Thursday, July 3, 2008

we braved strong winds...

unaware of typhoon frank to also hit the north of cebu, we rode a bus heading to medellin, cebu where we would be visiting dad and attending the fiesta the day after. me and my husband were on a different adventure. it was quite an experience. it was my first time to be in such a stormy ordeal. this was not anything i have imagined. we were traveling on a reallly bad weather. we rode the 6 p.m. bus going to medellin. normally, it could have only been a three-hour ride with all the stop-overs but the typhoon held us captive in the streets. power and telephone posts gave way. trees fell on the roads and blocked our way. the town officials had to help out and clear the road from those fallen trees. we were praying to God that He would bring us all home safely to our families. it was almost 4 a.m. (can you believe that?) when we got off the bus. we still had to walk a few meters from the guardhouse in order to reach home. there was power blackout. with optimism still residing in us, we thought, at least it was already it.. home is near. what we didn't know was that the old acacia tree and the light post inside the compound also gave way and blocked the road. we were only using the light from my very outdated cellphone. it was a bit funny coz i can no longer hold on to the call of nature and so i decided to answer the call of nature beside the fallen acacia tree. i felt comfortable after that. the next thing i know we were already crawling under the fallen tree so we could get past it. wet clothes, wet shoes. we got home safe, though. no injuries. it felt good to have overcome what we call "obstacles". it wasn't something we have wished to experience but it sure felt good to have surpassed everything. thank you God.

the fiesta was cancelled. it was certainly not a good time to celebrate.

on a sadder note... the ship, Princess of the Stars, owned by Sulpicio Lines, sank in the typhoon and claimed the lives of hundreds of its passengers. why does anything like this have to happen? Act of God or act of man?

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