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Where I Belong

On a recent trip to one of my favorite places, I found myself standing in front of the ocean and listening to my heart one early morning.

“I missed this,” I told myself as my eyes traced the to and fro movement of the blue strip of water in front of me and the soothing crashing of the waves put me at ease. The boundless water stretched in glory stood between me and the horizon. Where does the ocean begin? Where does it end? I often wondered about these when I was a child.

As I stood on the wooden bridge watching the graceful unfolding of a new day in the place that raised and nurtured me, I breathed in the familiar salty sea air and said a prayer of gratitude in silence. There is nothing like being in the place that brings memories of summer time, of golden rice stalks, of fishermen arriving at the seashore with smiles on their face, of children giggling during an early morning swim, of days of love and being part of other people’s lives, of being young and life being so simple. I sure miss those days.

This is the place I can always go back to, a place that will always welcome me in its loving embrace, a place that blesses me, a place that is home to the soothing waves that can wash away even my deepest scars, a place where I can hear God’s voice at its loudest.

The light was growing around me and I felt the heat of the sun, signaling it was time to go home and indulge in a hearty breakfast of champorado and daing (I prefer daing over tuyo). Walking back to the town that was slowly stirring from deep slumber, I heard the ocean sing its song once again. I knew it was a farewell song for me.

(Reblogged from June 2009)

Posted 5 years, 5 months ago at 4:09 pm.


37 Replies

  1. I love this. I felt all the more homesick and nostalgic. I love how there are so much sentiments portrayed in the article yet it is calming.

    Spanish Pinay

  2. Hi SP,
    This post reflects the sentiments I was feeling the day I wrote this πŸ˜‰ And I am happy that you loved this and you sensed calmness.

  3. parang sentimyento ko lang. πŸ™‚

    ang sarap talaga ng pakiramdam pag nakakauwi.

  4. hahaha! Madalas tayong magkapareho ng sentimyento, Ani πŸ™‚

    Yes, masarap kaya uuwi ka lagi sa inyo πŸ˜‰

  5. I want to go home too… But I leave in a fractured existence, having stowed away luggage in different homes; places where I have settled and have the longing to return. I leave my other homes when I visit another. And whenever I am in another, I cannot help but think of the other homes I have left behind.

    And each home somehow serves a purpose – the closest in the present now will be the one that answers a need…

    Nice post Miss N… πŸ™‚

  6. Very well said, Mark. Yes, the one that serves a purpose—I have a home like that in the busy and chaotic metropolis πŸ˜‰

  7. There’s no place like home. I feel the same whenever I’m home. Like all the worries were suddenly gone and my heart is lite.

  8. You surely knows how it feels to be home, Sey πŸ˜‰

  9. Awww! Ang sarap talaga ng buhay probinsya! Tuwing umuuwi ako sa Laguna feel na feel ko ang tahimik na lugar. Tipong sa gabi ay maririnig ang kokak ng palaka. Dito sa manila yung palakang wallet na lang ang nakikita ko.

  10. Natawa ako sa “palakang wallet” :)Takot ako dun. Totoo ba talagang palaka yun na pinatuyo?

  11. despite the fact that i am with my family here, this post just made me feel more homesick. i felt the need to rush home. *deep sigh*

  12. Dalawin mo uli ang Pinas, Doc Gelo πŸ˜‰

  13. ganda! πŸ™‚ hello… ^_^

  14. hehehe hello rin πŸ™‚ kala ko sasabihin mo po: kainaman πŸ™‚

  15. nahomesick din tuloy ako ms n kahit na wala malapit na kasing ganda ng meron sa inyo. naimagine ko lang yun tunog ng mga dahon ng puno ng mangga, yung tunog ng gecko, yung amoy ng lumang kahoy. haaay..

  16. Naks naman, talagang probinsyang-probinsya ang mga description na ibinigay mo, Jaid.

  17. I used to live in a place like this, where am so near the beach, picking clams and other sea shells day & night, where I don’t have to buy fish but were given a few by friendly fishermen, really miss the place! πŸ™‚

  18. Wow, sarap naman nun! Libreng fish talaga sa inyo?

  19. .. di mo pa rin ipagpapalit yung lugar na kinalakihan mo.

  20. Very true, Rob. Very much true. Kumusta? Na-miss kita dito πŸ™‚

  21. ang sarap dumungaw sa bintana ng iyong website, napakaganda ng tanawin.

  22. Carla! Na-miss kita! πŸ™‚ Maraming salamat sa iyong pagbabalik πŸ˜‰

  23. awts…

    uy parang ako lang ah….

    wala ng gaganda pa sa sariling bayan mo.

    sabi nga nila “its more fun in the phils”.

    miss ko na din ang beaches sa pinas…

    napadaan lang miss n….

    nice post poh….

  24. Uwi ka na kasi. Tagal ka pa ba dyan sa UAE? Good luck sa bagong work.

  25. tama there is no place like home.
    My mom and sister will go home sa Samar this May 1. Sayang hindi ako makakasama. If ever nakasama ako, this would be my 2nd visit since I was a kid.

  26. Jeanny, uwi ka rin minsan. It’s a different experience naman πŸ™‚

  27. Keeping my fingers crossed….sana next year. Would like to see Biri rock formation πŸ™‚

  28. Daliiiii! Punta na ng Biri, Jeanny! πŸ™‚

  29. Ms. N pahingi naman ng daing!

  30. Sure! Penge ako mailing address mo, padalhan kita tatlong sako ng daing haha!

  31. na-miss ko na naman ang probinsya.

  32. Uwi na muna, MP πŸ™‚

  33. nice shots.. i hope someday, makarating din ako ng negros oriental

  34. You sure will, fallenrhainnes. Someday, you will πŸ˜‰ Lapit lang ang Negros Oriental, my dear.

  35. how i wish i could set foot in this beautiful place! πŸ™‚ I love the falls! looks really inviting!

  36. Thanks, wandershugah. Go na,bisitahin ang Siquijor;)

  37. nice shot..and touching

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