|Posing in front of the Mayon Volcano & Cagsawa Ruins|
|Almost a complete group picture...|
Bhe, I was surprised to learn, has three children, the eldest in high school! To be honest she looks even younger than me! Not only do I think she's cool, she's also very kind. Then there were Ate Amie and Ate Helen, who among the group looked to be friends already. Ate Amie doesn't beat around the bush to get her points across but becomes soft when talking about her lovely daughter. She's very forthcoming and became almost like my older sister. Ate Helen is like the 'mommy' of the group. She lightens the mood with her infectious laugh and positive outlook in life but gets us teary-eyed whenever we made her tell her pang-telenovela life story.
Ate Ella, I thought was quiet but gives sound, practical advice. Her face lights up every time she talks about her children and would always invite us to her family gatherings. Ate Lani and Ate Anabel were with the group for a short while so I didn't get to know them very well but I can tell they are nice and pleasant people.
|River rafting in CDO|
There were many more of these distant location meetings, workshops and training but I realized that I'm not only enriching my mental and career pursuits but I'm also learning a lot more about life. These women are good mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, friends and leaders. They taught me to value my work and live life as it should be. So I tell myself: "when I grow up I wanna be just like them". :)
Thank you, ladies!