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I couldn’t thank you enough for all your greetings, comments and prayers. They have somehow lifted me up.

Special thanks goes to Elizabeth who wrote about our plight here. Unfortunately, I haven’t read her post yet.

Just to give you an idea of the flood that reached our place, I took shot of it from the second floor window of our neighbor where we transferred.

That’s our house with the red roof, it is a corner lot. I couldn’t take a full shot of it but this is on the left side of the house. The water here on the two intersecting streets were about knee-high (it has subsided a little). When typhoon Ondoy struck eleven years ago, it has reached that level of our high fence in the corner. Inside it is our grotto and small pond.

Again I wish to extend my thanks to all of you. Sorry if I missed answering your comments.

P.S.

Sorry about the missing photo, I could see it here. I re-posted it a while ago. Thanks!

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Hopefully for good.

I didn’t have the heart to write the past days except to update you all on what happened here.

The hopelessness of seeing those affected by three consecutive typhoons which brought massive flooding, destroyed homes and crops, loss  of lives and so many homeless still struggling until now. I can’t forget the experience we had eleven years ago when we left the house with the flood waters up to my neck. You can only appreciate those little things in life that you used to ignore because they are there but at a blink of an eye suddenly gone. Needing a few pinch of salt to add to your cooking but you can’t find any.  Our ref was empty for days and we survived on canned goods  almost every day. I can’t imagine how the people in the north and in the Bicol region are doing at the moment with not even a house to come back to. So sad, so really, really sad.

Josef just washed and cleaned the carpet they were using in their room, Two more to go, one of which  I hadn’t used yet but they got wet when we were cleaning the floors. And the garden? Except for a few shoots, those that were close to the ground are still muddy until now. I’ve pruned the leaves and stems of some grown plants but we need to trim the carabao grass again.  It may take sometime before we could restore the whole thing to order. We’ll start tomorrow, hopefully.

I let myself relax for a while reading and finding materials (excerpts from my previous blog posts) to contribute to Sambuhay Interaktib, twice a week program of Sambuhay  TV mass. I found a small community of fellow Catholics there, befriended three of them.  The priest anchors are very supportive. Two stress-free nights twice a week 🙂

How are you all?  I’ll get back to reading your posts later, thanks!

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So Sorry


I  am really sorry, I still could not go back to your posts on my reader feed. Will be busy again after this fixing things at the house. So many things to do…hay!

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It is really nothing new, the Philippines is a flood-prone country but we didn’t expect the destructive nature of typhoon Ulysses. Pagasa said it will only pass by Metro Manila  but  it directly passed by the province of Rizal  in which our town is included, Pasig City, Bulacan province and Marikina City.

Thoughts of typhoon Ondoy back in 2009 came too close all over again. Wednesday of last week, Josef, Jovy and I didn’t have a wink the whole night watching the storm. At round 5 am the following day, I fell asleep for an hour and when I woke up at around 6:30 am, flood waters were at the garage.  We weren’t able to move out the car since the current outside was too strong and several cars on our street were already parked there. It is higher than the other streets in our subdivision.

Right there and then, we gathered  some of our belongings, important papers that should be saved, some groceries and change of clothing. We transferred to our neighbor whose house has three levels. They are like second family to us. With the two fur babies and mom in tow, we braved the winds and the rains crossing the street.  Good thing Josef was able to detach the car’s battery and computer box before we left although rain waters reached the seat of the car. We have it towed last Friday. It is still covered by comprehensive insurance so that’s one expense saved.

Flood waters inside the house reached  my knees  so we transferred everything to a higher place. We came back the following day, mud was all over the sala and dining area. Good thing it didn’t reach our bedrooms. It is always easier to lift those furniture and fixtures and what have you but so hard to put them back after the storm. My legs are aching until now. That Friday night, we were surprised that Isabela and Cagayan provinces in  the north were deep in water, as high as the second level of most home and you can’t even see rooftop of most houses. It was VP Leni who mobilized those who could help in the rescue in the middle of the night.

Malacanang and duterte’s men were so quiet about what was happening in the north. And now these duterte diehards that we call DDS are bashing VP Leni left and right. I hate, hate them. She was so busy visiting those flooded areas that three consecutive typhoons hit. They could not find fault in what she is doing until now so they invent lies and scenarios against the vice-president and post them on social media.

If only they didn’t shut down ABS-CBN, news could have reached those far away places affected by the storm. These dam operators were crazy, they released waters from Magat dam at the height of the typhoon flooding these two provinces. I think protocol is, they have to open the gates at least two or three days before the storm hit.

It used to be that foreign countries help the Philippines whenever calamities like this strike but duterte put an end to that when he said a few years back that he does not need help from those countries because he does not want his human rights violations exposed.

I know, Filipinos are resilient when it comes to disasters but this government is so slow to act to help us. I guess it is about time that he leaves his seat and transfer the reign to our working and compassionate Vice-President Leni Robredo.

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It’s raining again, that kind or rain that is light but it never stops.

We are under typhoon signal #3 and typhoon Ulysses is traversing the same path that typhoon Rolly did a week ago, some parts of the Catanduanes province in the Bicol region are now inundated, water almost reaching the rooftops of some houses.  God help us!

Supposedly, November is already our amihan season where the cold winds of Siberia bring colder nights to our shores. If not for La Niña which our weather bureau said will last till April, we won’t probably be having these late typhoons. Come to think of it, it is the 21st weather disturbance this year and we average about 18 to 20 every year.

Rainy nights (provided they do not bring flash flood) are a perfect time to read while sipping a hot tea in the process.  I went back to reading Charles Martin’s books, my 11th read since I discovered the author.

