I was deliberating if I am still going to write my traditional “good bye year ___” post because I already posted an entry about 2012. But since my earlier post was a photo challenge, I decided to write a more unique post for 2012. I call this my “best moments” post since I’m going to describe some of my favorite happenings in my life this year.
Tear-Cringing Moment: Watching my mom and youngest brother go up the stage
I am a proud daughter and sister. For a family that’s been though much up and downs, a simple step up the graduation stage is enough to drive me to do better for a lifetime.
Craziest Moment: Falling down from a raft while crossing a strong rapid in Davao River
For someone who is afraid of the water and who doesn’t know how to swim, I really have a strong gut. I was able to to paddle through the 14 kilometer stretch of Davao River and even fell in the strong rapids three times! But boy, that experience was so exhilarating and it will be definitely be in the “craziest things I’ve done” list for a while.
Most Career-inspiring Moment: Listening to Balik-Scientist Dr. Divina Amalin deliver her exit lecture for her work in the Philippine cocoa industry
One of the perks of my work is I get to meet the top-notch doctors and scientists in the country. I have been blessed to be able to meet new people again this year but the one that left the most impression is Dr. Divina Amalin. Dr. Amalin is a US-based entomologist but she has worked in the Philippines for the past two years as a Balik-Scientist. During her exit lecture where she described her experiences in the county, I was very impressed because despite her short stay she was able to do so much. She’s been to the major islands in the country, was able to examine the major diseases affecting cocoa plants and likewise develop measures how to control the pest. What’s even more impressive was her work did not stop at the R&D level but she was able to translate it up to the community level so now farmers benefit from her work and collaboration with several local organizations. Through her work, Dr. Amalin showed me the difference of having a problem and being part of a solution to the problem. It’s good if we can recognize what’s wrong with a system but our work should never stop there. We should get involve and put our efforts, despite being small, so eventually we can part of the solution. 🙂