Back in September 2012 I got an email from a friend as an introduction between myself and one of the managers at his company.
This friend of mine had been telling me for years about how great his company is and how much he enjoyed being there, and had invited me to join them then. However, it required a move overseas and, for personal and family reasons, that wasn't an opportunity that I took seriously.
The surprise then was finding out that the manager he had introduced to me had been tasked to set up an office here in Manila, and build a development team that adheres to the stringent standards of their company. Of course there was an implicit invitation to join their team as well -- but as I had a bevy of commitments back then, I opted to just help them any way I can in putting up the new office.
Fast forward 10 months later. I will be joining Readify as a Senior Developer after a three year hiatus from the Microsoft stack.
I had a great time with Cormant (as a returning consultant) and ITRS doing iOS, Java, and a bunch of other things completely outside of my prior experience, and the lessons I have learn delving in them are completely invaluable to me.
Then again, it's good to be back home.