In recent times, crossing borders is not as pain-free as it was in the past. As someone who is based overseas, I had the opportunity to be on the road home to visit my dad and my brother whom I've not seen for nearly two years, in my home country.
It was daunting to make the trip but I was kinda mentally prepared. As expected, the immigration office now requires much more paperwork and a tighter health testing procedure. There were longer waiting times, many web registrations and multiple COVID tests to be done. Fortunately, I had my camera with me to snap a few photos while going through the process.
Armed with my Sony A7RIII camera on the Sigma Art 85mm F1.4 DG DN lens, I managed to keep myself entertained by finding compositions in unlikely places.
When I finally crossed the border, all the troubles were mostly forgotten, as familiar scenes of my old town filled my sight. I was overwhelmed with bittersweet memories as I recall different childhood events at different locations.
My neighborhood is still there, including my old haunts, but the familiar faces are gone. I'd not be surprised if most of them have left the town, or even passed on.
New signboards put up around the area represent a sign of progress.
The malls are much quieter now compared to the pre-pandemic period.
Quaint coffee shops such as this are still surviving well.
It was a trip down memory lane for me.
Anyway, here's wishing you all a superb 2022 ahead. All the very best!