The definition of the truly foreign locale is one that fosters a piercing and perpetual yearning to go home.
~Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk about Kevin)
The person who dishonors his country, dishonors himself.
~Paolo Coelho (Like the Flowing River)
Most of the Filipinos want to leave the Philippines. They keep ranting again and again about the happenings in the country.
Here’s the news. Everyone wants to go somewhere else. And when I say everyone, I mean, including the people from other countries. Why? Each country has its own flaw. It just depends on your own level of satisfaction. If the only thing you could do in a day is to rant, you’d never find a country that would satisfy you.
As of now, I am not so in love with the Philippines.
But someday, I’ll leave the Philippines to taste the culture of foreign people, to free myself from the hellish happenings in our country, to realize Philippines is still a good country, if not better than any other country, to miss the Philippines, to be very in love with the Philippines. By then, I am sure, I will go back to my mother land and be deeply in love with her.
I am not saying I hate our country. I like the Philippines, simply because I was born in the Philippines. It’s my place. The Philippines doesn’t harm us. In fact, it is us, the Filipinos, who do something terrible to her.
But I want to miss our country. I want to yearn for her.