Thursday, 4 June 2015

A Brief Encounter With Lost Time in the Philippines

 Hello there, it's been a while. Apologies for not having 'spoken' with you for nearly a month. I'm back though, and will be doing the rounds of popping in to your pages in the coming days.

I flew back from the Philippines on the last day of May, and arrived in the UK on the first day of another calendar month.

A total of 18.5 flying and waiting hours wouldn't measure up to the 11-to-22-year gap that I have left with a tight lid to start a new life away from all that's familiar to me. This three-week holiday wasn't about hitting the beach (though if you're in a beautiful archipelago that is the Philippines, squeezing in a trip is a must) nor getting drunk as a skunk (nightcaps don't count towards it), but rather, it was an overdue reconnection with friends and loved ones, some of whom I deliberately kept a distance from due to very personal circumstances, whilst some I simply lost contact with and have only got back in touch with recently, thanks to social media.

Time. Lost time, in particular, is the one thing I could never get back. I can only make up for it. I wrote in my diary in the beginning of the year that 2015 is for making new memories. I did make some beautiful ones while realising at the same time that there are connections best left behind. 

Unlike the other trips I have made, I have the least photos in the Philippines despite it being my longest break. Catching up with family and friends was my priority, I felt that documenting every little move reduces the already very limited time I had with them. 

Before the rest of the snapshots from the trip, I'd like to share with you one of my favourite photos.

The famous Manila Bay sunset sums up my visit: sentimental, thought-provoking, moving, emotionally stirring, much-anticipated, stunningly revealing, exceptionally beautiful, and a prelude to endings and beginnings.

There were occasions when I wished that time stood still, as when I was waiting for the perfect moment to capture the hazy saffron skies and the sun breaking out of the clouds on this day. But as one very close friend said, sometimes, time was just not on our side.



  1. 18 hours flying ( and waiting ) are quite a lot! But they were well spent to stay with your dears for a while! The sunset photo is amazing and it would be a pleasure to see more of your country...

  2. A beautiful post Marj and welcome home. I was nodding my head through each paragraph, particularly where you made reference to the fact that your holiday wasnt just about taking photos to document your holiday on the blog and Instagram, I was exactly the same last year with a couple of the breaks I went on. I'm so pleased you got to make up for lost time with your family and friends, it must be difficult being so far away from them? The photo really does capture those emotions and I wasn't even there - yes if only time could stand still but I'm sure if it did we wouldnt want it to. Looking forward to the rest of the pics hoping you feature those beautiful shots of you on Instagram. Enjoy the sunny Sunday xx

    1. These are the three things I miss: friends, family, and food. Sigh. I just couldn't take more photos even if I wanted to. It didn't feel right. Perhaps next time x

  3. Hope you had a wonderful time away!


  4. What a beautiful picture!! Welcome back doll, am glad you enjoyed yourself and just relaxed. Those are the best holidays to me, not worrying about pictures or anything like that, but just living and taking in each moment!! This photo is so dreamy, I love it. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday my dear :) xx

    1. Thank you! Glad to be back, though I'm missing a lot. I wish I can go away without taking photos, but I guess this is how our lives work nowadays. Haha. That's exactly how I felt when I was loiking at the sunset: dreamy x


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