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To say that leaving my home and family after 25 years made me sad would be an understatement. I was heartbroken. Proud to say that I just managed to conceal it on the night my dear family saw us off at the airport. It wasn’t an overnight healing.

Over a year has passed since I came to Japan, a total unfamiliar country, in order to be with the love of my life and I’m more than delighted to say that it has been so wonderful sharing our lives together under the same sky. But outside that loving embrace is the part where I have to learn how to survive in a place where I know no one by heart but my husband. The different language used by many is the hardest. I know a very few nice people, but I can still sense this wall covered with language difference, distinct culture, contrasting perceptions and so on. Another thing that challenges me is the changing seasons which I don’t really experience in my country. Some may think that living abroad is the sweetest cake you can get, but I say no, not always. However, amidst the ocean of uncertainties, worries, and fears, is a man who’s my lifeguard. Being with him makes me feel safe, protected by the love we have for each other. God knows how grateful I am for him.

korean filipino married couple
~ Ueno Zoo, January 2017 ~


18 Comments on “Security

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  2. Sheryl: It is difficult at any age to leave one’s home country. While I have been outside the US for 10 years, I have to say that one never quite adjusts abroad. (Philippine English is not the same). Race, language, and culture are still barriers in an imperfect world, but love see’s us through!


  3. yes! I know the feeling. moving abroad is not easy. especially if you’re moving to a country without knowing the local language. I’ve tried it once… for a few months only and its hard to adjust. Thank god my friend is there to help. 🙂


  4. A wonderful tribute to your husband that you obviously love very much! Very sweet and touching. Thank you for sharing.


  5. sounds really great and hard at the same time.. I recently know that you’re married 🙂 I thought you are single ^^. well, I wondering instead of English, do you speak Korean fluently with your husbands??


  6. We agree. For years it was just the two of us against the world as we moved around a little! And sometimes it felt vulnerable. Looking back now we realize how this was easily the foundation of our affection and devotion to each other!


  7. Living in another country, culture and language is tough but you are truly blessed to have the support and love of such a special husband … I’ve done it three times by myself.


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