This conclusion of my CDO blog entries will probably be just a short one. Our fourth and last day was spent on travel back to Manila. We prepared early in the morning, woke up around 4am, took a shower and ate breakfast with my tito and cousins. We made a promise that we’ll go to the beach next time. I was a bit sad finally realizing it’s the last day of our vacation, eventually thinking how many years would it take to visit my birthplace again. This made me rant much more! While having our breakfast, my tito is giving his usual instructions to my cousins, for he will be working in Dubai for another year. His six children will again live the life on their own without him. As much as my tito hated to leave them without the aide of their mom, (who left them for another man, slip of tongue here) he is confident that my cousins will be able to carry out things responsibly. Anyway, so much for that drama thing. You wouldn’t want to know the whole story behind it.
As my statuesque and hunky cousin Mark (I refuse to call him by the nickname we fondly call him by, because he’s all grown up now) informed us that the cab is already waiting outside, we all checked our things and headed to where the taxi is, my heart growing heavier and heavier as the sight of it clearly zapped me into thinking it’s time to leave. We then gave each other a tight tight hug and a warm warm kiss as we all said goodbye. Tears began to well on my cousin Raine’s eyes, that’s why I right away went inside the cab to somehow control my own eyes in doing the same. I will really miss them all! (sighs)
When we arrived at the airport, it’s still closed. We waited in front then the guard instructed us to form a line. They opened the gate after 30minutes and after doing the usual stuff, we proceeded to the pre-departure area. First thing I did was to buy the pasalubongs my friends and officemates requested. Good thing most of the ones they want are available. If not, I’d be doomed! After spending a bit too much on the pasalubong, I went back to the waiting area and found myself bitten by the sleepy bug. Few more minutes and I’m off to Wonderland. When finally it’s time to board the plane, the sad feeling I had suddenly turned into depression. I WANT TO STAY! It’s like something’s holding me back. If only not for work, grrr! Or if only I can take a month or at least two weeks off. It’s just sad that I’ll be leaving in a gloomy kind of way.
Inside the plane, I was able to sleep the entire time. I woke up about 15 minutes before taking off, thoughts on my head shouting loudly saying the need for me to come back. I later formulated a plan to come back and probably stay there for a month. This will be possible, I think, if I don’t have my job anymore, perhaps. But I will really really would love to come back! And I will, I swear.
When we finally landed in Manila, the heat welcomed us right away. We are so totally back, whew! After claiming our baggage, we then said goodbye to my tito. He will just wait for his another flight which is to Hongkong, then to Dubai. After that, I somehow felt happy that despite the very short vacation, what’s important is that I got to see my cousins and relatives. Ika nga nila, “There’s always a next time!”
After roughly two hours and probably the most stressful traffic we’ve ever encountered, we made it to go home! I don’t want to discuss the disgusting cab ride we had in details because it will totally ruin this whole thing. Instead, I will just post the pasalubongs we bought as the last part of this blog entry.
Piniato, barquillos de kasuy & mangosteen pastillas
boxes of uber yummy Pastel
and tabon-tabon for pop
And as a parting shot, here’s a collection of pictures I did on Imkimi which pretty much defined my CDO moments, as to how I enjoyed it.
‘Til my next vacation vacation entry! 😉