A moment of infinities with @avaleia #snowpatrol in Manila (Taken with Instagram)
Write your prayers/intentions on a paper and put it inside the box and just have faith. This was taken at the Baclayon Church in Bohol (Taken with Instagram)
Anywhere can be paradise as long as I’m with you (Taken with Instagram)
This was taken at the Bohol Beach Club.
I’m so addicted to this custard pao from the Chinese Kitchen in Hong Kong! Downing it with beer is simply orgasmic! (Taken with Instagram)
Lighting candles at the Baclayon Church in Bohol (Taken with Instagram)
A little help goes a long way. Click on the title to be redirected to the red cross website to know more on how to donate. Thanks!
Quoted from the Red Cross site:
“Tropical Storm Sendong (international name: Washi) ravaged Mindanao, slamming it with devastating rains and unleashing flash floods and landslides that have left a horrifying trail of destruction. As of 10AM, the death toll has reached 497 (Cagayan De Oro 215, Iligan City 195, Bukidnon 47, Negros Oriental 22, Lanao del Norte 9, Compostela Valley 5, Zamboanga del Norte 3, Surigao del Sur 1). Most of the dead were asleep Friday night when raging floodwaters pounded their homes from rivers and cascaded from mountain slopes following 12 straight hours of heavy rains in Mindanao. The typhoon has affected a total of 5,884 families, with 202 injured and 162 still missing. 2,252 are still sheltered at 23 evacuation centers.
There are currently 7,431 persons in 4 evacuation centers in Iligan City, which was consumed by flash floods last night after the heavy downpour of rains for ten hours straight. Cagayan De Oro, which has now been placed under a state of calamity, experienced 180 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hours, which has led to massive floods in 23 of its 80 barangays, leaving about 20,000 residents in evacuation centers. Prior to the onslaught of Sendong in Zamboanga del Norte, about 143 persons had already evacuated their houses which were destructed by flash floods that swept the municipality of Polanco as well as Dipolog and Dapitan cities. Dapitan River had overflown early this morning which flooded several barangays in Dapitan.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) maintains strict 24-hour monitoring of all situations in Mindanao, while nearly 500 PRC staff and volunteers deployed in the field are conducting detailed assessments. Search and rescue teams have been mobilized. Hot meals have been prepared and distributed in evacuation centers. Welfare desks and first aid stations have been situated in the evacuation centers for affected families. Non-food items such as sleeping mats, mosquito nets, blankets and water will also be distributed.
Sendong is the 19th tropical cyclone to lash the Philippines this year. As we continue to wage this battle against disasters, we are appealing for immediate cash assistance to continue providing relief and recovery efforts for all affected communities. We are counting on your support to be able to provide food, non-food items and our services to the most vulnerable Filipinos in the hardest hit cities and provinces. We appreciate your generosity and continued support to the Philippine Red Cross. Thank you!”
(This is not a review of the movie Love of Siam. I just felt like writing this after watching the movie for the nth time.)
It was one balmy night. I was on my way home when I bumped into him in front of Oakwood, Ortigas. I was listening to music when I heard someone call my name. I looked up and there he was. No, it was not him who called me because he was still quite far. Maybe fate? Nah, it’s been long overdue. Lady Fate has probably moved on. Lucky bitch. I smiled and waved and he… acknowledged my presence and that was it. We went on our own separate ways.
It’s been so long since I’ve opened myself up to him. It’s been so long since I took that leap of faith and did what was so out of character for me and no matter what i do I still blush even with the mere utterance of his name. It is common understanding that the definition of the “greatest love of one’s life” is usually an ex or a current partner. However, i think that we could also put in “the one that never was and never will be”. Sometimes we meet someone who takes our breath away and just makes the whole world stop, make it colorful and start it up again.
I dont think that we have to have been or be in a relationship with that person to feel like the world just got brighter. Even if just by seeing that person even for only a few occassions, you feel like you are on your way to becoming a better you. And that even if there was no chance in hell that you would spend a day or even half a day together, you feel like for the first time in such a long time that you are starting to breathe again, that for the first time colors just seem to be brighter and sometimes, it feels like laughing just comes so easily. Sometimes the unrequited love brings us to life. I guess that is what the “greatest love of one’s life” really is.
Manila has this eerily romantic feel to it. Certain angles and lighting make it look like it came out of a movie (personally, it’s a romantic comedy). Walk around will give you a sense of nostalgia. There’s this feel of sadness and longing to regain that glorious past.
Manila may have been getting a bad reputation recently but no one can ever take away its beauty. Call it whatever you want: dirty, smelly, reeks of cockroach and other pests, chaotic etcetera. However, if you look deeper, if you come here with an open mind and an open heart the city will surprise you. I guess that’s why people keep on coming back to Manila.
Please stop using the phrase “krisis sa Mindanao” o “kaguluhan sa Mindanao” on your news reports. Mindanao is a very big island. While a tragedy indeed happened in Basilan, it is only a part of a big land area. It is a disservice to all who live in Mindanao in peace. People who are not from Mindanao tend to think that there’s chaos all over here in the island, when in fact there is none.
If a bombing happens in Makati or in Manila for instance, you would not call it a “Luzon crisis or problem”, would you? You have to be more sensitive and professional because media has the ability to affect the consciousness of the viewers.
You can help the country achieve what it desires. Choosing your words well in your news report is matters a whole lot.
Former Davao City Councilor (District 1) Mabel Sunga-Acosta (via thecyberniche)