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Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sunday Update 6: Davao

If I can give one word to best describe what the past week has been for me it would have to be this: exhausted. 

This past week has been all about a trip to Davao for work to attend an industry-related convention with my boss and our directors, along with a couple of other co-workers. It was a trip that I was dreading for several reasons, one of these being my fear of flying. While I have traveled by plane several times, it has always been something that causes anxiety for me. I don’t talk about it much since it makes me even more anxious before a flight but I am often flooded with my fears when I am in an airport and on a plane. It takes all of my self-control not to show any panic and to try to look normal, which is part of what makes the trip exhausting for me.  

It has been almost a decade since I was last in Davao and there were several places that I wanted to visit during the little free time that I had. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for me. The only place that I planned to visit that I got to see again was the San Pedro Cathedral. It was actually closed when I got there, but at least I got to stop by. 

Another spot that I got to see was the area around the city hall, where we spotted Mayor Sara Duterte leading the blessing of several government vehicles. There was a park in the area where I managed to get some shots in to remind me that I was in Davao (since the rest of my photos were in areas that could have been anywhere). 

As with any touristy trip to Davao, my group went out during our first night in the city to eat durian. It is still as good as the last time I had it. I know it sounds weird, but I find that the smell of durian is practically nonexistent when I eat it. The sweet and creamy flavor is still so good after all these years. 

On the last day of our convention, we got to see, meet, and listen to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. He was very nice and charming. I will not be surprised that with all the hype surrounding this guy that he will be convinced to run for a higher office in the future. With the changes he’s done in Manila, I do not doubt that people will support him when the time comes. 

I don’t know how other people do it, but after a late flight back that meant getting home before midnight, I was still feeling exhausted when I reported back for work the next day. I managed to get some work done, but I ended up going home early because my body was practically begging to crawl back into bed. Those people who frequently travel for work probably have superpowers, I can’t imagine doing this regularly!

Exhaustion aside, I did learn something about myself during that work trip. I was talking to an old friend from college about the job offer that I recently got: it was for an international company that was also in the same industry. The salary was way, way, WAY higher than what I am getting now and will allow me to help lead their local office. My friend, who from what I have learned was in a higher position in the industry as well, wondered why I turned down the position. I replied that as tempting as it was, I didn’t think that I could replace a life surrounded by people that I love with a job that may give me a higher status and pay but would take me away from all that. I realized, as I was looking at the corporate people at the convention who had higher positions than I did, that even if people thought I could do the same, it just was not me. That something that I can do and something that I want to do happen to be two very different things. Just because I can do something doesn’t mean that it’s something I have to do. At this stage in my life, I’m realizing that I’d rather have my heart rule over my head when it comes to my career. Life is too short to regret not spending time with the people that I love over a career and money.

I’m glad this week is over. I’m happy that the weather has been cold (my favorite kind) and I’m able to spend time at home resting and recovering from this past week. I’m taking the time to sleep and lounge around my room – a literal Netflix and chill existence/weekend. 

Hope everyone had a great week! Valentine’s week up ahead! Bring on the romance! 

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