidnon for example, is a really peaceful part. I love going back here, and right now it's my 5th visit.

I named this card, friendly hearts because every time I visit here, I always meet female souls who resonates with mine. For this time around, I met two, Anne to my right, and Karen, to my left. 

I sometimes complain how tiring my job is: being in an airplane 4-6 times in a month, working even on Saturdays and sometimes even Sundays, and the feeling of not being properly compensated for the effort and time it demands from me. 

But looking at it in a bright perspective, the real reward of my job is meeting amazing people who eventually become my friends despite being with them just for a short time. That's the first. Second is getting to see awesome places. The one where the photo of us was taken is Lake Apo. There's a house by the lake that can be booked for a relaxing stay, away from the stress of the busy life and close to a quiet lake and rolling green mountains. I really wish I can come back here to stay at that house for vacation even just for a few days.

Well, it might be off topic, but third reward is knowing that the sacrifice you give: lots of effort and time but low pay -- results in uplifting the quality of healthcare in the country. I can smile and say that I'm doing something worthwhile and dedicating my strong and youthful years for the greater good.

I'll end it here for now before I get more sentimental... I still need to wake up before the sun rises tomorrow for a long land trip to reach the airport for my flight back to Manila. I don't wish to go back cause I'm truly being addicted to provincial life, but I have to.


P.S. The photographer is the husband of Anne. I am really grateful to him for these nice photos which are perfect souvenirs of my 5th visit in Bukidnon.


  1. That's a beautiful story and I love the photo with the lake :-)

  2. simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

  3. Here I'am Maria, back to your blog...Wow I love this post and you're radiant on those pictures. The place looks just astoning. I'm so glad you met some girlfriends !



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