Deepa, I love your writing so much. Not only did you transport me away from my desk to your beautiful Philippines, but you also made my throat choke with emotion reading your honest words about the cost of the pandemic, family, long-term relationships, belonging and homecoming. I've lived abroad for ten years and the going 'home' then returning 'home' again is always full of deep emotions, a constant mixing of past and present, of having and not having, arriving and leaving. I got so much from this piece of writing, thank you x

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