A Tourist in Your Homeland

Angelanne777 By Angelanne777, 29th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Twelve years overseas is a long, long time to be away from home. Your nephews and nieces which you left as kids have become young men and women; quiet subdivisions had become bustling city points teeming with motorcycles, street foods, sidewalk vendors; familiar places had become unrecognizable; even some people had become indistinguishable.

You feel like a tourist in your homeland. What memory stuff left with you will have to be exchanged for a new plate of people, places, and things. Families and neighbors had wrinkled, children had blossomed into teens, rocky roads cemented, the broom of motorcycles dominate the once quiet avenues, traffic had worsened, food, fare, and items’ prices had shot up, and the pollution had gone from bad to worst. The air smells of fume that suffocates you. Like a hurricane, all these things are turning around and around trying to consume you and you wanted to scream and go back to your safe comfort zone, somewhere familiar.

But that was just a feeling in the beginning. Maybe not all overseas workers felt the same when they went for their vacation. Maybe because some of them had not been away for so long. The best things about being back home is the love and warmth of the family waiting for you. The unshakeable excellent cooking of Grandma, the endless chatter with Dad, Mom, siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles, and neighbors. Another exciting thing is having reunions with old friends. You were all single when you left and now most of you are hitched. The catching up is non-stop and endless. In return, a small token of your “pasalubongs” (souvenirs) you bring for family and friends can melt many hearts. Aside from your old familiar face, your souvenirs are the second thing they look forward to when you go home. And that’s a positive reality.

If you include going out of town or into provinces in your vacation itinerary, you will really appreciate the heart-stopping views of mountains, forests, seas, and hills. Nature will just captivate you. You embed those views on your memory bank so that whenever you feel the darkness and loneliness abroad, those sights, people, and experiences will be your shining light to ease your homesickness. You will just have to close your eyes and retrieve those memories alive. And the best tip is to open your mobile or albums and browse the living imprints of those memories.

Home may not have all the comfort of a sheltered life abroad such as 24-hour air-conditioning at rented home, in your transport, and workplace, cheaper food price and items (just don’t convert ), less places to go…practically, an overseas worker’s life will mostly comprise a home-work-home routine. But being in your homeland would mean hot weather, expensive electricity, air and noise pollution, traffic nightmares, etc.; but is also where love, family, friends, lots of places to go to. It just feels great to be home.

No matter what happens there is always a reason to come back. We are only sojourners in a foreign land. Your homeland will always haunt you or call you. Somewhere in between a void is left for your home, no matter how many days or years you’ve been away or settled in a foreign land. It will always beckon back. It may remain frozen for some time, but your heart will always desire to find its way home. Because it is where your heart is.


By: Anne Galzote


Home, Overseas Filipino, Overseas Filipino Workers, Philippines

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