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Typhoon Ondoy Flooded the Metropolis, other Cities and Provinces

Sept 26, 2009 Wrath of Typhoon ONDOY .

The RAINFALL that they experienced in 6 hrs was equivalent to 30 days of rainfall. This broke the record rainfall dated 1967 .
Hurricane Katrina rainfall = 380mm in Louisiana. Typhoon Ondoy rainfall = 410mm in Manila

We offer our prayers to those who are affected by the typhoon. To all our kababayans in Abroad you can send your help or donations to : BDO acct # 56300-020111 ACCOUNT NAME : ABSCBN FOUNDATION Your cash donations will go a long way.

If u have family in the US that want to help relief in the Phil donate thru the American Red Cross. Call 800-435-7669

Re-Tweets in Twitterworld and postings in FB kept everyone updated of the flood and help other people who were stranded and needs to be rescued. Rubber boats were few and rescue operations were very slow and other people can’t be reached by the rescuers. I hope the government would be prepared next time.

Mother Teresa said she could just be one single drop of water. But if we all contributed one single drop each, we could make a whole ocean. Let’s unite to extend a helping hand!image003




A re-post from other blogs to help our dear kababayans in PInas:

for those in qc:

– please bring packed/cooked food to 12 Denmark, Loyola Grand Villas, QC, and help @patriciahizon whose group was the only one helping the victims in tumana today.

– @jiggycruz is mobilizing the youth who want to help, to volunteer, just go to Balay Expo Center in Cubao, Edsa cor McArthur, 8AM onwards.

– for those who want to volunteer for sagip kapamilya: call 4132667/4160387, or go to #13 examiner st., west triangle, QC.

for those in manila:

– DLSU along taft avenue will be accepting any and all kinds of donations starting 830AM.

for those in pasig:

– according to @margaga, poveda school (beside galleria) opens 9AM tomorrow and is open to all volunteers and any kind of donations.

– according to @angel21kawaii, CFC Center in Ortigas is receiving donations in cash or in kind. Call (02)7270682-87 or 09195359036.

for those in makati:

– you can drop off your donations at the following stores in rockwell powerplant mall: aranaz, luca, greyone social.

for those in taguig or fort area:

– you can drop off your donations in embassy superclub in the fort.

for those in pasay city:

– @elizabacud shares that Manila Doctors College will also be accepting donations. Bring anything that can help at Speech Lab., Macapagal Blvd, PasayCity

for those in san juan area:

– according to @dakilangkulot, you can drop off your goods at xavier school, volunteers will sort and bring to ateneo. this is till12nn.

for those in the south:

– you can drop donations at the ATC concierge, call 8422782 or 7721860

– you can help pack donations 10AM at st. james church, ayala alabang village

for pets in need of aid:

– @kimmydeleon is announcing that PARC is open for animals. Click this site for info of PAWS for helping from the flood. for the official website of paws, click here

for anyone abroad who wants to donate:

– you can donate through the paypal account link on this site.

– you can also call 1-800-5272820 or visit the abs-cbn foundation website.

I would also like to repost another summary from the pinoy chuva”‘s blog.


things you may want to donate:

1) Bottled Water
2) Instant Noodles (preferrably in bowl packaging like Nissin or Lucky Me)
3) Ready-to-eat Canned Goods w/ pull tab cover (no can opener available in relief centers)
4) Bread or Biscuits
5) Coffee or Juice
6) Multivitamins (preferrably Vitamin C)
7) Medicines (Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Loperamide)
8) Blankets
9) Old but wearable clothes
10) Slippers/ Flip flops
11) Some organizations will accept cash donations

for babies/toddlers,

12) Diapers
13) Milk/ Infant Formula

for USA Residents:

1) Help in the typhoon relief effort by calling ABS-CBN Foundation USA toll-free 1-800-527-2820
2) American Red Cross call 1-800-435-7669

for those near ABS-CBN:

Help pack relief goods at Sagip Kapamilya at #13 Examiner St. They are also looking for people willing to go to provinces and distribute the goods.

for those near the philippine daily inquirer office or mcdonalds branches:

Go to: 1098 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Mascardo and Yague Streets, Makati City or to any of its classified ads branches and to any Mcdonald’s Branch within Metro Manila
Hotline: 8978808 loc.260 and look for Megi Garcia

for those near a la salle school:

(OPLAN: Sagip Metro) DLSZ (Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa) and LSGH (Greenhills) are now accepting relief goods and looking for volunteers from 8am to 6pm. DLSU- Manila (Taft Avenue) will accept relief goods as early as 8:00 A.M. at South Gate

for those near ateneo de manila:

Go To: Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights , Quezon City
Manuel V. Pangilinan Building Center for Student Leadership Lobby
University Dorm Cervini Hall

Hotlines: 09089977166, 09178952792, 4266001 local 5050

Operations: 24-hours operations for the entire week.

other sites you can drop off donations:

1) Visit any Petron or 2GO Branches to drop off your donations.

