Manila Rain


I’m not in Manila but all this Seattle rain reminds me of home. If only it was a little bit warmer, I’d be outside jumping in puddles. Running around, doing cartwheels and even consider shampooing my hair in the rain. I’ve done that in Manila and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Reminds of me home.” I have been saying that a lot. When I say home, I still mean Manila. I’ve been here for almost 5 years now and I still don’t consider Seattle home? I am not sure anymore. Home is where my family is I guess. My home is with Nick and with my parents and brothers.

My heart longs for laughter and teasing with my brothers. Oh how I miss that. I was talking to one of my brothers the other day, we were teasing each other and laughing so hard. He says to me, “I wish you were here because I miss this.” I miss it too. And it hurts being away from them.

Last night I was talking to a friend about the dynamics of friendship and family in different cultures. I told her that I felt like I was walking on eggshells most of the time here in Seattle. People are too sensitive, take everything so seriously and personally. While I grew up in a culture where we just make fun of ourselves and it’s ok. We laugh about it. I can’t tease anyone here. And if I do, I’d get the, did-you-just-say-that look. I’d be removed from their friend’s list and will be ignored forever.

Maybe I just need a break from all this. It’s only a week and a few days ’til Oahu. I can’t wait to be in the sun and recharge my batteries.

It’s finally March!!

Time goes by quick and I like that.  Nick and I have been waiting for this month to arrive because it only means one thing, SPRING BREAK!!!

In just a few weeks Nick and I will get to escape dreary Seattle and soak the sunshine in Oahu. Oh the excitement in my bones. I can’t wait!

My heater at work is usually turned on full blast. I guess it’s my subconscious way of preparing myself for the heat that we will encounter in Hawaii.

We are excited to visit my cousin and her husband and see our little nephew as well. My cousin will only work one day on the week that we’re there so it is truly going to be a fun that we get to spend a lot of time together in the sun.

A part of the itinerary is going snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (pictured below). I remember my snorkeling experience in Mexico, seeing the sting ray swimming right below me. I was squealing through my snorkel out of excitement. Going on another snorkeling excursion is something to look forward to.

Hanauma Bay

I pray that the weather in Oahu cooperate. In Jesus name let there be no rain since that is exactly what we’re trying to escape from. haha! I can’t wait to relax, surf, hike, snorkel, spend time with family and enjoy it all with Nick.

This tropical lady is finally going to have some tropical sun!