Monday, July 09, 2007

Perfect Timing

As I’ve said once before…waiting has never been my strength. But once again, God has proven that:

“Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”(Isaiah 64:4)

Yep, you guessed it. My UK student visa has arrived! Just this morning—after much waiting…and what a wait!

I had resolved not to worry but that didn’t mean that the worry wart in me wouldn't rare its ugly head. In those times, I would keep reminding myself that God is in control and He will see this through for me…no matter what the circumstances may seem to suggest.

It took nearly two months before my visa arrived. Those who've gone for studies in the UK have remarked that it seemed like an unusually long time of processing.

Had I not begged off from a meeting in Singapore that was scheduled last week, I would’ve wasted our organization’s money and cancelled the trip since my passport was still at the embassy.

Had my documents arrive last week, while I was in Davao, I wouldn’t have been able to get my hands on it since they would not have handed it over to simply anyone else.

Had I not get the call early this morning for instructions on how to get to our office (a bit complicated, what with the road widening project of the MMDA), the courier would've gotten lost along the way…and I might have to get my visa myself!

Oh well, all’s well that ends well…but wait! This is just the beginning!

So cheerio, mates, I have to go and look for the cheapest way to fly to London!

34 comments:

hoop said...

Congrats Gypsy! :D

kathy said...

Wiii! I'm the first to comment here!

And let me be the first to say, congratulations for getting your student visa. Tuloy na tuloy ka na!

So when do you expect to be in London? I'm also planning to be there in September (fingers crossed). :) Kung matuloy, EB tayo! :D

snglguy said...

Wow! It's amazing how things work out, huh? And you'll soon be leaving us *sniff* :-(

Hey, Alan(abaniko), Verns and I might have an EB this weekend. Sama ka ha? ;-)

melai said...

congrats mare :) kailan ang lipad?

Abaniko said...

Wow!!! Congrats Gypsy. Does that mean we're not gonna see each other for 2 years? First, it's Flue. Now, it's you. Sige, mang-iwan kayo. Boohoo!

Drama lang yan. Ang totoo, I'm very happy for you. All the best for you, Gypsy!

ipanema said...

Well, it arrived! Thank God for that. When are you leaving by the way? I know it's school holidays in the UK now. I forgot it's already July, 2 months more and it's back to school.

That's quite long for a student visa huh? Anyway, cheap ticket? Let's see, walang Air Asia or Tiger dun. :)

I think if it's not peak season a bit cheaper huh. For me, buying online is cheaper. Try to compare among travel agencies.

Which school are you going nga pala if you don't mind my asking?

Good luck! :)

the philosphical bastard said...

congratulations, when you see the queen tell her i said hi.

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! God is truly the God who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him... Why is it that waiting for Him can be so much harder than getting in and having a go at doing it ourselves ??? Congratulations on passing the waiting test! :-)
San

Wil said...

Congrats, Gypsy. That oughta be fun. I was going to tell you to say hi to the queen for me, but someone else beat me to it. Bastard! hehehehe. I'm referring to the commenter, who calls himself that, just to clarify. ;)

niceheart said...

Oh wow, London. I'm happy for you. Congrats and I guess good luck. :)

Leah said...

Yoohoo! Great news . All the best and looking forward to your blogging stories about it.

Gypsy said...

Hoop, uy first ka ha! Hope you get to EB my brother one of these days. :) Iba din yata ang bonding culture ninyong mga dog lovers. :)

Kathy, hey that would be lovely! (practicing my Brit English hehe.) I am planning to be in London by September 4, classes start on the 13th. :)

Snglguy, naku, nag-senti ang Ahia! Hehe. I am going to still be in the same blog neighborhood naman eh. :)

Melai, thanks, mare. :) Sa September ang lipad ko...

Abaniko, one year lang no..may naka sched na nga akong trabaho dito by August next year eh..hehe. Ipapadespedida nyo pa ako nila Beng at Aleks no! Hehe. See you!

Ipanema, thanks! I was told about this airline called Oasis that flies cheap from HK. But still canvassing pa through our travel agent--umaasa pa akong may cheap flight sa sosyal na airline at ma-bump up to first class--just dreaming..Hehe. My school is called Redcliffe College based in Gloucester.:)

Paulo, I will! I am sure she is waiting to hear about you! Hehe...basta ako si Prince William ang tatargetin, este, hahanapin.

San,I know what you mean--we ae simply impatient creatures, I guess. Thanks and hope to see you sometime before I leave? Any chance of that happening?

