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Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's now or Never

So there I was, a high school graduate. What kind of job can I get with my HS diploma? I won't be able to go to College because there 's no way and means. I took the College Entrance test in Bicol University but I did not get the result because I didn't submit my NCEE result(National Coll. Entrance Exam). Why not? Because I had to help my parents. My siblings are getting big and with a minimal income that my parents had, they can no longer afford to send all of them to school so I have to find a job.

So right after my graduation, my cousin Elsa took me in Nabua Camarines Sur where she and her sister work, it was a big grocery store. They recommended me to their boss, got a two week job for observation, she liked my performance and I got hired. The salary is not bad, it was enough for me to help my family. I worked there for a couple of years and then decided to left and go to Manila instead. I wasn't sure to what job I was gonna get in Manila and I ended up working on a small store In Baliuag Bulacan. Salary was too small so after a year, I decided to go back to my former job.

While working there for the second time, I met this tall, dark and ... ahem...a very nice and friendly guy, DN. He was only there for a summer job, we became friends and later on, I learned that he is my boss' nephew. So of course when he told me that he want to court on me I said no. I'm afraid that my boss would fire me if she learn about it. But the guy was so persistent, so after months and months of kakulitan and suyuan, I gave up and said Yes. So true enough when my boss learned about it, she told her sister( my bf's mom) about it and his family told me he's better off without me. They told me that I was not the right woman for their son.

Well I can't blame them, Chinese clans do always want their kids to marry Chinese kids too. Though I love the guy, I told him its better for us to part ways because I don't want to lose my job, that my family needs me. He disagree of course, he told me that I have to leave my job and enroll to college instead. I said, "What the heck are you thinking?" My savings wasn't good enough to support my school expenses. Then he told me to just enroll and apply as a working student.

Though unsure of my decision, I took his advise and enrolled in Divine Word College of Legazpi. I did not tell my parents that I enrolled in College but I told them that I would not be able to send money for a while because I got fired from my job. But they learned about it when I ran into a student who is from my place, so she told my parents about it. So then, the envious people in our place are spreading rumors about me that I have a sugar daddy as they call it who supports my finances. My parents was devastated about the rumors but I told them to just let them talk about it because I wasn't doing anything wrong.

When my freshman year was almost over and my savings was almost empty too, spent most of it for tuition fees, boarding house rental and food. Summer vacation came and I took the examination for working students. When the result came, I was so disappointed because I was not on the list of those who qualified.

I cried and cried and said that my dream was over until one day...I went to school to get a transcript so I can apply for a job in Legazpi and I saw my name on the board requesting me to see the Guidance Counselor. I was concerned and worried at first because I thought I did something wrong. But I was delighted when the Guidance Counselor asked me if I am still interested to work as a student assistant. I excitedly said "YES MA'AM!" After I heard the good news, I went to the chapel and thanked God for always taking care of me. Going out the school gate I had a very big smile on my face.

So I enrolled again and worked as SA (student assistant) in Finance Office. As a working student, our tuition fees are free (up to 21 units), and we have monthly allowance. Though my TF were free, I still couldn't go on because I don't have savings anymore for board and lodging. When my savings was almost gone, God took care of me again. Fr. Baby Joaquin, my boss in Finance Office asked me if I want to live in the father's quarter because they need a replacement for an SA who got sick and went home (thanks to you Joseph).

By living there, I was receiving two allowances which I used to help my parents and pay for the extra units I was taking and miscellaneous fees. I took all summer classes so I finished my course with one semester ahead of my batch mates (I was also an academic achiever for two consecutive semesters-yohooooo!). So during the last semester of my course I was already working in my alma mater as the secretary in the Student Affairs Office.

Thanks a lot to the SVD priests (Fr. Alex, Fr. Eli Yyance, Fr. Mike Padua, the late Fr. Joe and most especially Fr Babes who guided and supported me all the way). I can't thank you enough for all the great deeds you've done for me, for molding me to be a better person and for all the wisdom you've imparted in me. I thanked DN too for encouraging me to reach my goal.

It was tough but I managed to get through it. I admit that there were times where I doubted my decision but I never lost hope. You just have to believe in yourself, set a goal, put your mind to it and work hard, have faith in God (don't ever let go of Him), use the criticism you get from people who don't believe in you as a positive tool and I assure you, you will succeed. That was exactly what I did. GOD always provides everything that we need we just have to do our part.

