Going back home to Philippines is incomparable to me. It is something that I can't seem to express. Some people may not understand but for me, going back home and visiting your family in your home country is more than just the usual seeing each other. The inner bond seeing your biological family is of no equal.
Filipinos are different. We are more family-oriented. Through good times and bad times, families are always there to support each other. This is what I want my daughter to have. I want her to know her Filipino roots. I want her to see and experience different things - the Filipino way. I was more than satisfied, when I saw my daughter and her cousins playing together. I am glad that she also bonded with her grandparents and with my siblings. Seeing her communicating with them is something that is worth the trip.
The trip was brutal. The airplane flight alone is hard. We had to have 4 flights before we reached our hometown. Including the lay-overs, the flight was over 30 hours. Another thing to think about this travel is the cost. International travel is costly. The airfare alone is a huge amount. Hotel and accommodation is another thing plus extra expenses. One person will need a couple of thousands for a trip to Philippines. You can do the math for our family of 3. But it is all worth it. I used our savings and I will pay some of our other expenses little by little. I am not scared to explore payday lending should I need to in order to pay some of our expenses.
I know I have to tighten my spending more after that trip but I tell you, I will do it again and again. The joy in my parents' eyes, the laughter and fun that we shared and all the little things is worth the trip.