It’s a Wrap, August!

August kicked off on a high note if I do say so myself, but the following days went on like a blur. I had to mentally recap what happened this month as I write this because I’ve lost sense of time these days. I will, however, keep this round-up short and meaningful, limiting it only to significant events that have transpired this month. I hope you make it to the end because it’s the most important part of this post.

(Re)union with Friends and Family

When I first started blogging with WordPress.com in 2012, I looked up Filipino bloggers I’d follow. Skimming through the #Philippines tag in my Reader, I came across Shayne‘s thought-provoking narrative on why her father won’t help Filipinos who were affected by the typhoon. It was nothing like any of the blog posts I’ve read at the time, and it’s probably why I got drawn into and looked forward to her blog posts. Earlier this month, five years later, I finally met Shayne in the flesh. Roan and I had dinner with her, and it really felt more like catching up with an old friend than meeting someone for the first time.

After two years of driving to and coming over to Ron and Jan‘s home in Monrovia, they were finally able to visit ours this month, too. It was even more special with Adler coming along because we got to play with him before we decided to bring them to Seaport Village downtown. It was a quick visit, but we appreciate that they drove out to San Diego to see us. Anyway, we’ll most likely see each other again in October.

That same weekend, Roan and his siblings put together a simple potluck dinner to celebrate their mom’s birthday. We hadn’t seen each other since Christmas, so it was nice to have hung out with them that weekend. We went through piles of their baby photos, which I personally enjoyed because they brought back a lot of memories since I’ve known Roan and his siblings for awhile now.

Hurricane Harvey

We don’t have cable TV at home, so Roan and I just pick up news online. Honestly, we didn’t pay much attention to the news on Hurricane Harvey until we saw footages of the damages in the southeastern part of Texas. I have family in Houston, and we got worried when my cousin said that water had started to come up on their driveway. I also follow a lot of bloggers from Houston, so seeing and hearing about their situation on Instagram and Snapchat was heartbreaking.

I come from a country that’s survived every possible typhoon, and I strongly identify with those whose homes have been flooded in because we had experienced the same catastrophe—not once, but twice—too. I had six pet rabbits, and they all drowned in the flood. No one could’ve done anything to save them. I personally know how devastating this is, and recovering from this will be just as hard, so I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity to encourage you, my dear friend, to extend whatever kind of help you can to the Hurricane Harvey victims. If you haven’t donated yet, this resource may come in handy. May we continue to keep all of the victims who are suffering from this calamity in our thoughts, and pray that they recover to become much stronger individuals than ever before.

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  • Awe I’m sure it’s so fun to meet bloggers in real life, almost like a celebrity 😛 I haven’t had a chance to meet any bloggers in real life yet but I’m hoping that one day I will. All of the hurricanes have been terrible, it’s definitely global warming! I hope your family is enjoying their trip and seeing you 🙂 My mom is coming to visit me today for a week, so it will be really nice to see her too.

    • You’d think! Hahaha! I’ve known Shayne for a while now, and meeting her in person made our “online friendship” official. She’s really someone I’d be friends with in real life!

      They got back last Saturday, and I pretty much spent all of weekend moping and sleeping because it kind of felt depressing coming home to an apartment of two again. 🙁 I hope you have a wonderful time with your mom!

  • It’s awesome that you’ve met Shayne in real life! I’d love to meet some of the bloggers that I’ve come to know and love 🙂 Hope you’re having a fun time with your parents!

    • I’m so sorry I’m only responding to your comment now! I spent most of the last two weeks catching up with my parents and taking them to all-of-the-places around town! I miss them, but life must go on…

      I know I’ve said this before, but if you find yourself in this part of the country, let me know! 🙂

    • I pretty much enjoyed this summer season more than I did two years ago! Well, I’ll be damned! You know how to find me when that happens!!!

  • It’s always nice finally meeting with online friends after knowing them for so long – just like catching up with old friends.

    Also ATE JAE HELLO you have friends in Monrovia?! You should you know… come visit them sometime then let me know because I live there too xD

    cabin twenty-four

    • Besides Jan (who used to blog, too), I don’t think I’ve met any other blogger friends in real life yet. Hahaha! You’ll be the second (or third) if we ever meet! We have no plans on visiting anytime soon, but I’ll let you know when we’re in the area. 🙂

      • I’ve met FOUR blogger friends in person! The first one being my online friend for almost 10 years and she lives in Florida so that was super cool. I dunno if you follow Nancy or Alyse but I met them twice! We live close to each other so we’re trying to meet up once a month sort of!

        • Good for you! I know of several bloggers from San Diego, but I’ve never met with any of them. Hahaha! I’m terrible! I do follow Alyse! She followed me first; discovered me from your blog. Hahaha!