Ang bilis ng isip

During my flight home in one of my vacations, I was with a group of OFWs from Oman who had their connecting flight through Bahrain. They were all first time OFWs and that was also the first time they were going on vacation. I heard lots of stories I from them,. About the hardships, loneliness, boredom, complaints about their Bosses, their colleagues at work (other nationalities), the food, accommodation, however, the excitement and the happiness of finally going home after two years showed in the tone of their voices and in their faces.

Mga eleven (11) silang magkakasama at nagmula sa ibat ibang panig ng Pilipinas. Maingay sila pero di naman nakakairita ang kaingayan dahil nga dala ng excitement, nakakaengganyo pa nga makinig sa kuwentuhan nila. Mga pangarap, mga balak sa bakasyon, mga pananabik, at meron pa ngang kung paano nila masosolo ang misis nila sa unang gabi ng bakasyon.

During the flight ay kuwentuhan pa rin sila ng kuwentuhan, magkakatabi kasi silang lahat ng upuan e. Ang katabi ko ay medyo naiingayan at nagrereklamo. Pero nung tinanong ko kung ilang taon na siya nagaabroad, sabi niya ay 8 years na, sinagot ko ng “di ba ganyan ka rin kaexcited noong unang bakasyon mo?” Tumigil na siya sa kakareklamo, nagplug ng earphone sa tenga at naglagay ng piring sa mata.

I learned that this group ay nagwowork sa isang oil drilling company at offshore ang assignment, kaya kako lalong malungkot at di ko sila masisisi kung ganun sila kaexcited. Mahirap ang magtrabaho na puro dagat ang nakikita mo sa paligid buong araw. Buong flight ay kuwentuhan sila ng kuwentuhan habang ang ibang pasahero ay nagsitulog after ng dinner.

Noong makalanding na ang eroplano sa NAIA and taxiing papunta sa arrival chute, nagtayuan ang grupo. Kapansin pansin na sila lang ang nagtayuan. Sinaway sila ng stewardess and was told “Please sit down, the plane is still moving and the seat belt sign is still on.”

E talaga yatang excited na excited, di umupo at binubuksan ang overhead compartment. The Pinay stewardess asked them to sit down “mga kabayan, maupo po muna tayo, maya na po tayo tumayo kapag nakahinto na ang eroplano, kapag nakaoff na po ang seat belt sign saka po tayo magsitayo”

Still the group did not sit down, and by this time marami na ring pasahero ang nagtatayuan. Ginagaya na sila.

Then came the announcement ng Pinay stewardess over the PA system.

“Mga kabayang pasahero, nakikiusap po kami na kayo ay magsiupo muna. Tayo po ay umaatras at ang ating piloto ay di makita ang likuran dahil nakatayo po kayo.” ang announcement ng Pinay stewardess.

Ang tawanan ng mga pasahero ganun din iyong mga nakatayo. Nagsiupuan silang lahat.

What a smart and creative Pinay stewardess that was. You could imagine what she can do in case of emergency.

Makes me proud of being Filipino.

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“Discover us. We’re innocent now. Deliver us. Ingenuity right now
Discover us. They’re amateurs now
Deliver us. Ingenuity right now” – Ultravox

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