40 travelers' comments:

sunny said...

wow! this is a very inspiring story rose..i salute you!!!

rummuser said...

This is a very touching story. There are many parallels with my own with of course many differences too. That you came out of all these experiences the way you are, speaks great volumes about your character. I am glad that I found you.

chubskulit said...

>Thanks Sunny, I wish to impart all these to inspire people who thinks that there's now way to attain there dreams.:)

>I'm glad I have met you too Rummy, you share a lot of wisdom through your experiences and I am still learning about life with all of you guys.. Thank you!

cecille said...

very inspiring story, and touching, too two thumbs up for you even though it's late :-0;)

weng said...

touching story, nakakaiyak.
BTW, buti kapa rose, you have time to make this new journal. Ako I can only manage my one blog. hindi nga namamange masyado eh kasi la time.

jodi said...

ganda naman ng story mo, kakainspire ito lalo na don sa mga nasa ganun situation..

nuts said...

very inspiring story. nothing is impossible if your are determined to reach your goal..

Juliet said...

hi rose, grabe naman ang storya nang iyung buhay studyante napaiyak tuloy ako :-)

bilib na ako sa iyo!

Pete said...

Very inspiring post!

katherine said...

inspired na inspired mga readers mo Rose sa life mo. paano kaya pag tweet sa isang blog kasi type kot tong i-tweet. kasi magandang sample to sa mga kabataan..

chubskulit said...

Thanks Jodi, hopefully this will make some people realize that poverty is not a hindrance in reaching your ambitions.

marveling said...

Natumbok mo nuts, its never impossible to reach success as long as you are willing to work for it.

chubskulit said...

Hi Jules, oo nga noh minsan pag binabilkan ko yung aking mga pinag daanan napapatawa ako dahil ang sarap pala pag naabot mo yung minimithi mo..

marveling said...

Thanks Pete!

chubskulit said...

Hi Kate, di rin ako marunong magtweet eh, i tried once iba naman ang lumabas, wala yung tiny url hehehe..

lolit said...

kaiyak nman ang story mo,grabe ang pinagdaanan mo sis, pero look at youo now? o di ba? ganun talga ang life.

Parang "GULONG NG PALAD" still remember it?lol.

chubskulit said...

OO nga ate lolit, sabi nga ng friend dapat daw ipadala ko sa MMK yung story ng buhya ko lol..

Naalala ko tuloy nung nagretreat kami ng batchmate ko sa college, all of them cried when i shared my life story, akala kasi nila ang sarap ng buhay ko at nakatira ako sa mga pari, di nila alam kayod kalabw ang ginagawa ko makatapos lang.. hayyy, but i am so glad i did all those experiences.

Luke said...

Nice blog, Rose. I haven't been here before. Very inspiring post ito. It makes your success now sweeter, don't you think? Take care.

chubskulit said...

It is so sweet sir Luke.... Naguumapaw ang aking kaligayahan kumbaga..gusto ko lang ibahagi ito sa iba para mapulutan nila ng aral (kung meron man)..

Seiko said...

I salute & admire you Rose.I love this story so much,it's a real inspiration to us.Thank you so much for sharing this to us.Oh Manalo din pala ang apelido ko nung dalaga pa ako hehe
Btw,thanks for visiting me Rose,medyo busy lang this past few days kya hindi nakakdalaw dito.Balik ako dito tomorrow.Have a lovely weekend to you & your family.Hugs!God Bless!

shydub said...

tsang bakla, was here yesterday to check ig my update sa pang maalala mo mong storya in life, and didn't see this one. anyway, Grabe talagang hirap pinagdaanan mo tsang, nakakaloka. If that happened to me I doubt if I survived I'd probably gave up. Whe were growing up every time my parents make a decision of who gonna stop school kung wala pera pangalan ko kaagad naririnig ko, but you na suplada rin, pagpinatigil ako theres no way i would go back to school. Pero ikaw tsang grabe talaga ang pagsisikap. I really admired people who worked so hard to reach their goal. When I was in college in CDO, naiinggit ako sa working students kasi it really shows how they want to finished school and they will do everything to let that happen. Saludo ako sayo tsang, abot hanggang langit bilib ko sayo seriously. You are the good example of the word determination, success, at iba pang mga words na may broad meaning.
Buti hindi ka nakaisip mag asawa sa BF mo ha, well, he was a nice guy indeed for encouraging you to pursue your dreams. Love the story tsang looking forward for more.

chubskulit said...

