First, I already observed the change at the airport. Things were quite nice and clean and pretty, contrary to how I remembered it. I used to remember Ninoy Aquino International Airport to be a rather musky and smelly place, rather dark, and not the greatest place to catch an airplane. But when I got back a few weeks ago, things were different. The walls were bright and white, and there weren’t no long lines to endure. Whoa.
I have to say though, that the weather is still hot. Hot and sticky.
Next we went to the South Luzon Expressway. The traffic jams aren’t there anymore. The elevated highway (the Skyway) is already complete. The road is smooth, well-paved and well-lit. That’s new.
I also saw new establishments go up in the old neighborhood. New shopping centers have been erected in places that used to be empty spaces.
Even my parents’ house changed: now they have air-conditioning!
I guess modern amenities have been catching up with the Philippines, after all. It just takes a little time. After all, there’s still power outages every now and then, the Internet can still go out for hours, and the weather is still hot. Oh, did I forget to tell you that the weather is still hot? Oh well, I don’t think I can do anything about that.