طرق متفرقة

لقد امضيت تلاته سنوات وأنا على هذه الأرض التي احتضنتني واعطتني كل مااحتاج من مأوى غذاء ,ملابس,ماء, مال وتقريبا كل شيء للبقاء حيا. اتذكر عندما وضعت قدمي أول مرة على هذه الأرض, كنت قلقا و مضطربا كيف سيكون مجرى حياتي . عندما كنت في السيارة لأول مرة متجها إلى مكان اقامتي كنت مذهولا لعدم وجود أي بنايات حولي, مازلت اشعر بهذا الإحساس وكأنه كان امس ,ولكن الوقت مر بسرعة , وهذا الشهر سوف اترك هذا البلد الذي اطعمني وجعلني معتمدا على نفسي لاني جربت على ارضها عيشة الإنسان المغترب

أي شخص قد يعتبر ثلاث سنوات عمرا طويلا ولكن بالنسبة الي لم اشعر هكذا , فهذه الثلاث سنوات مرت سريعا لأني استمتعت كثيرا مع أشخاص جعلوا اقامتي هنا ذات معنى, صحيح انني قد لا اتشوق لزيارة السعودية مرة أخرى لأن بها عادات وقوانين صارمة ولكن أكيد سوف اشتاق للاشخاص الذين قابلتهم هنا ,لقد قابلت مجتمع متنوع , مجتمع يتكون من عروق مختلفة من الشرق إلى الغرب . أكيد هذه التجربة كانت تحدي بالنسبة الي لكي اندمج مع هذه الحضارات المختلفة , ولكن رغم اننا مختلفين مع بعض إلا ان كلنا لنا نفس الهدف وهو مستقبل أفضل

عندما كنت في الفيليبين كنت أرى نفسي عنصري لأني كنت دائما أحكم على الناس من الشكل الخارجي فقط ولكن هنا في السعوديه أنا تغيرت تماما,لقد تقبلت كل الجنسيات المختلفة كأنهم اخوتي, لم آخذ وقتا طويلا للإختلاط معهم لأن معظم الناس هناك ودودين,فقط بضعة اسابيع لاتعرف عليهم , بعضا منهم كان له نفس ميولي وبعضا منهم تعرفت عليهم سطحيا. هذه بعض من الصور التي اخذتها خلال الثلاث سنوات في السعودية مع اصدقائي الذين تعرفت عليهم , والذي بعضا منهم اصبح من اصدقائي المقربين . هؤلاء الاصدقاء سوف يتركون فراغ كبيرا في قلبي لاننا تشاركنا كثيرا في امور تخص حياتنا وسوف اشتاق إلى ذلك كثيرا

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عندما انظر إلى هذه الصور من الصعب جدا قول الوداع والسفر بعيدا ولكن رغم إنني سأرحل ,ستظل هذه الذكريات في قلبي وعقلي حتى يوم رحيلي عن الحياه.

سوف اتمسك بكل ذكرى معكم واخبرها لعائلتي,سوف أحكي لهم كل قصصنا وخبرتنا التي عشناها سويا, فقد كانت رحلة صعبة مليئة بالضحك والدموع و الابتسامات ولكن كلما يمر الوقت استطيع ان اقول انني ممتن للسعودية رغم قوانينها وعادتها الصارمة ولكن ذلك كان للأفضل ,فكنت دائما اشعر بالامان وأنا بهذا البلد ,صحيح انني لن اضع قدما بداخل السعودية مرة أخرى ولكن أنا فخور ان اصرخ للعالم كله انني امضيت ثلاث سنوات في السعودية وكانت فعلا التجربة مثرية

لكل اصدقائي هنا ,أنا فقط اريد ان أقول رغم اننا قد لانرى بعض مرة أخري ولكن أتمنى ان صداقتنا تدوم و تنمو مع الوقت وان نكون دائما على اتصال مع بعضنا البعض , وان نتمتع جميعا بصحة جيدة على الدوام .احبكم كثيرا

(الفضل الي الترجمة الي اللغة العربية (باكينام عصام

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Departing Ways

It has been 3 years that this land has adopted me. It provided me shelter, food, clothes, money, water and mostly all of my basic needs for survival. When I recollected those times I first sat foot on this deserted land, I was nervous and skeptical of what could my life be. When I rode my first car going to my accommodation, I was just literally shocked and my jaw dropped for I didn’t see any buildings around the airport or even the road going to the place where I am going to stay. I felt like it was just yesterday but time flew so fast that this month, I will be leaving this country that nurtured me to become independent and made me see the real life of an expatriate.

For other individuals, 3 years is like a lifetime. Yes, for me it is also a lifetime but it didn’t happen like that. In fact, it was not dragging at all because my stay here had been a little fun along with the people who made it special. I may not miss this country and its very strict laws and practices but I will surely miss the people who I met here. I met a community which is biodiverse. A community mixed with different races from the east to the west. It was definitely challenging to blend in and interact with these people due to the fact that they also have their own cultures. Even though, we differ in cultures but we have the same goal in life and that is to have a better future.

Way back when I was still in the Philippines, I considered myself a racist. I often called and labeled people by their looks and appearance. But here in Saudi Arabia, I have totally changed. I embraced other nationalities as if they were my brothers and sisters. It didn’t take long time for me to blend in since most of the people were friendly. It only took me few weeks and months to get along with them. Others even have the same interests while some others just want to be acquainted. Here are the pictures I have captured for 3 long years with the people I met and get acquainted with and others have become my friends. These people, whom I called friends, will leave a big space in my heart. They have shared their life stories with me, as well.

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As I looked on those pictures, it is effin’ hard to say your goodbyes and depart ways. But even though I will leave, the memories I had with these people will always be in my heart and in my mind til the day of my demise.

I will treasure each day I spent with them. I will tell the stories and experiences I had here to my families and my own family. It was a hell of a ride for me. Many first times I have done that will leave me giggling, crying and smiling. As time passes by, I can say that I am grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that even though she has a very stringent implementation of the laws and regulations on her land but it was for the good. I felt safe for my whole stay here. I may not step on this land again but I am proud to shout to the world that I have lived and survived for 3 years in Saudi Arabia which is a truly enriching experience.

To all my friends here, I just want to say, ‘Even though we will not see each other again, I just hope that our friendship will flourish through time. That everyone will keep in touch and will always be in pink of health. I love you all.’ 2014-10-04 01.24.02

It’s Time For Me To Bid Farewell But Definitely I’m Coming Back

I tried my best to keep this blog running but I ran out of some interesting stories to post. As I was reading my previous articles, it became bland and routinary article after articles. I’ve got nothing to write anymore, so, I have decided to finally take some rest for now and  gather some new stories. I need to collect new ideas and interesting stories to write in my blog. I am about to end my journey here in the Middle East thus, I  am looking for another odyssey in a new land.

By far, I’ve gotten to saunter around the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. But even though, I will stop from posting, I will still try to write about what has been going on in my life. By the end of this year, I’ll be posting on what I have gone through like the way children used to write their life stories in a diary.

For now, I just hope that you will still continue to follow my blog and you will look forward of my return. To my fellow bloggers, I am encouraging to continue your work. By the time, I’ll be back, I know I have a lot of work to catch up with you guys.

It’s time for me to bid farewell but definitely I’m coming back. Take care everyone and be safe always.1796730_10152059603049667_1295245351_o