4 01 2007

And so i’m back in the land down under again and this time the trip back here wasn’t filled with anxiety and excitement since I more or less know what’s waiting for me.

The past several days were pure heaven.  Being with my family almost 24/7, babysitting our dogs and seeing most of my friends.  Next time I will stay longer because two weeks are just not enough to see everybody.

If you’re a Filipino expat and you just got back from Manila, never eat microwave-cooked food for your first meal back.  Because it induces sentimentality and makes you irrational.  A few minutes ago, I toyed with the idea of going home for good in 6 months.  But that’s the bland soup talking.  Or maybe not.  Wala naman kaduda-duda, mas masaya at mas komportable sa Pilipinas.  But life’s a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ thing, and you should constantly stretch your limits.

But it felt really, really great to be surrounded by family again, to spend an afternoon talking to friends who have known you since you started fumbling through life, and to be adored unconditionally by loyal dogs.

I suspect leaving the Philippines will always be difficult and gently heartbreaking, no matter how many times you do it.  It is home you are moving away from, after all.

But it’s the new year and there are lots of things to look forward to.  2006 was the most challenging year of my existence but it was also the most fulfilling.  Hopefully 2007 will top the adventures that 2006 gave me.




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