The Wandering Feet (& Mind) To The Center Of The East

He never dreamt of setting footprints overseas. Neither did he long for a job outside the walls of his dear country. BUT, a month ago, the story turned out close to those statements; he had no power to stop fate when it asked the universe to conspire and bring his wandering feet (& mind) to one of the countries in the center of the east. That explains his hibernation for quite some time now aside from the fact that he doesn’t have an internet connection yet. Thanks to his new friend for letting him borrow his internet cable today!

Exactly 33 days ago, The Wandering Feet (& Mind) landed to the country less traveled by. A country feared because of its stringent laws. Howbeit, there he was in the picture, looking at the shuttle’s window that fetched him from the airport. He was not looking ordinarily as his eyes were wide open to make sure that he sees every corner of the streets in sight. He was all that cowed with all these Predeparture Orientation Seminar stuff in his mind colliding like comets from heaven until he reached the lonely transit room. The same thing was enveloping him until the day he was thrown at work and was introduced to his office mates. Somehow, the foreboding “nightmare” turned into great joy upon seeing the smiles of the natives.


Fast forward to the present day … After frequent mingling with the natives, he was overjoyed because he realized that most of the things said against them were not at all true. Moreover, the butterflies (not in his stomach but) on his head ran away when he chose to see, just like old times, the beautiful things from the people and the country, which are undoubtedly visible more so evident.

He may still be groping in the dark as far as work is concerned but each time he remembers what one of the big bosses told him on his seventh day, he gets relieved of the everyday pressure. “Nobody expects a new employee to know everything and do the job excellently during the first time.” Instead, he concentrated on giving what he can just do — where can means best effort — as well as demonstrating positive attitude through words and actions. Suffice to say, this will be his priority for the nonce putting The Wandering Feet (& Mind) in full practice of abstinence from traveling.

Apologies for letting the blogosphere know about this — only at this point. Believe him when he says he tried hard to compose this blog post a million times, but see, he had to get the hang of world that is completely new to him first during the past four weeks. The office culture, the kind of people he has to deal with, foods, climate, the sandy and dusty environs, among other new things.

Nevertheless, the moment he feels like it’s time to begin setting foot on the beautiful places of this country, whose culture and laws are overrated, so his revitalization to the blogosphere. Please bear with him dear readers and friends. He will sure get back to you and on his travel stories to the center of the east as soon as he can.


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sony, what is going on? such a mysterious post… where did you move to? permanently? or contract? Wishing you the very best… a new country is always initimidating at the beginning, in a few years, you’ll be a local… done it 3 times in my life and I’m sure there be a 4th sometime in the future 🙂


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Bash, I’ll answer that. It’s a contract so I’d be wandering here for some time. Thank you so much for the advice! I’ll keep that in mind.


  2. nelson RN says:

    Hey Sonnyboy, welcome to the middleeast! Thanks for taking the time emailing me in FB. I’m in Abu Dhabi, UAE so I can say we are neighbors now 🙂 I learned that u left the country from ur wife.I just arrived from the Philpiines this morning, and I’m still catching up on sleep. Nice to hear from you! I didn’t realize you stopped blogging for a while coz I wasn’t active on blogging during the last 1 month too. I was so busy during my vacation.
    I understand your sentiment in leaving the country. I know how you love our country so much as evident in your posts. But sometimes we have to sacrifice for the better future of our loved ones. I have been working abroad for the last 11 years, and this has afforded me a lot of things – I was able to help my parents, buy a home for my family, and sent my 2 younger brothers to school.
    I miss your posts but I am also glad that you are doing well in your offline world. I wish you well in your new journey bro! All the best!


  3. Bro, I was once in a similar situation. Being new in a strange place, having to adjust and mingle, to learn and master your new job, to absorb the demands of a new working environment, the battle with loneliness, these are just some of the things that we go through. Find courage in the people you love and those that supported you. Always find inspiration and comfort in your faith. Soon enough, everything will be alright. Blogging helps in so many ways. I wish you and your family all the best. A very moving post! Thank you.


  4. rommel says:

    Take all the time you want, Sony. It is a rough transition going to different assignments, residence and situations. I’d like to think I’ve mastered relocating process, but it never fails to be painstalking. Have fun, keep your head in the game and looking forward to hear from you.


  5. eof737 says:

    I was wondering why you disappeared for a while Sony. Be Safe!!!
    Keep us posted… 🙂


  6. Be strong Bro. Your family’s love will help you through. And yes, keeping yourself busy helps divert your attention from homesickness.


    1. aRVee says:

      I agree… You can make it and you will make it through…


  7. Iñigo says:

    Just dropping by to say… I miss your posts 🙂


  8. aRVee says:

    Sonny boy, so you’re there at the center of the east, so good luck my friend… I wish you well… Take all the time you need and I’m pretty sure you’ll get used to it. Not sure if you’re same country as with Nelson but just the same, have fun! Your wandering feet (and mind) brings you there, so all the best, no pressure and take it easy…


  9. willofheart says:

    Sonny goodluck and God Bless….


  10. I hope you’re doing fine back there. Wish you all the best and be blessed 🙂


  11. I see that your wandering brought you beyond our shores. May you find what you’re looking for in your new endeavor.


  12. You sure have an interesting life. I always enjoy all of your posts.
    Keep them up and be safe and happy.


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