Life In Contrast
As you read this post, I’m finally home. It may not be for a long time but I am blessed with 28 days to reunite with my love ones. It’s been 4 years since I saw my homeland. It is a huge contrast to what I remembered. It is also a wide contrast to the place where I chose to follow my dream. This week’s photo challenge is all about contrast. This is my version. A version of life and reality, of the past and the present, of remembering the lost memories of my youth and making new ones with my wife and son.
My son was all excited to see the Philippines particularly his parent’s hometown in the Panay Island. He heard about the fun and beauty of the place but now he will get the chance to see and experience them for himself. As he fastened his seat belt, he looked at me, smiled and said, ” Here we go dad. We are going to see grandma and grandpa in the Philippines.” Looking so delighted he then turned towards the window as the plane took off. We were both quiet for a while as we stared at the golden sunset.
We passed by Singapore’s Changi Airport. It was huge, clean and organized. They have a Koi garden as well as a rainforest themed garden surrounded by giant ferns. Both were beautiful. They have a section called the “Sanctuary” where you can rest and sleep. So tempting after 20 hours of flight.
A total contrast greeted us at the arrival area of the NAIA. It felt chaotic. There were so many people crowding the luggage claim section. Having 8 luggage was a challenge of wit, brain, muscle strength, even humor. It was hot and humid. Despite of the physical discomforts, the airport staff were helpful and courteous. My son did a great job adjusting to the new environment. He even tried to help as our luggage fell during a rapid descent. His face lit up when he saw his grandparents. He was all ready for his great adventure.
The pilot made an announcement. We finally landed in Iloilo City. I held my breath for a second. I can’t believe that I was truly home. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry when I saw my family, waiting for us at the local airport. At that moment, all the discomfort of the 2 days plane trip melted away. It felt good to once again hold our love ones.
Life may be of contrast when you are at the opposite ends of the Earth or when you have lived on both East and West. The extreme difference between a first world country to that of a third world, is beyond description. Beyond contrast, both extremes share the same beautiful sunset, of a love that holds no limits between families, of a hope that keeps families together and never giving up to life’s challenges. No matter what country we came from, we all share that need and longing for love and family.
I hope you enjoyed my late entry for this week. Remember to always hold close to your heart the home, the memories and the love you shared with your family.
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