And finally… The happiest day of a Seafarer have come again. The day that I always dream of.
There’s no such word to describe how happy and overwhelming I am feeling right now.
This is the fruit of all the hardship that I endure onboard. The bountiful harvest of success that I plant from day one.
After the countless voyages and sleepless nights, I’m coming home!
Time flies so fast, still fresh to my memories the time I was riding the bus to the airport more than five months ago.
I was so weary, my body was so heavy.
I keep asking myself, “until when I can do this?”
And honestly, up until this moment I still don’t have the right answer to that question. I wish I have a plan!
When I was young and beginning my career onboard, I never thought that I can get tired of this life. That was more than fifteen years ago! I don’t care about anything except for enjoyment.
And now is a different story, I have a wife and three wonderful kids waiting for me to come home safely. I’m missing a lot of time with my family, but I also need to do these things for us to survive. I wish there’s a better way to survive!
My Dad also use to work outside of the Philippines when I was a kid. He was working and earning more than enough but he is also staying in Japan illegally. Going home only after the immigration officers caught him without proper documentation.
And I remember he was sad to go home because he was caught, and that was after seven years of over-staying in Japan. So now, at least I have a better way of survival compared to my dad’s.
Thank you, Dad! And may you rest in peace now.
Wish beer is abundant wherever you are rightnow! Cheers =)
I only have one wish to all the off-signing Seafarers around the globe, leave your cabin as clean as possible!
Your reliever is so stressed and tired due to long and sleepless flights.
Give them a neatly prepared bed to sleep on.
That’s a non-verbal way of saying “Welcome Onboard!”
Looking back at my Home@Sea, knowing that I’ve given extra effort to do my job.
And have done my best shot consistently, I feel proud of myself knowing that I’ve given my share for the future of this progressive generation.
Then I turn to the taxi’s waiting outside the port, I wear a big grin on my face while pulling my luggage and keep saying to myself, “That’s a wrap, I have a plane to catch!!!”
*By the time this post goes LIVE, I’m already enjoying my meal in the sky! 😉
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