|Davao People's Park|
I am home and away. In my silent moments, I just could not help myself longing for home. The simple life, family, the friendly people, friends, the genuine laughter, the family gathering, the food, the sand, the sea and sun, the karaoke, are barely few of those panoramas, which remind me that there is indeed better reason to come home. Life is so different when you work and live in a land you could never call your own. And I say this time after time, there is no better place on Earth other than my native land.
Well, there are hundreds of reasons to miss the
, particularly my hometown Philippines . Living in the Davao for many years now with my wife and two children, this longing has never changed. The vision of coming home for good, remains the backbone of our plan as a family. And we have to save hard, sacrifice much, and work tough, to make that dream promising. UK
Do not get me wrong. I do not intend to discourage anyone who wished to experience life in other countries. After all, my family began with that same aspiration and we are always thankful for the opportunity. And if there is a good break to go abroad, then by all means take hold of it. But do not be frenzied so much with high expectations. Remember, it is poles apart when you go for a holiday or go out of the country to work. If the dream is to make life better, which is obviously to obtain financial freedom after sometime, then you have to work doubly hard and save as much as you can. Otherwise, you only shatter your own target. (I actually need to write a separate article about LIFE ABROAD next time).
Let me get back to the track and continue my thoughts about why my home country is irreplaceable. The more than seven thousand islands of our archipelago is one of a kind dwelling, to diverse beauty and culture. Within this diversity are flavours of both sophisticated and exotic Filipino cuisine, sundry colour of tribes and ancestry, cultural festivals throughout the year, longest Christmas celebration, the richness of spirituality, the love for our elders, and most importantly the presence of community character that makes each individual known and significant in the society. Aside from that, there are more simple things that I truly miss especially food…beach…food…beach…food…and food.
In Davao City for example, I could sense the crowd of students and employees alike, and the inviting smell of hot caramelized banana-Q waiting at the stalls along Bonifacio St., near the University of Mindanao Campus, and the UBE-Q (yam), CAMOTE-Q (sweet potato), plus the healthy, thirst quenching zest of BUKO JUICE or pomelo juice or pineapple juice or durian shake. Still along this stretch, I also miss the golden brown ‘KWIK-KWIK’ alongside, mixed vinegar and hot chilli sauce, with few pieces of thinly (or rather thickly) sliced cucumber. Late in the afternoon, walking down San Pedro St near the Davao City Hall, stalls of mouth watering pork B-B-Q are all lined-up, with loud barkers who would either drag you inside the ‘carenderia’ or push you unto the seats before asking your order. (There are many of these B-B-Q stalls around Metro Davao, I am not certain now if these are still located in the areas I mentioned). It is funny and I absolutely missed it. The food stops near the University of the Immaculate Conception. These became my second dining space for more than a decade, when I was still a student until I worked as a college instructor in UIC. There maybe food stalls in the UK but not as exciting as the ones in my home.
TIMES BEACH GRILLS
What about that the array of food choices in this coastal dining place. The pick and grill option, the ‘KINILAW’, excellent ‘SINIGANG’, B-B-Q (again), and whilst dining, the gushing sounds of ocean waves join the ingenious beats of local rap songs from group of young kids, who politely ask if they can serenade us with their own composition. It is fantastic and I missed it so bad.
EAT ALL YOU CAN
FRUIT and MORE
It really feels like a paradise when you are here. The fine white sand and the crystal clear water are the best features of this beach park in the Garden City of Samal. Barely 20 minutes by boat from the
, my wife and I just loved this place and have spent some of our intimate times here. The food is both affordable and terrific, and the amenities around the resort simply regard our needs throughout our stay. We look forward to take our two young boys here in the future. Sad to say, they have not been to the beach yet. Davao City
These are just few things to recall why I always love my native land. Life in my hometown may be so simple and plain. I may be able to change my colour which I have no plan at all, and the accent when I speak. Or I may be able to change my name and citizenship, but I know there is a better reason to come home, because it is the only place in the world that I can call my own.