Hello Ate Seiko, ang iba ikinahihiyan ang iba ikinahihiya ang kanilang pinaggalingan but ako I am proud of it coz without it wala din ako to where I am now. I just want to share it in order to inspire other people esp. those teens.

chubskulit said...

Hello tsang bakla, akala ko nga babalikan ako ni mokong kasi nung nasa school na ako lagi syang nagooverseas call nung andito pa sya sa korea but siguro nakatagpo ng iba di na ako binalikan lol.. I am still thankful to him though, kundi sa kanya siguro nasa Pinas pa ako bungi madaming anak at madungis lol...

Hay buhay, thanks everyone for appreciating my efforts! Sorry if my life's story is boring you but thanks for reading!

Clarissa said...

Nope,the story was never boring--it's very inspiring!Sana maraming kabataan na nagbabasa ng post mo.Thanks for sharing a part of you!!^_^

anne said...

Hi girl hehehe sa yo din pala to naun lang ako naka visit dit0

anne said...

Hi girl, sa yo din pala it is just now that i have visited this site, thanks for leaving a comment hehehe

blessedmom said...

hello hello there mommy chubskulit! how are you? :) thanks a lot for the visit and for leavin a nice comment. appreciate it! sorry just visited u now..busy busy mommy! :) love ur kids' pics! sooo cute! :)

take care friend! keep on inspiring us :)


Sheila :)

kittykat said...

naku naman..pwede pang maalaala ang story mo Mommy Rose..it was very inspiring..thanks for sharing..

coolingstar9 said...

chubskulit,
This is the interesting post.
So, the finicial problems are solved because of having the job.
Yes, life is something like that, just get used to it and do our very best to overcome it.
Have the great day, best wishes to you.

Brian Miller said...

amazing story...hold onto that faith, it will serve you well. an inspiration.

Jarlin Paul said...

Yes, you rightly said, Poverty is not an obstacle to reach one's ambition.

eden said...

very inspiring and touching story.

sorry ngayon lang ako naka visit rose.. medyo busy ako for the past days.

have a nice week

Cecile said...

dropping by here, Rose :-)

Cens World said...

Your boss was so discriminating. Well, that is actually an advantage for you because you found the right man for you in the person of your husband.

I admire your persistence to persist and continue despite the challenges in life. You are a very strong willed-person. I commend you for that. I agree that we should put our mind to our goal. 101%. I am having issues when i comes to faith though...hehehe.. let us talk about you..you are very brave, girl. You deserve a salute.

take care always.

Filipina said...

nice story girl! Thanks for sharing

chubskulit said...

Hi Ate Cen, it is not actually my boss who is discriminating but other people..

Thanks to all of you!

Yami said...

My first time here. napahanga mo ako sa determination mo to succeed in life. Kaya ka siguro blessed kasi kahit you work your way up you're able to help your family pa rin. bihira ang ganun. I'm thankful that I've known you, Rose. Glad to meet you here. God bless. :)

by the way, i'm including all your sites sa dalawang sites ko. thanks din for listing me here. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

This is like a short story of your life. Very dramatic and full of highlights. The most important thing is, you did not give up on your dreams even if the events were going against you. And you had a great faith in God and in His divine providence. That is why He used other people to help you realize your dreams in life. Now I know why you are living a blessed life. As I have said in my previous comment, you are like Maria in The Sound of Music who sang, "'cause somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good." You planted seeds of goodness and determination, now you are reaping the fruits of your labor. Thanks for the nostalgic post. God bless you all always.

Luna Miranda said...

ay, Rose, you made me cry! i admire your determination and hard work. i wish some spoiled kid would read your story and learn a lesson or two. you are indeed blessed, people who helped you, who encouraged you--they were in your life for a reason. i'm glad you made it.

charmie said...

I love your story sis, thanks for sharing this for us.

You are right, believe in yourself, set a goal, have determination and have faith in GOD. Use those destructive criticism as a constructive one. I am certainly sure , we achieve what we want to be.

God Speed:)

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