Showing posts from November, 2013

Philippines: I Shall Return

To the Places I have Been Before
Almost two weeks after the typhoon disaster, the resilience of the Filipino people is being debated by the netizens. I will not go into that debate.  Nature has thecapacity to repair itself, but one thingforsure: It will be a struggleforthevictims of typhoon Haiyan to rebuild their lives, especiallythosewholost their lovedones. So let's not forgetthevictimswhenthenews about thiscalamitystarts to fade. I foundthelyrics to Jason Mraz, "93 Thousand Miles" (backgroundmusic to the video I created a yearago) somewhat serendipitous.
"Sometimes it may seem dark, but the absence of the light is a necessary part.
Just know, you're never alone, you can always come back home...
There is always a hand that you can hold on to.
Looking deeper through the telescope
You can see that your home’s inside of you
.”The Philippines is a part of theso-called "Ring of Fire" on the Pacific rim's westernsidewhereyou can seethemost breathta…

Devastated Islands In URGENT Need of Food, Drinking Water and Medicines

Coron, Palawan, Philippines (background image on this blog - a top destination for scuba divers for its coral and WWII shipwrecks) the place I visited last year was the last island hit by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Although the devastation is not as bad as in Tacloban City, Coron is left with no electricity, no water and food supply.  The typhoon victims are in urgent need of food, drinking water; medicines (antibiotics, medicines for cough, fever), mosquito nets, blankets, clothes. As an average person, I could not do anything to help but watch the news and give to humanitarian agencies and charitable organizations that have immediate access to the devastated areas.  

Also, this calamity begs the question: Is climate change to blame for superstorm like Haiyan that hit the Philippines? We don’t know. To gain some perspective, I went to read on Climate Change from the National Academy of Science website. Here's the link:…

An Evening with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell