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Thursday, October 1, 2009


as of 812pm, naga was still quite peaceful with the impending approach of super typhoon peping (international name: parma), now a category 4 storm as it has yet to approach bicol. by then, it's expected to be category 5! i live in the age of climate change!

rather than follow pag-asa, i recommend that you tune in to mike padua's which gives a more detailed and regularly updated tracking system for incoming typhoons. i bet mike hasn't and will not sleep a wink tonight. i met this guy sometime in 2008 on an expo of local development initiatives in sm megamall. a tall unassuming guy whose weather satellite is a human-made contraption so simple that he had it strapped on top of one beam holding his exhibit nook in place.

is this national karma or what? three typhoons in a row: ondoy, peping (parma) and melor (international name, no fil name yet). while i get jittery here in perth, yumi as her usual self is calm, so is my mom and jungee and of course, yaman does not care at all. and i remember the story of this pastry vendor who just had breakfast with his family, over coffee and pandesal, on the morning of sept 26 in tayuman, and never see them alive after. his family perished under Ondoy, unable to get out of their rented bungalow once floodwaters came. all five of his children, his wife, his mom, were found huddled in one corner of the house, still holding each other.

life so temporal, so precious.

Danke to for the wonderful pic.

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