Friday, October 16, 2009

My Interview with Kristie... The Permanent Change

QUESTION NO. 6. Do you want to move back to where you came from? If not, what is it about the expat life that makes it all worth it to you?

Do I want to move back to where I came from? YES and NO.

Yes. I will surely go back home but only for a short visit or extended vacation. Don't get me wrong. I love my country and the people I left behind...

my family...


my friends...

my students...


But here is the thing, before I finally decided to come here, it took me quite awhile to think things over. It was not an easy decision. I needed to consider a lot of factors knowing that once I made the decision there is no turning back. But then, me and Hubby have planned to retire to the Philippines someday. So yes... moving back is a distant possibility.

No. I am not moving back... soon. Maine is my home now. Sure, I had some disappointments in some aspects of my life here but I also had learned to deal with them and I am doing a-ok now.

I am working and I love my work.


I have new friends whose company I enjoy and with whom I learned new things and culture.





I now enjoy lots of activities and things that I never experienced back home.

And if ever we do retire in the Philippines, we will surely be back here in Maine during the fall and early part of winter for...

the hunting...
... and ice-fishing season.

What makes my expat life worth it? Making that drastic decision to leave home was just that... drastic. But still I am glad that I did it because I know if I didn't I will forever wonder and deal with what-could-have-been-if-I-didn't kinda feeling more synonymous with the word "regret".

2 comments:

Tes said...

Thank you for leaving a comment in my blog, it led me to yours! I am always happy to meet Filipinos in the blogosphere!

I love your then and now photos, so eandearing! Am sure you miss Pinas just like I do.

Hope to see more of you around! *hugs*

Ruthi said...

@Tes... thanks also for visiting my blog. I appreciate it. Yes, I miss Pinas especially my family and friends.

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