Last Friday our day started kind of busy. In the morning I already had my day planned out.
First go to the Immigration office here in Davao. I told Bob that since I am going in that area me and my niece will swing by at the ukay-ukay place (they called UK here). But It took me awhile to go, I had some stuff going here in the house and also I am so hooked to the cooking show that before I went I watched the My Kitchen Rules show first. Oh well, that just comes on 3 times a week in Australia. Love the show though, can’t help it. ;-).
But before going to do my errands its about time to pick up my youngest son. Usually he goes home with AJ, since AJ had some activities in school, he can’t pick up Jared. So I told my nephew to just drop me off at usual gate that Jared would use and I will wait for him there. Jared told me that morning that they’re half day I was thinking he will be out before 12. I was wrong, he was out past 12, they had some activities in school. And the guards were pretty strict to not letting out anybody from grade school before the program ends. So I waited and waited. One of the parents there was aggravated by his daughter and he showed his feeling there. He really said his piece to his daughter in front of all of us. Me and other parents were just looking at each other wanting to say but decided not to.
Anyway, I got Jared just a little after 12pm. I brought him to the places that I want to go except I can’t tag him along at the UK place because if he is there I can’t bargain, they will know he is a foreigner. Anyway got all the stuff I wanted to do, I bought our lunch and we head home. While we were eating lunch that’s past 2pm I could hear Bob was howling at me so I went to the bedroom he was watching TV. He told me that theres an earthquake in Japan and its a big one too, he continue on saying that there is a tsunami alert there. So I just said really and told him I will finish up my lunch and be back in awhile. I was just sitting down on out dining table and I could hear Bob’s voice again calling me. I could hear him really calling me to come to our bedroom quick.
Just then I saw what happened in Japan. Just by watching I didn’t even finish up my lunch I was just so hooked to the TV and thinking the fear of the people there. They even have not much time to get away from the water. Just watching the cars, the boats, the houses being swept away by the tsunami, tears were just rolling my eyes. I can’t even fathom what those people think seeing the raging water coming to them. It’s so depressing to see. On top of that on TV they gave warnings to 20 countries and Philippines was one of them.
So then we switched to our TV stations here in the Philippines. The seismologist (PHIVOLCS) here list down all the provinces that might be affected by the tsunami and Davao del Sur is one of them. That must be around 4pm. Oh God, what now. Worried of course to the max. Now my head was spinning. I am so worried because AJ was at the beach for their farewell school party and its in one of the resorts here and near the Pacific Ocean. He was supposed to come home like 8pm. Jean’s not here she’s still in school. She didn’t know what’s going on. She asked Bob at around 11 if she can come home late because there was like a fashion show at her school and she wanted to see it. Bob told her okay.
Well, everything changed. After hearing the warning Bob and I decided to let Deo (my nephew) pick up AJ and just let him know whats going on. A few minutes after Deo left AJ called me on my cell phone and wanting his Kuya Deo to pick him up now. The teachers told them to let the parents get them now because there was a tsunami coming down to the Philippines. I told him that Deo was on his way to get him. While I was intructing my nephew, Bob’s been texting Jean to come home as soon as the class finished up. Right after I was talking to AJ, I called up Jean and asked her where she at now? She told me that the program was about to start and shes thinking of staying maybe just to see the beginning of the show. I told her to come home now. No time for that show. Maybe next time she can watch it. So the kids came home right about at the same time. The kids were watching TV with us. We could tell just by looking at Jean that she’s frightened. We explained to her that the reason we want her to come home so that we all be together here in the house. We don’t want that if the tsunami did hit here she would be somewhere we didn’t know. Thank God that the tsunami didn’t come all the way here.
It’s scary just thinking and looking back about it. The quake was bad enough even more with the tsunami. I really felt sorry for the people of Japan. Thank God for the cell phone and internet. It really keep us update of whats going there.
To all our friends and readers there in Japan. Our love and prayers for you. Stay safe and stay warm.