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Typhoon Ondoy

First, I would like to thank those who texted, e-mailed and called me, showing their concerns. Thanks also to those who prayed for me and my family. Me, Rhonnell and RJ are safe through God’s help. I was able to read your messages only this morning. We just got our electricity back the other day and our internet connection late last night. It was a miracle that our whole barangay submerged in flood except for 2 subdivisions, the place where we are living in and the adjacent subdivision to our place. The water at the gate of our subdivision was neck deep. The flood reached our laundry area but only ankle-deep. Our angels saved us!

However, my parents, all of my siblings, and other relatives were badly affected. First time in history that their place got flooded. The whole first floor of their house submerged in flood. Thank God that they have second floor so they all stayed there and were able to save some of their belongings. But my brother who is living just a block away didn’t make it to my parent’s house for the water was rising so fast. They stayed in their neighbor’s house for a day. Whoever you are, thank you very much for letting my brother and his family stayed in your house. May the Good Lord bless you and your family more!

Last September 26, typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines and it was raining for 24 hours. It was the highest recorded rainfall in Philippine history. There were many casualties and thousands of houses submerged in flood. Hundreds of families were stranded on their roof, the only place free from water. In Cainta alone, where my parents are living, 95% was flooded, 12-15 ft. deep. I was crying and praying while listening to the radio for 2 days and 2 nights. I can’t sleep and I could hardly eat. I was worried about my family. As much as I want to go to my parents’ place the following day, it was not safe for the flood was still neck deep. The rescue team can’t penetrate the place because of the stranded vehicles on the road and because of the rapid water current.

The other day, we’re able to go there. I was crying on our way to my parents house as there is no place that  is not affected by typhoon Ondoy.

We passed by grocery store to buy goods and other supplies for my family and relatives. The queue was terrible. There were panic buying in all groceries and stores.

This is Nangka bridge…boundary of San Mateo and Marikina. There are debris everywhere until now. The river I think is 12 ft. below the bridge but it overflowed and reached until waist-deep.

This is the national highway. There were tons of debris. Some of them were appliances and furniture.

This is my parents’ place. It was still flooded when we went there the other day, knee-deep.

At my parents’ terrace…poor motorcycle.

My brother’s house (after Ondoy)…he saved only his television set…the rest drowned in flood. His roof was the only part of the house that can be seen.

My Aunt’s house…

My parents’ house…the water reached the ceiling of their first floor.

My other brother’s house. The water reached the ceiling of the first floor.

This is Paraiso Memorial Park…it’s located at the back of our subdivision. This is a first class memorial park with green grounds. People used to jog here every morning. The picture was taken when Ondoy started to fall. After few more hours, all the tombs were gone.

Cars stranded on flooded road (courtesy of GMA7)

Rescuers trying to help those who were stranded on the flood (courtesy of GMA7)

Muddy road after typhoon Ondoy.

I can’t believe that a devastation like this could possibly happen. It is possible pala for the whole Luzon to be submerged in water. This tragedy is really hearth-braking. I can’t help myself from crying until now. My sympathy and condolences to those who lost their houses and loved ones.

It’s about time for us to really take care of Mother Nature. Stop abusing her. Let us not wait for another tragedy to happen.


