[ Note :Because of recent events, two years to plan for NZ has become two months. In the haze of applications, transitions and goodbyes, it will probably be a good thing for them, and I’m writing a letter before things finalize for Ganda and Bunso. Hope you don’t mind proofreading for me! 🙂 ]
Dear Ganda and Bunso :
WOW, SO glad you breezed through your medicals. For a while I thought Bunso’s ECG was going to be a source of worry, but I’m glad the doctor signed off at the last moment.
I’m sure you think that it’s a pity that you can’t say proper goodbyes to your friends, relatives and classmates, monies for get-togethers and shindigs have all but dried up, I hope you understand that as it is, I’ve effectively set aside any hope of saving for the next few months, as your mother has likewise, I’m sure.
But the prize is great, that is seeing you here sooner rather than later, allowing you career and educational opportunities that wouldn’t be available back home, and of course seeing you grow into young adults full of hopes and dreams in a brave new world. Neither your mom nor I would think twice about the little sacrifices needed, in comparison.
If I may say so, you have the best of both worlds. I say this because you have grown up in the country we will love the rest of our lives, P.I. of course, and you will never forget how it is to have grown up there.
On the other hand, you have the rest of your lives to build your careers, your families and things you can be proud of in a country that rewards you for hard work, initiative and honesty.
I see lots of kids here who are lucky the way you will be lucky, but they missed out on Pinoy culture and values, which is for me something like a vacuum considering they are dyed-in-the-wool offspring of Pinoys and Pinays. They still speak Tagalog, but haltingly and would rather just reply in English in what usually turns out to be one sided Tagalog conversations.
On the other hand, there will be your contemporaries who are equally talented and hard-working as you, but will never have the opportunities and jobs that you will have. That’s why I believe you have the advantages of dual cultures and multiple options. You have an amazing view looking forward, but you have a rich vista of homeland memories as inspiration for fulfillment and success.
In return, all you need to do is be the best that you can be, be passionate about things you enjoy doing, and not be afraid to start the adventure of a lifetime.
I love you always and can’t wait for you to get here. Kaawaan kayo lagi ng Diyos !
PS. Just a few reminders : soak up your telenovelas, they don’t air here; munch up on those chichirya, Piattos and Nova aren’t available except in Asian stores; and don’t fill orders for any pirated DVDs; they’re not worth the hassle 🙂 take care!
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