Such a gem to have the lady owner of Devasom Hua Hin to chit chat over breakfast and share a little bit of her take on life
We met her over breakfast when she came by to get a cup of coffee. She's not much of a coffee person but this one is very good, she told us, and that it took them so long to find the right one. Turns out, they actually tried and tested a quite few before they made their own brew.
"If you want perfection, you got to do it yourself."
She went on to share how the staff, especially those that came from the bigger hotel names, often complained that she is too detailed, too complicated, too demanding. Everything mattered. The shape/type of flowers must be curved and gentle, like orchids and jasmines rather than the strong stance of a rose; the sharp 4 edges of the pillars are carved out for ease and comfort; the noise level of staff talking and shifting luggage are minimised to keep the peace...and much much more. You'll know if you could see all the furniture and details and arrangements and maintenance given to this place. It is a lot to ask. But she said, she might only meet her guests this once in a lifetime, she must give her best. And over time, her staff learn and understand as well.
She doesn't draw salary because that will mean that the place won't last past the first day. When she was younger, she worked very hard. 30/40years back, there were no women in the management level. To get there, a girl has to work doubly hard. She has sat on board of directors and advisors, etc. but this place is the first time she is the owner. An owner, with no pay. But happiness, she said, is her reward. What's more, she has the whole place as her very own beautiful "office"
Thank you lady boss for such a beautiful hideaway and above all, for that small yet heartfelt sharing. I really connected and felt it
I smile for you, but you wouldn't believe the flood of emotions right now- my official certificate of Ni-Dan, my 2nd degree in mixed #martialarts came in the mail. It was actually printed in 2008 and my instructors held onto it for this many years, determined to get it to me. To be clear, I'm far beyond caring about degrees, belt colors and pat's on the back for fancy pieces of paper...I have trained with "5th degree" black belts who did not seem to know the basics of body mechanics to prevent self harm, and blue belts who have forced me to tap out over and over again. The reality is, if someone really wanted to hurt me physically, they could. That is what we truly learn when we train- not how to become invincible...how to tolerate pain. So, what this meant to me was a much-needed #reminder ...it brought me back #home to my core, my #values and my #morals ...it cleared my vision. I needed this.
Many of you may not know, I was placed in martial arts because I was diagnosed with #ADD / #ADHD and was struggling with a learning disability...I was not doing well in school and, frankly, my mother was going to murder me if she didn't find a way to redirect my energy. She simply trusted her gut on the instructors who she felt were good with children. What I did not realize until adulthood and training all over the country was what amazing instructors I truly had. I hit the gold mine- not only are they two of the most experienced martial artists in the country, they are truly two of the most amazing human beings I've had the honor of training under. Under them I learned #humility , #perseverance , to walk tall and to look people in the eye, to not take myself so seriously and to get up...to keep getting up. I learned to do things that really freaking scared me. I learned to take a punch, and another punch, and another...and to keep breathing through them...that pain doesn't mean I have to quit. And that when I'm in pain, I can still think. I learned to pay attention to other people...they will always tell the truth, even when they don't mean to. I'd forgotten some of these things. Thank you Sensei Hodges and Sensei Grady for everything. #humbled
All that I am, all that I have, I lay them down before you, O, Lord...|| sa provision ng pamasahe para lang mag-enroll sa Pinas then travel all the way to Cebu for just a weekend (bongga!); to your family @tweedlemuffin for letting us stay in your cozy home in Cebu and for your parents' assistance; to @benjoandrea for making me understand how to solve statistics and evaluation atbp; sa kasabayan ko mula sa umpisa hanggang sa natapos we believe we can @sharry29; to my #1 fan @darenkosh (idol!) for helping me carry the load, to all those who prayed from my family and friends, and to the One from Whom all blessings flow each and everyday, kap khun maak kha! || #humbled#grateful#favored#bygracealone#teachingislove#passion#calling || next ko pag-aaralan ay kung paano ko isusulat in Thai ang napakahaba kong pangalan! Haha