I still have a week left before my vacation ends… This post has been in the drafts folder for quite a long time now, but not as long as the other posts, though. Just too plain busy to blog. (really) Anyway, I’m now in Jeddah. I’ve gotten used to some things, activities, people, and foods in the Philippines that I will surely miss them when I go back to and I already miss them.
October 2015 Favorites and Other Things I Miss
1. Sisig. In Tarlac, sisig is everywhere. Some of my friends have it at least once a week, because most of the restaurants or food establishments offer this dish. =) Now, that I’m in Jeddah, all I can do is wish for it. =) Of course, I can make one, but the main ingredient is not here. =)
2. Rice crackers. This is a childhood favorite (of a different brand, which I can’t remember). I rarely see this around. I
will really miss this. =/
4. Nature. I really miss the sight of everything green. There are trees in Jeddah, but the rest of the environment is just all colored brown. That is, brown sand…and light brown buildings. Not too many colorful flowers around like this one below. 5. Street foods. I don’t know why the feeling of eating fish balls, ice cream, banana cue, barbeque and other street foods is just really sometimes better when bought on streets than cooked at home. Of course they are all better cooked at home due to sanitary reasons…but you know, eating it out? You know what I mean. =) 6. Sidecar/ Pedicab (Bike). I really miss riding a bike. I ride a bike with my kids or my niece and their friends every morning and in the afternoon. If the kids want to go out around lunch, or even in the evening, they just go to the bike and ask me to give them a tour around the block (or more blocks…like two barangays! ) It’s also our time to discuss things, and remind them of good behavior, etc. Riding a bike is something I just can’t do in Jeddah. -unending sighs-
7. Mcdo’s chicken & rice. In Jeddah, Mcdo doesn’t offer rice and chicken as part of their menu.
I’ll I just really miss this value meal. =) Mcdo Jeddah, please have rice and chicken on your menu. =) 8. Teleseryes. In the Philippines, I feel I have all the time to watch teleseryes and koreanovelas. =) I’ve observed that people are just so into watching soap operas in the Philippines. My favorite: On The Wings of Love and Legendary Women (Just watched the finale days before our flight back. Thank God it ended because I won’t be able to watch it in Jeddah. I also watch Eat Bulaga‘s Kalyeserye, of course. Fan mode? Minsan lang . =) I have time to watch because I don’t have too many tasks to do, well, aside from taking care of the kids. 9.Friends. Though I had more than 30 days in the Philippines, I still was not able to get in touch with all the people I planned to meet and catch up with. Thank God for FB! That is all I can say in the end. Life is just way too different now that I/we have our own families and that my friends have work/family/commitments. =) It’s a lesson well learned. I should make the most of every opportunity I have with the people I meet.
10.Sound/Noise of people around. I miss the noise. I know that we all want to live in peaceful, picture-perfect places, but not me. Well, not totally. Of course, I have those times when I wish it was quiet so I could do something, but I honestly like it when I hear the different sounds produced by the cars passing by, people sharing stories, kids playing in the afternoon, etc. That’s LIFE in a glance. Stay here in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for a week and you’ll know what I mean. =) It can be really too quiet here. You don’t even know what’s happening outside. 11. Burgers & Sizzlers. This is a simple restaurant in Tarlac that serves unlimited gravy, =) I usually walk around the city plaza after with a friend or my husband after a meal here. I will surely miss their Pork Tenders! =)
12. SM Tarlac. Sometimes, I just go there to stroll alone. I also got here to watch a movie with my husband. I will miss watching movies in a cinema. In Jeddah, there are no cinemas available. The nearest one is around 1-2 hrs away (KAUST). =) 13. Great Taste White. There are just too many kinds of coffee to choose from in the Philippines. The TV commercials worked well on me, because I wanted to try all of them…well, I did try some. =) This one’s the best for me because I like a creamy coffee. This is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. I regret not bringing packs of it, thinking I’ll find something close to it here. =)
These are just some of the things I miss. It’s honestly not just the things I do or the food I eat. I guess, it’s the Philippines, and the people there that I’ve shared those things with that I actually miss. =)