Anak ng tinapa. Kung sino man nag-imbento ng Daylight Saving Time, mamatay na (mean joke, pero patay na ang nag-imbento— si Benjamin Franklin). Uso lang ang Daylight Saving sa US and sa European Countries. Minsan, iba -iba pa ang treatment kaya nagkakagulo din even among those countries.
But I get ahead of myself. Let’s first discuss what is Daylight Saving Time. Best way to remember how it works is to remember to “Spring forward, Fall back.” Feeling kasi ng mga taga doon kulang na kulang sila sa daylight, so when summertime comes (summer in OUR context), they have to take away one hour in the morning and move it to the evening so parang mas mahaba yun time na may araw sa kanila — gets? Anyway, magulo at bwiset sya, dahil nag-apply ang Daylight Saving sa buong EU on March 31 – the day that C and I had to head back to Manila.
You can just imagine our panic na biglang 1 hour in advance bigla lahat ng clocks. LAHAT. including those in the airport. Ta-da. We were staying 2 hours away from the airport in Malaga. TAE. Madaling araw na nga kami magtatravel, tapos si C pa ang nag-drive. Heart-attack.
Anyway, umabot naman kami.
It’s a long-ass flight, and when you’re flying coach it gets tricky. Buti na lang C and I managed to get those emergency seats right by the emergency exits. C and I naman are able-bodied and willing to help (just in case) so there we sat. It’s more spacious so one can stretch her legs… and put all her stuff in front of her. para pa din akong contortionist trying to fit in my seat and sleep, but it was better than being cramped up elsewhere.
Only downside was it was right by the banyo also (could also be a plus for someone with a small bladder)…kasi lahat ng tao dun dumadaan at pwede ka magising sa flush.
It did my heart a lot of good when we landed on hot, sticky, bright, noisy Manila. I mean I love exploring new places and adventures with friends, but nothing beats home. I am a child of the tropics — dark and proud baby!
No surprise on the usual lines at Immigration. Normal na satin yun. And i was too tired to care, and too excited to see my bed.
Finally it was our turn. Sabay kami ni C, tig-isa kaming immigration officer. Tinanong lang ako kung ano ginawa ko sa Spain, sabi ko nagprosisyon. Tapos nadinig ko yun tanong kay C — “Sir, how long have you been living in the Philippines?” —- stunned silence. Then, sabi ni C “Ah eh, matagal na po… all my life ma’am. Panlimang henerasyon na po ng pamilya namin dito sa Manila.”
I’m happy to report that C is now safely back in Makati.
Sharing with your our pictures in Spain.