In this nation where telly (TV) is dominated by footy & cricket shows,
car and shopping center ads, and my favorite US TV series;
where TV channels sum up to more than ten but seem to work
harmoniously with one another -
I MISS Boy Abunda's loud crisp voice saying "susunod" in The Buzz,
I MISS the long shiny glowing hair of famous actresses competing
to bag the title "Most Beautiful Shampoo Ad",
I MISS, a bit, the local soaps (despite their predictable plots) and remakes
of movies and foreign shows.
I MISS the squabble of TV networks and their talents, each trying
to outwit the other.
In this place where various models of cars and beautifully designed
houses crowd the quiet streets accessorized with pretty flowers -
I MISS the fun in riding the jeepney with its noisy conductor calling out passengers, giving and receiving fares,
I MISS the motorela and piercing sound of motorsikad,
I MISS the simplicity, solitude and comfort of my own house.
In this land where rows of beautifully decorated shops (boutiques)
are neatly stretched along a very long street; where department stores and grocery shops are on separate buildings -
I MISS Limketkai's Corner Cafe' and all its kakanin and
all shops within the mall,
I MISS Ororama's Takuyaki,
I MISS DV Soria's crispy green mangoes and hot peanuts in wood carts,
I MISS Gaisano and SM's Book Sale Shops.
In this country where cheap sumptuous desserts and endless
supply of fresh fruits and vegetables abound -
I MISS the buko halo of Dear Manok,
I MISS nilung-ag na kamote and saging, suman, and cassava puto
I MISS sweet ripe mangoes, tasty durian, cold buko juice,
I MISS the yell of some boys selling pandesal early in the morning,
I MISS fresh char-grilled fish, kinilaw, native chicken soup
with malungay and ginataang langka!
In this world where unfamiliar faces stare at you wherever you go
probably because you are a stranger to them; where people are
surprised when you are able to speak English fluently;
where fellow Filipinos try to make you feel welcome -
I MISS the all too familiar friendly smiles of acquaintances and
friends you bump into once in a while in the malls,
I MISS the fun, laughter, dine-outs, & window shopping with close friends,
and I TERRIBLY MISS the conversations and warm fellowship with my family.