Life is Beautiful Back Home in the Philippines


It has been 2 years since I moved back to the Philippines for good. 

If I were to ask my 2015 self, I would have imagined that by now I am well acclimated to my life here. That I have embraced every flaw and idiosyncrasies of my beloved country with unconditional acceptance and unwavering tolerance.   

Yet, the last thing I wrote was a long paged account of bad customer service.  I decided not to publish it.

For the simple reason that I can't expect others to change for me,  nor blame things or people that are beyond my control.  

In retrospect, I have learned. I should be the change instead, by being a living example in my own small way. 

I went through a journey inwards in silence, wondering what my next move would be. This last week turned out to be a wake up call.  I was at a point where I wanted to pack my bags in search of greener pastures, but I have perceived and intuitively analyzed the contrary.  

This is it. I am exactly where I needed to be.

I was called to return back home in the Philippines for a reason. 

Deep in my heart, I knew that this is the truth. However, sometimes, the truth is difficult, even painful to accept.  

As the reality that fate brought me home starts to finally resound the phrase, "This is where I belong now."
I started understanding the meaning behind the events that took place in the last few years. 

I saw the beauty in the ugliness of what transpired, the unfortunate accidents, the anger, the lies,  and duplicitous intentions of those ruled by ego and greed.  We have been called stupids and idiots in life and in business by the very same, but that is okay.  

We are newbies and we are learning.

However, I have always read between the lines and would only rely on honest feedback seen through actions and the goodness of what this world has to offer.



Life has a way of bringing together wonderful like-minded people who have hearts for true service.  

I am fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting some of them. The ones who offer support without expecting anything in return. 

Souls who share the same aspirations of truth, peace and love.  I am humbled and touched to witness how God lifts people when they need them the most in the most unexpected ways and circumstances.

Out of these experiences, both my husband and I have grown maturely in many ways. We have gained so much more than our years spent in the Middle East.  

This is the real deal. 
Life is indeed beautiful in the Philippines. 

Love & light,
Arni

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  1. Can I cry? No seriously this post touches the heart. I love your honesty on what you feel about the things that disappoint you, but this has been written with such maturity that it is inspiring. I love that you do not blame others, or at least you know you can't expect them to change. This is one of the hard truths in life, knowing that some people will never share your values and may end up disappoint you one way or another. But you give understanding, that is honestly so brave and kind of you. I only wish you the best things now that you have accepted you belong in the Philippines. We will always belong here I guess, even if we move somewhere else in the world.

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    1. Hi Marge, it took me a while to reply back because the first time I read your comment, I was teary eyed. Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes. I truly believe from hereon, we will be granted the success that we yearn for and will always be surrounded by people whose values we share. Let's toast to that when we meet.

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