2) Visit Citizens Disaster Response Center (CDRC)
Go To: 72-A Times St., West Triangle Homes , QC
Hotlines: 9299820, 9299822
Operations: 8 a.m. onwards.

3)Radio Veritas
Go To: Veritas Tower , West Ave. cor EDSA
Look For: Karla Turingan
Hotlines: 9257931 to 39, 0918VERITAS
Operations: 24-hours, tentatively until Tuesday.

4) Victory Fellowship- Fort Bonifacio
Go to: Victory Fellowship, Every Nation Building , across from Market-Market, Fort Bonifacio
Look for: Pastor Bernard Marquez
Hotlines: 813-FORT, 8171212
Operations: Tentatively until 5pm may may extend hours. Entire week until Friday.

5) Tulong Bayan
Go to: Balay Expo Center, EDSA cor. Gen McArthur, Araneta Center or visit WhiteSpace 2314 Pasong Tamo Ext. beside Faith Christian School
Hotline: 0917-5273906
Operations: Come as early as 8:00 a.m.
Open to volunteers/ cash and goods donation

6) World Vision Philippines
Go to: Quezon Avenue (near Delta Theatre)
Open to volunteers/ cash and goods donation

7) Corporate Network for Disaster Response
How to: Donate cash through BPI Ayala-Paseo Branch with account number 0031 0654 02

8) Luzon Relief
Go to: Renaissance Fitness Center, 2F, Bramante Bldg., Renaissance Towers, Ortigas, Meralco Ave., Pasig City
Hotline: 0929-8713488
Operations: 9am to 7pm Daily
Open to volunteers/goods donation

9) Brainbeam Events
Go to: 2F MB Aguirre Cornerhouse Bldg 15, President Ave. cor Elizalde St. BF Pque. Across old Caltex
Goods donation

you can donate using your cellphone:

You can also send donations to the Philippine National Red Cross using your mobile phone: text RED AMOUNT and send to 2899 (GLOBE/TM) and 4483 (SMART/ TNT). Globe is accepting P300 txt donatio

The Malu Fernandez Brouhaha

It’s on the blogosphere, in the newspaper and there are lots of forwarded messages on the net for what Malu Fernandez had written in the Lifestyle column in People Asia Magazine.  I don’t read that magazine but this reached me thru a forwarded message.

That’s a very wrong move of her just to give a humor to her magazine column she ridiculed the OFWs.  Its not even humane what she had written. Her derogatory statements are so intense. I don’t care if she belongs to the elites or whatever, I don’t even know her. I don’t care if she uses a Jo Malone perfume but what I care is her rudeness towards us, OFWs (that includes me even if I’m just a stay at home mom). The string  of words that she used are very disrectful.

She said that she had a target audience for her written column, then okay it’s only for those upper class elites but I guess those people won’t find it funny either. Because i believe that not all of them are like her, (matapobre). She wrote something for her selected readers at the expense of the OFWs.

She wants to draw the attention of the many then she had it now only that many chose not to applaude her but they wanted to wring her neck. OFWs reacted furiously, some are passive, some wants more from her. If only curses could kill her then I guess she’ll be 6 feet under the ground already.

OFWs should receive a public apology from her and the People of Asia Magazine should not let that column come out in the first place. The work of the media people is to bring to the people news or whatsoever but behind that is responsibility, it’s accountability of your action.

Hey, don’t bother again to fly with Emirates Airlines or else you’ll be sacked by OFWs. Ang cute mo…grrrr.

And now here’s another side of Malu fernandez:

Statement from Malu Fernandez on the OFW Controversy

“I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled ‘From Boracay to Greece!’ which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.

As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that Ive learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred ( against overweight individuals , for example )

I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest. “

Swimming Part 2

Why waste time sleeping in the house when you can have a grand bed on the vast cool blue waters of open sea near the Pacific ocean? Yup! We almost lived in the sea. Everyday we go to another place and it seemed that there are lots of beautiful places in Catanduanes.

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Rock climbing is part of the adventure in getting there by foot (see below pictures). And it was indeed an adventure when you have to pass a baby (Sean) to your companion already on top of the rock just to pass that area. My long nails got chipped off but it was okay as long as we enjoyed and had fun.

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Fun! Fun!Fun!