Wil, hehe, gulat nga ako sa yo..ikaw pa of all people..thought you were gonna start a fight in my blog, uy ha, no fighting. Hehe. Will send your regards anyway.;)

Niceheart, thank you!! But I'll be outside London for most of my stay-which is good din since they say London is so expensive...

Leah, o yeah, those blogging stories..I wonder what they would be... :)

tutubi said...

i think that LLC flying from HK to London is already open, have to check it out though

already linked up :)

Gypsy said...

Hmm...what's LLC? Sorry ha, first time ko out of Asia, so dunno much about the different flight carriers going to the West...

Té la mà Maria - Reus said...

We have been in his blog and have found it very interesting, congratulations regards from Catalonia - Spain

Major Tom said...

Hi...This is such a great time for you. I've heard that in the states, sometimes they wait upto three months to get their travel papers. Lucky you 1got yours in just two months.

Gypsy said...

Te la Ma Maria, muchas gracias for dropping by! :)

Major Tom, thanks for the visit! Good thing it came when it did--one more month and I may need serious professional help! Hehe.

Alternati said...

Yey! Congratulations Gypsy!

Great news indeed! Can't wait for your blog entries from Britain when you start using flat instead of apartment, or loo instead of toilet. Hehehe

He does work in mysterious ways. :)

Keep us updated. :)

vernaloo said...

yey!!!!!

Siguro fedex yung nagdala ng docs mo kasi parang masalimuot pala bago nakarating sayo hehe

Seriously I'm happy for you mare! Talagang if it's for you, it's for you kahit pa giniba na ng MMDA ang daan at lahat2x...davah!

O sha..blog ka pa rin ha :) at ang boyfriend ko dun...you know...si William...pakisabi na lang wag shang mag text everyday, masyadong attached eh hehe

ipanema said...

lol. Before I didn't know that airlines upgrade you sometimes if there are vacant seats. It only happened to me once. haaayy...ang poor. :)

sige, pa appointment ka na sa Buckingham. :)

Gypsy said...

Alternati, hehe. Thanks! Actually I do that already--nahawa ako sa mga Singaporeans who used British English, of course I have to make sure not to use "lah" this time around!

Verns, sabi ko na nga ba yan ang hihiritin mo--sige, mare, will do! Gusto mo pa nga ipa-break ko na sila ng Kate Middleton na yan, aba, at namamangka pa sa dalawang ilog! ;)

Ipanema, buti ka pa at least maski once meron, eh ako, in all my travels--zilch pa rin! Hehe.

Angel said...

Congratulations as you embark on your studies in the UK. Here's to greater learnings in your whole new world.

Gypsy said...

Hi Angel, thanks for dropping by! It really will be a whole new world--first time ko out of Asia. :)

hoop said...

I sure will Gypsy! :D Yeah you're right, in general dog lovers are nice people from what I've noticed :D

exskindiver said...

this is good news gypsy.
this is certainly a great opportunity for you.
congratulations.
your blogging community (me included)
will surely look forward to the stories you will share
during this next journey in your life.
i am so happy for you!

aryo said...

Wow! Europe! How I wish.... Anyway, congrats! Enjoy!

SexyMom said...

HE works in mysterious ways--in HIS time--perfect timing!

good luck, dear!

Dabawenya said...

go gurl go! am proud of u, my tukayo. for anyone interested to see what's beyond those chinky eyes, am posting her photo in my blog, taken when we had our ultimate reunion since our college days! uh, actually, we met years back in an escalator (were you moving up while i was going down, gypsy??) and never had the chance to catch up till last week.

spread your wings and fly, gypsy...or shall i say, swish your colored, ruffled skirts and shake your loop earrings???

dimaks said...

a glimpse of what patience and sincere waiting can bring

Ferdz said...

Wow! Congratulations and very exciting for you! Make sure to keep us up to date on your travels there.

Rey said...

Congrats, Gypsy. Hope you love football and dry humour, since you'll be seeing them a lot in there. :)

lazarus said...

Congrats gypsy!

God bless in your trip to UK. Watch football din ha! Manchester United and Chelsea are the two best teams currently. he he.

Annamanila said...

Great news Gypsy! Which school are you going to. Is this leading to an MA? Do you get pounds from British Council?

Won't ask you na to visit the queen nor to study hard. Just be sure to go to Westend some weekends for theatre. Inggit ako dyan. Because I didn't really have my fill when I spent a summer there light years ago. Do me a favor and ask whether Mousetrap is still showing. Its supposed to be the longest running play in London.

Annamanila said...

Radcliffe pala. sounds ivy league ah.