Puerto Princesa in Film

 

I remember the day we booked our tickets for this trip as if it had just happened. It was a rainy December afternoon and I was stuck in traffic with Ralf. I was mindlessly scrolling through my emails when I came across PAL’s announcement for their annual holiday seat sale. I scrambled to sit upright on my seat. I clicked the link and checked our dates for our Palawan trip. Our roundtrip airfare only cost P1600 inclusive of taxes! I opened our Telegram group chat immediately and typed with the speed of light.

“GUYS. ETO NA. SEND ME YOUR DETAILS.”

One by one, the personal details started pouring in. Prior to this, I had never booked a flight through PAL’s mobile website so it was a bit of a challenge since there were 5 tickets in total that I had to buy and not mess up any information. I read it again once, then twice, and one final time before I hit the PURCHASE button. A familiar email ringtone later and I had it: the tickets to our first high school barkada trip together (ever).

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You Can Do It.

Now’s the time for us to have faith in what we can do.
No need to fear, cause now’s the time to have faith in what we can do.

My sister said this morning, “Listen to this song. It should be our theme song.” And I didn’t think much of it until I heard the song for myself. Let’s just say, I felt the need to listen to it more than 6 times in a row.

So to all those who are feeling stuck because of the struggle of 2016, this is for you.

On that day in the car

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We sat there, quietly making our way along a highway that we’ve passed a million times before. The song comes on and I start tearing up while thinking of everything that we were letting go off and leaving behind. I look at you as if it were the last time and you were crying as well.

Despite everything, all the fights, the tears, the screaming… despite knowing that this was the only way, we held on to each other like we always used to do. We said nothing because we already knew what didn’t need to be put into words.

Nobody said it would be easy leaving the person you loved most.

 

Life Update (9/28/16)

Finally some time to squeeze in a quick life update.

We’ve officially surpassed the midpoint of our USA trip. As of the moment, Ralf and I have travelled from Manila to Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, Washington D.C., Orlando and back to LA. All those places in a span of 25 days.

We have visited places like LACMA, the Flatiron building, Madison Square Garden, The Met, Top of the Rock, the US Capitol, Great Falls Park, Disneyworld, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Sta. Monica Pier… just to name a few.

And I finally finished my citizenship papers! After months and months of working with Sandi, making plans and discussing the procedure, I’m finally getting my Filipino passport this November!

Tomorrow we leave for San Francisco to see Ralf’s tita and her daughter via JetBlue and will be coming back to LA after the weekend.

This trip has been incredibly tiring so far but so rewarding. We’ve met old friends and new friends along the way, seen so many new places and heard so many stories. Many things have also happened, to us and to people around us since we left the Philippines. In due time these will all be shared here on the blog.

But ’til then this will have to suffice. Expect tons and tons of photos and videos up on the new Youtube page: Jamie Sees

Stories from 9/11

We were driving home from a long day in Manhattan when we saw the lights. Every year on the anniversary, these two massive beams shoot up to the sky to remind everyone what happened on that tragic day, 15 years ago. My aunt, who was driving us back to Long Island, started sharing stories about what happened to her and the people around her.

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