Reparenting the Child Within: The Day After
I thought I'll be able to go to work today but I guess I was wrong. Yesterday's exercises from the personal growth workshop that I attended over the weekend drained me so I'm taking the day off to sleep and recuperate. I texted my boss about taking the leave and promised that I'll tell her about it when I get back.
Talking about the workshop that I attended, it is called Reparenting the Child Within. It was facilitated by the good people of the RCW Foundation in their nice little building along C. Salvador Street, Varsity Hills, Loyola Heights in Quezon City. It ran from Friday night to Sunday evening. Now I don't want to give it away. All I can say is that it opened my eyes and made me more aware of caring for myself. Yes, I highly recommend it.
If you're interested to attend, there's one next month and the month after that (they said it was a monthly thing) so you can sign up. For details, get in touch with Mae at +63 921 633 2587 or log in to their site (which isn't updated yet) at http://www.rcwfi.org.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
After four years, we'll be moving out of dear old La Vista village to finally live on our own. We've been toying about the idea for a long time already, but it's only now that we decided to really go for it.
For me, it's a mix of excitement and fear. It's exciting because it's a new stage in our lives where we'll be making the decisions on our own. There's fear because we will have to take in the consequences of our actions, both good and bad.
Being used to living away from my family since high school, I'm a bit used to this set-up. I just have to familiarize myself with the area for a few weeks. After that, I'm all OK.
I can't say the same for Charo. She only lived in a dorm with her friends for about a year during her first year in college. After that, her parents transferred to La Vista.
Whatever happens, I think this is going to be really fun. Our adventure starts soon.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Don't let the flames die down
It's been a week now since I took in my refugees from Marikina after the great flood caused by typhoon Ondoy. My sister, my brother, my brother-in-law and their yaya has been living in our guest room since last Sunday, and they can stay there for another week if they want. I'm just happy that they're all safe.
Their house has been hit by the terrible flood. The water level from my sister's house was six inches short from reaching the ceiling while the first floor of my brother's rented house was damaged by the flood as well despite it being a foot and a half higher from street level. The ref was floating and so was the microwave. The sofa's finished and I don't have any proof that I graduated from Ateneo because my diploma was totaled, too. Yes, there were a lot of stuff damaged, but at least they're OK. Too bad I can't say the same for a lot of families whose homes have been totally destroyed. Some of them are living in schools transformed into makeshift evacuation areas while a good number of them have houses that are still flooded up to now.
The government's response was disappointing at best. It was actually the bayanihan spirit of the Filipino that became the silver lining in this very dark cloud. People from all walks of life stepped up, volunteered, donated, cleaned, prayed and did almost everything to help out those that were affected. If it was text power before, it's now social networks which became the adhesive that united everyone. One can see the breathing and living Facebook, Plurk, Twitter and everything else in between come to life to coordinate the relief efforts. Seeing this first hand made me be amazed at how powerful this can be.
A week after the tragedy, my family will be transferring back to Marikina because their place is almost fixed. But there are still a lot of families who still need help. Don't let the Bayanihan spirit die just yet. People are still counting on our generosity to bring them back to their feet.