My 2016 Philippines’s vacation was totally unplanned, but I really wanted to surprise my parents as all my siblings are working abroad and they will be coming home, the last time we are complete was 2012, kaya for sure this will be fun.
Though I don’t have much budget I pursue with my plans to surprise them.
My parents & older bro are totally clueless that I’m coming home, but yung youngest alam niya. Sya ang aking kasabwat.
Ang eksena, the youngest reached Manila 5 days before me and it happens that he has a lot of excess baggage na ako ang pinagdala niya. So he informed my parents that he will be meeting up his colleague in airport who will be coming as well, the one who carried all his excess things.
Nagulat ang aking Inay at Itay ng ako ang makita nila sa airport, sayang at yung video ng brother ko ay di niya na save 🙁 very emotional ang parents, specially Itay na napaiyak sa gulat. They are overwhelmed because they didn’t imagine na we will be complete as my eldest bro is coming as well 5 days from my arrival.
I brought few gifts for my family syempre, and some for my friends and relatives. But I know that it wouldn’t be enough kasi nga konti lang. But I don’t care I went home for my parents & sibs not for anyone.
Everything is fine,and super saya. We visited our relatives both sides, bonding with kababata and cousins, catching up all the good childhood memories. Parang laging may throwback.
I had the chance to meet few of my long time friends. But there is one irritating moment na akala ko I will not be affected, about a friend whom I haven’t seen for long but still has a communication through social media.
She supposed to attend our friend’s reunion but she didn’t show up.
She confirmed that she will be coming, so we waited for an hour. We are hopeful that she will be coming maybe a bit late, anyways we knew her that always PaVIP treatment.
Then one of my friend called her to reconfirm kasi nga it’s getting late na din, the following day would be my flight and I need to drive back home which is 2 hours away from their place.
Unexpectedly she asked my friend if I have pasalubong daw ba sa kanya, sadly, I don’t have. Kasi nga unplanned vacation naubos na yung mga dala ko sa pag bigay sa relatives, pamangkin and cousins and besides last day ko na yun in Pinas, sabi niya.
“ if may pasalubong sya I will go but if nothing I wouldn’t go”
So, I just pretended that I don’t give a damn care, and convincing myself that I’m not affected at all.
But deep inside I don’t know what to feel, kung maiinis ba ko sa kanya, maguguilty ako na bakit nga naman kasi wala akong dala, na parang Hello! why they will be wasting their time and effort to meet me kung wala naman akong ibibigay, what sense na nag pakita pa ko sa kanila. I’am really embarrassed that moment.
Good thing my real friends for decade comforted me, and assure me that they don’t care for those “pasalubong” what matters for them, despite of the distance and of my hectic schedule I still put an effort to meet them, the pasalubong is bonus lang.
I felt relieved and just continued our short bonding and kwentuhan, then umalis na din ako. I promised them that every time I’m in Pinas I will be visiting them.
That moment makes me remember this, iprioritize natin yung mga taong alam natin na mahalaga tayo sa kanila, hindi sa kung ano yung mapapala nila sa atin
instead sa simpleng bagay lang na, gusto lang nila tayong makita at makasama kahit saglit.
Kaya for our next vacation;
Stick to our plan – Kaya tayo nag bakasyon para sa family, so yun ang gawin spend our whole time with them and few times sa mga real friends natin. Give time din sa sarili, visit a doctor & dentist for check up dahil busy tayo working, minsan di na natin nabibigyan ng oras ang mga bagay na yan which is very important.
Stick to our budget – Don’t stress our self to much, if we don’t have much things to bring its OK. Kahit gaano pa kadami ang dala natin laging may kulang, laging may masasabi ang tao.
Don’t be shy kung wala– Pinoy always think that OFW has a lot of money when on vacation. It might be true, some really has an extra large amount which they save hardly to enjoy their vacation, some have an enough lang, budgeted na for how many days they will be staying. Alam na nila kung sino ang priority bigyan at kung saan gagamitin yung pera, so kung wala ka ng budget for one particular thing, don’t be shy na sabihing wala.
Don’t be shy to say NO – You cannot avoid those people na mag aalok sayo ng kung ano anong product and hoping na bibili ka kasi nga balikbayan for sure may pera. If you can afford it mas maganda nakatulong ka pa sa kapwa, but if its really out of your budget, don’t be shy to reject it in a nice way. Kung may masabi man sila wala na tayong magagawa dun.
Our vacation is so short, we have to spend it rightly, and use it wisely.
May mga irritating moment din ba kayo guys? share niyo naman 🙂