The decision to go off on my own was not deliberate. It was in January of 2009 when I was offered a rare opportunity: an internship at the European Parliament. The stint was six weeks and I was psyched. What an honor to be chosen to represent my country, the Philippines.
A lot of people rooted for me. Someone loaned me a suitcase for long-haul travel. Another gave me his miles to cover the roundtrip fare. A couple of friends gave me money for incidentals. It was quite humbling to have this kind of support.