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It is exactly a month now since the tragedy that shook the Philippines... a month ago, a typhoon that was only categorized as signal no. 1 became the downfall of a lot of Filipinos... lives were lost, houses were damaged to the point of destruction, cars were flooded and floating in the water and commuters were stranded in school, at work, in the streets and like me, in the mall... it was all so scary, frustrating and totally unbelievable... never have we expected this thing to actually happen... all the streets in manila is flooded, all the usually high places looked more like a sea of flood water rather than houses.. only the roofs were visible and people were stranded in their own roof.. everyone were hoping that someone would rescue them, but unfortunately, a lot of people were rescued 2 days after the tragedy called Ondoy, but the best part is, after the said incident, rich or poor, famous or not, the Filipinos survived and helped each other through the bad times, famous people were donating goods, big corporations were giving a lot for those who have lost their houses, their relatives and who have lost everything... volunteers were distributing relief goods for the victims of Ondoy and were donating their time and themselves to make sure that the deed of helping is done... 

me and my family too did not survive the rage of Ondoy, because our whole first floor were flooded even though we were not usually reached by the water where were from, that day and time, i came to school since i have classes during that time, after the first class, there was an announcement that classes were suspended... and this was how our school looked like from the outside...

                     

what we did, we walked around the school to the back exit and since there was no flood there, we walked and was of course, stranded in the nearby grocery store near the school... after that me and 4 of my friends decided its high time to buy some slippers and get out of our wet stockings... good thing that the grocery store has slippers available and we were able to buy some... we walked till we arrived in the nearby mall... and my friends left me there and they went on to one of our friends' house in bulacan.. it was a long way from the mall to aileen's house so i told them to leave me at the mall instead and that i'll be fine since i expected the water to cease by nightfall.. i never worried, not until i talked to my mom and the water was already more than the first floor of our house.. and it was not going down... i started to feel panicked... until my aunt reminded me that we have cousins in that part of valenzuela so i called them... thanks to them, i had a nice place to stay the night... i talked to my mom a lot during that time and was constantly worried, but she assured me that they were fine.. but i think i did my part, by praying that the water would stop on its current level and start to go down... 

according to my mom, the water got down by 5 am in the morning, during that time, i was sleeping soundly at the house of my cousin... when i woke up, i ate, dressed (oh yeah, i bought new clothes since i was wearing my uniform when i got to the mall.. i got to shop for something stylish but cheap... way worth it.. hehe) , and then asked them if they could get me home by 11.. nice were my cousins that they gave me a ride and what shocked me was the view outside, there were cars all over the street... cars that stopped working a fast food chain was chaotic, a grocery store was in total destruction, and the streets to our house was full of mud... this was what our village looked like...

      

all the picture of what my house looked like after the flood is right in this link...

http://pics.livejournal.com/jazupyourlife/gallery/0000ha52?page=1     

almost all of our things were saved, especially the expensive ones, but a lot of our things also got wet in the flood.. we're still currently struggling with what happened.. its been a month but it feels like it has only been a week since the tragedy... the whole first floor have to be renovated and repainted... and of course, we still have to keep all of our things upstairs so there would be no hindrances in repainting the first floor... 

one thing we learned in this experience, is to be content with what we currently have and to value everything we have.. my mom said that we shouldn't buy anything too luxurious especially if it's just going to be soaked in flood water, like what happened to my brother's psp and ipod... its a very good thing he saved his nintendo wii and ps3.. or we won't really have anything to entertain our cousins with... and my brother would totally cry if he lost those things of his... i'm just thankful were safe and we survived this.. and all we can do now, is to hope that this thing with the typhoon doesn't happen ever again... 

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