This is true.
But I do love coming back to my old home, my birth country to see all my loved ones, relatives and friends who stay true to me all these years!
Christmas time and New Year makes it more special, more fun and more exciting in the Philippines. Reliving the culture that I was grown up to, respect, love and happiness. I love seeing the familiar faces so happy to see me not because of my gifts (that I am sure of) asking us about our old life, new life and new culture here in the UAE. Over feeding us with so many dishes you can see on their long table until your stomach hurts. I miss those foods as it is uncomparable to where we are now. I miss the laughter I hear from my friends and family. The “Family” that can extend up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity! I miss being a child as I visit every house of my aunt and uncles so many of them I cannot count on my fingers, playing with my cousins and for my child now playing with his 2nd cousins really bring some sparks in his eyes and sadness too when it is time to say goodbye until we meet again.
Festival of Lights @MOA
Oh, how can I forget the love and sadness of their faces until we meet again? I do love coming back to my old home. Going back there reliving good memories of the past, I am blessed to have a good childhood and I thanked my parents for that. Now I want to do the same for my son. Though we don’t have family in NZ and now UAE, if we can help it we go overseas to see them and being in the moment and storing it in his memory bank that will last a lifetime. Being an expat this is the only thing we can do to include families in this special events and into our life and creating good memories growing up.
“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree” by Roy L. Smith