The long break: tracing back my roots... what have you done?
November 2, 2007 12:31pm CST
Hello guys! As you can see, in the Philippines the past few days entailed 2 long weekends (last weekend and this weekend) because of the Barangay Election last monday and because of All soul's and saint's days. Going back to my topic. This vacation somehow helped me realized a lot of things. I was already in Mindanao last friday because I was asked to represent our side of the family during my grand uncle's burial. When I reached South Cotabato last saturday, for the first time in mylife, i did not have immediate relatives who would shoo me to greet my cousins, uncles, aunts, and grand-relatives. I was in a way force to introduce myself to relatives who were familiar to me. After going to South Cotabato, I went back to Davao. All i did there was like chat with my cousin who's my age, and just stayed at my cousin's home. We went to the mall but basically I was too lazy to really spend the night on a gimmick. I went to visit our "house", since it is being rented to family friends. Then came october 31, i went to south cotabato again to eventually celebrate the day of the dead on the nov. 1, i then left so. cotabato that night. As i contemplate on my travel during the long break, I realized that i need to trace my roots back. There's this part of me wanting to tell my immediate family to somehow reinvest their "wealth" back to the place that we will always call home. Going there on my own was somehow an ALONE experience. Happy memories flashed back, and it was too overwhleming. I realized that inspite and despite of the fact that I have been residing in Luzon for eleven years, Tupi, South Cotabato and Davao City will always be home. No matter what, we tend to go back to the place where we all started things out... where we built the foundation of who we are now. The long break taught me to appreciate my roots, it somehow brought me back to the fact that i should be doing something to the place where i will always belong. How about you? What have you done during those days?
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2 Nov 07
Well I'm glad that you somehow took the opportunity to visit your relatives in the province, as I have missed visitng some on my mother's side. My mom's from Aklan and Pop's from Capiz/Iloilo, but haven't been to my father's province yet. I have met lots of relatives on my mother's hometown, I even took a one hour walk and half an hour hike to simply get to know more on some of those relatives who lives far away from their place. It was fun, but also tiring since you have to remember who they are and what their name's are!;)
2 Nov 07
Yes, it is quite tiring to remember their names. What was really in my short visit was I blessed somebody's hands, they knew me, but I did not have any idea who they were, until i asked a cousin when we were more than 20 meters away who those people were. It turned out that they were my relatives from the other side of the family. :)
2 Nov 07
Hahaha! I really would like to quote something from Paulo Coelho... but then I am not so good with quoting long lines. Let's just put it this way, everything we do (whether we color our drawing books, put the puzzles together, etc.) is in a way affecting the universe. The very fact that completing the jigsaw puzzle has taught you patience, it also has affected you through instropection. While putting each piece logically together, you have seen something about yourself in each piece. :) Cheers!