Thursday, August 22, 2013

Public Service Announcement: An Update and #MaringPH

Hello world. I just thought I'd post an update here because I haven't blogged in a while. Where was I?

Manila, Philippines, where I live, has been besieged by terrible monsoon rains (Tropical Storm Maring) since Sunday. The storm was relentless for four days, and didn't stop until last night. I'm all right, as well as my immediate family, as we are all fortunate enough to live in non-flood-prone areas, but unfortunately, a lot of people were affected. There was massive flooding, and tons of people have been displaced and are in evacuation centers, and some even lost their belongings, homes, and loved ones. Some of my relatives experienced flooding inside their homes. Here is my Tumblr post on my thoughts during the storm, and a reblog from my friend Nicole who reblogged it from Neil Gaiman of Maring in pictures.

This is why I haven't really felt like blogging. When I wasn't worrying about our house, my family, relatives, and friends, I was busy with my husband just getting distracted from the rain pounding nonstop on the roof. Today, the sun is finally starting to come out. It's still gray and there are occasional bursts of rain, but the weather has gotten infinitely better. Everyone is slowly getting back to normal.

To those in the Philippines, you donate to the Red Cross to help the victims of the monsoon by simply texting. Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart).

For international donations, please check the Red Cross website.

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