September. It is the start of the “BER” months as we would refer to it in the Philippines.
September brings a lot of promise and excitement back home as it signifies cooler weather, which is not so much being in a humid, tropical country and the countdown begins for the biggest and most special holiday for many families.
I miss that feeling of exhilaration, and a little bit of pressure, as malls bring out their Christmas decorations early and play some Christmas carols to entice consumers to start their gift shopping early to avoid the rush. Companies start organizing their parties to book the best place for their employees and clients; and families plan their reunions.
But now, September only brings me anxiety, because here in Winter-peg, it’s the start of the BRR months.
The official start of Fall won’t be till the 22nd of September, but you can definitely feel it in the air already. The night temps have dropped, the wind is a bit chillier and the days are noticeably shorter. Don’t get me wrong, I like fall. I love how beautiful and colourful it can be. It is actually what comes after that fills me with dread.
For those who suffered from the severity of the past Winter, Summer felt absolutely short.
I know I have been an absentee blogger (again) these past couple of months and then I came across this blog from a fellow Filipina (the salt of your skin) who posted an open letter by a Filipino executive to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. I thought I had to share this with you.
My country has been hit hard by possibly the strongest recorded storm to make landfall and even though I am in Canada, I still feel the heartbreak that my people collectively feels towards the tragedy. But, we’re Filipinos, resilient and strong. We’ve gone through a lot of storms and always come back from them with renewed faith and strength. Continue reading Open Letter to CNN
The weather here in Winnipeg, Canada is starting to get to me. Spring has officially started last March, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. We’re still having cold temperatures and snow till yesterday! We’ve been looking forward to getting the garden ready, but with the cold and white stuff on the ground, I’m starting to wonder if we’ll even have Spring or just jump straight into Summer.
Then I see these videos to add to my already frazzled emotional state. Made me realize what I am missing.
These are just glimpses of how beautiful MY Philippines is. And I miss everything about it and all that it represents in my life. Yes, even the crowded malls, the traffic, and the pollution. it’s what makes it home 🙂
The beautiful skylines, the grand malls and the busy streets of the country’s capital.
Beautiful Palawan and the rich culture and history surrounding Manila, the Region’s capital.
I’ve taken the habit of listening to my iPod while driving. The familiar music soothes me and takes my mind off my anxiety while driving on slippery, snowy roads.
On my way to work this morning, I had my OPM (Original Philippine Music) playlist on with some of the bands and singers that I loved listening to while I was back home. This particular song kinda hit me deep.
Despite all the problems that seem to be never ending, “there is a blue sky waiting tomorrow full of hope”.
Listen to the music and read the lyrics. Hope it inspires you as much as it did me…
Been wanting to write about the current calamity that has befallen my beloved country, but not being there to experience it this time, I’m at a loss. This fellow Filipino blogger has painted a perfect picture for me, and more.
Please find the time to read through her post, see the devastation but also the light hearted Filipinos who could still smile and find beauty in the madness.