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There Is Always Light After Dark ( Typhoon “Hagupit” Ruby )

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Joan Mae:

Last few weeks’ experienced were not that easy for us but we are still thankful for all your concerns, your good thoughts, and most especially for all your prayers. I’m happy to tell all of you that we are all fine. We manage to stay still and made it through. But I am so sorry for not giving an update immediately. Things made me sick lately so I just give some time for myself to rest. As a full-time housewife with two kids, plus managing a mini-convenience store takes a lot of pressure. So, please bear with me and hope you’ll stay tuned for more posts. As for now, I am reblogging this one nice article which my husband wrote. You’ll see here how the typhoon devastated some of the areas here in our country, Philippines.

Originally posted on Couple's Chronicle:

pagasa 12.08.14 Typhoon “Hagupit” Ruby Latest Update.(Courtesy of weather.com.ph)

This is the latest location of the Typhoon “Hagupit” or known as  Ruby, in the Philippines.

We are expecting a super typhoon as it landfall in the Philippines. But, thank God the storm weakens as it slowly enter the PAR (Philippines Area of Responsibility).

The northern part of Cebu is one of the many places that covers the route of typhoon hagupit. However, the path lifted up a bit going to the southern part of Luzon. Thus, we experienced minimal winds and rainfalls.

We are all happy though again, it took few lives of our countrymen. More or less, there were 8 fatalities reported.

Perhaps, the power of our prayers and all other nations helped a lot by sending message to God to stop the super typhoon. And yes, it was no longer a super typhoon as it enters the country.

I thank God for…

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Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby): Part 2

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The awaited typhoon isn’t here yet. Power supply is okay but where is Mr. Sunny Day? Are you also scared of the incoming typhoon, Mr. Sun? Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun.. (As the kids’ song goes..)

Last night, together with my husband, we went to the supermarket to buy some groceries for the house, and some stocks for our store as well. The supermarket was so busy, a lot of people also went shopping. And thought that panic buying isn’t just for Christmas season.

You could always hear passersby talked about the typhoon. So, it’s sometimes hard to choose to feel okay when all the talking you’ve heard is almost all about these. Perhaps, I wouldn’t feel so scared if I’m single right now and no kids to worry about.

To be honest, I was overwhelmed by your thoughts and prayers as I opened my notifications this morning. In behalf of my family, I would like to thank you all for your concern.

My husband left for work early this morning. And as I checked outside, the weather seems calm. But unlike yesterday, the sun didn’t show up. Though there’s no strong wind yet, but the sky shows no good sign at all.

This life-threatening typhoon all over the news and people’s word of mouth these days really scared us all. I don’t wanna know intensely  the whole details of the news updates now. I just rely on my hubby’s explanation on how strong would that be. He also explained to me according to news reports, that the super typhoon Hagupit stayed at the Pacific Ocean, and the longer it stays there, it would develop into a much more stronger typhoon.

While eating breakfast, I had this crazy conversation with my son. He asked me “Mom, if I’m going to heaven, will I become an angel?”. My heart beats faster but manage to answer him, “Yes, of course my dear.” Then he added, “Then, I will have wings and powers too?”. “Oh, yes! I said.”  Then he felt worried and asked again, “But how will I fly?, how will I control my wings? I really don’t know!” I laughed and told him,  God will guide you. :-) That was a funny thing, but what was this kid thinking?. He once told me that when he grew up, he wants to become a superhero. Hmmm…

Back with the typhoon update, it is said to make landfall on Saturday evening. So, we’re expecting to  have a rainy weekend.

Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby): Part 1

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A little bit scared by the threat of another incoming super typhoon
here in the Philippines. Typhoon’s name would be Ruby. Forecasters estimated it to make landfall later tonight or maybe early morning tomorrow, December 4, 2014.

It was just last year when our country, Philippines was hit by a super typhoon named Haiyan (International Name). And today we are threatened again by the same calamity. I’m asking you my dear friends to say just even a little prayer for all our safety here.

