New chapter of my Brisbane story

03 Nov

“Today my life begins” and so was the inspiring line sang by my favourite Filipino-American singer, Bruno Mars.

I know I try my best to keep this department a bit private but, yes it’s love—but sad to say—so it was.

I’m sure not a lot of people even find some entertainment in sharing miserable heartbreak stories, so I’ll try to keep it that way. Though I felt like I was almost there but some things are just not meant to be. Oh! Stop me now. Okay, let’s park that case right there.

So, ever wonder why my blog space was in deep slumber? Now it’s hoping to scream out louder.

“Love is like a river, never ending as it flows, but gets greater with time!”
—Reinhold Niebuhr

THIS NEW CHAPTER I wish you happiness with your ‘river’ as I stay here hoping this time I might finally find mine…

This is funny. At least I’ve got some excuse now—I hope it’s a valid one—for not having been inspired to get some literary concoction going on about my colourful life in Brisbane. Well that’s it, colorful indeed. You see wherever you go, you cannot deny people, things and events to come your way, and they are just inevitable. No way to predict. No way to avoid.  Every person you meet is a whole new experience.

I guess all you really want to happen is give yourself in. And I’m glad these all happened in Brisbane.

As I’m nearing towards the end of my two year role as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador, it just makes sense that I get to experience all the facets of living in this wonderful city. Not to mention all the fun, I got to meet some dignitaries around the world with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of Companies;  Philips Senior Director of Energy & Climate Change Harry Verhaar; and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in 2011.

Going to exciting familiarization tours—from the unforgettable overnight at Tangalooma Island Resort, to celebrating my birthday at North Stradbroke Island, and to visiting the lush, green side of Redland’s Indigiscape Centre—they are not just my favourite but a whole heaps more that are quite memorable too.

And when I say different facets, I also mean the not-so-good bits (besides the heartbreak) including the tyranny of distance; not being with few family members who are in the Philippines, having been absent in many relative and friends’ celebrations—from weddings, graduation, reunions and anniversaries and the list goes on…

Well it’s sometimes bittersweet you know but that’s life, we sacrifice one thing to also experience the joy of doing another. Pros and cons will not dare go out of our way, so we just have to go with the flow.  Like my niece Kerrie’s favourite line in ‘Finding Nemo’—when Dorry was trying to help a worried father find his lost son—“just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.  Oh swimming shall I go, amidst all the heaving waves that try to push me back—but I will keep going until I find what I am looking for (not Nemo of course!).

In a sea of endless possibilities, Brisbane has taught me to LOVE and BE LOVED—not only by a set of good friends in the Filipino Students in Brisbane group but also amongst my local Aussie friends and a beautiful bunch of international friends—so how will I forget my fellow International Student Ambassadors coming from 23 different nations.  I must say we have all journeyed together and have established a strong camaraderie that neither one of us will ever forget. You guys have probably gotten tired of my saying ‘Thank You’ so I say it in my own tongue ‘Maraming Salamat’.

I can safely say that regardless of our religion, colour of skin, cultural beliefs and background—it was all about FAITH, not only in some Divine Intervention but faith in ourselves and being aware that we are capable of doing things even bigger than ourselves, and lastly faith in shaping our dreams!

ALL of you friends (and also to her)—together with those dreams, we can still make them happen.

Our journey will not end there, it has only BEGUN!

“You only have one life to live, so you better make the best of it”—Bruno Mars

Graham Quirk with BISA 2012

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk with the Brisbane International Student Ambassadors appointment in March 2012


 Au Courant’s Corner is preparing to air a whole new exciting set of webisodes. As a primer, have a look at the work of a very talented member (name withheld upon request) of the Filipino Students in Brisbane (FSB) who crafted this full of life OFFICIAL TEASER for the Brisbane Mabuhay Philippines Festival held last 12 October 2012.

An initiative of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Australia-Philippines—together with the Filipino Students in Brisbane—and proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council, the Brisbane Mabuhay Philippines Festival this year was definitely more exciting as it showcased some of the best Filipino talents in the city from dancing to singing—not to mention an awe-inspiring cultural rendition of the Kalinga tribe of the Philippines by another FSB member Paul Mariano and a Melbourne-based international student, April de Chavez, who flew her way from interstate to enjoy the festival with us. Commenting on the success of the event, it was seen posted in the Facebook page of Lord Mayor of Brisbane – Graham Quirk on 15 October saying: “A great turn out at the Festival”

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