I really wanted this blog entry to be as upbeat and exciting as what the other ambassadors have written thus far. But due to unavoidable circumstances, I decided to push the other ideas for blog entries to a later date.
For the past two days, I have been worried sick over what has been happening in my home country. For a couple of days straight they have been reeling from torrential rains and unrelenting floods that have submerged houses and establishments in a number of cities and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. I suffered from migraine due to stress as I listen and watch to the events unfold via online streaming of news. I frantically sought ways to get in touch with my family, knowing that our area is one of the most flood prone ones in Manila – my heart pounded as I waited to hear from them. My mom and sister told me that the flood waters were slowly creeping in to our doorstep. What made me even more anxious were all the photos and video footages posted on the Facebook – I feared for my family and friends back home and I felt helpless. All I could do is watch from a distance, monitor the events and pray for their safety and wellbeing. As will be the case for future events, international students like me will constantly struggle to live our llives in Adelaide while keeping track of the latest happenings in our home countries – be they good or bad – we will forever be in two countries: our physical bodies here in Australia and our hearts and minds in our homeland. That is the reality that we face.
As I write this entry, I whisper prayers for the Filipinos who have been battered by the rains and floods – I pray that your hearts and souls be constantly resilient and cheerful amidst all these trials. I also appeal to the Filipino communities in Adelaide and in the other states of Australia along with the international communities here to band together and offer prayers for my countrymen.
For those of you unaware of this current event and wish to know more you may try to access Filipino TV and radio websites. If you wish to extend help, you may get in touch with the Philippine Red Cross.