touched by a stranger.
day in, day out, with the pains and troubles life throws at us, we have our support system, our family and friends, to be there to give us love and support.
but there are also times that life surprises us, with someone we don't know, someone we've never met, someone we don't know if we'll ever see again, who is there for a fleeting moment to give us a bit of the love and support we need.
let me tell you about art barana, a crew member at the mcdonald's branch in valero corner de la costa street in makati. it was one late night after watching a play nearby that i ate dinner at this mcdonald's branch. the crew member at the counter had such a warm smile, had this endearing personality, super selling without being too pushy. the type that you meet, and magaan agad ang loob mo. i look to the right and saw this frame hanging hanging on the wall. it read: employee of the month. i asked him if that was him and he shyly said "yes". i said, "galing ah!" and he humbly replied, "chamba lang po yan." for some reason i wanted to take a photo of it, and i did. he jokingly said, "naku ma'am! bakit niyo po pipicturan, baka mapanaginipan ko po yan! salamat po ma'am ha.." (insert smile here) :)
i am extremely moved when i see people who are so dedicated to their job, however simple the job might be. how they really give their best, even if its late and they work long hours, even if you know its the end of their shift but they still have the same energy as if it were the start of their shift. if art can do his job with so much gusto and with a smile on his face, so can we. :)
in this photo, i am wearing a dress from @elrobeliza. for those who aren't on twitter, the @ sign means that is her twitter username. for all the girls, and fine okay for all the guys who like dressing up that are reading this, do you ever have that feeling looking into your closet and telling yourself, "i have nothing to wear!?" in the line of work that i am in, its so hard to manage wardrobe because there is a certain pressure that you can't repeat clothes. at least not that often. on one of my off days that i was feeling that i had nothing new to wear, i got to work and saw this package sent from batangas. in it was two dresses and a sweet handwritten note. i wore it for work and here is the photo i took to show elro that i got to use it. :)
i know i probably wouldn't have gotten the package if i were not in the work i was in. but despite that, i'm sure you have encountered once or a few times in your life when a total stranger gave you something just when you needed it. may it be letting you ahead in the line for the bathroom when you really, really have to go, or exchanging your ratty old peso bill for coins when the vendo won't accept your money. they are the modern day good samaritans. :)
before i introduce you to the last "stranger", no, its not my birthday. this photo was sent to me way back in march! :) meet tran huong ly from vietnam. she posted this photo on my official public facebook page and when i asked if she was a friend of my vietnamese friend thuong, she said she wasn't. when i asked her how she knew me, she said that she saw this korean tv special on kbs that i was a part of, and that she found me interesting, so she googled me and found my online accounts! note that the tv special i did was just a one time thing, that i was just part of a group of girls from all over asia, but she took the time out to search for me online. how amazing is that?! i'm still in awe of the power of the internet to connect people!
i myself have messaged foreign personalities i look up to, may it be on twitter or facebook! i've messaged oprah, anderson cooper, ryan seacrest, anthony bourdain, in hopes that they would read my message, and in even bigger hopes that they would reply! i never got any reply, EVER, but the feeling that they might've read my message is already enough for me! huong ly proved to me that though from a different country, despite many other messages i go through, each and every single message of appreciation counts!
strangers can definitely touch and move you, in the exact time that you may need it. pay it forward and go out of your way to do something nice for a total stranger. you'll never know, they just might need it too. :)