No place like home...as cliche as it may sound, it indeed is true.
The privilege of growing up in such a beautiful place that I would never trade with anywhere else in the world, wherein tropical beaches are such a norm has dawned on me when adulting slaps hard when I started living in the city to make a living. It was when I appreciated more how lucky I was to be being bornt and raised in this hidden paradise I called home.
Yes, even without you asking, I went home. It has been almost 3 weeks since I disconnected from the social media platform to connect with the people that matters to me more, my family. It was the Christmas holiday break and I can say it's always the most wonderful time of the year, for me because it means going home.
As early as 2 am, I was already at the airport for my 4 am flight on that day. I made sure to book the early flight because I always wanted to capture the dramatic sunrise once I reach Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban (my home province's capital city), which only took a one-hour journey from Manila via airplane, as I always wanted to think that it's my birthplace' warm hug in welcoming me home.
But unfortunately, it was raining when the plane landed in Tacloban, I missed the sunrise but still, it did not lessen the excitement and happiness I was feeling as I was already homeward bound. From Tacloban, it takes a three-hour road journey to my hometown. I was sitting in the front seat of the van so when we finally enter my hometown, I was able to take a snap of Bulacan's (the first barangay in my town if you are coming from the north) mesmerizing highway scenery with a canopy of coconut trees on both sides. Also, the scene of the enchanting Bontoc mountain was already taking a peep, welcoming everyone with its warm smile.
I could already hear the relaxing sea breeze and feel its therapeutic ambiance. I could almost hear the happy swaying of trees saying "welcome!"
"Home, finally!", I blissfully utter to myself when I saw my Mama and my younger sister waiting for me on the sidewalk of the highway. The happiness was overwhelming, especially when I saw my daughter.
Oh, how I missed this place and these people so much and the things I get to do with them, which is what matters to me most;
Morning coffee with Mama...
We may not be at those fancy coffee shops in the city but I swear, for me having this simple morning coffee with her sweet smile, at home is the most priceless experience I could ever get.
This morning view...
Together with the cheerful chirping of the birds, with this breathtaking sunrise view, who wouldn't want to wake up early in the morning and excitedly wait for the sun to come out?
The relaxing view of the sea ...
After dealing with all the busy and stressful everyday lifestyles in the city, this view is one of the things I always look forward to in going home. And yeah, just a simple glimpse of this paradise is all it takes to regain my sanity.
The low tide and getting sea shells from it...
Mother nature offers a lot of food and my hometown is one of the blessed ones to have it free from the sea. I grew up hunting sea shells especially during summer because it's a long break from school. Now, this has been my bonding time with my dear sister every time I am home. Considering myself lucky to get to enjoy some of the perks of living in coastal towns.
Getting the delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables fresh from Mama's small garden in the backyard...
Who would not enjoy a farm-to-table cooking experience? Aside from getting it freshly picked, it also saves a lot of money (with me being frugal sometimes, Lol).
Reunited with lifelong friends...
These are my friends since elementary days and I can say our friendship has lasted many tests of time. One of them is my fellow hiver, @bluepark. It was good to have pinched a chunk of my time in spending with them while I was home. There were so many catching-ups to do.
The most beautiful sunsets are the ones closest to home...
Witnessing God's masterpiece in painting the sky with red and orange at the end of the day, with the ones I love is more dramatically beautiful.
A walk on the beach with my daughter...
She just turned one and she's starting to explore things on her own and one of them is walking. I may not always be with her but I was glad I get to spend with her this precious milestone, her first step, towards the walk of life.
These are just the things I always enjoy doing at home to name a few. Now I am back in the city and I'll lie if I say that I'm not feeling a bit sad about it, it feels like a piece of me is left back home forever, but I was grateful to have spent those irreplaceable moments with them. Looking forward to the time that I will be going home again and creating another beautiful memory with them, puhon.
Indeed @labanez there's no place like home in which you feel safe,secured and happy with your family.
Yes kaayo Ma'am, the times spent with them are always priceless.
Thank you Ma'am @simplechalyns for dropping by. ❤️
Your welcome @labanez. Keep safe always and God bless🥰
Such a wonderful feeling when we can go back to our home town. Have a safe trip @labanez
Thank you Ma'am @dehai, yeah the best feelings in the world, is going home. ❤️
Happy jud ang ferson ky nkauli. See you soon det. Laag na pod ta puhon hihi
Happy jud kaajo ren, wa makatupong, char! Haha! Bitaw, puhon puhon napud ren.
Ganahan lagi kos lubi nga nahirig.
Kanice gyud ta awn sa himokilan uy
Yeah, ang pinahirig jud nga lubi ang nakasamot pa nice sa view diring dapita, I̶n̶s̶t̶a̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ Hive-worthy na daw sya'g samot. 😁
Samot nag suruyon nato ang Himokilan jack, samot jud ka nice! Hehe
Ganda naman po sa place niyo, talagang there's no place like home talaga
Thank you @mooontivated❤️ , yeah sobrang ganda kaya lagi akong excites umuwi plus andun family ko, kaya 'no place like home' talaga 🥰
There is a different kind of happiness dwells in home that can not be found nowhither.
We don't need fancy cafes, expensive resorts to make beautiful memories our family members are enough to do that.
Enjoy your time with your loved ones.
Yes, indeed, the best things in life are free, as they say. And I realized that as I grow older.
Thank you @witheredspring ❤
😊😎🌈 awwwwww, your daughter is so precious! but why did u push over that tree?? :P
Haha, I felt I was Incredible Hulk for a while and I felt like pushing the tree because I got bored, so that's the result 🤣.
Thank you @Chinito 😊, belated Happy New Year to you!
No place like home 😜 you are All Beautiful ❤️
Woahhh! Thank you @sommylove 🥰
Ayy, magkababayan pala kayo ni Ate bluepark. Ganda nga ng lugar niyo teh. Kung meron lang sana madaming job opportunities sa probinsiya, di na natin kailangan lumayo pa.
Opo, magkababayan kami at childhood friends. Oo nga eh, looking forward na mag for good na ako dito para di na kailangan lumayo, ang lungkot kasi pag aalis kana ulit hehe. Thank you sa pagdaan @ayane-chan 🥰
There's no better place than home. That's what we usually like during long holidays season because we can have enough time to went home and reunite with our family members.
Yes @jenthoughts ,that's why for the holiday season is the most wonderful time of year, we can get to home and reunited with our loved ones. The best yung feeling. ❤️
Thank you Jen. 🥰
I envy you for being able to go home, I can't wait for me to go home.
Awwww, that's so sad to hear 🥺 I hope you can also have the time to go home and have some quality time with your family @tereneous 🙏
Indeed. It's not about the price of the coffee. It's more on the conversation and quality time we get from someone while we sip from our mug.
Ang ganda ng smile ni mother :))
Ingat sa pag uwi ate @labanez . Fighting lang!
Yung ngiti nya ang nagdala kaya naging mas matamis ang kape haha! Oo nga, habang patanda ako ng patanda, mas nagiging rare nalang yung moments na ganito, you know 'adulting'😞 kaya mas lalo ka na sya na a-appreciate ngayon.
Thank you @cli4d , ingat ka din lagi. ❤️
Truly, yung ngiti ni mother ang mas nagpatamis hahaha. Yes po, mas naappreciate ko na din yung mga ganto ngayon kesa dati na medyo bata-bata pa. I guess, nagmamature tayo at yung interest na din sa mga bagay-bagay nagshishift sa mga mas mahahalaga :))