We’re Back

Yes, we’re back in good old Melbourne and loving it. We’ve actually been back since Monday but four days onward I’m still feeling a bit sluggish. Our three-week vacation over the holidays in the Philippines was okay even though it didn’t exactly meet my extremely high expectations.

Let me explain. I left for Australia in November of 2000 and I haven’t spent Christmas in the Philippines since the last one. That’s six Christmases spent abroad. I have very fond memories of Christmas and New Year’s Eve growing up. Whenever the Christmas season rolled in, I would look back on those fond memories and think of how I’m missing out on all the fun.

And so, I was very excited to spend Christmas at home again after all this time. My expectations were unrealistically high, in fact. I guess, in retrospect, I was just setting myself up for some bit of disappointment. It’s like I’m expecting that this recent Christmas should match or trump the best ever memories I have of past Christmases. Not to say that the recent holiday season was bad, though. It just didn’t feel more fun than past ones.

Maybe it was because there weren’t as many street light decorations as before. Maybe because not all of my closest relatives were in the Philippines to celebrate the holidays with us. Maybe I’ve just grown too old for it all. Or maybe, I unrealistically wanted a recreation of a cherished memory of Christmas and didn’t get it.

However, I still loved that fact that I was able to spend the holidays with my Dad, Mom and little brother (who isn’t all that little anymore). I missed them being away from home for so long and I was glad to have been able to spend those few precious days under the same roof with them again.

Although my overall trip home had been somewhat stressful and had not meet my great expectations, I was still glad to have spent some time with my family again.

I’ll write up the more interesting experiences we had during our vacation in later posts. And thanks to everybody who had wished us well on our trip.

Published in: on January 12, 2007 at 7:38 am  Comments (10)  

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  1. :)) Totoo nga. Nabawasan ng kilo dahil sa kakapawis.

  2. Di rin ako nag-gain nabawasan pa nga ng 2 kilos kasi ba naman habang kumakain ka tumutulo na rin pawis mo! hahahaha

    Mabuti naman kahit medyo maraming hassles nagenjoy pa rin kayong mag-asawa. Medyo matagal na siguro kaming family makabalik sa atin. Medyo maraming gastusin sa ngayon.

    Naaalala ko lang umuwi kapag gusto ko ng mangga. Iba kasi ang lasa ng mangga dito.

  3. Hi Marissa, sorry sa late reply a. Ngayon ko lang natingnan yung mga comments ulit. And yeah, namiss ko pa rin talaga yung food. So panay kain kami talaga pag-uwi. Buti na lang at nangayayat pa rin ng kaunti despite that.

    But yeah, I’m so glad to be back. 🙂

  4. Namissed ko magbasa ng mga kwento ninyong dalawa.

    Ganoon talaga kapag nagbakasyon sa atin medyo stressful. Totoo yung sinabi mo tungkol sa nakaraan. Ako din akala ko pareho pa rin ng dati. Pero sa dismaya ko wala na yung dati. Marami ng nagbago – yung mga taong kakilala ko pati ang hitsura nagbago. Ang konsolasyon na lang natin, nandoon ang pamilya natin.

    Ang gusto ko noong umuwi sa atin, yung mga fruits kasi namiss ko talaga yun. Katulad ng santol, mangga at kung ano-ano pa.

    Welcome back! Enjoy sa katahimikan ng Australia…..

  5. Thanks guys. 🙂

  6. :d

  7. happy new gj and raquel! at least you had the chance to visit the Philippines again, and your family. expect the unexpected, goes the cliche.

    it’s good you’re back to Melbourne safe.

  8. Welcome back to you both!

    I agree with what you’re saying about unrealistic expectations, and I think it’s also that thing of knowing your time is limited and wanting to ‘cram in’ as much as possible/make the very best of the limited time you have. I have found this to be the case even just going up to Sydney to see my family. It took a few visits before I realised that you just have to relax and enjoy it for what it is.

    Anyway, all the best for 2007!

  9. Thanks Alma. Yeah, we should go have lunch or something somewhere west. Sama na rin sina Ramil and Janine. 🙂 Para masaya.

  10. Hi Raquel & Geejay,

    Welcome back. Miss reading your posts.

    Hope to see both of you more this year….

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