No, this isn’t about ARASHI or the fangirling trends. We’re talking about the evil version of a storm here.
Growing up in the Philippines, starting from June until around this month (maybe longer), it’s always typhoon season. And when there’s typhoon season, there’s always floods. I thought I’ve seen the worst when I was little— until today. I know it’s late receiving news here on this side of the world but my entire family and myself are very worried right now. Phone calls are no good because there’s no electricity over there, so we tried emails and text messages. So far, no answers.
There’s a small suburban city known as Las Pinas, where I lived the rest of my childhood before my family and I settled down here in the U.S. Las Pinas is very close to Paranaque, in turn is close to Makati, which is close to Manila. My parents came from the provinces that are also in Luzon (northern region of the Philippines), but it looks like they weren’t as affected as the urban areas of Luzon.
The difference between evil Ondoy (Ketsana to the rest of the world, but Ondoy is easier to remember) and Katrina here in Louisiana is that while that state is pretty much at sea level, thus their floods can get very bad when attacked by a major hurricane, the Philippines is completely surrounded by water. If Ondoy/Ketsana had a higher level than what it was now, the northern part of the Philippines would be the modern version of Atlantis right now.
My family and I will be sending some money to the folks (too bad we’re not rich enough to donate more), but for those who want to donate, do so directly through the Philippine National Red Cross. It turns out that the American Red Cross has no direct connections to the Philippines, so you’ll have to go through the Philippine Red Cross instead. The Peso isn’t that strong so it’s easy for us developed countries to donate a whole lot more. Unlike the U.S. who was able to recover Louisiana from Katrina at a somewhat short time (even if it was kind of sloppy from the beginning), the Philippines is in a lot much worse condition. My island nation isn’t that wealthy, plus the government in general can be kuripot (corrupt) if you know what I mean, so the Filipinos would have to ask for outside aid. I don’t blame the people though. Better look like beggars to the world than sit there and seriously become an actual beggar in that country.
Well, going to hit the sack now. Gotta stop worrying and grieving or I’d get at lot worse.
Video regarding the typhoon. I’d translate what all the reporters say but I do think that just the clip along is more than enough to let you all know how bad it is over there.
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