Pinoyspotting: Hong Kong

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Waiting at airports can be like Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play Waiting for Godot in which waiting is reduced to an empty and endless game. The feeling is indescribable— a mixture of anxiety, excitement, exhaustion, and maybe frustration. But waiting can be meaningful when there are people connections. If you take time to meet and get to know people, you will realize that they have many stories to tell and you also have your own stories to share with them. Waiting is no longer a pain—it is fun!
 Rey E. de la Cruz, Callie Sorensen, Princess Micah Martinez, Anna Liza Martinez Kozlowski, and Marilie Sabdani Purdy (Photo by Nito Juplo, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

Rey E. de la Cruz, Callie Sorensen, Princess Micah Martinez, Anna Liza Martinez Kozlowski, and Marilie Sabdani Purdy (Photo by Nito Juplo, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

Callie Sorensen (Des Plaines, Illinois) and I met while checking in at Chicago O’ Hare International airport for the Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong. She was moving to the Philippines because she found her true love there: James Betia. We then met other flightmates from Indiana; Marilie Sabdani Purdy (Cainta, Rizal) and Anna Liza Kozlowski (Naga City, Camarines Sur) and her daughter, Princess Micah Martinez.

 With Herme Reodique (Photo by Ronin Burns, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

With Herme Reodique (Photo by Ronin Burns, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

I had a 12-hour layover at the Hong Kong International Airport to go to Jakarta.While sitting and eating my dinner, I met Herme Reodique (Quezon City), a resident of Devon, England, and who works at a nursing home. She was going home to Manila for vacation.

 With Noy Cañas (Photo by Wen Yi Zhen, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

With Noy Cañas (Photo by Wen Yi Zhen, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

I was ready to doze off when I met Noy Cañas (Talisay City, Cebu), who was in Hong Kong for a day. He was interviewed by a furniture-factory owner at Hong Kong International Airport for a a possible position in Dongguan, China. He was waiting to go back home to the Philippines. An owner of an auto-repair shop in Cebu, he was previously in the furniture business in China.

 With Sean Deposa (Photo by Noy Cañas, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

With Sean Deposa (Photo by Noy Cañas, photo editing by Ivan Kevin Castro)

Sean Deposa (General Santos City, South Cotabato) also had a long layover at Hong Kong International Airport. A chiefmate at RD Fishing Corporation, he was going to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to inspect a fishing boat that his company was purchasing. He was very excited because it was his first trip abroad.


 Rey E. de la Cruz

Rey E. de la Cruz

Rey E. de la Cruz, Ed.D., writes from Chicagoland when he is not busy loving the arts and traveling.


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