A HOME, away from HOME
“There is no place like HOME” – is the famous line one usually says when they are finally back home especially for the Filipino expats. Living miles away from my most comfortable crib for almost a year, excites me to feel the exact feeling while saying these words. For now, I still have three months to go. However, heaven is so good for not making me wait too long. In this blog, I will share two of my experiences which made me feel like I’m at home in Fukuoka.
1.Saturday family bonding
These past few weeks, I have been visiting my roommate’s place. By the way, yeah I had a roommate and she’s around 50 years old. She didn’t stay long. Moreover, she lives not so far from the share house. I know you are wondering what brings her to the share house, she actually came to study English. After she left, she has invited me to come to her place. She introduced me to her husband, daughter, and grandchildren. They welcomed me with open arms.
Since it was her birthday, her daughter prepared a very special dinner. We shared one of the best homemade dishes I had so far since the first day I came to Japan. But it’s not the food alone that made me so euphoric on that day, it was when I personally witnessed a typical Japanese family bonding. My eyes saw a blissful and a joyous family. I have never expected that I would be so lucky to be a part of their happiest moment. They never made me feel different and that I am one of their family members. I have been very fortunate since the day I met my roommate and her family. From then on I can say “ There is no place like HOME”
2. Post birthday celebration
Two of my closest student’s arranged and prepared a very special dinner for my post birthday celebration. I thought it was just a simple dinner and a catching up. I could really not tell how much I mean to my Japanese friends. They put so much effort just to celebrate my birthday despite their very busy schedule.
We had the best spicy Thai food. We also shared the craziest moment, we laughed out loud as if there was no language barrier. In other words, we were able to understand and enjoy the conversation despite their not perfect English and my very poor Japanese language skill. I felt like I was just hanging out with one of my friends back in the Philippines. We ended the night with the cutest birthday cake and a wacky photo. I feel so much blessed to have such people whom I can call not just students, and friends but family. Then, I told my self “There is no place like HOME”.
I may be miles away from my family and my home country, however, my experiences and the people I am surrounded by in Fukuoka know their own unique way of making me feel at HOME. Indeed, a home is not simply a place, its where you make memories with the valuable people you care the most in the moment sharing love and happiness, then anywhere can be a HOME.
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