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

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

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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.

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My brother said he went out yesterday to buy surgical face masks but they are not available anymore. Nagka-ubusan na. People have become afraid of inhaling that toxic ash brought by the eruption of Taal volcano. I read an article saying that those are not really ashes but small microscopic particles of glass spewn by the mouth of the raging volcano. And when they get wet, they turn into lahar. A lahar is a violent type of mudflow or debris flow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris and water. The material flows down from a volcano, typically along a river valley.

I was able to obtain a Respirateur N95 surgical masks thru my son who works at JP Morgan Chase bank. They give them for free to all their employees. It has instructions on how to wear it.

I actually have several thick cloth and washable face masks which I bought from Miniso, a Japanese store at SM East Ortigas. Since I got sick ten years ago and since I underwent chemotherapy, my immunity has gone low. It is why I am so careful in catching colds since it usually takes a month or more before I get healed. Every time I go out alone and take a commute, I wear a face mask. Even in the marketplace, I also wear one. The pollution here in Metro Manila is bad.

We were lucky last night, the winds didn’t blow our way so the ash was so minimal.

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Reposting these photos of Taal Lake and that inactive crater in one of  our trips in Batangas a few years ago.

 

Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s actually one of the scenic spots in the country.  We had an office excursion several years ago in one of the towns facing Taal. There were so many who were surfing, sailing and wakeboarding.

A closer view of the volcano before its eruption from wikakids.com

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Lately I’ve been thinking about it, that one word …..journeys!

The last few days, I’ve kept in touched with friends, some are former officemates, some I’ve met  at our Catholic page on Facebook where I am one of the admins, some are friends I’ve previously met online. We talked about our families, our dreams and life itself.

Journeys.

For some, it may mean going to some places they’ve never been to, exploring, getting to know people. But I am talking about those days that we travel life’s highways.  We meet people along the way, gain and learn lessons from our experiences.  We don’t always travel on life’s paved roads, most of the time we encounter rough and unpaved, unknown and narrow ones. We move on, trying to reach our destinations.

My friends and I talked of growing old and getting older. It’s not that we wish to alter what life deals us but we are in agreement  that we don’t really want to reach that age where we get dependent  on our kids to take care of us. Here in our country, it’s in our culture that we take care of our olds until they leave this earth. Home care, stay-in facilities and assisted living are really not great options for us. Besides, those are quite unaffordable for an average families like us.

Journeys.

We sometimes get lost but in the process  we discover beautiful paths. Let’s enjoy every moment of the journey. Let’s be bold enough to face those unexpected trails and thorny paths. Let us not focus on how far we still have to go before we reach our destinations. Let’s take time to smell the flowers along the way.

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Sometimes we think of so many things at the same time

We see blurred images from a distance.

We try to cope with the everyday happenings in our lives.

We believe with faith that we could always rise through the storms.

We dream, we discover, we give thanks.

Above all, we love.

 

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I am not sure if I have already posted this meme here before but I found it in one of my “Memories” on Facebook last New Year’s Day. Sharing it with you again. I just love the message it brings.

Courage.

How many of us at one point in our lives needed this word and we had to act on it? How many times have we planned something to do but we lack the courage to pursue?  How much time have we spent seesawing in  our decision because we lack the courage to stand  pat  and face the storms in our lives?

Courage.

A simple word but it takes maybe a few seconds or days and months to act on it.  To quote Winston Churchill:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” We may be brave but we lack enough courage to act on something. It is never too late or too early to do what we want to be. We can make the best of everything or just stand by and watch. We could start right now and be prepared to face the storm.

Courage, dear heart.

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