On the Regional School’s Press Conference 2010
I firmly remembered that day, the sun hung on the clear blue sky and the birds chirping on the treetops, that very day when my coach told me I qualified for the Regional Schools Press Conference. I remembered the feeling of triumph and the sudden joy that coursed through me. It was like being hailed as one of the members of the royalty; it’s as if the nature and the world suddenly recognized that awkward gangly girl with her braided long hair as someone important and worthy of attention. But the joy and triumph I felt was short-lived when they told me that the battle of pens and papers was not yet over, that the battle hasn’t ended but has only just begun.
I have to temporarily say adieu to my parents and friends bringing with me their kisses, hugs, and prayers as I have to face my charm of luck to this battle, held in a foreign land I haven’t set foot on while I readied myself for the contest, using up the wee hours to practice my forte. I also remembered the day when I arrived at the venue. I was having the “pre-contest jitters”. I took in the fresh sea-breeze air, lush trees with the migratory birds flying atop and the blooming flowers on the overgrown bushes. I was there in the middle of a field with the foreign land and people except of our accommodations, people and most importantly the contest. But I was suddenly awakened from my reverie when a group of people with the same age as I am, approached us with their huge smile pasted on their faces leading us to our temporary lodgings and I was amazed at the intensity of the warmness of their welcome.
The people ushered us to our assigned billeting rooms with comfortable fresh pillows and blankets, the comfort rooms and bath rooms with the fresh water from the tap and ready to use toiletries in it. I was still in a daze by their perfect treatment when they surprised us with a little program and served good food and relaxing ambiance for us to be at ease and treat this place as a home away from home. With this good treatment, I realized I was enjoying more than what I expected and it helped me become relaxed to the upcoming contest.
Up until now, I haven’t recovered by this experience that I don’t even want to go home. Even if the contest is finished and we are already waiting for the results, I can’t believe I’m enjoying everything in here. It was like having the time of my life and I can say, win or lose I will not have any regrets in this perfect experience.