For those who have already fallen in love with Cebu in central Philippines, moving to Metro Manila is quite an unpopular decision. The reasons are plenty but to name a few, it means leaving good friends behind, adjusting to the hurried lifestyle of the metropolis and breathing the Manila smog on a daily basis. But despite all these, I still accepted the career opportunity that required me to leave Cebu City, my home for almost 6 years.
The change in address was riddled with various challenges since day 1. I left my mobile phone in a taxi, stretched my budget creatively and scavenged whatever that’s left of my Filipino, the national language of the Philippines. To top it all of, my laptop mysteriously bugged down just a few hours after I touched down the airport. This was quite difficult for me since it served as my primary means of communication to my family and the rest of the online world and an extremely important tool to keep this blog running.
The service center I went to said that it cannot replace the laptop’s defective motherboard because the part is not available in this side of the planet. I know too well that even if there was, I would not agree to the repair since the cost of this single part is roughly equivalent to a brand new unit. But I remember praying to God that my laptop would be up and running before the week ends. It was an insane claim because at the back of my head, I also know I was essentially asking for the impossible to take place.
Yesterday, it finally powered up after nearly two weeks of hibernation. This reminded me then to really trust God for all the details in my life – my daily meals, what public transportation to take, and even for all the small decisions I have to make along the way. The humbling experience has taught me to put my faith in His promises and not on my financial capacity to buy a new laptop, another book or a replacement mobile phone for that matter.
I do not know if I would still accept the job offer if I knew these unfortunate circumstances beforehand. All I know is that I took this risk for my career and personal growth among other more personal reasons. But they say that once you step out of your comfort zone, you must be prepared to learn, relearn and unlearn a lot of things. I am very much a student in that regard.
So I am now 15 days old in Metro Manila. I do miss the simple comforts in Cebu but I also appreciate the many baby steps I am taking at this point. I am banking on the truth that the God who gave my laptop a second chance would be the same God who would see me through wherever I may find myself in this world. But for the time being, I feel strongly that this would be my base despite the many unfavorable odds. And I am determined to seek and be a part of God’s beautiful purposes for this city.