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.
If you think @shaynenuesca is amazing online, well, she is so much better in real life.💛 Glad to have finally met you after so many years!
— Jӕ (@gorjaeous) August 4, 2017
(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.
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.