OF VISIONS, DREAMS & REALITY: Manila ➙ Hong Kong ➙ Shanghai Aboard Cathay Pacific & DragonAir

It was the Anglo-Irish essayist Jonathan Swift who once said...

 "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."


Four years ago, I had a simple feeling that maybe my son Tutapel inherited his dad's mathematical ability.


And as Regina Spektor's famous song goes- that feeling turned into hope...

"Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word.
And then  the word grew louder and louder
"Til it was a battle cry..."


Since then, it has become an all-out war against a series of hindrances in the form of self-doubt, grueling training, difficult tests and surmounting bills. But it was a war that we were bent on winning!


I then resorted to the only viable solution available to Christians and that is to offer everything we had to our Lord and plead with Him to direct us to the path we ought to take. It might be a passive response to some, but devoted followers would agree that the fulfillment of any vision begins with surrendering your all to God.  


It was far from easy, believe me. I soon found out that I had to put my faith into action in order for that burning vision to become a reality.


Finally, last summer, the Lord took delight in our faith offering and granted us the desires of our hearts. My 7 year old son was one of around 50- Grade 1 and Grade 2 students all over the Philippines who qualified to the Philippine Team to be sent to International Math Competitions abroad.


And last July 26, along with other elementary students from various schools in the country, he flew to represent the PHILIPPINES  in the 2016 China Primary Math Olympiad also known as the Enjoying Math Summer Camp to be held in the beautiful city of Hangzhou located in the province of Zhejiang, People's Republic of China.

And here is where my CHINA NARRATIVE (TRAVEL BLOG) officially begins.

   Philippine Representative to the 2016 China Primary Math Olympiad