I landed in Manila this afternoon. It felt different this time - maybe because I know this will be home for the next few months. It felt final. More final, at least. Not forever - I'm coming back to the US, I'm sure of it - but when I landed I didn't have that rush, that high, that usually comes from knowing I only have two weeks on the island and that I must savor every second. I didn't feel that as much today - instead I felt very, very calm.