As a kid, I’ve always thought of what I wanted to be when I grow up. I looked up to businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who seemed to be living great lives, earning lots of money and having lots of material things. Yes, I was a kid then. And I wasn’t aware that these thoughts were already conditioning my mind.
As my fourth year in high school was coming to an end, I was choosing between two courses; HRM or BSMT (Marine Transportation). I always told others that I was not following my father’s footsteps (He’s a seafarer too) and that this is my own choice. Later on in life, I discovered about psychology and denial and other interesting things about human behaviour.
I only took one entrance exam; that is, from a maritime academy in Canlubang Laguna. If I hadn’t passed that entrance exam, I was not really sure where I’d go for college, haha!
So yes, I got in there, and that was the start of three long years in the academy. My biggest motivation was the promise of a big monthly pay, at the expense of being at the sea, away from your loved ones. I didn’t think much about it at that time. I was young and naive, and wanted lots of money, fast.