The last few days have been very difficult for my family.
From my last post, I was ecstatic about Mom’s carrying a baby in her tummy. I was so excited because I was going to be a big brother. Our family waited so long for this baby.
But last week, the baby stopped her heartbeat. On a routine prenatal check in a clinic, my parents found out that the baby stopped her heartbeat about a day before. Dad brought Mom to the hospital. She stayed there for about five days.
My parents named the baby “Sandra”. She is now our angel looking at us from above.
Dad made a tribute blog for her and you can check that out HERE. This blog was supposedly a site about Sandra’s adventures, something like this blog of my mine. It could have been titled “The Adventures of Sandra Girl”.
To my little sister, Sandra, thank you for making our family happy even for a short time. Even when you’re gone, you will always be my little sister and your memory will stay in our hearts forever.
“How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. Oh, but what an imprint your footprints have left in our hearts.”
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This split-second story captures the end of my family’s Antipolo times. My parents sold this house last month because we have not stayed here for quite a while now. My family has been living in the UAE and we come here during our vacations only. We don’t even really stay here during the whole vacation because we would usually stay in our grannies’ place in Bulacan. This house is also a bit far, located in the cool and breezy mountains of Antipolo City.
Leaving this place is a sad part for our family because there’s lots of good memories shared in here.
However, a new house is currently being constructed in Bulacan, and this will be our new vacation house in the Philippines. It is within my grannies’ compound so we will not be very far away from our loved ones. I’ll share the pics with you when the construction finishes.
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Tags: Antipolo City, Antipolo house
One of the saddest part of our vacation was selling our house in Antipolo City.
My parents love this house because this was their first house after getting married.
But because our family now lives in the UAE, and nobody is looking after the house, my parents decided to sell the house.
This is my room in this house.But now. this will just part of a happy memory.
These are our last family pictures inside our Antipolo house.
It was a sad moment to leave a place that has been part of our lives. We hope that the nexthouse owners will love this place as much as we loved it.
We will surely treasure our happy moments here.
Recently, my city is in the news for an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus. A paramedic who got afflicted with the virus died last week and some others are quarantined in hospitals as suspected cases.
My dad assures that everything is under control and should never fear as long as I take precautionary measures such as handwashing and avoiding crowdy places. I wear a face mask going to school. We don’t go to malls recently and I totally undestand that.
My dad works in a hospital so please help me pray for him that he does not get exposed to the virus.
I hope that the virus leaves our city soon.
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VACATION BITS 01: THE TRIP HOME
It was late afternoon when we left our house in Al Ain City to go to Dubai Airport.
We reached the airport around 8pm.
My parents actually not happy about this trip because even before we left our house, I was already having fever, bad cough and running nose. But because we couldn’t cancel the trip, we still pushed through. I was given some medicines to keep my temperature down.
My condition got even worst during the plane ride. My temperature went up again, and I was chilling because it was very cold inside the airplane. Good thing my dad is a nurse and he made sure I took my medicines. My mom brought extra blankets to keep me warm. She also kept me in her embrace. I have such loving parents, don’t I?
We reached Manila by noon the following day. My grandmother, aunts, uncle and cousins were there at the airport to welcome us.
After having lunch at a restaurant, we headed home to my grandma’s place in Bulacan.
It was an exhausting journey and I badly needed to rest. I needed to regain my energy because I knew it was going to be a great vacation!
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I’m really sorry for not posting a while. My countrymen back home were suffering too much because of Super Typhoon Yolanda and I just felt it was not appropriate to post the happy adventures I was having here in Abu Dhabi. I couldn’t be posting the many different places I visit, the food that I eat, and the toys I have, while I know that many Filipino children out there who are hungry, and homeless.
It’s been more than a month now since the typhoon devastated central Philippines, and now the Filipinos are slowly recovering. I’m sure it will take a while before the situation becomes better. My home country still needs a lot of help.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to the call for help – those who did something – big or small, to help in the relief efforts. My admiration goes out to all of you, because of all your selfless acts of generosity.
I am a small boy who has become a witness of how the world responds to a major disaster. Many countries donated, sent their troops, and brought in food, tents, and other disaster supplies. Organizations held fund-raising activities, went out of their way to provide assistance in the relief efforts. There were even people from the other parts of the world who traveled to the Philippines to volunteer. I am touched with all these love showered to my country.
Many of these stories of heroism are compiled in dad’s new blog HEROES OF YOLANDA. Please check it out and be inspired. Just click the link to be directed there.
Sometimes I feel so afraid of growing up – because of the many bad news I hear about the world. But after seeing all these acts of humanity, I know there’s nothing to be afraid of. The world is still full of loving and selfless heroes.
(images are from facebook)