The second destination while we were in Catanduanes is Burinay:) In their dialect the name of that place is the shortened word for “buri ni inay”. The place is just near and that’s one thing very nice in the Philippines you can easily find a place where you can have some fun at a minimal cost. The kids were so excited with the idea of boating and swimming and so we packed a small snack and then we headed off to the sea.

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Mountain Hiking

As part of the activities that we set for our stay in my hubby’s place, we went mountain hiking to my father in law’s ranch. In going there, it would take 2 hours, we had to climb 3 mountains and a very looong walk!

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It was the first time that I rode on the back of a carabao and as well as Ate Princess. I thought that it would be easier and not tiring to ride on it than to walk but I was wrong, I had to use more effort in keeping myself steady and go with the flow of the carabao’s back muscle whereever it would sway especially in going downhill. And there’s another carabao, a smaller one, who kept on rubbing itself to the one that we are riding and it just came to my senses that it wants to be near to its mom, and our foot kept on being crushed whenever  the baby carabao would come near us.

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It was also Kuya D’s first carabao ride. The second picture, Ate P and Mommy (ate Amy’s Mom). 

When we reached our destination, Papa San gave us a treat! Lots and lots of young coconuts (buko)! We feasted on the fresh buko and the kids were busy with their sling shots and the target, a tree near the cows.

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The above 1st picture, I took this while we were on top of the 2nd mountain.

Bonding Time with Cousins

Ate Princess and Sean are the only grandchildren in my family while in my hubby’s family they’ve got a company of other 5 kids (but the other 2 cousins are in UK). Its only vacation time that they can meet and bond as cousins aside from every weekend calls in Skype and Yahoo. Ate Princess is the only rose among the thorns so most of the time they would unceasingly tease her, they would hide from her and she kept on trying to find them. All of them are boys so expect the worst, as all of them are the ruler so most of the time there’ll be pulling of opposites sides to whatever things they do. But whatever their differences are, however they vary in each approach to things around them still you can see the love and the patience that they would extend to each other. Of course, they would also give Ate Princess the princesslike treatment once in a while. Kuya D is the oldest (age10), then Kuya R1 (age9), he is a black-belter in combat aikido, Kuya R2 is 6.

Like one night, Kuya R2 wanted to watch Tom and Jerry but Ate Princess did not want Tom and Jerry, she liked to watch The Li’l Mermaid, there was again the argument and the winner was Ate P. Kuya R2 gave way to his cousin and all of them were laughing because he was so angry that he wanted to punch Ate P but he’s controlling himself not to do it.

Sean can’t get  the pace of his cousins so most of the time he’ll just follow them. Kuya D is the caring kuya since he’s the only child so he longs for a brother or a sister.


  Kuya R1 playing with Sean and near them is Kuya R2.

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The first picture,these two kids (Ate P and Kuya R2) who first had rough moments turned out to be best buddies.   Sean is the onlooker, he’ll got the chance to play if all will cease playing.:)

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Sling shots for each and every one of them and not to mention those lighters with pin light that they kept on getting from the store.   And Ate Princess got 4 of them (lighters) when I checked her backpack  and the never-ending lollies.



Trip to Catanduanes

After our stay in Samar then it was our time to bid goodbye to our beloved oldies there and we’re going to stay the other half of our vacation in my in laws in Catanduanes. Princess bawled literally when we went inside the departure area and it took me for awhile to pacify her and I explained to her that after a month her grandparents will be going also to Manila to spend some time with us. Our two months stay with my parents made her more closer to them aside from the fact that she’s the lola’s pet. Goodbyes are really difficult especially when you do some everyday activities together and for my daughter it got to her system that her lola and lolo are always with her, praising her, playing and making her the star of the day.

 We took a plane from Catarman airport then the following day we headed to my hubby’s place and we had to travel by land and cancel our plan in going to Virac by plane since we’ll be travelling with my hubby’s brother along with his family and MIL.

We left Novaliches at 7 am and had our lunch at Max Resto  when we arrived at Lucena City. Here are some pics that I took:


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We also rested for a short time…

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And it was dinner time when we arrived at Tabaco, Albay

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Princess was dead tired when we arrived at a hotel

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The following day, I was greeted by this amazing view of a nearly perfect cone, the Mayon Volcano.

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There are two shipping lines that operates daily from the port of Tabaco to Virac then vice versa. Here are some pics while the kids are watching the sea and waiting for a dolphin or any sea cerature to appear:) and some tender moments worth catching.

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On the way home, I can’t keep myself from admiring the blue sky,  the greenery, the mountains and the majestic sea.

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