Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Im back!


Yes! I am back again in Norway after three weeks vacation in the Philippines. Happy and sad at the same time. Happy to be again able to sleep in my own bed, having my own things and being with my daughter and husband here. Sad because of  departing from my loved ones in my homecountry and saying goodbye to my husband again, who left today. But, that is my life and I just thank God for having a wonderful time with them although for a very short time. 

Reminds me of my departure from Norway,  three weeks ago. Happy and sad at the same time. Leaving my husband, who just came home from a four week work ombord the ship and our daughter. Leaving the comforts of home, peaceful sorroundings and the cold climate. Going to sleep in many different places, meeting my loved ones there, and to be in a hotter climate.

It was a very fine day when I left Norway. Clear blue sky and the birds were chirping.  Seems that  the weather was on my side.


It was a long journey. So me and my sister rented a hotel room beside the airport the day before the departure to make sure that we won't miss our flights.


We ate our dinner at the hotel's reataurant. Food were delicious, but expensive. They called this light meal, but the portions were more than enough for us. I don't a have picture of my sister because it was in her camera.


I was very tensed, but the views through the hotel's window were enough to calm my soul and body!
Afternoon, night and morning views.

Then the nexy day, after a few hours sleep, off we go! It was a clear blue sky, but all I can see was snow and snow and snow on the ground.

After 17 hours by three aiplanes, plus many hours of waiting ,  we finally arrived  in Singapore. Changi Airport always amazes me because of their plants and flowering orchids eveywhere, which is not usual in other airports. They make the travellers feel like being in a paradise.







Showing also pictures how Singapore looks like outside the airport.




And who can we meet:)


But, our the journey  continued. Me and my sister left home in Norway Thursday afternoon. It was Saturday night when we reached our destination, our homecountry.  So, we were very happy that we made it, although it was already dark and not much to see. But we know deep inside that there will be more than enough to see and experience days ahead. 


My son fetched us from the airport and after  a more than an hour drive, we arrived at his place and my grandchildren surprised me with this:)


They call me Lola Gaying. Lola means grandma and Gaying is my nickname in the Philippines. Made their grandma very happy.

Thanks Jan Andrei and Candice :)


First night in the Philippines. More happenings to come. Day after, my birthday!

JOY

49 comments:

  1. Welcome back, you were missed. I love the beautiful pictures.

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  2. Awww... sayang nga talaga at sabay sa pagbalik mo jan ang outreach... Till we meet again... Alam ko namang happy ka rin jan eh... Basta pag nandito ka, we can help to make your vacay happier...

    We miss you Mommy Joy!

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  3. Welcome Home! Beautiful pictures! It looks like you had a great time!

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  4. Wow, that was a very lovely homecoming from the grandkids, Joy. We call one co-worker here Gaying too or Ligz. I like your name.... it is so Joyful and Joy-full.

    Hugs and those are lovely pictures.

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  5. Welcome back,Joy, Glad you had a wonderful time in Philippines. I agree with you, its always mix emotion every time we say goodbye to our home country and at the same going back where we belong.

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    1. Yes Mhie. That is true. Thanjs fior visiting:)

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  6. Hi There and welcome back... So glad that you got to take the trip back to the Philippines to be with loved ones there. Sorry though that you didn't have much time to spend with your hubby....

    Sounds like you had a great trip... Singapore looks gorgeous...

    Can't wait to here more about your 3 week trip.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. Mommy Joy, welcome back!

    Nice meeting you! :D

    Aantay ko ang mga happenings during your vacation. :)

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  8. Thanks empi. Nice meeting you too. Unforgettable moment:)

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    1. Thanks Ric! Missed your posts:)

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  11. welcome back Ms. Joy, na-mis sko po mga posts niyo :)

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  12. excited ako sa mga kwento mo about the happenings when you're here in the Philippines.. welcome back mommy Joy! miss you already :)

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    1. Thanks Pink Line. Miss ko na rin kayo. sayang sandali lang ng pagkikita natin, pero I hope mas matagal next time:)

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  13. ayh sayang ma'am nakabalik ka na pala :) sayang sana na meet rin kita sa personal :)... nag aantay kmi sa magagandang kwento mo noong nandito ka sa Pinas... ingat lage ma'am..

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    1. OO nga. di tayo nagkita. sana sa susunod:)
      Thanks for visiting and hugs from me:)

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  14. Welcome back, I'm glad you had a safe journey

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  15. It is so wonderful that you and your sister could make this trip to visit your family and loved ones. Then to return home again. There is nothing so nice as your OWN bed. Thank you for sharing this lovely story and photos with us.

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    1. Welcome Hazel! Thanks for visiting:)

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  16. *hugs*

    Welcome back Mommy Joy :))

    Sorry po that I wasn't able to meet you personally, but I believe naman na in God's perfect time magkikita din po tayo.

    *hugs ulet*

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    1. OO nga Fiel- kun, but there will be next time:)

      Hugs from me too!

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  17. welcome back! Happy to hear na safe for travel nyo....

    aabangan ko pa ang mga updates hehehe

    Godbless po!

    Smile always!

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  18. Nice meeting you ulit mommy Joy :D

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  19. Welcome Back!! It looks like you had so much fun with your trip and love all the pictures:)

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    1. Thanks Melgie. I really had fun!

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  20. What a wonderful journey. I loved seeing all the travel photos of you and family. From snow to flowers, your story is filled with happy times. I love the sound of Lola, like YaYa in my Greek language. Everytime I say goodbye to my kids or grandkids, my heart breaks and the tears flow but there is no place like home and the memories are grand. Happy for you, Joy!

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    1. Thanks LadyD for your very nice comment. It is good that you can relate.
      Hugs from me!

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  21. nakakapanghinayan ate joy di tayo nagkita! haha
    dalaw na lang ako dyan minsan baka mapadaan ako ehehe joke lang syempre
    nice sana nagenjoy ka talaga dito!

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  22. Hi Joy....awesome pics. The trip sounds like it was amazing. And the grandkids...so adorable.

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  23. So good to have you back in blogland...I have missed you! Can't wait to see more of your pictures!

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  24. Thanks Michelle! I missed blogland too and you!

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  25. Glad to hear from you! You were missed! Smiles! I'm so happy you had a wonderful time on vacation. I'm hoping to take a vacation this summer. I need a break from my Etsy shop. I love it, but a vacation will bring, rest, relaxation and new ideas. looking forward to visiting your blog, again. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Cynthia. Your comments warms ny heart.
      Yes, everyone needs a break:)
      Hugs from me:)

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  26. welcome back mommy joy! good to know you were back safe there in Norway and enjoyed your vacation here in the Philippines. looking forward to your next posts :D

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    1. Thanks Mel:) looking forward din skong ishare ang bskasyon ko. Thanks agsin for the birthday gift.

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  27. Welcome back! I look forward to your Philippine photos. Weird ano? Pagkatapos nang ilang taong pagtira sa abroad, parang bisita na lang talaga tayo sa Pilipinas. Iyan ang pakiramdam ko noong bumisita kami last year - home is not there anymore but where my family is.

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  28. Totoo yon Imelda. Parang bisita na kang ang feeling dahil my children have their own lives, rutines and so on. Home, but not home feeling.
    Anway, I was so happy to at least be a part of their lives although it was only a short visit.

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  29. The pictures will remind you of the wonderful times you had when you went back home.. What a long flight you had...Diane

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