Nikky is my youngest brother, 18 years younger. (Calculating mentally — since I’m turning 39, he is actually turning 21!) I haven’t seen him since I visited Manila in 2002. Right now, we are in the process of having him apply for a tourist visa so he can spend the summer here with me, helping take care of Angel while Mom takes a sabbatical at home. (Actually, she has to exit as her visa extension runs out on April 22.) I am looking forward to having him here in New York for 2 months, until Mom returns sometime mid-June, when Nikky has to go back to Manila to resume his studies. (He’s in an incoming 4the year PT Student at UERM)
Eversince I arrived here in New York in 2000, a constant wish in my heart was for my family back home to “experience” life here as I discovered it from day to day. My sister Offie has been here twice and will be coming a third time this year if plans don’t miscarry. My mother is here with me right now. Only Nikky and my brother Abril have yet to make it here, and I can’t wait to have Nikky here finally.
For the longest time, every time I entered a store or a shop, I would see a ton of things I’d like to get for them. Having them actually here is something that makes me happy and fulfilled beyond words. With Nikky here, I hope to show him another side of the world he’s beginning to know better as he grows older. I want to show him what kind of life he can have if he chooses to eventually join me here.. I just want him to enjoy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, all the cookies and chocolates he wants, and just have a fun time exploring this side of the world.. soon..