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Harmful Chemicals

I cleaned our comfort room today. I covered my nose and mouth with cloth so not to inhale the fumes from the cleaner. But still I inhaled it. So I got the bottle and looked for the chemicals in the label but there’s none. It only says not to use with other acidic cleaners like muriatic acid and what to do in case of accidental contact with eyes and if accidentally swallowed. Minutes had passed but its residual fumes still linger in the air.
It is a known fact that most cleaning chemicals can result in burns to skin and eyes, carcinogenic risks, and chronic health risks to the endocrine, neurological, respiratory, reproductive, and other systems of the human body. Ingestion is only one of three major ways that these products enter the body. Inhalation is even far more dangerous because when breathed in, these harmful chemicals go directly into the blood stream and can quickly affect the lungs, heart, brain liver and kidneys.
The important requirement for product selection should be SAFETY. Products that are safe for the users and safe for the environment. So I researched for harmful chemicals that can be found in the products that we are using everyday and found this… 
When selecting kinder cosmetics and toiletries, choose products which do not have any of the following ingredients.
•    DEA, MEA, TEA, Cause allergic reactions, irritate the eyes and dry the hair and skin. Can be carcinogenic, especially to the kidneys and liver.
•    Petrolatum, also known as mineral oil jelly, liquid vaseline, paraffinum, liquidum and baby oil.  Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from the skin causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing. Prevents elimination of toxins, can cause acne and other disorders.
•    Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin. These formaldehyde-forming preservatives can cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and asthma.  can also weaken the immune system and even cause cancer.  Found in skin body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
•    Alcohol, or isopropyl.  A poisonous solvent and denaturant (altering the structure of other chemicals). Found in hair colour rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after shave lotions, fragrances. Can cause nausea, vomiting headaches, flushing, depression.  Also, dries skin and hair, creates cracks and fissures in the skin which encourage bacterial growth.
•    Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) Found in shampoos, hair conditioners, toothpaste, body washes.  Strong detergent which can cause eye irritation, permanent damage to the
eyes, especially in children, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and mouth ulceration. When combined with other ingredients, can form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.  Easily penetrates the skin and can lodge itself in the heart, lungs, liver and brain.
•    PVP/VA copolymer, a petroleum based ingredient used in hair sprays.
•    Padimate-O also known as octyl dimethyl, PABA is found mostly in sunscreens. Like DEA, a nitrosamine-forming agent.  There is concern that the energy absorbed by this sunscreen is then turned into free radicals, which may actually increase the risk of skin cancer!
•    Methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl paraben, used to extend a products shelf life and inhibit microbial growth.  Highly toxic. Can cause rashes and other allergic reactions.
•    Synthetic colours: coal-tar dyes are generally labelled as FD7C or D4C followed by a number. CARCINOGENIC!
•    Talc, found in baby powders, face powders and body powders as well as on some contraceptives such as condoms. A known carcinogen. A major cause of ovarian cancer when used in the genital area.  Can also lodge in the lungs, causing respiratory disorders.
•    Fragrance. Usually petroleum based.  Can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems vomiting, skin irritation and multiple chemical sensitivity.
I am wondering what chemical I did inhale today. Next time I’ll look first for the label. The question is, are there products available in the market without these harmful chemicals?
source: Natural Organic Health
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Tag on Relationships

Thanks to Cris of The Mommy Journey for passing this nice tag to me!

What are your middle names?
My hubby’s middle initial is D, mine is E.

How long have you been together?
We’ll be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary next month.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Three months I think. Can’t remember exactly.

Who asked whom out?
He asked me.

How old are each of you?
My hubby is 36 and I am 38.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
My siblings.

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Hmmm…nothing. We can solve everything as long as we’re together.

Did you go to the same school?

Are you from the same home town?
No. He’s from La Union and I am from Batangas.

Who is smarter?
He is smarter in English, I am smarter in Mathematics and analysis.

Who is the most sensitive?
I am.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?

Who has the craziest exes?
I do.

Who has the worst temper?
I think I do.

Who does the cooking?
Me. He only knows how to boil water and fry an egg.

Who is the neat-freak?
I am and he is the!

Who is more stubborn?
Both of us.

Who hogs the bed?
He does.

Who wakes up earlier?
He does.

Who is more jealous?
None I think.

How long did it take to get serious?
He was serious as soon as he courted me. Me? 8months after.

Who eats more?
He does.

Who does the laundry?
Both of us on weekends. I do on weekdays.

Who’s better with the computer?
Definitely he is. He’s a Computer Science graduate.

Who drives when you are together?
We don’t have a car.

Now, I would like to pass this to Dhemz, Grace, Clarissa, Annalou and Levy.

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