Lawyer Vanessa Joyce I. Monge is one of the few Filipino achievers in Dubai who despite their achievements choose not to speak about what sets them apart from an ordinary expat.
“Uniqueness is a quality and description almost always lacking sufficient basis. For one, you would never know if you have a kindred spirit amongst the billions and billions of people in this planet.”
She is connected with Motei and Associates, a law firm that provides real estate, dispute resolutions, labor disputes and corporate legal services. Its practice cuts across extensive areas of law where most industries, businesses, and individuals rely on experienced legal advice.
For her, choosing to be a lawyer entails countless sacrifices. “I aged in law school – a lot. It took so many years and so much life out of me. I wouldn’t actively encourage everyone to be in it. But I highly recommend it for those who have a burning passion for learning, for understanding the law, for resolving conflicting situations, for those who still believe that it is under the law where all men are perceived as equal.”
“Every waking day is a blessing, and every turmoil surpassed is an achievement.”
What’s important to her is that she makes a difference and that she may be “able to sleep well at night knowing that I gave my best in every work I do, that I have dealt with every person in a manner they deserve, and that I do not undermine the rights of another.”
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.