October 15, 8:12 in the morning, a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island province of Bohol in the Philippines. 24 hours after the strong earth movement, photos of the devastation flooded my Facebook feeds and unfortunately, my hometown Antequera is one of the hardest hit towns. My husband’s mother and sister and the rest of our relatives are now in make-shift tents as aftershocks of 4 to 5 magnitude can still be felt. Food and water supply is now scarce as they have become isolated. The main bridge that connects them to the provincial city has collapsed and succumb to the might of the earthquake.
These photos that I’ve grabbed from my feeds are so heartbreaking, I cannot imagine their ordeal and this has made me and my husband so worried here, my tears would just fall down just looking at the pictures. These are just in my town, kilometres away from the epicentre, in ground zero, and in the far-flung municipalities and barangays, many people have no more food and water. Landslides are everywhere and have blocked the roads accessing the small barrios and towns. There is no electricity, and contact with our loved ones proved to be very difficult.
I’ve grabbed these photos from my hubby’s cousin’s Facebook album, some of them from rappler.com and in my Facebook newsfeed.
I am trying to raise funds for the earthquake victims, they are in desperate need of food, water, blankets, medical supplies as some hospitals have collapsed too. There are children, old men and women who have no food and water for days now. The distribution of relief goods are ongoing but they still need more. My friends are organizing a relief goods distribution next week and they really need your help. If you can spare a few cents or dollars for the people in my country, I would be very happy and your contribution will be able to feed the hungry and thirsty people back home. If you are willing to help, please send in your cash donations through my PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rest assured that your help with reach those who are in dire need. Thank you very much for your help and God bless you!
With the economy continually fluctuating these days, what we need to survive is to tighten our belts so we can sustain the growing needs of our family. And what better ways to suit ourselves to this challenging situation is to eliminate unnecessary things from our budget that is to identify our priorities, deleting in our budget list some things that we can really live without. In some cases, we can also simplify our needs by buying products with lesser prices.
At home, electricity consumption will also matter. Saving energy makes us save a great deal of money or better yet, have solar energy panels installed in your homes to maximize the energy coming from the sun. How is that possible? Well, there is a company who will do the process for you. If you will visit their website, you will know that this group has been serving San Diego for quite a while now providing their clients with quality electrical works offering sun-powered option services.
With this, you will not only be helping our ecological problems, you will also have the chance to enjoy affordable and rewarding services from the company. At these trying times that we are, we all need all the help we can get and this is one of the answers to our growing problem.
Last week, on our way home from having breakfast in the city, I took photos of anything interesting. One subject piqued my attention, this one:
The price of gasoline here in our place!
It’s really quite expensive than in the metropolis and big cities. Probably because the product had to be shipped from the big city to the province, plus the middlemen and other “elements” involve, the price is that high. It does hurt our wallets that is why we still do not have our own family car. We live far from the city, about 20 kilometers and it would take about $8 per trip (that is about P300) for gasoline alone. It is really quite heavy on our pockets if we always go to the city. So we do our grocery and shopping weekly for us to save money. If we have extra money from my earnings online, we eat out and sometimes buy stuff for the little boys.
Nowadays, every penny, every centavo counts. So buying unnecessary things and giving in to our wants is really not an option. Times are hard now and that’s a fact.