One thing that induced me to start this? It’s the cover and the title not even glancing at the synopsis of the book. I am fan of Charles Martin, a Christian author who writes such deeply memorable characters. And he blogs too  and I can truly relate.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

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Five years from now,  we may look back and remember, 2020 was not such a good year.

It started with a fire in Australia and locally, we’ve seen the normally passive Taal volcano erupt, then this Covid-19 pandemic touched our shores followed by typhoons that brought havoc to some provinces especially in the Bicol region. Gosh, as if this is not enough, we still have this  government whose priority is not the welfare of the Filipino people.

We endure and we have to. I haven’t been out of our subdivision since February 2020. The farthest I’ve gone to was at the gate of the village where we have a grocery store. The items sold there are not complete and I kept urging Josef for us to go to the supermarket before November ends so we could buy things we need for the Christmas season.

We are still under general community quarantine although those with age 16 and until 65 are already qualified to go out to buy necessities, medicines etc provided we wear face shields and face masks. I wonder how we could renew Mom’s  social security benefits come January. She is the sole beneficiary of dad’s pension and beneficiaries are required to update their status every year so they could continue to receive their pensions. It’s quite impractical now for her to go out even with the car and a companion. I asked Social Security System (SSS) if we could apply for a home visit but they just gave a link where to write to and they never answered.  SSS has changed the schedule of dates where they will credit benefits for our monthly pension and horror of horrors, there are many of us pensioners who didn’t  receive our September pensions. SSS knows about this but they are requiring us to submit Statement of Account from the banks where our pensions are maintained. It’s their fault not ours, and they  have data base of all those pensioners they didn’t credit.  I am afraid this might turn into another hocus pocus of this government. They did that to Philhealth, 15B was lost thru corruption.

2020 is really a crazy year. I hope 2021 would be more kind to us all.

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I got engrossed for a while reading two books by Lucinda Riley consecutively in the last five days and before that, another book of hers last October. Read four all in all.  Anyway, I am trying to find more authors to follow. When I get excited with a particular book and a particular author, I  tend to look for more of his/her works.

Yeay, I only just discovered watching music videos on Facebook and those previous episodes of Pilipinas Got Talent. I am not bragging here but when it comes to music, Filipinos are the best. From ages about thirteen to twenties, they’ve got it.  There was even this Filipino shadow artist who had  the stage lit up in gold when he got the Golden Buzzer. So proud of these talented individuals.

Yesterday, I posted a photo  at Facebook taken when I got sick several years ago which was also used by my friend ( a producer of GMA 7) in their episode 24 Oras (Magic ng Pasko) four years ago. I know I featured that video here when they had their shoot here at home and included a segment of my plight as a cancer survivor. It earned a lot of hearts and likes.

I remember Doc Julie, one of my medical oncologists At the UST Benavidez  Cancer Institute eleven years ago. Those days when a smile  meant a lot  to me at the lowest ebb of my life.

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And I don’t mean the romantic love that we all know and talk about.

Have you ever felt that certain kind of happiness that makes you smile every time you remember?  There are certain things in our lives, certain things that cost so little or none at all that make those smile painted on our faces.

I fall in love with a baby’s smiles and laughter. Those unguarded moments when he/she smiles at you and reach out his/her hands to touch, to feel, to make his/her self comfortable in your arms.

I fall in love with sunrises and sunsets. The wonder of the rising sun gently caressing your back and the beauty of the sunset signaling you to just admire it and take a rest. The beauty of an unexpected rainbow on a cloudy day. Those clouds passing by in a rapid move and you wonder what they’ll bring, rain or a glimmer of the sun’s face.

I fall in love with lovely surprises, kindness from people I have just met and thoughtful friends who never  fail to make you smile. Even meeting them once in a while, listening to their voices over the wire,  hugging and embracing them when you see each other.

Morning coffee or  tea at night while reading a lovely book and you fall in love with the characters and the place. And you wish you’ll attain the same success as they did in the story.

The heady scent of flowers in your garden  and the peace and quiet gardening brings. You fall in love with creating a lovely panorama of different plants, the wonderful feeling it brings to your quiet world.

The undivided attention you get from your pets.  The way they lick your face and your hands showing unconditional love and the non-judgmental  way they look at you. They bring so much joy within.

I fall in love with the music of yesteryears.  The nostalgic way you hum  a song because you have memorized the lyrics over the years.  The way you swing your head to the music, smiling and at peace listening and remembering those years that gave you joy.

Ah, I could go on and on but I’ll reserve them for another post. Have a great day everyone. Think happy thoughts always.

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Got so lazy again, just heard two online masses morning and afternoon, loaded the washing machine and cooked spaghetti for lunch. Haha, that’s how my day went. I didn’t even visit the garden. My plants are probably good for two more days without watering.

Aside from the surprise bouquet that Nissa sent me on my birthday,  she gave me additional gifts when they came over  last Saturday. Wow, two lovely sets of pajama and these two equally lovely washable face masks with eyelet designs but were provided with  inner pockets for  additional padding.

Nissa is so thoughtful when it comes to giving gifts.  Attached to the gifts is a homemade card from Nate. I was touched. He filled my Messenger with emoticons/emojis on my birthday – flowers, hearts, smileys, praying hand, a girl running. Maybe he does not know yet how to type his greetings hence, the more than twenty emojis on my wall.

I remember when Josef and Nissa were Nate’s age. They always had surprise letters and drawings when we got  home from work. They are still kept in my shoe box.

The joy of being remembered…priceless 🙂

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My heart goes out to these images. I couldn’t imagine how life could be that easy again.

How do you comfort someone who has lost his dwelling because of the typhoon?

Buried deep in lahar and rocks. Photos were culled from ANC.

How can one start all over again?

Look at that raging flow of mud.

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