Earthquake In Bohol, Philippines

Driving around town in the rain is not a good idea for me.  Running errands today was a hassle because of the rain showers due to a thunderstorm.  I went to the bank to make a cash deposit and I picked up a pair of boots that I bought from an online local garage sale. Also, I had to meet a friend for a delicacy order in the afternoon.

I thought it won’t take me long to pick up the food but the rain was non-stop.  My friend got stuck in traffic because of an accident on the highway.  We were meeting up in Rockwall.  She called that her daughter is getting hungry so she told me about a Pho Garden restaurant.  I told her I’ll just wait for them in the restaurant.  So I drove around the shopping complex trying to find the restaurant.  Soon enough I found it and darling daughter and I walked in the rain toward the restaurant.  They are serving Asian cuisine I say Vietnamese food.  I ordered something to eat while waiting for my friend to come.  We exchanged text messages informing me about the traffic status and the distance their in.  After an hour, she and her daughter showed up.  I felt bad because they had trouble coming over.  But we didn’t expect the rain to be that heavy in the area.

While eating, my friend told me about the earthquake in Bohol Tuesday morning, October 15.  She’s from Bohol and she was very worried about her family there.  She was about to pass out when she knew about the time it happened because that was around that time when her mom goes to town to be able to talk to her.  It was a magnitude of 7.2 earthquake felt in the neighboring provinces in the Central Visayas including the island of Leyte (where I came from).  So strong energy that it was considered as the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years.  OMG!

She was relieved when her mom answered her call the next day.  Due to power outage and cellphone signal loss, most towns people are still out of reach.  Buildings, mostly old ones and churches collapsed and landslide occurred.  A historical church built in the 1700s was destroyed.  Portions of the Chocolate Hills collapsed.  As you know, besides the historical landmarks, Chocolate Hills are the pride of Bohol.  A magnificent tourist destination where visitors connect with nature.

I am praying for strength, hope, and safety for the Boholanons.  This is a huge calamity.  Everyone should lend a helping hand in times of crisis.

Anyway, I am happy to know that my friend’s family is safe.  After a big dinner together, we parted ways and wished her a safe drive home.  Because I got wet in the rain today, I am feel like there’s a congestion coming.  Arg!

I Want To Go Back To Puerto Galera Again

Whenever I think of summer, all I can think of are the beach, white sands, pineapples, coconut juice, and palm trees in the tropics.  I surely love the beach.

The first time my husband visited me back in 2007, we went to a beach resort in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.  The resort is called Puerto Galera (literally means “Port of Galleons”).  That was my very first time to have a vacation to other provinces.  I fell in love with the place.  No wonder the resort is one of the most visited attraction in the Philippines.  Besides enjoying a glass of pineapple juice by  the beach, diving, beach hopping, snorkeling, and sightseeing are the best activities here.  There are beautiful dive sites in Puerto Galera.  Diving lessons and diving gears are available.

summer in october
This picture was taken while we were beach hopping. And we were heading to Puerto Galera again.

When beach hopping, the boats were like the taxi on the water.  And when snorkeling, the boat will wait.  That was really cool.   We had our snorkeling gears like goggles and life jackets.

I cannot wait to go back to Puerto Galera again.  Hopefully, one of our next vacations will be in Oriental Mindoro.  It would be nice to take my daughter there and show her how beautiful the Philippines is.

Anxious To Be At The Resort

Today is the day we checked in at Sabin Resort Hotel.  Our stay at Don Felipe Hotel was nice and cozy, but we were anxious to transfer here at Sabin.  We were very anxious to be here and spend the rest of the vacation time in one of our favorite resorts.

hotel room
Happy to be back in Leyte.
hotel bathroom1
The hotel resort’s bathroom for Superior Room
hotel bathroom2
The shower
The pool
It’s a cloudy day but weather adds to the serenity of the place.
get-together
My friend from Dallas and her son came home for a vacation too. She and her family were having a get-together at the resort the day we checked in.
By the pool
Hubby and darling daughter strolled down by the pool. She’s anxious to get into the water.
flower
My very first flower photo during the trip (as far as I know). 🙂

So my youngest sister and niece are with us.  They helped with packing all the stuff and they also helped with babysitting.  In a couple of days we will be going to my parents’ apartment for a visit.  In addition, we are going to have a small kids’ Christmas Party there too.  I am sure that kids will enjoy that.  For now, we have to relax to regain our energy from last weeks traveling.