No place like home

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Sunday, December 22, 2013


FOR many young people, the Christmas season is a welcome break from all the stress and provides an opportunity for them to reconnect with their families. Genesis Emilly Asuro, however, a young professional currently working in Manila for a newspaper, will have to wait a bit further for that break.

Having just graduated from Ateneo de Davao University with a degree in Mass Communication last March, Asuro has been in Manila for six months, which is the farthest and longest that she has been away from her family.

She is no stranger to being away from her family, as she lived in Davao during her college years, but still relatively near to her home in Mati.

Currently living in Manila with her brother, Asuro detailed how different it is being away this time. “It's way different from before. I literally cried during my first few weeks here because I'm so homesick. Buti kasi dati, home is just a 3-hour ride sa van. But now, it's miles away. And dati rin, my college friends help me forget the feeling of being homesick. And I have my best friend as my roommate. Now, it's like I'm living my life on my own and I have to take care of all the house stuff and my brother. I thought I was living independently during my college days but I've never known the real meaning of independence 'til I got here.”

She also shared that experiencing the Christmas season is different now, being away from home and also having to deal with work. “The traffic kills me. And I've always been the typical "OH I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON FEELS" kind of girl. But I'm still not feeling that here. Hindi ko nga mafeel na 4 days na lang, it's Christmas na. Our house here doesn't have even a single Christmas decor. Kasi nga I don't have the luxury of time to decorate and for me it's a waste of money lang kasi my brother and I spend most of our time at school/work,” she shared.

The people around her, however, never fail to remind her that it’s Christmas, as she said, “the precious Christmas spirit of the kids I randomly see here reminds me that Christmas is indeed a season that make people happier. I feel happy seeing families who are excited for Christmas here. It's one of my simple joys.”

She will remember how that feels as well, as she will finally be reunited with them when she flies home on the 23rd, saying, “di pa ako nakauwi since I got here last June 3. I'm lucky enough that my boss allowed me to go home for 5 days.”

“Cliche as it may sound, there's really no other place like home,” she answered when asked about how she felt about finally being able to return home for the Yuletide season. “Disneyland isn't the happiest place on earth for me, my home is,” she quipped.

They say that home is where the heart is, and for her, being reunited with her loving family may be the greatest gift she receives on Christmas.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 22, 2013.

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