Sunday, June 11, 2006


I go home to the Philippines at least once or twice a year. It's a long, long trip but I have never yet undertaken this journey with two young daughters. All six of us will take a 2 hour drive to Amarillo, TX where we will take our flight to Albuquerque and then on to Los Angeles. We wait in LAX for 5 hours and then we fly for 14 hours to Taipeh where we finally take a 2 hour hop to Manila.

I don't feel tired at all. All the packing and all the reminiscing that follows has only made me more hopeful. It was Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright and President who wrote that "hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out".

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