Unfortunately I wasn’t able to blog anymore while I was in Hainan. I was too busy attending lectures and minding my preparation for my own presentation. The said presentation went very well, thank you very much. I was hoping to find fellow Pinoys or Pinays there, but I wasn’t able to find anyone. In the program I found that there was supposed to be a presentation from a Filipino, but apparently the paper was withdrawn. Too bad. Too few Filipino scientists, I tell you. Too few. We need to reinforce our numbers! How else can we show the world what we’re capable of?
But I digress.
The only Filipinos I saw in Hainan, quite curiously, were a couple who called themselves “Surfers Band from Philippines” who performed every night at the hotel lobby/restaurant bar. They were pretty good. Syempre. In retrospect, maybe there were even hotel staff there who were actually Pinoys, but I couldn’t tell them apart from the Chinese staff. The people there resembled Filipinos, honest! Hainan is the island at the southernmost tip of China mainland, and it is located almost on the same latitude as the Philippines. More than one person actually asked me if I would be going home to the Philippines, knowing how near it was to our location. Politely, I told them that my family is in Japan.
Anyway, I am home sweet home. Back to the grind. My husband tells me that our little girl behaved extremely well, that she could eat on her own without being spoonfed (yeah, what a brat), and has even begun bathing herself without assistance. It seemed as if she acted like a big girl all of a sudden in my absence.
But within 24 hours of my arrival, guess what, she was immediately back to her old self, relying on good ol’ Mom for tender-loving care and assistance. All of a sudden she “forgot” how to eat by herself, or bathe herself. Oh well. Hey, I don’t mind at all. 😀
It’s simply great to be home.