28 years
of
Community Service
MUNTING NAYON
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
In North America

Our homes are like people; they come and go



By Willie Jose
Ontario-Canada
December 13, 2016

 
 


People simply come and go in life. It’s also true when it comes to our home-- our house.

There’ll come a time when we have to let it go, leaving behind us so many fond memories of living a happy home.

We’re leaving home for many reasons; maybe we want to sell a home to simplify life because of advancing age.  Or maybe the children have grown up, gotten married—and then, they’ve finally decided to move out of home to live life with their own families.

 Another reason could be that we just want to take advantage of the good real estate climate; since it’s a sellers’ market in Toronto, we might be thinking that now is the right time to sell a home to get the right price.

Here’s in North America, keeping one’s home for some sentimental reason is not a popular thing; unlike in the Philippines, we often reminisce the memories about the ancestral home.

Buying and selling homes is a big business in this part of the world. It’s part of the culture and it is also well entrenched in the people’s mindset that a time would come when they would have to sell their home to fund their retirement years.

Instead of transferring the home’s ownership to their children, parents would rather sell it and share some money with their children as a seed money for their children’s initial down payment in buying home; in some cases, the money is used to pay off a part of the children’s mortgage, a good way to help their children in this time of economic uncertainty.

As part of the Pinoy culture, we seldom sell our home--- and we would rather have members of the family to inherit it. There’s no need for parents to live elsewhere because their children and other members of Filipino households would always be on hand to take care of their aging parents.

 In short, there are so many reasons why we are leaving homes in North America.

Leaving home is not easy. There are many things that come into play specially when we think about those unforgettable memories that have been accumulated over the years of living life in our own home.

I, myself, could not imagine that someday, somehow, I would have to decide to sell my home. As I say, it’s not easy to do that. I’ve been living in our home in Toronto since 1995, a year after arriving in Canada. I remember lots of memories-- when my children were still studying in high school at the R. H. King Academy. Then, they started studying in universities, working in some firms, marrying their partners and finally leaving our home.

In this home, we experienced and struggled through the years of recession in this country, and but we survived by working part-time and paying the mortgage despite the downturn of Canada’s economy in the early 90s.

How could I ever forget always sitting in front of the table, pounding on my computer in my little library used to be occupied by my youngest daughter, Katrina May, when she was still single. This is the room where I have done all my writings, a place where I will find solace and comfort.

And through the years we’ve kept on improving and beautifying our home not necessarily to add value to it but I think it’s human nature that we always want to see good things happening in the home.

Even if we sell it to other people, we want them to see our home in good condition; our home is a reflection on how we’ve lived life and it’s a show window of what we’re inside- our own character.

We want the new owner to take care of our home the way we cared for it. Even if we live elsewhere but when we come to think of our home, what we will always remember are those happy memories of ours when we were still rearing our young children, living life to the fullest despite problems and anxieties we faced, and while we were making friends and interacting with our neighbors.

The good news is that Our Home is not for sale yet!

    MoreDOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac meet Repatriated Workers from Saudi Arabia
    Department of Labor and Employment

    PARTNERS FOR CHANGE. Undersecretary Joel B.Maglunsod  and OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac, together International Labor Affairs Bureau OIC Director Mary Sol D. Dela Cruz, meet with the group of repatriated workers from Saudi Arabia who sought assistance in claiming their unpaid wages and benefits from their employers.
     ...
     
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    MoreLong live Mother Earth!
    Julia Carreon-Lagoc

    I cannot let Earth Day, April 22, pass without a tribute to Mother Earth, as precious as your own mother—to...
    MoreLakas Adhika saluted Women and Girls’ IWM spirits
    Marilie Bomediano

    Adhika Inc. and the Filipino Community (FILCOM) recently held a celebration that portrayed the women and girls’ perils in life...
    MoreFred and Nenita Tomas celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary in Toronto
    Dindo Orbeso

    The husband and wife team of Alfred Tomas and Nenita Tomas celebrated their 25th  wedding anniversary which was attended by...
    MoreOntario FilCan Catholic Parents Organization Sets 3rd Annual Conference
    Tony A. San Juan

    Faithful to its mission and mandate, the Filipino Canadian Parents Association in Catholic Education - FCPACE  will hold its Third Annual Conference on June...
    MorePrince of Peace Parish Lenten Mission Holy Mass and Healing of Parishioners
    Dindo Orbeso

    The Prince of Peace Parish Lenten Mission was held at the Prince of Peace Church in Scarborough, as part of...
     
    More`CON AMOR’ FOUNDATION B0ARD MEMBERS VISIT PROJECTS IN PHILIPPINES
    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.

    Welcome!

    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    MoreTHE CHILDREN IN DON MANUEL GK VILLAGE
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...
     
    Disclaimer

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.