Nothing to Lose

“Sometimes you have to do what others aren’t willing to do. And sometimes you need to endure whatever life throws at you because you have already come so far—no point going back now. I remember coming to Japan on a one-way ticket with just 30,000 yen in my pocket. I told my mom I wanted to come to Tokyo after college in the Philippines. She’s Japanese so I’m half Filipino, half Japanese. Dad passed away when I was 14. Although we weren’t hard-pressed for money, I just wanted to try my luck here in Japan and to stop being a burden at home. So my older brother, who was studying as a scholar in Japan at the time, got me a job at an Indian restaurant to help me get started. There was a time during my first birthday in Japan, I was working long hours till morning. It made me teary-eyed as I was supposed to be having fun, not dipping my hands in grease. But looking back, that taught me how tough life can be. It made me strive harder. Eventually, my Japanese improved and I was able to land corporate jobs. I made it a point to never complain and give my all in everything. I had nothing to lose anyway because I came here with nothing. Now I’m happily married with kids, thanks to my lovely wife. I never thought I’d settle down in Japan, but here I am. When they grow up, I want my kids to reach their potential by exploring the world just like I did. So I won’t choke them with rules, just like my mom let me make my own decisions.”Jeo 02 icloud.jpg

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