Tuesday, November 07, 2006

La Vida Loca!

When I went to Singapore to study some years ago, the first letter I got from home was from a guy friend, and he wrote:

“I actually was planning to court you, but I had a hard time keeping track of where you were, so I finally gave up…”

In one of the places I’ve stayed for a couple of years, which I am hardly ever in, the caretaker jokingly asked me once when I came home,

“Why are you home?”

Last week, while I was in the middle of a messy bedroom, with clothes and other stuff strewn all over the place, figuring out what to put into my luggage, my sister-in-law came in and asked,

“Are you coming or going?”

Story of my life.

Since graduating from college, I've never spent more than three years in one place. And when I do stay in one place, I end up traveling so much I’m hardly ever home!

People who wander into my bedroom or office would notice one thing: it has no personal touch. A good friend has set me straight since, “…make yourself at home wherever you are! Don’t let it look like a hotel or an anonymous workplace! No wonder you are stressed out...how can you relax if you don’t feel at home?” The proof that I have indeed followed this advice is the number of plants I have sent to heaven.

Am I complaining? No way! This gypsy life may have had its “dire” consequences and inconveniences, like maybe losing a potential husband to someone else (Hah!)and losing stuff as I move from place to place (I have yet to master the art of packing..as photo on the left shows). But no regrets.

This life has brought me to places I've never dreamed I'd go to, given me experiences so exciting that I wouldn’t mind going through them again and brought me into relationships that are more precious than any material thing I can think of.

Next year, I might just move again. Now if only I can work out how to pack…


Anonymous said...

Hi! I admire your courage to travel around ... i sometimes think that i am independent but in reality i could say that i have lived a sheltered life... i sometimes wish that i am living on my own, very independent... for the experience... yet i know that there is another side to that kind of life... i guess God has chosen different kinds of lives for us, according to His purpose... - jen

Gypsy said...

Hi Jen, very true, God has His purpose for each one of us and helps us through each path. None of which are boring! :)

Abaniko said...

No wonder you call yourself "Gypsy". :)

I hope we can have dinner with Beng one of these days before you go to your next destination. What do you think? :D

Toe said...

That's also how it is with my work... we get posted to different countries for 3 to 6 years. Sometimes, it's not easy but isn't it exciting?! :)

niceheart said...

We used to move around a lot when I was a kid, but since having a family of my own, I've stay put. It must be wonderful to go to these different places that you have been. I hope to travel too, sometime. Maybe when the kids are older and on their own. :)

Gypsy said...

Hi Abaniko,
That's a great idea! Hope we can get our schedules all worked out to agree to a common time...baka gypsy lifestyle din kayo ni Beng! Haha!

Hi Toe,
Exciting is THE word, talaga. If you have any idea HOW to pack well, would love to hear it! ;)

Toe said...

Duh? I'm the wrong person to ask but my husband is the expert packer. He could pack his long sleeve shirts and barongs and unpack them as if they were newly ironed. :)

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