MY MAN

He is the self-made man I very well know of. He doesn’t act on impulse nor does he make any indecisive decisions. When confronted with fear and threat, he remains focused and calm. He seldom gets mad and he rarely raises his voice . And for someone like me who has known him for years now, I’ve come to master his silence. Just like my siblings, I too can sense his uneasiness or his weariness when he keeps his peace.

My father is a man of sense. He talks to us with full of wisdom to share.  But his seriousness when he speaks  is often mistaken for stiffness. But don’t be deceived, there’s more to him  than what meets the eye.  Daddy is someone who knows how to laugh and dance and sing. He’s a very good entertainer. In fact, whenever there would be a chance, he would even sweep away my mother’s feet. And we just simply adore him for his candid sweetness.

I remember, when I was still a little kid and my dad a bit younger, he actually kept a healthy lifestyle. He used to go on long walks if not jogging. He was really athletic when he was at his prime of life. But a strong man that he is, my father always restrain himself from giving us a beating. He would rather talk to us than hurt us physically.  His scolding, I say, is worse than our butts getting hit.  He speaks to us  in a subtle manner — no sugar coating whatsoever yet direct and brutally honest. And maybe because he rarely gives his grave remarks that whenever he lectures us,  his words would feel like blades that pierce through our hearts.  And I think that because of this we’ve learned how to be in our best behavior when he’s around if not all the time.

Truth is, my father is the exact opposite of my mother. My mother is like an open book. She’s relatively easy to read and comprehend.  Daddy, on the other hand, is quite complex. You have to know him for a long time to be familiar with him. He seldom shows his vulnerability and he doesn’t like to be seen that way. And honestly, I’ve never really seen him cry my entire life that’s why I was surprised to see him wiping away his tears during our recent trip.

It happened when we were on a family vacation. We went to my grandfather and grandmother’s grave in Surigao del Sur and there, he let his tears flow freely. He was sorry because he wasn’t able to come to my grandfather’s  funeral and  he was sorry because it took him five years before he came to visit. I felt sad. In a split second, I couldn’t breathe properly. My heart seemed like it was being crushed and my throat felt dry and hurt. I knew it, I was about to cry too. I was just so touched that I decided to rush back to our van and hide. I thought that it would be too embarrassing for him if he’d also see me cry. It was my first to witness him that way. I almost forgot that he was also my grandfather’s child. And that, he too misses his father like the way we are to him.

My father isn’t perfect that I am sure of. He is flawed like any other human being. But he is someone I am very proud of. He may not be with us all the time but for me, he is still the best dad there could ever be in this universe.  To have him as my father is a privilege and I wouldn’t have it in any other way; I hope that for having me as his daughter, he would also feel proud.

Belated Happy Fathers Day Dad!!!  Remember to take care always.  To my late grandfather, belated Happy Fathers Day too! I know my Dad is missing you everyday of his life. You are to him, the best Tatay too.

Again, to my father, to the man I have known my whole life, remember that I will continue to love you just the way you are. Always and Forever.

Hugs and Kisses all the way from the Philippines.

–XOXO–

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Just Because…

Hong Kong  is undoubtedly a wonderful place to visit that’s why I’d like to share my experience with you. I was there because it was a post graduation gift to me. And I was lucky to be with a few more people to enjoy this trip .

Shortly after we arrived in HK, our group was billeted in Largos hotel situated at Nanking Street. The area was near Nathan Road where everyday it is always busy and crowded with people. And yet even with the hustle and bustle of the place, you don’t  hear vehicles honking their horns. If only Filipinos can do the same.

Our trip there was only for five days and four nights. Two days of which, we spent touring the city and the ever famous Disneyland. With our guide, Mr. Lof, we were able to see Avenue of Stars, Aberdeen, Hong kong Island, J.W. Jewellery, and a certain Chocolate Factory.

The rest of our days we explored the streets of Mong kok,  Jordan,  Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsuen Wan, and Prince Edward. Through the public transportation i.e. the MTR, we went  to the street markets (including the ladies and electronic markets) found  in Mong kok area where most of us bought some souvenirs.

It was a short vacation but it was a privilege for me. I no longer complained that I never got to see the Ocean Park or  the Wax Museum for I was just very thankful that I was  given the rare chance to travel abroad. All I can say is that indeed,  Hong Kong’s a wonderful place to be. 🙂

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(Just Because)…it’s a nice view from our hotel

(Just Because)…the streets of Kowloon were a good place to walk by

(Just Because)…we lined up more than an hour to be photographed with Mickey and Minnie

(Just Because)… she’s Maggie and I was hoping she would look  the tiniest bit like Maggie Wilson

(Just Because)…he’s a world-famous star

(Just Because)…I’ve seen this place in a Hollywood movie

(Just Because)…Disneyland is almost every child’s dream

(Just Because)…she’s Cinderella

(Just Because)…I am hoping that Manila’s MRT can catch-up with Hong Kong’s MTR in the future

(Just Because)…we went all the way from Jordan to Central just to see the Black Man

(Just Because)…we saw our reflection up on the ceiling outside LV’s shop

(Just Because)…I feel like doing jump shots.

(Just Because)… the castle of Sleeping Beauty looks stunning especially at night.

(Just Because)…there’s Jollibee in Central

(Just Because)…I found it amusing how it was meant to be misspelled. or not!

(Just Because)…the airport’s really nice

(Just Because)…the tram was something new to me

(Just Because)…we stayed at Largos Hotel