I was very shocked to know that a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit my hometown Kananga (Leyte, Philippines) around 4:00 P.M. July 6th. It was tremendously horrible because my family haven’t experienced an earthquake with a magnitude that high. It’s one of the huge natural disasters so far. In 2013, a Category 5 Super Typhoon hit my province also. If you remember Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines), my province was the most affected when it made a landfall in November 2013. No power for almost four months. So depressing. Now…earthquake.
I was very worried about my family’s safety. I was relieved when my niece sent me a message telling me that everyone is safe. Thank goodness! My brother and his family was also safe. I can imagine the scared people screaming all over the place. I will be in panic, as well.
They are still expecting aftershocks every now and then. That’s also the danger of earthquakes. Aftershocks follow after the big one.
Hopefully, electricity and water supply will be back to normal. The sooner the better.
Open swim at YMCA
Speaking of swimming, we registered darling daughter in a swimming class at YMCA. It was a 30-minute swimming lesson for eight days with open swim for parent and student after each lesson. Because K cannot swim five feet distance in a 5-foot deep water, she is a beginner which makes her join Level 1-Water Acclimation.
My darling K is enjoying her swimming classes so far. Her swimming instructor seemed to be competent. Swimming instructors at YMCA handles at least two to maximum of four students per class. K wants to continue and in two weeks, she will be in Level 2-Water Movement. Hopefully she will become more confident in the water so she will learn a lot in the next level. I need to buy her swimming cap and goggles next weekend.
We always enjoy having company and shooting fireworks on 4th of July Independence Day celebration. We are not great at hosting parties but we make sure we have lots of food to accommodate our guests.
Here is our simple menu:
Pancit (rice noodles)
Smoked red snapper
Smoked hotdogs for kids
Tomatoes and cucumbers salad
Our friends also brought some delicious food and desserts to share.
Since we do not have a big dining area, we bought a couple of tables and chairs from Walmart. I bought two long blue rectangular table covers to cover the tables. Adding patriotic banners around each table made it look pretty neat.
Then around 9:00 P.M., we started shooting fireworks until 11:00 P.M.
My darling daughter and I had a great time at my friend’s home last night. She and her husband hosted a birthday party for three of our friends, and it was our second sleep-over their house. There were dancing and lots of fun games. K enjoyed the dancing part. There were lots of food, drinks, and dessert. Though it was grownups’ birthday party, the young ones were given the time to have fun dancing and play kids’ games at the party. When it was time for bed, we got ready and tucked ourselves to bed at around 11:00 P.M.
We thought we were able to swim at my friend’s pool this morning but it rained very hard with thunder and lightning. So we will just come over next time to swim. 🙂
Hello! My mom and I are having breakfast at 10:30 A.M. My dad said that we will be back to being night owls because school is out. He is funny. 🙂
It’s the first weekend of summer break. My mom and I are going to visit her best friends in Fort Worth today. One of them, Tita N (tita is Tagalog word for aunt), is holding a birthday party for three of the lady friends at her house. We are spending the night at her house also. It would be fun because I really really would like to see the cats, Bambi and Brutus. It is going to be fun!
Okay, this is all for now. My mom said we are going to Dollar General to buy some drinks to bring to the party.