Category Personal

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Going Home

“Here’s your boarding ticket Sir, and advance happy birthday”, words I got from the airline ground attendant at the NAIA passengers’ check-in desk during one of my trips coming back here in the Kingdom. It’s nice to hear those words, though, I got mixed emotions then, thankful and happy for another year of life that I could have celebrated back home with my family, but at the same time faced with sadness for I have to leave home again– for a couple of times. But as I celebrate my birthday today far away from home again for the seventh times, it’s different now, it’s thrilled with much excitement. I finally am going home (totoo na ‘to).

There are tons of reasons why at a certain point, we have to leave what we consider our home – our family, our loved ones. We go places to spend some time for leisure, to find for a new opportunity, to travel the world, to stay away from stress and more. May it be for just a couple of days, for weeks, months or years, I guess most of us are certain when are we coming back home. I’ve been in the Kingdom for about seven years and I am now sure that my stay here is pretty enough. For whatever reason in mind, what I wanted now is to go back home.

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Christmas Miles Away

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Few more days from now, it’s Christmas again – another tough moment for me and for those spending the holidays far away from home. This year, I’ll be on-duty, a regular 12-hour shift the same thing I had back in 2009.  It’s quite a challenge to beat this supposed to be “family day” especially in a world where Christmas doesn’t exist at all.  But this should not stop us from celebrating the season because for me, we can find the true meaning of Christmas, wherever.

Last year, it’s so fortunate that I had my annual vacation in time for the holidays. I spent the season of course with my family, relatives and close friends.  Spending the season with people close to your heart is truly unmatched. I had the traditional simbang gabi, putu-bungbong along the street, and even the “libreng tsaa” still exists.  I also had to beat the Christmas rush, traffic, endless shopping for gifts for my “inaanak” and dine out with friends while listening to those non-stop Christmas medley. I would be missing the children’s carolling and of course the “noche buena” with the whole family – things and moments that I enjoy every season but of course not this year.

The excitement of being in a foreign place isn’t so great especially during the holidays. But there are countless ways to make the season as happier and meaningful where you can still have at least the same spirit even you’re miles away.  Each individual may have unique ways of spending the holidays the same way I have which I’ve been doing for the past years of being away on Christmas. This time, I have listed down some stuff that could help me spend the holidays far from home.

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Buhay Elementary at Palakol

Nainspire ako sa blogpost ni bino tungkol sa usapang elementary. Kaya gagawa din ako, ang dami dami kasi nating mga karanasan nung kabataan natin, at minsan ang sarap lang balikan ng mga yun at matatawa ka nalang tapos maiisip mo na napakasimple lang talaga ng buhay noon tara simulan natin.

  • Bago ang mga gamit mo bago magpasukan, mamimili na kayo ng mga gamit May palang, tapos tuwing bago matulog titignan mo yung mga yon, na excited ka ng gamitin, tapos ang babango pa, lalo ung eraser sarap kainin. Kahit di naman kailangan bukod sa bag dapat may plastic folder ka, yung see-through mas maganda kase para kita dun mga bolpen mo at kung ano ano pang gamit school na pambata.
  • Excited ka sa unang araw ng pasukan, dahil nga bago ang lahat ng gamit mula sapatos hanggang sa kulay puting t-shirt. sa school magdadasal ka na sana nasa section mo parin ikaw at hindi ka nadala sa bulok na section, big deal yan lalo pag nasa section 1 ka, wag na wag lang malilipat ng section kasi parang nakakahiya. bakit nga kase kaya ganun, iba ang feeling pag nasa section 1, tapos ganun din pag nasa row 1. Basta pag mga isang linggo ka nang pumapasok nakakatamad na uli haha.
  • Naalala mo pa ba yung desk? tatluhan yata or dalawahan tapos bawal na bawal sulatan yun, mortal sin, kutos ka sa teacher mo pag nakitang may sulat, at tuwing byernes mag iisis. kailangang magdala ng papel de liha o kaya naman aakyatin ang puno yung dahon ng pakiling, ang inam kaya nun!
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