I was actually taking pictures of the prizes for my first give-away when our helper announced that the water outside our house was steadily rising. We're no strangers to storms and floods, but this time, it became too personal.
Our house is situated about a meter above the street, so you could say that we’re pretty high up. Although it’s a bungalow, so no second floor. The waters rose too quickly and too high for our liking.
[The day after the Flood. This was taken a few meters outside our subdivision. The water has receded a bit at this point.]
You see, I was taking pictures at around 10am, and by 1 pm, I was standing on the roof of my dad’s workshop with the rain pelting down like pins on my back. It was up to our chest in the house, what more outside? We sought shelter at the second floor of our neighbor’s house for the first night, eating nothing but a piece or two of ensaymada and some salt crackers for lunch and dinner.
[The day after the Flood. My brother walking on the street. Mind you, he's about 6'1", and like the picture above, the water has receded at this point]
However, even if this happened to us, leaving us nothing but the basic things we need, I’m still thankful that the whole family survived the ordeal. I’m even thankful, that somehow we still have a roof over our heads to call home.
To tell you the truth, when I was sitting at our neighbor’s stairwell, dripping wet, I was thinking if my [Sookie Stackhouse] books got submerged in the flood – I know, somehow it seems petty, but yeah, that was one of the things I was worried about.
You could say that this is a True Blood Thanksgiving Give Away. Yes, I am still giving away, two nail polishes from Orly (Bus Stop Crimson and Velvet Rope) as well as the third book from the Sookie Stackhouse series.
To enter, all you have to do is to answer either one of these questions:
If you were trapped in a raging storm (at night – just to give the vamps an even footing), which True Blood character would you want to be with you or to save you from it? Why?
What's one beauty item you'd take knowing that you're going to be trapped on the roof of your house because of the storm?
Just leave your answers in the comment section together with your email address. The contest is open to all and ends on October 24, 9pm Philippine time (we’re +8 hrs GMT). :-)
I'll post the actual photos of the prizes as soon as I get internet connection at home. Heehee. 'Till then!
* Actual photos of the flood the day after were taken by my Mr. Martinez.
** To see the damage and mud Ketsana deposited, as well as the people who gave others hope and relief, visit www.ondoyphotos.com