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Forever Grateful

I was 22 when I joined FEU-East Asia College; a young, unsure, and starry-eyed professional trying to find her place in the sun. Aren’t we all? Hihihi. :)

I remember being considered as a temp hire for someone who went on maternity leave. I remember, too, how my knees buckled when I learned that I will be assisting the President, no less. You should know, I almost never showed up for my first day of work. Ahahaha! But then again, I did step into the President’s Office on January 28, 2002…and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, a week after my last day of work, I write this post with fondness; and probably, with a tinge of sorrow, too. Fate has been kind to me, gifting me with enough happy memories with the people I worked with to last me for a lifetime. I can genuinely say that I have made lifelong friends in FEU-EAC…and surprise, surprise, it includes my boss. Hihihi! I am often told that bosses usually play the "villain" role in one’s career life; the Voldemort of the each and every Harry. Ahahaha! Honestly, I never understood such logic. Maybe I’m too busy making sure that my boss’ wrinkles are all in the right places. Or maybe because, I actually report to a Dumbledore every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…which makes Tuesdays and Thursdays tolerable. Ahahaha! Just kidding! :)

I will definitely miss everyone in FEU-EAC, together with the countless meetings, the red marks in documents, the horrendous mancom preparations, and even the sleepless pre-board meeting days. I know in my heart that despite the ungodly hours we put in at work in FEU-EAC, my seven years of stay there is time well spent. I know this because I have learned valuable life lessons through my FEU-EAC family, which I can summarize in four statements:

1. Having the right values and the right intent in doing things leads you to the most optimal solution of any given problem.

2. While it is good to always be business-like, it is beter to foster genuine friendships in the workplace. Friends may not always agree with you, but will never allow you to fail.

3. Mistakes are meant to be celebrated for they are made by those who are actually exploring beyond their comfort zones.

4. People who have talents and skills to show are too busy to take part in office politics. :)

To my FEU-EAC family, I am forever grateful to all of you. There will be no goodbyes for us, as your life has already intertwined with mine. Thoughts of your kindness and love will surely keep me warm in the cold winters of France, and will make me remember that there’s no place like home.

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Comment from necel
Time: November 12, 2008, 8:11 am

I terribly miss you:) \though, we’ve only been together for almost 2 months, I could confidently say that I learned a LOT from you, enough to last me a life time (?) here in EAC :) Hehehe! Goodluck! Vi ses pa Europe.


Comment from Sheila
Time: November 12, 2008, 8:54 am

hello ganda!!! I’m so touched with your blog…I’m surely gonna miss you!!! Wish you all the best that life has to offer coz you truly deserve it!!! Stay happy, simple and yet beautiful ;> (like me hihihi)!!! thanks for being a good friend and ninang to my son…take care and God bless!!! ciao!


Comment from bong manuel
Time: November 12, 2008, 9:15 am

You are forever grateful. I am forever thankful that I am at East Asia when you were there.

Let us keep in touch…

Comment from Che-Ann
Time: November 12, 2008, 10:06 am

Ma’am Monette, I will surely miss you!!!
Thank you for all the sweet memories you’ve shared with me here in FEU-EAC and for all the things you’ve taught me. You’ve been so nice and caring to me, and that’s enough for me to treasure you for a lifetime.
The song video you’ve posted for this article really touches me. The melody as well as the meaning create a calming feeling to me. Thank you for everything Ma’am Monette!
If fate would permit me to be there in France, I’ll look for you and share with you, maybe a cup of tea and enticing sweets or cakes :) That would be a very nice and sweet thing to happen to me in France if ever… Nothing is impossible with our technology now… I’ll surely find you there, right Ma’am? :)
…haaayyyy… I can’t help but to play the song over and over…
I have even downloaded it from Youtube….ahahahaha :)
May God continue to bless you and Kuya Mike. Take care always!

Comment from Cels
Time: November 12, 2008, 10:23 am

Thank you,too, Monette for sharing the person that you are to me.

For a very fine lady like you, you deserve all the blessings.I am very happy for you and Mike.Good Luck , God Bless and all the best always.

With the Eifel Tower as a backdrop, I hope you need not wait long for that bundle of joy to come along. I can drop the Registrarship anytime to lead the cheering squad right in your delivery room.Kidding aside, you owe it to yourselves as a couple.( And that , my dear, is an order!)

Cheers! Mwah!
Cels D.

Comment from jayms
Time: November 12, 2008, 10:29 am

im will surely miss my mother m.. edo will never be the same again.. i hope that you will never forget the memories that we’ve shared especially the pray-overs and group processes.. i already miss your soft smile and our short chats, our lunches together and how we make fun of sir marlon’s sexcapades..
luv you ms. m! take care, im sure someday soon we will meet again.

Comment from Ms. Badeth, HSC
Time: December 19, 2008, 9:51 am

I am forever grateful to you…

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