I was sent here to Libya because I have a job to do. I'm supposed to be represent the Philippines here, promote my country's interest and expand Philippines-Libya bilateral relations.
But really, the life of a diplomat is something I've been trained to handle these past years. I'm happy to say that so far, I seem to have learned my lessons well.
There are two things going for me that makes everything so much easier so far: 1.) I have a really nice boss and 2.) the staff are really good with their work.
The work itself is very different from work in the Home Office. But I don't want to really get into the specifics of my job, though I'll write about the interesting stuff from time to time.
Of course, there's the numerous invitations to functions. I'm a person who avoids attending social gatherings as often as possible. I just prefer to stay home and relax, read a good book, watch TV, or play video games. I'm aloof most of the time and anti-social on a really bad day. But as diplomat, you really have to socialize like crazy. And it's part of my job so I just really have to attend. I just put on my Bruce Wayne face when needed. And enjoy the food. Which is free. That's good enough for me.
The welcome I've received here from the Filipinos have been great. The usual reaction, of course, is that of surprise for my age. "How old are you?" "You're the same age as my son." "You remind me of my grandson." I'm not sure if there is anyone in any Philippine Embassy or Consulate younger than me. Once again, I have to play the role of Boy Wonder.
I'll be here in Libya for several years so this is really an adventure for Cay and I. We'll just have to buckle up and enjoy this wild ride.