Fish out of water make strange bedfellows

Trip Start May 15, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Narita Airport

Flag of Japan  , Kanto,
Saturday, May 15, 2010

There's something really interesting about how friendly Filipinos become when they're traveling or residing abroad. Somehow, Filipinos, even though unrelated by blood, are knit close together when in foreign lands. I met a very nice duo while waiting for my connecting flight to Detroit from the Narita Airport. Her name is Chickay and she was traveling with her mom en route to the US. Surrounded by the inflections of unfamiliar language and weary of travel, we started on small talk and felt relieved by the comfort of having a fellow Filipino to talk to. From there on she and her mom would be my travel companions until our next connecting flight.

I am normally a very shy and timid person. I don't really talk to strangers--heck, I am not even talkative around my own friends but this time I kept an open mind and accommodated sincere and genuine conversations with Chickay and her mom. This trip would've been very unbearable for me if I hadn't had their companionship to grace it.

Being reminded of the feel of familial connections, I sent text messages to my mom and dad to thank them for the countless things that I never really realized before. I thanked them for their patience, for the discipline they gave me, the blessings, the guidance and for being protective. My family has been through a lot of ups and downs over the years. We've triumphed over and suffered loss over untold feats. But through it all I thanked the Lord for making me who I am and for putting me in the family I have. So I whispered silent prayers to my God for my life and the life of my family and everyone He has brought into my life.

Proverbs 3:11-12

My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline

and do not resent his rebuke,

because the LORD disciplines those he loves,

as a father the son he delights in.

Hebrews 12:11

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.
Later on,
however, it produces a harvest of righteousness
and peace for those who
have been trained by it.

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