Today, the weather seems okay. It’s a sunny day and a bit windy. But I choose not to open my store this morning. Alone with my 7 and 1-year old kids, I’m preparing my mind and my very self for all the household chores for today, and the stuffs for the next few days just in case the typhoon will push through.

When my husband left for work early this morning and while the kids were still sleeping, I had to do the cleaning of the house, do the cooking, and preparing my kid’s things for school.

When my son woke up this morning, he told me that he won’t go to school because he’s scared of the typhoon. He even asked me ” how can I go home this lunchtime if there’s typhoon already?” then I explained to him carefully that the typhoon isn’t coming yet, just to make him feel at ease. As he left for school I told him to come home for lunch and we’ll eat together.

On lunchtime, my son came home but unexpectedly he was carrying his backpack. He was supposed to leave his bag in school because after a one-hour lunch break he has to go back to his class. So, I asked him “Why did you bring your bag?” he then answered “I will be absent because I feel tired, Mommy.” I got his bag, it’s a little heavy anyway so, I just hugged him and no plans of interrogating him.
I felt at ease anyway because my son is just right here with me when everybody else is so busy preparing themselves from the incoming typhoon.

And that’s all for now. I promise to be back later for more updates, not unless there’s power outage.

Keep safe, everyone.

Two Things You Won’t Expect During Pregnancy

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AN EARTHQUAKE

I was 8 months pregnant with my second baby when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Carmen, Bohol and other parts of Southern Philippines on October 15, 2013 at 8:12 am.

Our visit to my mother in-law’s house together with my husband and my 6-year old son became memorable. It was Tuesday morning, we were eating breakfast and having a little chit-chat with my husband’s mom, catching things up.

I weighed a little heavier that time, so I just get food from the dining table and choose to sit down on a sofa in the living room so I could relax my back and eat there while watching TV. Sitting beside me was my son, while feeding him I felt shaking a bit, I was speechless as if my mouth was glued and couldn’t open it. I paused and observed everybody, hoping that I won’t feel it again. But the shaking continues..

Without saying a word I grab my son’s arm, stood up, and put my plate to where I was seated, then rushed outside the house barefoot and everybody else followed us. We were standing outside, in the middle of the road, holding hands together. Other families were doing the same. It’s like we were grouping ourselves for some game.

As the tremors continues, more and more people from the neighborhood came out of their houses.

People were scared to death. I was petrified with fear and thought the ground won’t stop from shaking. I could see some people crying, while others were calling all the name of the saints they could remember, and started saying a prayer hoping for it to stop right there and then.

It took few seconds to stop. Kids were scared. I can still recall as my son asked me with a worried-look face, “Mom, what just happened? Why did we rush outside without wearing any slippers?

That experienced horrified us all, especially if you have growing kids. You will probably be worried for their safety.

That terrifying feeling does not end there. The aftershocks were felt every now and then and lasted until a few more months.

And just this month, November 10, 2014 to be exact at around 9:00am I felt a moderate earth shake while I continue writing this article. I wasn’t really sure if it’s an earthquake, so I checked on the news report and it stated that it was a 3.7 magnitude earthquake.

 

A SUPER TYPHOON

Three weeks after that strong earthquake another calamity has come. I was almost 9 months pregnant when super Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda here in my country, Philippines devastated parts of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippine area on November 8, 2013.

Early that morning as advised by the forecasters we were preparing things for our emergency kit, stuffs like medicines, flashlights, candles, and a lot more. Goods were bought days before.

The weather is awful with heavy pouring rain and it’s cold outside. We’re expecting for a stronger wind in a few hours as the typhoon landfalls before noontime.

I felt so uneasy thinking of my family’s safety. What if I’ll give birth suddenly?, or what if we need to evacuate if the storm gets worst? How would I move so fast when I’m carrying a little one inside me. A Few scary things were playing in my head.

All the news I have watched on TV says it all. It’s no joke! It’s been called a super typhoon because it was estimated to have a really strong speed.

I made sure all our phones are full-charged. Mom phone called some relatives to check if their emergency kits were ready just in case.

All set..

When the most awaited super typhoon entered the Philippine area, as if the heaven was furious, I can hear the annoying sounds of the roofs of our neighbor’s houses as the strong wind starts blowing with heavy rainfall. People were vigilant and some were busy monitoring the neighborhood.

