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Life in this chaotic World

The year 2020 started with a BANG! with our personal lives, change of sceneries as we come back for good in Auckland New Zealand plus early in January the volcano in Tagaytay, Philippines (click the LINK) near my new condo unit has just erupted, fortunately, the wind blew to the other side (sorry to the other areas that have been affected) so the place only suffered minimal spewing of ashes. I was worried about my relatives’ plight as they live in the neighboring provinces, though I wasn’t that worried about my father because he lives in Metro Manila near the airport and it’s 2 hours away from the province of Tagaytay.  Nevertheless, the ashes of this small volcano spewing as far as up to Manila and surrounding cities.  It is now recovering as it’s now back to normal and thank GOD no people die but unfortunately, some animals were trapped and breathing the ashes can kill your lungs, human or animals.  According to Wikipedia, the volcanic ashes are made of some fragments of rocks, minerals, and volcanic glass and it even showed on TV how it looked like under the microscope.  It really looked like a shattered glass, particularly this Taal Volcano.

credit to CNN.PH link to read HERE

And now… it’s the coronavirus.  I think this tops it all and it’s just the beginning of the year!! Soon we will be traveling again and I am worried but hopeful that we won’t face any problems as this April travel (business trip) will be very busy indeed.  I am monitoring the news and flight schedule as it changed 3x already!

This virus shows the bad side of humanity.  If you don’t know yet, it started in December in China and yes they keep it a secret for a while (long story) and now one of my favorite tourist destinations (in Europe) shows some racial discrimination as most of them when they see an Asian they ignorantly categorized them as CHINESE.  So unfortunately for other Asians, though not Chinese they are being beaten, harassed out on the streets and being thrown outside by another commuter on the bus or train.  I was aghast that they are this mean!  But I guess it’s being human and fearful of this virus so much they forgot to think and be reasonable.  One thing for sure, I will not do that to another person!  I am sure if you are from that part of Europe you know what country I am talking about.  It’s all over social media, and perhaps it is not just there that this is happening, but all over the world.  I am aware because I have some relatives there.  If you’ve been following my blog for a long time now you know I have 2 Countries in Europe I always go to and spend some of our holidays.  Make a guess.

I leave you now with some HOPE and let’s PRAY together that this will be over soon. If that doesn’t happen then no more traveling, no more events to attend to, you won’t meet your friends or families for fear of being contaminated, no more joy in life but fear.  That is not living at all.  I believe in this saying.. “there is light at the end of the tunnel.”  I am looking forward to it.

Take care, my fellow bloggers and traveloholic people!

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Taal Volcano, Philippines

 

It’s with sadness that I am writing this to you that my favorite holiday destination in the Philippines is now experiencing hard times. You probably heard by now in the news that Taal volcano in the Philippines erupted but still on alert level 4 which means we are all waiting for it to fully erupt to level 5. No, we really don’t like it to happen but it’s inevitable and will happen one day! It’s even harder waiting as the more it stalls the longer the people cannot move on with their life!

img_1044As you can see… Taal Lake is big and the volcano resides in the lake within the lake. A very unique feature and lots of tourists were amazed by the beauty of it close up. From riding a horse to hiking it and eventually seeing the crater with your own eyes and it’s a very green sulphuric lake which one vlogger LINK experienced it, an experience of a lifetime. I don’t think I will do the same thing as it’s scary for me even though the volcano was calm at the time. But nobody knows that just after a week… it will get angry and gives a frightful smoke and thunder within itself not coming from the sky.  As of today writing this, the green sulphuric lake has now dried up!

Another fact that in our days we knew that the Taal volcano is that “Binintiang Malaki” as shown and taught in our school.  Lot’s of people are now debating about this today that why only the old people (who are survivors of the past eruptions) know about the truth?  Why they haven’t corrected us that the real Taal volcano is the one sunk in the middle which you can’t see from afar? (see above photo).  This past week we learned a lot about this small volcano.  There is a saying “small but terrible”.  It may be small but it is one of the deadliest among other volcanoes in the World (fully erupted).

Unfortunately, most of my relatives from my mother’s side we’re living within the radius of the danger zone which is within 14 kilometers around the famous lake & volcano. That province is called Batangas. It’s so beautiful and full of nature. I had an old post LINK1 & LINK 2, about it if you want to read it too.

It’s a great thing that FAMILY is a big part of our lives. It’s a big deal and I am proud to say that we are a close family up to 2nd degree of consanguinity. When I was a child I was about to finish College/ University… I knew & met my relatives on my mom’s side up to the 4th degree of consanguinity. I even call my grandma’s sisters and brother’s grandma/grandpa to that time they were still alive. The longest grandpa lives for about a 💯 year old.  Since I do not live in the Philippines anymore and only come for a visit my knowledge of my old relatives and their families dwindled as I do not see them when I visit the province when I stay for about 2-4 days maximum.

So in times like in this situation. Relatives don’t have to go to a relocation/evacuation center as the “family” contacted them to let them know they can stay at their home away from the danger. They’re more than happy to welcome them and help. I am proud of knowing they’re safe!

I am glad too that my father and siblings were alright safe and further away from the danger as they live within Metro Manila. The only inconvenience they get is the ash fall.

FYI, the ashes from the volcano are a health hazard. It’s not good to breathe it as it will cause some lung diseases and it’s microscopic that it’s not visible in the naked eye and so a mask N95 is necessary to get. Unfortunately, having it is harder to find as people panic buy and some pharmacies are out of stock. Some bad people also manage to sell it at a very expensive price! Yes, the government is giving it to evacuation centers for free but it’s never enough.

Anyway… some good things come out of this. It shows humanity and unity. Lots of people from other provinces who also experienced calamities in their lives came to support and give help in kind or donations (foods, clothing, sanitary items, etc.) even some celebrities and famous vloggers go their way to help!

I hope once this is over, there will be a rainbow in Taal. That someday it will prosper and show its beauty again for the people to appreciate and be proud of once again. It may not be easy to start again from scratch but the hope and the will to rise up within these strifes will overcome all the hardships. And yes, of course, believing there is GOD to help us stand up. Filipinos have been through all types of calamities already and I believe Filipinos are a bunch of resilient people.  At the moment, the volcano seems resting.  We do not know what will happen but they are now ready.  God bless all the people from all over the country and the World who are helping them.