Earlier today we dropped my brother at the airport. It was still too early to go back home so my mom and I headed to SM to kill time. We ended up in the cosmetics department and saw a brand famous for its lippies. A couple of my friends have been raving about it so I told my mom we should go and check it out. We were choosing different lipstick and lipbutter shades, picking not-too red colors and not-too matte. She asked me to choose what I think would look nice on her, and so I continued swatching several of them. I paused for a while and realized that these are the moments I have sorely missed, moments that I truly live for.

I left Taiwan last month. For good. A lot of people were shocked. I only told my close friends about it a month before my intended departure. It was not a sudden decision though. Last year after receiving my APRC, I made up my mind that I will be leaving Taiwan either late 2017, or early 2018. However, a job offer came earlier than expected and I didn't want to let go of the opportunity. I prayed so hard for guidance and enlightenment, but deep down I really knew it's time to go. Have Your way, Lord, that was what I uttered in every prayer. Wherever life takes me, He will walk with me. I was scared of the move, the adjustments, the traffic, but now that I'm home and surrounded by people I love, I need not fear anything. They are my home. I am home. Thank You, Lord, for bringing me back home.

A day before I started working, I went to Mass to offer praise and thanksgiving. I survived packing boxes, filing last minute documents and moving out because of all the people who reached out to help. I was dead tired before I left... All I wanted to do was hop on the plane and leave, but with 3 more pieces of luggage waiting to be packed, I had to soldier on.

I'm extremely grateful to everyone for all their love and support. The photo below was probably me telling my friends who showed up at the airport to please stop crying!!!
I will write more on my 'journey home' when I have the time. Shout out to the Phil government for the warm welcome--- imagine 3 consecutive long weekends! I have never experienced this in Taipei!

Side note: Before she left Taiwan, I promised my good friend Hana that I will not miss her wedding day... even if I was barely a week at work, I took the courage to file for a leave for you and only you my love! May God bless your marriage, Han! It was the simplest, smallest, most beautiful wedding I have ever attended. They pulled off this super secret wedding of the year :)