I can’t exactly remember as to when I last updated this. I am pretty delayed with my posts and I will try my best to update this as much as I can starting today. Especially because I have a lot of photos that I would like to share.
February 2011. This was the last time that I was able to go back to Philippines with my family to attend my brother’s wedding. To be fair, when we went back, not much has changed. We haven’t been away for that long.
January 2016. We finally got the chance to go back to Philippines for vacation, but most of all for my sister’s wedding. I have a lot of things and photos to share, so this will be divided in to several posts.
We left Canada January 17, when it was still quite cold. I can’t remember how cold it was, but I remember I was all covered even if we’re just going to the airport and board the plane. I tried not to bring that much because it was going to get warm anyway once we’re inside.
I was talking to some of my friends when I told them I was going back to the Philippines for a while. For some reason, I was really nervous – maybe it was the plane ride, or the fact that I haven’t been back in 5 years. Or so much things have changed, and I haven’t really seen my friends for that long too. I really don’t know. I was excited, and nervous at the same time.
I actually like plane rides, but at the same time I hate it. I like being able to sit window-side, and being able to look out when it’s bright out, especially when the plane takes off. I also like it at night when it takes off, cause you get to see all the lights around the area and it looks really nice. At the same time, I don’t like the feeling of taking off, or the plane shaking mid-air and not know what’s really happening.
The last time that we went to visit, we had a 16 hour flight from Canada to Hong Kong (I think..) then a couple of hours from there to Philippines. This time, we had a 5-hour flight to Vancouver then a short wait, and from there it was a 14-hour flight to the Philippines. I remember I had a really bad cold while waiting for the plane going to Vancouver, and it went on for almost the whole trip. The only thing I had to do was sleep it off in the plane, which wasn’t that hard at least. I tried to watch a couple of movies, but even with a headset the audio wasn’t really the best.
We were in the center seats – my dad was at the left most, then my mom, me and my older brother. I remember I was talking to my brother and we were both laughing ’cause for some reason the monitor in front of me froze. My mom and I kept asking for assistance with it but it took a while before they got it to work. By the time they got it to work, I was already feeling really sleepy. Even if it was just a 5-hour trip to Vancouver, I still took advantage of it, with the hope that it will help me feel better with my cold.
We got to Vancouver and there was a short stop. It was raining and I remember I had to go to the washroom several times because of my runny nose.
I was more excited with the trip from Vancouver to Philippines, because thinking about it, our next stop is the Philippines. 14-hour ride, and I think the only hard thing about this is trying to sit for that long, or trying to find something to do for that time. I was able to find some TV shows and movies, but the sound wasn’t really the greatest. I had to push the headphones on my ears just to hear the audio clearly.
Also, I can’t remember the names of the food that I got, but they weren’t really that bad.
Nearing Philippines, I really wanted to look out to see the view. I remember I kept standing just to look outside. The moment we landed, I was really both happy and nervous. It’s a completely new environment, but I was really excited to be back, see what’s new and to see familiar faces and places.
We got to Manila, Philippines on January 18, in the morning. As I expected, it was going to be really warm. Here are a some photos of me and my family once we landed.
No matter how tired I felt, I was really happy to be back. I remember that I wanted to contact my friends so much but I had no way because I didn’t have internet or anything.
Later that afternoon, we got our haircut and our nails cleaned. This is one of the things that I was really excited about when coming back to the Philippines. Haircut in North America, or in Toronto specifically, is different and is really expensive compared to how it is in the Philippines with what you get. It felt really nice getting a really nice haircut and feeling refreshed. I was pretty tired but I was still awake (everyone in my family knows my body clock is different)
I remember after I got my haircut, I went down to buy some load for our cellphone. We got our own sim cards and brought old phones. When I got some load for my own phone, I for some reason got taxed. I told my brother about it and we just laughed because we never thought it would happen, because it wasn’t like that from what I remember. Or we were just probably tired and that didn’t really happen.
I have still have so much to share, but I will do that on my next post.