I got scared every time I saw someone strolling outside, enjoying the rain and pretending to be kids. They might hit by a roof that has blown away.

Approximately after two hours the weather slowly calmed down. We survived!

But there’s a power outage few more hours later. And when there’s no electricity, there’s also no water supply and that’s the way it is. No electricity means we will all gonna sleep without air-condition nor electric fan and expecting to hear the buzzing sound of the mosquitoes later at night.Uh oh!

Good thing my husband devotes great care to us, he even stay awake just to fan us, me and my son. In order for us to sleep comfortably.

Since there’s no power supply and were not so certain when it will be back, mom decided to cook all the meat inside the fridge to avoid spoiling it. It’s like we’re having a special occasion because our dining table is full of food to eat.

We received no assurance from the electric company on when they can fix the power outage.

The water we secured before the typhoon only lasted until three days. After that we decided to leave for a while and stayed at my sister in-laws house where everything in their area was back to normal, the lights, and the water supply. Mom and my younger brother were left at home.

It’s a little bit hard for me to travel on nighttime with the distance of about 14 km. We’re riding on a motorcycle  with my son while hubby is the one driving. My tummy is heavy and emotionally I don’t feel okay after what we’ve been through. It’s really exhausting, but we have to keep going.

Some of my husband’s siblings were also there. I’m glad the house shows a happy mood. Kids were playing, there’s fun and laughter. And later that night the adults agreed to watch a horror movie, the latest one .

We enjoyed the whole experience, kids were screaming and shouting, and on the scariest part of the movie, when the monster is about to turn her head to reveal her true identity, all of us watching were very quite, staying focus on that very moment.. And then..

The lights and all the other appliances in the house suddenly turned off. Everybody’s screaming so loud, scared of the total darkness. It’s a power blackout again! So, we were not able to finish the movie that night. That’s was a funny and a little scary experience.

We stayed there for  a  day then back home for reality.

The power supply in our area was up four days later. Day after day life becomes normal again.

Almost three weeks after, on November 23, 2013,  I gave birth to a 7.5 lbs. healthy baby girl. :-)

And today, November 27, 2014 we are experiencing another typhoon named Queenie. Our town is now under public storm signal number 1. Classes of all levels are all suspended.

It’s so cold outside. The wind is strong with a heavy rainfall.

Keep safe everyone.

 

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Bogo City, Cebu, Philippines, After the Super Typhoon Haiyan

 

Back For Good

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sinulog festival 2014

Sinulog Festival 2014

 

Hello, Dear Friends from around the globe. I have waited for this very moment where I could go back into writing and interacting with you guys. I’ve been out for two years and you might as well ask questions like, where I’ve been?, what has happened in my life for the past two years?, Or if there were any changes that has happened? and a lot more.

Good news is I am now officially back into writing and I’m definitely back for good. I’ll be sharing some stuffs which took place during my.. let’s just say.. my vacation.

Within the past years me and my husband manage to overcome every challenges that come along our way. Our love for our family has become much stronger and we became more responsible for each other.  we have met new persons and some of them became our friends along the way.

I am much more excited to know how you, guys have been doing lately? Back into writing, this time would also mean back into visiting your blogs once again. :-)

Ramon Durano Foundation Feeding

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“I Am More Than Just A Volunteer”

~Bab/ Bon Team Theme~

Ramon Durano Foundation Compound was located at Brgy. Guinsay, Danao City, Philippines. A 2 hectare compound which includes Church, various monuments of different popes, saints and biblical events. The monument represents the popes from St. Peter up to Pope Paul IV dated from 1963 until 1978. There are 14 small white buildings and each housed every station of the cross. There are more religious structures that will satisfy your faith and will surely amazed you. See it for yourself and spend time to roam around the compound.

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Who Owns These Feet?

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Just some funny photo that I’d like to share. This was taken at Intosan Resort, Danao City, Philippines during our family outing last 2 years ago.

We rented a passenger jeepney to transport us back and forth at approx. 33 km north from our place, Cebu City. We came along with foods bought from outside.

