It’s a Brand New Day

The previous days were messy, awful and just plain scary. Typhoon Maring and Habagat have once again proven just how vulnerable we are to the forces of nature. That in just one snap, families could be homeless, properties could be destroyed and lives could be taken. Thank God we’re all safe now and enjoying a brand new day!

Our recent typhoon experience as a couple proved to be manageable albeit scary, too. We were at home in Bacoor last weekend and when the rains poured hard Sunday night, our house almost got flooded. We were very alert at that time and started transferring furniture and stuff upstairs. We really prepared for the worse. It was a good thing we bought a two-storey town house, otherwise we won’t have a place to keep our things safe and dry.

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Weather, Weekend and a New Week

Last weekend was quite terrible, if you’d only base it on the weather. But the weather is beyond anyone’s control, and we can only do so much to protect ourselves from its scheming ways. I’ve always told myself to not let the bad weather dampen my spirits, and I think I’ve succeeded in making the past weekend productive for me despite the not-so-cooperative weather.

But just like the weather, there are other things that are really beyond our control. Like when we were not able to attend a friend’s wedding last Saturday due to the reported flooding in some areas in Manila because of the non-stop rains. Actually, the rains continued pouring until Sunday afternoon, which was definitely not a good thing for a lot of people, especially those living in low-lying areas in the metro.

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On Typhoons and Canned Goods

Heavy rains and floods brought by typhoons are so common here in the Philippines. These weather disturbances happen almost all-year round and so the best way to deal with them is to be prepared. When we finally moved to Bacoor in March right after our wedding, we made sure to reinforce our roof so it could withstand the typhoons. Haha.

We also made sure to buy lots of canned goods so that during heavy rains when a trip to the wet market or supermarket is impossible, we’d have something to eat. Last Saturday, heavy rains prevented us from going to the neighborhood market to buy fresh produce. The wife in me improvised on our meals with the help of canned goods. You see, it’s so easy to prepare them you don’t need to browse through for catering equipment. All you need is a can opener, some spices and a set of pans and you have instant meals to warm your chilly body and those of the entire family.

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Praying for Good Weather

My friends and I will be going out-of-country this weekend. As early as last year, I’ve started praying for a good weather. A canceled flight is the last thing we’d want to experience in this trip. Just thinking about the possibility makes me wanna cry already.

Two weeks ago, when typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) battered the Philippines with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, the damages it brought to our people still linger. Last weekend during out trip to the province, we passed by towns who were still submerged in flood waters. What a miserable sight it was! I became sad for a while and at one point, I even thought about the use of an industrial rubber hose to suction flood waters and discharge it back to the sea. Shallow idea, I know. My point is, these towns and the people living in them, need help and that help should arrive soon, and in big packages.

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