Harbor Square: The Rewards of Patience

The Covid19 pandemic has messed up our travel plans and a lot more this year and 2020 will go down as probably one of the worst in our lives. Here in the Philippines a 7-month (and counting) lockdown has forced us to stay indoors for the most part, only venturing out to buy necessities or for some work or ministry-related errands.

Some people have gone to nearby places like the Tagaytay highlands when Metro Manila’s quarantine status was eased somewhat only for police authorities to say that travel passes are required for residents of the metropolis. Of course there are those who travel to other provinces and are able to get away with it but we decided to stay put for now.

We did decide last week to embark on a trip within Metro Manila just to keep our sanity. We can’t say it’s a whiff of fresh air considering Manila’s pollution index but it was refreshing to visit an old haunt along Manila Bay: the Harbor Square in Malate. Some of the dining establishments were still closed but we settled for coffee, pancakes and dessert (at 4PM) at a restaurant. This restaurant had a good view of the bay and the yachts moored offshore.

Harbor Square

There were more yachts here than usual, probably unable to sail much due to the quarantine.

yachts at Harbor Square

As we did before on several occasions we waited for the sunset, for which Manila Bay is famous. However an overcast sky greeted us – which meant a largely dull sunset, if any.

nearing sunset at Manila Bay, Harbor Square

In earlier times we would have probably packed up and gone somewhere else but we stayed put and patiently waited for something to happen. After a while we noticed tiny dashes of colors beginning to emerge as small openings in the clouds began to appear. The sun was actually almost down on the horizon by this time.

the blue hour at Harbor Square

A glance back at the line of yachts revealed more colors as the rays of sun which had just gone down were now shining through larger gaps in the gray clouds.

sunset colors beginning to show over a line of yachts at Harbor Square

Instinctively we knew this could develop into a dramatic sunset so we swung back to the line of buildings along Roxas Boulevard and the Philippine Navy Headquarters where the cloud cover had already lifted.

sunset at Manila Bay, Harbor Square

Over time we’ve learned to be patient, wait for the sky to run its course and not to leave when the sun has gone down. In the end this was our reward:

Harbor Square Sunset

As we drove back for home that evening we reflected on our sunset photoshoot. There’s a lot of gray clouds on the horizon right now with seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel. But perhaps what we need is patience – lots of it – and a determination to never give up, to never lose hope. Our reward might just be around the corner.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)

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    1. Thanks Markus and Micah. Yes a lot could have been done early on that would have made things better by now. Anyway we’re hoping that they ease travel restrictions by next month but you’ll never know.

  1. It’s certainly been a strange year. While we’ve had strict travel restrictions, we’ve been fortunate that we’ve still been allowed to explore our home province of Ontario.I think I would go insane if I had to stay in my apartment 24/7. FIngers crossed that 2021 will be better.

    1. It’s one of the disadvantages of living in a big city – which is often the hardest hit in a pandemic due to the population density. We certainly wished we had been living in a province a bit far from the capital.

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