In the second installment of the How to Love and Live series, I’ll be sharing my experiences in saving a country, the last country I was born in.
My goal with this series is to show you how to be in a place that is safe and comfortable for you, your family and your community.
In the last two installments, I shared how I found refuge in a refugee camp and how I made my way through an earthquake in Japan.
But as I’ve grown in this series, the lessons I’ve learned and the things I’ve accomplished have been so profound.
So, today, I want to share with you some of my favorite lessons I learned and things I accomplished along the way.
When you are in danger, you should always go to the frontlines and seek help.
You can be a hero if you ask for it.
I learned this the hard way when I was stranded in the Philippines.
It was a difficult time.
My family was very worried about my safety.
They called me every day.
They were afraid that the typhoon could wipe them out, and they were worried that I would become the next casualty of the disaster.
When I finally got to a border crossing in the capital city of Manila, I was shocked to find out that they had no guards, no police, and no police cars.
They just had a line of men on the streets waiting for me.
It made me really sad.
I thought, “I’ve never been in that situation before.”
I knew it would be really difficult to survive.
And the police told me they didn’t have enough personnel.
I had to ask for help from my brothers and sisters in the refugee camps.
They gave me the basics, the basics: food, water, clothes, shelter, money.
They told me to go to a community center to get my belongings, which was extremely helpful because I was a single mom.
When my family asked me where I was going, I said, “It’s too dangerous.”
They told them, “Go to the back, and get food and water.”
I was very scared, because I had no food or water.
But I was determined to go anyway.
They said, You can have food and drink, but you will have to stay in the camps.
I stayed in the camp for two weeks, and then I went to the village to ask the villagers for help.
They helped me out by helping me with my laundry and cooking, and I was able to get some food.
I was also able to do some work, but it was very hard.
After I left, my family told me I could go back to my family home, which they had lived in for about three years.
I didn’t want to leave my wife and my four children behind.
I decided that it would only be a matter of time before I would be gone.
I never went back.
I went back to work and went to work for a small construction company.
I always wanted to get into construction, but I didn’st know how to get the job done.
I got to work every day and then went back home.
When the typhoons hit, my wife said, Do you want to go home?
I was so happy because I knew I could make it out of there.
I said yes.
I wasn’t expecting to be here.
After about two weeks of working, my bosses told me, You’re going to be fired because of your job performance.
I asked them, Do they know I’m a refugee?
They said No.
They had never heard of a refugee before.
I told them I had been living in a camp for five months, and that my family had no idea what I was doing.
They didn’t know what I meant by refugee.
My boss told me that they needed to know about refugees, because we were trying to save them.
I couldn’t believe it.
My bosses told us, We need to get you to the U.S. for an evaluation, because this is an emergency.
We have no money.
So I went home and cried.
I cried for two days.
They took me to the hospital, and when I arrived, my boss told them that I was homeless and could not be treated.
I needed to go back, but they told me not to because I wasn’ t an American citizen.
They tried to get me to apply for a waiver, but the paperwork was so complicated, they told them it was impossible.
I applied, and after I got the waiver, I had a job, and my bosses finally told me how lucky I was.
I found myself in the hospital with my wife, two children and a dog.
My heart was pounding, and we were crying.
I begged them to give me the money that I needed, because they were trying so hard to keep me alive.
But they said, We don’t have that money.