Actually I am a worry wart, a safety paranoia mother. Even early on, my homes both in Cotabato and Manila are already stocked with flashlights, candles and matches, even inside our bathrooms. This morning, when I went about filling water containers with clean water for emergency use, I found out I had some 3 gallon of water stashed away last summer in the recesses corner of my room, still there anticipating for water shortage. I also have surgical and dust masks in store for when earthquake struck, as I had experienced before in Cotabato in 1976, all the accumulated dust inside the house and on the ceiling will come falling down. Dust specks will fly for several days, even weeks. Children and elders with weak constitution, soon begin to suffer respiratory problems, diarrhea, severe asthma attacks, fever and other ailments, etc.
I continue to think about the big earthquake in Cotabato in 1976. Our abode toppled down, and my son Roy, my mother-in-law and several others were rescued from the rubble. We had no house, no business, no electricity, no water, no shelter. We stayed with our closest relatives, depending upon the generosity and/ or hostility or kindness or moods of kindreds.....until we could get back on our own.......
If ever, even surviving the aftermath is difficult. Oh, so I pray to God to have mercy on us and spare us from any calamity. O Lord, have mercy, O Lord, have mercy, O Lord have mercy.
Take care everybody and be prayerful always.