Life is full of choices.
And whatever choice we make– right or wrong; good or bad– it will have a major impact in our present…and in our future.
This is the guiding principle I reminded myself of when I heeded Ruthie’s advice to apply for a Canadian visa. Truthfully, stepping in Canadian soil was not part of my initial plan when I eyed NYCM (New York City Marathon) 2018. To reach USA and run my ultimate dream was already enough for me. But, Ruthie had other things in mind to make me get the most out of my stay with her which tremendously benefited me in the end.
A little anxious when I processed my online application here in the Philippines, I had the biggest surprise in my life when I was granted a Canadian multiple entry visa. And this was all I needed to be with Emy, Ruthie, and Jeff on November 7-8, 2018 for another road trip.
We left the Uchida’s residence around past 5:00 am to fetch Emy from her place which is a 30-minute drive from Messler Street, New Jersey. That day, the three of us would be at Jeff’s mercy as he became our driver.
When I took my place at the backseat, I tuned in to the moment with all my senses. I allowed the pulsing aliveness to wipe out all remnants of sleepiness.
It was a smooth ride. Jeff was a cool “Master of the Steering Wheel.” I had the extreme delight of admiring the sight of fall season along our way.
Nearing the Canadian border, I felt little jitters in my stomach. You see, queuing at the border is a scene in foreign films where tension builds up. Oh, blame it to my watching a lot of thriller and action movies like Angelina Jolie’s Salt. Will I be forcibly taken out of the vehicle and be mercilessly interrogated by the Canadian custom officer? Will I be barred from crossing the border because of my document? Will I be…? Will I…? Will…? I waited in an agony of suspense while the stoic-looking officer in the booth inspected my passport. Then, we were given a pass after a few queries. *deep sighs*
What met my eyes next was the scenery that began transforming to the Great White North landscape. My pupils widened and my heartbeat became erratic due to mixed feelings even though Canada did not make it difficult for me.
We arrived in Toronto a little late in the afternoon.