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Earthquakes and Christmas Breaks

I suddenly have some free time to blog because Yuri’s school just (at 8pm) cancelled classes this week and declared tomorrow to be the first day of their Christmas break.

Eh yesterday was the first day of their 3rd quarter exams (class last Monday was cancelled because of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake last Sunday) and tomorrow’s supposedly the second day. Kaya bloody ang pagre-review namin ni Yuri because their subjects for tomorrow’s exam are Math, Filipino, and Mother Tongue. Okay lang yung Math; it’s the 2 other subjects that are bloody hehe. 

Yuri was already set to sleep when I received a lot of messages from fellow parents. I wasn’t checking Facebook (where the school makes announcements on its page) so I was really surprised to learn that the exams — and the Christmas party — will be postponed to January.

At first, I was upset. We spent the whole afternoon studying na eh, nasayang lang. But now that I think about it, since the strong (strooong) earthquake last Sunday, there have been numerous aftershocks felt. Not to mention no one can predict earthquakes. So cancelling classes altogether seems to be the best decision to make for the children’s safety.

Not to mention having Christmas parties seems to be in bad taste given the lives lost and the properties damaged  in Davao del Sur because of the earthquake.

Yun lang, tapos na akong magbalot ng gifts ni Yuri hahaha. And we’ve been looking forward to attending our respective Christmas parties (students inside school and parents outside school lol). Oh well, I guess they’ll have to wait until January!

(Good thing I didn’t make my gifts for my fellow parents yet. Yan pala ang advantage of homemade gifts hehe.)

Now, about the earthquakes…

I think everyone knows about the major earthquakes in North Cotabato and Davao region that started occurring last October. It’s a traumatizing experience — partida, we are quite far na from the epicenters as we live in the northern part of Davao City, but we still felt the quakes really strongly. And there really are a lot of aftershocks.

Please include everyone affected in your prayers.

Minsan sinasabi ko na hindi ko na ma-identify kung nahihilo lang ako or talagang may aftershock. Apparently, many of my friends feel the same way, too.

We have two emergency bags prepared in our car which house our emergency supplies, clothing, etc. And there’s another emergency bag inside the house for food and water. When the earthquakes stopped last month, everything went back to normal. No one was talking about the earthquakes anymore — in fact, we were planning to watch a movie pa (which we stopped doing after the earthquakes).

Until last Sunday, when the 6.9 magnitude earthquake happened. It was the strongest one yet. Maingay sa loob ng bahay because all of our things were moving. Our car parked outside, a Suzuki APV, swayed from side to side. It was scary.

But I thank God we were all at home when that happened. It would have been doubly terrifying if it happened on a school day. So I’m grateful for the decision to cancel the classes together and begin the Christmas vacation early. Even if it means moving the Christmas parties to January. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but I will gladly choose safety over convenience any day.

PS: The cancellation of classes seems to be a blessing in disguise for us, too, as Yuri’s been feverish since yesterday — in denial lang ako lol.

PPS: Now that it’s suddenly Christmas break, perhaps I’ll have time to actually, finally blog? Hee hee

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  • Reply Hazel Salcedo December 28, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Sending prayers to those affected by the earthquake! Grabe ang lakas. I’m glad you and your family are safe. And yeah, okay na mapostpone yung Christmas party and exams, kaysa sa school pa maabutan ng earthquake. Nakakatakot isipin ang pwede mangyari 🙁

    • Reply Maan December 29, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Hazel! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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