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Something To Think About


“They say that one day your life will flash before your eyes

so you’d better make sure it’s worth watching”.

Behind The Scene


One thing that you can’t fault about the Filipinos is their ability to still smile and laugh amidst calamities  and natural disasters. And the Bayanihan spirit is still very much alive with the private sector fetching in even with meager resources. There is our Vice-President Leni Robredo who was the first one in this “out of this world” government to personally see the plight of the Taal survivors. But where is  Digong, they asked. Ah. busy lambasting the Catholic church in one of his speeches again yesterday with an audience of another religion. Let’s not go further, I don’t really want to talk about his slowness in addressing these gargantuan problems. He does not  want to allow other nations to help our shores so be it, let him be buried deep in mud.

I was watching some videos posted at Facebook and I literally laughed seeing those who were wearing nightgowns, police uniform, school uniforms and some men in the evacuation center wearing skirts and dresses. No doubt about it, they really appreciate all the help from our kababayans.  Maybe some donors would want to get rid of those items that they no longer need. Take note though, there are mountains of goods, food items, potable water, toiletries, linens, canned goods etc. being brought to those places where there are so many evacuees. Here are some photos I culled from the net.

That’s VP Leni at the relief operations in Sta. Teresita, Batangas

They’re game wearing those dresses

The BAYANIHAN spirit is still very much alive. These are volunteers repacking goods for distribution

That’s a school uniform

Latest reports say that Taal Volcano is still under alert level 4. There is still the possibility of future eruption.

Remembering Those Years


My brother  Noel from Tulsa sent me these photos  earlier. He has more collections of their photos than I have.

It’s dad’s birthday but my mom could no longer remember this date. The younger years. Mom is turning 91 in a few months and she is slowly forgetting those important events in our family.

Mom and Dad in front of our house in the province.


 

I don’t know how old they were here.


 

With my youngest brother Noel in one of his rare vacations.


 

A few years before he left us.


My dad would have turned 98 years old today. It’s going thirteen years now since we lost him but he still stand tall in the recess of my mind. Yes, a beautiful memory that would last a lifetime. And it’s been more than a decade now that I’ve been blogging about him, a tribute to a man whom I called DAD.

Something To Think About


A friend sent this to me early this morning, a Biblical passage that we all need.


That’s Nissa and me taken on the hills of Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas ten years ago. It’s one of those road trips that we really loved. Nissa took hundreds of pictures of the place. Beyond are the Nasugbu mountains which hikers open go to to explore.

Seeing this today on my newsfeed reminds me of those happy days when we used to go on roadtrips and enjoyed those lovely times with the family. You’ll pass by Tagaytay and can even take a look at the scenic Taal on your way to this place.

Compared to what I see now where some towns of Batangas are buried deep in ash, where homes were sadly destroyed, where animals and pets were abandoned by their owners in their haste to flee, where there are large cracks in the highways going to those places, I just feel so sad and so inadequate to help. I keep them in my prayers though that this catastrophe would finally end.

Sometimes in life, we experience those life-threatening circumstances and events that we never thought would happen and we are mostly not prepared for it. We are quite happy staying in our own comfort zones, eating three meals a day, having a good night sleep, free to move around and do what we want. Life is short, we all know that. When things like the volcano eruption happens, one feels helpless. How could you go on when the things you took pains to have like your own place under the sun is suddenly destroyed and not habitable anymore? How would you feel if you see a deserted place all around you  and even those animals and plants you have nurtured for years are suddenly dead?

I read a report that the pineapple plantation in Tagaytay is destroyed. Initially P74.5M livestock  and crop damages were reported in Cavite and Batangas. They were covered in blankets of thick mud.  Coffee farms are included. A friend (they are a couple actually and both are chefs) tells her experience with the ashfall in their area the afternoon of January 12. They have a newly-opened restaurant in Tagaytay. They were both resting after a hectic morning of preparing menus in their restaurant when suddenly they heard a roar and they thought it was just thunderstorm, the sky blackened and ashes  began to fall.  Everything became gray. They are worried that the ashes that fell on their roof might actually destroy it. There is no water and no electricity. The painstaking days of putting up a restaurant a few months ago has come to naught. I remember that when we had typhoon Ondoy back in 2009, the couple and some of Nissa’s friends (they were all classmates  in college except Rhea’s husband) came to visit us and brought groceries  and things to cook right here.

I believe that  God is good though, He won’t give us something that we can’t carry. Our load might be heavy at this time but He is always there for us.

We need your prayers. Please include the Philippines  and all those affected by this disaster. THANK YOU so much.

Amazing Or Scary?


This photo was taken by a photographer who lives in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Calapan is about  118.8 kilometers away from the volcanic  eruption.

credit goes to Arden Pimentel Photography. Arden works at Calapan City Tourism.

The photo was captioned TAKBO (run in English). How do you find this picture? That’s Taal Volcano in the distance spewing ash while the children were busy running towards this phenomenon or running away from it.  I find the capture spectacular  but it also spells danger  to all. It gives me the goosebumps.