How I Met Mark

I remember this was taken last December in Tagbilaran City
I remember this was taken last December in Bohol

Almost a year ago, Mark was just a stranger to me, another human being in this planet that I just coexist. Like billions of people around the world, Mark faced life day in and day out trying to make it wonderful, happy and fruitful. In short, a well-lived life. Almost a year ago I was oblivious of his life, I was shocked when I finally met this “Gentle Giant”. Here is why:

My interview with Mark when I applied at Thumbtack was exciting, scary but reassuring. Mark’s questions were both familiar and new. Some of which have been asked a couple of times by other people but then they still make you wet your pants. I know from that moment on, I was being assessed. That was not even seeing Mark yet! 🙂

I know little of Mark in the course of my career with Thumbtack. Virtually speaking, all of us were very close. To be honest, I did not even expect a virtual office can function so well much more love that much! And I found Thumbtack to be such! Much because of its people.

Mark is such an intimidating person, why? Because he strives for the best. If he has to give, he must give it his all! Mark knows what he is talking about, he knows Admin and Zendesk like they are triplets! Questions? Send an email and you’d get your technical answer and you’d ask yourself “How did he do that?”

My very personal encounter with Mark brought me love and amazement. I kind of never thought that he would give such consideration. Looking back, I knew Mark was sensitive but also because he needs to be one. He needs to be sensitive for all of us. It’s not easy being the Mother of bunch of rowdy, loving, happy kids! That’s us, the CS Team!

When my daughter was diagnosed with GDD (Global Developmental Delay) and I asked for a time-off, Mark supported me and made special arrangements so I can still continue working. I was very grateful. I met Mark (in person!) when they visited the Visayas and attended the Christmas Party. I felt so small! Why am I so small? 😀

Mark, during the games! :)
Mark, during the games! 🙂
Our Bohol Escapade. I looked rather little, right? :D
Our Bohol Escapade. I looked rather little, right? This is me on tip-toe! Lol!

So there, that is how I met Mark. I know at times I fail to give him my best but I wanted him to know I am giving him my all. I met Mark in a perfect moment of my life.

And, today is his birthday! This is my only way of greeting him on his special day, the only way I know and the only gift I have.

For if one day we have to part ways, here’s my simple thoughts and reminder: Forget me not, forget me never and don’t forget the owner! Haha! Kidding aside, I love you Mark! Have a blast! 🙂


How did you meet Mark? 🙂


Published by monalisachong

Every one agrees that life is fleeting. And that life is change. It never stays the same. I am a believer of choice, of opportunities embraced and lost, I dictate what happens to me. This makes me hopeful, makes me dream, gives me courage and clears my realm. And I hope to share how change affects my life.

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