Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
Although written to inspire fellow Filipinos, this book can inspire anyone who is striving to reach an important or challenging goal. What We Know For Sure, is a very interesting and quick read, that uncovers the sacrifices made by foreign service nationals when transitioning to their new lives in the United States, after roughly 20 years of service for the US government in the Philippines.
What I have found most inspiring from the book, is the relentless faith of these people. When faced with humbling work options and housing arrangements, in the United States, they stayed positive and focused on their goals to give their children a better life. Some even faced illness and yet still held on to their faith.
I really recommend this book to anyone who Is growth-oriented. Change is uncomfortable and you may face opposition and or disappointment, but never lose faith, remain focused on the finish line. Sometimes you even have to make uncomfortable sacrifices, but sacrifice is the essence of commitment.
The Philippines and the United States have long-standing relations with strong historical and cultural linkages. In fact, millions of our 'kababayans' are now living in the U.S. But what are the different challenges Filipino immigrants have to face and experience there? Fil-Am author Lia Ocampo put together stories of former Filipino-U.S. embassy employees who chose to live life in the so-called 'Land of the free.'