To my dearest friends from all over the world

Thank you. Gracias. Tak. Cảm ơn. Təşəkkür edirəm. Grazie. Obrigada. Terima kasih. Děkuji. Dziękuję. Salamat.

How are you? There’s never a day I don’t think about you. Sometimes I wish we live closer to each other- in the same continent, or better yet, in the same country. I miss us trying to learn a word or two in each other’s languages, us singing and dancing, us laughing at the silliest things, us doing crazy stuff without a care in the world, us engaging in talks that can go from weird to interesting, from funny to deep… There are so many things that I miss, and every day, I can only reminisce.

You told me things about your country that my Geography teacher didn’t. And for that, thank you. Not only did you widen my knowledge, but you made me realize There’s so many different worlds, so many different suns; and we have just one world, but we live in different ones..”

P.S. We think we already know a country after studying it in Geography class, reading about it in a magazine, checking it out on Google, etc. However, when you meet people from a country different from yours, you get to know the world better. You learn about a country from the perspective of a local. You ask questions. They help you understand. 

Thank you for sharing your culture and letting me share mine; for listening to my stories about our people, our history, our food, and of course, the things that make it “more fun in the Philippines.” Because of that, you made me appreciate the beauty of my homeland more. I have never been so proud of our diversity as much as I am now. I have never been so amazed of our 7,107 islands as much as I am now. I have never loved the Philippines as much as I love it now.

Thank you for reminding me that despite our differences, we have a common point. We listen to the same music. We watch the same movies. We read the same books. We find joy in the simplest things. We think the same way. Whatever it might be, it connects us.

Thank you for treating me like a sister, for taking care of me, for cooking for me, for making me feel at home, for laughing with me, for crying with me. Even though you don’t know much of my past, I feel you know my soul. You understand me in a different way. And despite being the ordinary person that I am, you made me feel so appreciated. Above all, thank you for making me feel loved.

The uncertainty of our paths crossing again saddens me, but despite that, remember that you’re a part of me and that will never change.

Love,

Rachael

Pondering/friends

 

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26 Comments

  1. Dont be sad baby. Even we are apart right now. We still have the promise to see each other again in Europe. Let’s go back to Europe to make it up. Now we have to try hard to live this precious life in our own countries. Then when we see each other again, we will have more and more stories to tell. Imagine us 3 years later gathering, talking and grabbing each other in our warmest hugs 🙂 love to know that you still think about me, about us like I do. Say something Im giving up on you …

    1. Traaaang! YES, I’m looking forward to seeing you again in Europe! I know it’ll be soon. 🙂 Sending virtual hugs for now!

  2. wow what a blog u’re creating girl! amazing! I’m wordless, very nice to see u appreciate my continent! I still have to read the all the articles, meanwhile I’m waiting for u girls to come back))))

    1. Marco Bozzooooo!! Haha. Thank you so much!! Please be patient. It’ll be worth the wait. :))) If I could only fly there right now, I would! Haha.

  3. I’m sure it must be life-changing to live in a different country for weeks and befriend people of other nationality. 🙂 Would like to experience this as well.

  4. This just warmed my heart like a soft butter on a hot pancake. 🙂 Interacting and learning from people so culturally different from you is an experience you would never, ever exchange for anything. I live in a country where I’m surrounded by people from all over the world (literally.) In my daily work alone, I will hear more than 10 different language going all at the same time. It’s a beautiful chaos.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I feel your longing and kinda missing some people as well — people I’ve lost touched with over the years. It would be lovely to reconnect in person and not online.

  6. Super love your writing style! Ahh I feel you girl! Leaving or going back home is hard when you’ve met so many prople drom all around the world. Here’s to more adventures!

  7. Yes, learning straight from the locals rather than from the books is definitely more interesting. This made me miss the friendships I made outside the Philippines but I know it’s possible to meet them again in the future.

    “There’s so many different worlds, so many different suns; and we have just one world, but we live in different ones..” <3

  8. This is a very vulnerable piece. It gave me goosebumps reading it and especially relating to having that kind of relationship on which the connection is so strong. It is so beautiful, it feels like we can conquer the world as long as we have that person who fully bet on us even without knowing much about our past. Its like they know our entire being without listening but with a gut feeling, as if we share the same soul. I loved it.

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