The place was nice.It provides the ultimate outdoor water park experience kids will surely love. Entrance fee is P120.00 ($2.83). Cottages and rooms were also available with different rates.

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The Power Of “Thank You”

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Thank you for visiting my blog. I know most of you are busy and have lots of other important things to do yet you are here sharing a portion of your precious time reading my post. My deepest THANK YOU!

Sometimes, these two powerful words are missing in our daily activities. We are not aware that it adds credit to our goals. It will help clear our path from any obstacles in achieving things, whatever we wish to do.

A lot of people had a hard time in saying or writing “thank you” to the people around them.

The importance of saying “Thank You”:

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Manny Pacquiao VS Timothy Bradley Fight Results Controversy

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Photo Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

I am neither a boxing specialist nor a sports journalist. I am just throwing my personal thoughts and research about last Saturday’s boxing (June 9, 2012) fight between Manny Paquiao and Timothy Bradley. They were both great fighter and proven boxing geniuses.

What forced me to write about the issue is that a lot of negative comments are flying around the internet every seconds and a lot of articles are popping up about the fight. I can hear huge roar looking for the scorecard to be review.

To convince myself about the fight’s result, I made a lot of research the night after the fight and watch the fight again on my TV screen. More

My Taiwanese Best Friend

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Her name is Yalin and I missed her so much. We became friends last 2004 when I came to work in Taiwan and became best friends few months after we’ve met. We worked at the same electronic company.

I came home to the Philippines last December of 2006. I was pregnant then, so, me and my husband decided that I should go home first and resigned from work.

I love Yalin so much. She’s so special to me like a sister. She helped me a lot from work to personal matters, etc. She became my Chinese language translator as I was her English language translator. We both love stuffs with pink colors. We talked and laughed a lot. She’s always there for me and willing to lend an ear to listen if I have problems. More

SM City Consolacion Cebu Is Now Open

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SM City is the largest shopping mall in Cebu City, Philippines. Last Friday, June 1, 2012 SM City Consolacion was opened by the SM Prime Holdings Inc. who owned by Henry Sy Sr.. It is their 43rd shopping mall in the Philippines.

It has a gross floor area (GFA) of 106,857 m² and is located at Barangay Lamac, Consolacion Cebu. SM Consolacion is the second mall that’s being erected on the land of Cebu by the SM Prime Holdings Inc. SM Cebu 1 was located 11 kilometers away and was opened last November of 1993.

It has a 3 level building of around 57,842 m² leasable area. Some major tenants were BDO, Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Pizza Hut, KFC, Mang Inasal, Ace Hardware, National Bookstore and Watsons. Almost 90% of the area has been awarded to their respected tenants. More

A Lovely Birthday Message For A Dear Sister

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(L-R) Malyn and me

Meet my one and only sister, Malyn. She’s three years younger than me. She’s currently working in Taiwan and was away from home for few years now.

We’ve missed her a lot. She works hard and looking forward for a brighter future.  She definitely missed home for sure.

Malyn, though working miles away from home, she never forgets to share her blessings to us. She sends us a lot of home goodies, and other stuffs. Thanks so much for all your kindness, sis and also for your financial support during our hard times.

And most especially to our beloved mother, Mommy Nor who’s always been willing to More

Me, Myself, And I.

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Can I sleep now?

No. Not now yet!

Why?

You need to accomplish this one more post to make it 25, your total posts.

So?

So, you have to think of another interesting topic for an article to make.

Ggggrrrrr! What is it? What do you think is it?

Don’t ask me. Ask yourself.

Crazy, huh?! Can I just sleep now?

I don’t think so.

Why not, coconut? It’s already 2:29 AM.

What’s new? You always blog ’til dawn, right?

You know that?

I do.

How?

Ask yourself how.

Hmmm.. Can you just stop talking?

You better stop asking and  I’ll stop talking.

You think I’m crazy?

Obviously, you are.

Why do you say so?

Because you’re talking to yourself, don’t you?

I know, right?

Isn’t that crazy?

No. It’s funny actually. :-)

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