I left my daughter together with her mom this day at Naga, and I took off along with my brothers to visit our relatives in Oas, a two-hour trip from Naga. This is a touching moment because we were about to witness the ruins of the house of my late grandfather, which was brought down by the typhoon Juaning that struck weeks before we arrived.
The house where my aunt and uncle, together with his wife and kids live; was taken down by the river that grew immense, affecting the lot where it stood. It wiped not only the investments my late grandfather gave in his life; but also the memories I and my brothers treasure when we were visiting this place in our childhood. It was sad seeing them devastated and living in that situation.
Good thing, it wouldn’t be long because our family and relatives joined hands in rebuilding a new shelter and beginning for them. There is another lot owned by another relative that gave way for them to build a new house. Before they were just using it as sampaguita farm, but thru our help and support, this would be a new settlement for my uncle and my cousins (my aunt stays in Manila nowadays).
Here are some amazing shots I took around the vicinity. I love this type of environment; the greenery, seclusion, and simplicity always give me that sense of relaxation. This place was different from Naga because it was a city, much like Manila, there were mall, restaurants, business areas and crowd. It was time to get in touch with nature; and of course, to appreciate the transcendent beauty of the Mayon Volcano.
Somehow, our simple experience in this hometown was enjoyable. We had good and simple time spending with my little cousins in their paradise.
It was rewarding seeing them rebuild a new beginning and witnessing this silver lining after the nightmare they had.
We will always be family no matter how far the distance is. This is a great visit though we only got limited time.