Two weeks ago, I finally got the chance in doing my share in helping out with the tragedy brought by Typhoon Haiyan. Planned in just a short of a week, the ASEAN community organized a charity bazaar wherein all the money we gained be donated to the victims of the said typhoon in the Philippines.
If you are not familiar with international relations, the ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Actually I really can’t explain it in a more historical or technical way, but for a simpler view of what they mean to me here in our posts: You know how you are invited to a party and saving you from being awkwardly out-of-place is seeing your neighbors invited as well? That is what it is like for me, here in Muscat, our friends at the Embassy of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and most recently Singapore are the people I interact with more frequently, outside the Phillipine Community.
A little over a year ago, the wives of the Ambassadors of the mentioned embassies decided to make it a bit more official and formed the Asean Ladies Circle or the ALC. We hold cooking sessions, sometimes some fashion shows, sports gatherings, and probably the biggest accomplishment was the first Asean bazaar and cultural show, which was a lot of work, but was really fulfilling because it was really well-received.
The great thing about the ALC and having the ASEAN community for me isn’t just a way to socialize and find something to do while we are all here, what I like most about is that they are all generally really great, nice, fun, and happy people. People whose company I really enjoy. It’s always a pleasant opportunity to see my Asean friends, because they are people I genuinely like.
And it was so humbling and heart-warming for me when they suggested holding a bazaar and giving all the proceeds to the Philippines. Their respective governments have already sent help in the Visayan region with monetary donations or via relief goods or logistics support, and the ASEAN Embassies here in Muscat could’ve just been satisfied with that and we would’ve been thankful nonetheless. And just in case you are thinking, organizing such an event isn’t easy at all it takes a lot of coordinating and cooperation, not to mention tiring. But they wanted to do their share and do something more, all in the name of neighborly love.
The views written on this post and this blog are mine alone and are not shared or represented by my husband or the Philippine Embassy in any way.