One of my most anticipated events during my sort-of-a-homecoming was the visit to my former officemates. I felt like coming home since the area that they were in -granting that they moved to a new office address – was the place where I spent most of my waking hours working and amusing myself in the nearby malls. I knew the place like the back of my hand.
That was what I thought. I got a little disoriented when I saw the place. Old buildings gave way to new and taller ones. Cafes and restaurants lined either side of the road. The shiny new buildings that I was familiar with now looked a little shabby and weathered.
The giant mall where I shopped, had videoke fun, went to Mass (yes! there was a chapel in the Mall), etc. got even bigger. It replaced its open air parking lots with a parking building.
The cityscape I knew changed a lot. And it was not just because of the buildings.
Flyovers and overpasses have been constructed on many roads all in an effort to solve Metro Manila’s traffic.
Yet, even with the changes, things somehow stayed the same. There was the usual traffic and mass of people in the streets. Metro Manila is a very dense metropolis. It has anywhere from 12-15 Million people. I had to brace myself whenever I went to public places. The crowd was thick, much much thicker than what I have been used to in years.
And the traffic was something else. I used to sleep through the traffic. It was one of the ways I caught up with sleep or reading.
Perhaps it was silly of me to expect things to be exactly the way I remembered them. Metro Manila is still growing, in more ways than one. The Philippines’ economy is on the upward swing. The new constructions show it. The people descending int he metropolis want to benefit from it. It is a dynamic place. I wonder what I’ll see next time.
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