I’m back for weeks now.
I’ve been back in my home country for almost three weeks now. What I’ve been doing was visiting and meeting my relatives and friends. For my first week, I arrived in Cebu City where I stayed so I could be with my family- parents, and siblings. On that week too was my sister’s birthday so we celebrated it with a few of her friends. I bought her a cake since she asked for it.
Back to Cebu, my first plan was to eat in restaurants/fast foods that I missed so dearly while I was in Thailand. Can you guess the first one I ate? Well, of course, it’s Jollibee. I don’t know why there is still no Jollibee in Thailand considering the number of Filipinos there. But, I truly missed the chicken joy, sweet spaghetti, jolly hotdog (which they usually serve after 15-20 minutes) and burger. On my second day, I bought a jolly hotdog, then a different meal the next day and a different one and another one until I ate them all again. Ha! That’s how serious I am about Jollibee meals.
But aside from Jollibee, I’ve also visited Sbarro for their Chicago white pizza and other Filipino restaurants. One thing I find different between Thai and the Filipino people is their food preferences. And maybe, those Filipinos living in Thailand right now will also agree with me when I say that Thai people are healthy eaters. They prefer vegetables and fruits more than meat. On the contrary, we Filipinos love to eat meat, don’t we?
Like in more than one instance in our dining table our food consists of fish, chicken or pork partnered with rice. I love fish so I have always requested it in every meal but for pork and chicken, I would say no. Honestly, I am worried that I will gain weight which always happens to me or to anyone I know who goes back to the Philippines. But for it to not happen, I try to do any forms of exercises like dancing, running, etc.
Time for some catching up.
I have so many relatives so as much as possible, I visit each one of them and catch up. It feels nice to see them again to be surprised by the changes in their lives. My little cousins are not so little anymore. They’re even taller than me. Ha! My aunts and uncles aren’t as young as I remember them to be. My friends have their own families now or dreams they want to achieve too. But most especially, I was inspired by all the stories I heard about their ups and downs in the years that I wasn’t physically around. I think, especially in the Philippines where life can get very difficult sometimes. They told me what they have been through and how they get on with life. They’re truly inspirational to me.
For this first two weeks that I am back home, I am thankful for everyone’s help for me to adjust slowly back to Pinas life. I am exposed again to Filipino culture and tradition and everything related to the Philippines. It’s exciting but at the same time terrifying because of the uncertainties of the future. However, I feel more comfortable here than abroad because I know that whatever happens to me, I have my family and relatives’ support.
That is all for my life update for now. If you are also an OFW before who is back to Pinas, please let me know and comment down below. I think it will be nice to have someone to chat with about the adjustments that are going on during the transition period back to our home country.