Riza De Asis
WR 121: TR 1:00 p.m.
April 23, 2013
A young plain Jane, who is cheerful but sometimes sensitive, who loves smiling with chubby cheeks, had a dream to fulfill. Since I was twelve, I had been dreaming to travel around the world especially to the Western parts in the world map. When my parents happily told the whole family that my one and only brother, Robert – who is 4 years older than me - would be going to Seattle, United States of America to further his studies, I thought my dream would become reality. Those words shocked me and gave me a big hurray for myself at the same time. Well, surprisingly I got more excited than my brother, which was strange since it was him who should be the happiest guy among us all. Even though I was only thirteen years old at the time, I knew it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As we all know, education can change people’s lives. For instance, if you graduate from one of the universities in the U.S, you will be sought after by many companies especially in Southeast Asia. I was very delighted and proud of my brother because his hard work paid off and he has been given the opportunity to pursue his studies overseas. Not only that, I jumped for joy as my father booked for our flight. It was as if I was the happiest person in the family and that amused me a lot. On December 29, 2008 at six o’clock in the morning, the first-timers-to-U.S had finally arrived in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The moment I stepped out from the airport, it was raining like cats and dogs – maybe it was a blessing for us - and the breeze completely froze me out till I could not even feel my ice-cold hands. Four layers of winter attire barely made us warm. I wondered if everyone is able to stand this cold winter especially those who are working outdoors. Everything started getting warm and calm as we reached our three-star hotel. Once we got into our room, we immediately turned on...
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