Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Life....

When we visited my family in 2012 we didn't actually spend as much time as I would have liked with most of them. That's because we planned a road trip which took most of our time. Since we were on the road majority of the stay, we weren't able to spend as much time in my childhood home.

During our recent trip, that's exactly what we did. We spent a lot of time in my childhood home. We actually stayed home too much that we got bored after a while. But it was somehow an 'eye opener' for me as well as my significant other.

On his part, he was finally able to experience 'real summer' back there. Both trips happened in April. But since we were in an air-conditioned car most of the time during our 2012 trip, we didn't really feel how hot it was. This time around, the air-con was only in our room. As soon as we stepped outside, it's hot. As a result, the AC in our room stayed on the whole day because it served as a reprieve from the heat. Every time he's overwhelmed he would run to what he called as his 'refuge from the heat'. Ha!

It's a totally different experience for me though since it's like a trip down memory lane for me. I've been away from home practically since I started college. I still went back on weekends until 1997 but for only a day or two. After that, I was barely home since I was working abroad. Still, the way of life I grew up knowing didn't seem to change much based on what I saw this time around. They still wake up in the crack of dawn to do chores and spend almost the whole day planning what to eat for the next meal. My DH was in awe as to how much my family cook and eat day in, day out. He's surprised that our regular lunch and dinner times here are actually snack time back there. LOL.

Life is simple there. Yes they have struggles [especially financially] but the simplicity of life is something I envy. I have a very simple life here but theirs is much simpler. They only have cellphones and of course TV and yes, radios. They don't have internet. My nieces only access FB through their cellphones. I actually like the lack of internet. Without it I am not tempted to browse and read news that affect me so much even if it shouldn't....like I do here on a daily basis...several times a day. It was a welcome change for me.

Now that I'm back home, I'm back to my old routine of just that...browsing online for things that I shouldn't be reading. I'm hoping I can cut back on that and just go back to that very simple life I've again experienced back home. I can only hope. Sigh....

So Much Has Changed

During our trip back home I couldn't help but notice that so much has changed since our last visit...and that was just 3 years ago. For one, there are more babies now than ever. Three years ago, there was only one baby. This time around, there are 3 more who are under 3. That baby 3 years ago is now in school and is in need of a stand for clarinets for his music class in school. Since when did they start offering clarinet lessons in school...in our barrio? When I was in school there, the only thing we learned in music class was G-clef. Now they offer different classes of different musical instruments. Good for them. At least kids today have more choices that we did way back when.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh Jet Lag Lah...

We went for a month long vacation middle of April. Spring was in full swing then. When we returned last week, spring is long gone and summer has taken its place. Can I say it's hot? Actually, it's hotter where we came from so it wasn't as bad when we got here.

Anyway, even before we left for that much needed vacation my blogging has been sporadic. I just can't seem to find my 'mojo' anymore. I stopped for a while when I was hit by a sudden loss of a friend. I tried to go back to it a few weeks after but I seem to be having a hard time. I'm trying and I'm hoping that in time I'll be able to blog as much as I used to.

At the moment, the little one and I are still experiencing jet lag. We've been sleeping well during the night since we arrived but we're still tired during the day. I would catch the little one napping every now and then so I try to wake her up to she won't have a hard time come sleeping time but it's hard since all I want to do is snuggle beside her instead of waking her up. Dad on the other hand is adjusting well with the time change. He didn't sleep on the plane on our flight back on purpose and that might be the reason for his quick recovery. The little one slept through the flight so she's having the most difficulty getting back into the groove. Hopefully  she'll be back on track before this week is over...

Unending Request

Good to be back. I was away for a while because I went to visit family back home. It was great to see everybody again. As usual I got a lot of 'requests' when I was about to leave. One of which is from my brother who doesn't seem to run out of requests when it comes to his band's needs. This time around he asks me to look for a groove production system that his band wants. I did and saw this native instruments maschine MK2 at musicians friend. I have no idea if they have the budget for it but I did what I was asked to do and it's up to them if they want to get or not. In all honesty, I really don't know if their band even need something like this since they're not even playing regularly. But knowing my brother, he probably just wants to see what's out there.