Home After Two Years
From a volcanic eruption to the pandemic, it made it really difficult to travel anywhere else except home.
How does it feel like to be home finally? It’s been almost two years.
It started with finding means of transportation. Overnight buses aren’t allowed to travel yet. Unless you have your own private vehicle, it shouldn’t be a problem.
There are several private car owners that carry willing passengers but it’s not really cheap. Since the pandemic somehow got better, the only requirement is the vaccine card, which I have fortunately.
It wasn’t really hard to get a car. Just imagine you hired an Uber but slightly more expensive.
What really irked me was the length of the trip. Usually, it only takes about 8 hours. But since it’s a private vehicle, they have to look for more passengers to make the most out of the trip.
It was a Mitsubishi Montero and there were a total of three passengers. They picked me up first. I was really glad because I get to choose my seat. It was 4pm.
Although I had expected, it still shocked me how long it took to pick up all the other passengers. It felt like I went on a road trip all over Metro Manila. It took a total of 6 hours until we finally hit the expressway! That was more than halfway to my hometown!
The trip was uneventful. Since it was a night trip, I couldn’t really see outside and couldn’t notice what could’ve changed in the past 2 years.
We finally arrived at around 8am. The silver-lining of the expensive trip is that I needn’t get off the terminal and ask someone to come and fetch me. They drove me to my doorstep.
It was early morning, but the early morning mass in line of the upcoming Christmas has started, so almost everyone was already up. I was met with warm welcome but with caution. We still need physical distance anyway.
Quarantine is no longer required but I try to distance myself from everyone. I used my brother’s room for the meantime.
I’m home safely but I’m dog tired! Bummer, I have to work soon after taking a nap. I quickly checked the internet connection to see if it’s possible for me to work from home. As of checking, it seems great.
I might start exploring in few days. For now, I just need to rest and do self-isolation.
Let me give an update, or maybe a tour, once I have the time, By the way, it’s rainy today. The temperature is much lower than that in the Metro. As of writing, it’s only a bit over 20 degrees without any fans or air conditioners. Must be good for sleep, eh?