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October 25, 2007



I am so sorry to know this, Gigi. I've been closely following the fire, wondering who among my relatives, HS and college classmates and friends, have been affected and I never thought one of them would be you.

I pray that you (and everybody else, including Boo) will be safe.


Bugsy - Thank you, thank you for all your thoughts and concern! I have to say, I consider myself lucky compared to all those many people who have already lost their homes or are sleeping in a stadium or local high school gym floor and don't know either way. But until I hear that we're completely out of the woods, I'm not thanking my lucky starts yet!

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hey KB. i am glad to find out that your home is safe. i was really worried especially when you called up.

it seems that the wind has died down and the fire is going further southeast away from you.

you got struck nearer than us. i was surveying the area this afternoon and i could see the fireline right trough your home to our office all the way down to or condo in irvine.

i found out today that one of my colleagues lost his home and a lot more are jittery because all of us live in the path of the fire.


PS - if you need help, give us a call. i am in town already and could drive up to your place anytime.


Praying for you Gi, I never realized you were that close to the fire. I think it's even more disturbing to think that the fire near you was caused by arson. My relatives homes in San Diego are so far safe, but they all have a long wait ahead of them still. And a friend of my Mom's lives in Poway, have no clue how to reach her.


Hi G, We just got out of church when the fire near you started. It was insane! We could see an enormous billowing cloud of black smoke and a few bright red flames. I kept thinking that it was a good thing you weren't home. I'm glad to hear that nothing happened to your home and that you, Arnel and Boo are safe.
Let me know if you need anything!


Oh Gigi thank God that you were spared. I never realized til reading this how close you were to it all!


That was close, Gigi. Funny, I was thinking of you when I saw the news on CNN.

Hope and pray everything will be back to normal. God bless.


KB - Thanks for being such a great neighbor -- even if you're not so nearby anymore (uhu uhu uhu!). Hearing your voice during those scary moments really gave me comfort and assurance.

Anna - I hope you've been able to reach all your family and friends who were affected, and that they're all OK. Thanks!

Julianne - I still get a shiver when I see the scorched earth right outside my door! When am I seeing you? Are you staying indoors like I've been for now?

Cathy - Oo nga, how surreal (esp. if you're trying to find out what's happening when you're thousands of miles away!).

Jayred - Thank you so much for thinking of me!

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