Anything that involved reading.
“It’s my primary hobby. It’s something that spans cultures. There’s a bookworm in every country, every city.”
Indeed, a stack of John Grisham paperbacks teeters precariously over her nightstand. The covers all display a crisp crease from being opened so many times.
Growing up, she never imagined that she would come to America. She came close though.
“I was offered a job a couple of times in the States after I graduated,” she says. “I turned it down each time. I didn’t want to move halfway around the world right out of college. I didn’t even anticipate doing so anytime in the future.”
But then she did.
“I remember it being absolutely freezing cold that day,” she says. “It was in January of 1996 when I arrived. The dead of winter.” She had been warned that it would be cold. But for someone who had never experienced cold weather, the weight of that counsel was negligible. Those first steps out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport were an instantaneous external shock to the system. As a tropical country, the Philippines has only two seasons — wet and dry. Hence, hot and humid, with occasional rain is the climate in a