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Tahan na, Glenda -typhoon Rammasun

I can't sleep right now, and I guess I just needed to 'voice' umm type out my 
thoughts somehow.... as I type this, the wind is howling and I hear the whoosh 
of rain...and through it all, I hear a croaking frog.

At times when there are typhoons, I do tend to step outside and just watch, BE there firsthand, such a mere fraction (nothing compared to, actually), to what others experience, since I can always just run back inside if it gets dangerous. For others, the danger is real... I do like to feel the typhoon (a different aspect, I guess I find a certain thrill to it) but knowing how it can also be so dangerous, also grounds me.

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) has been gaining strength the past day (flights have been cancelled, classes and even government work have been suspended and a lot of areas are placed in storm signals ranging from 1 to 3)--we are at signal 3 where I am... it is slow-moving, meaning it can gather more strength as it moves and this also affects a lot of areas in the central and mainly northern part of my country.

A lot of areas here are prone to flooding, are already being flooded and the 
danger of storm surges is also very imminent... hundreds of thousands have already been evacuated, and hopefully those who refused to leave their homes earlier, took warnings to heart and evacuated.... it was still sunny this morning, so it could have been quite deceiving, I guess.

In fairness to the local governments, they do what they can do, taking preemptive measures in evacuation, with typhoon Yolanda still fresh in our hearts and minds.

What is disheartening is that those who can be severely affected would be 
those who have less in life, the informal settlers near coastal and bay areas, the 
farmers, the of typing this, 3 people have already been reported 

There was this man featured on the news earlier, seen gathering plastic bottles 
and other trash from the bay, in order to sell, and didn't know there was an 
upcoming typhoon... 

There was a lady, who refuse to leave her home which is located in a high risk 
area, she said she'd rather ride out the storm at home, resigned, she said if it's 
your time to die, it's your time. 

Maybe it's hormones, emotions getting to me, but watching the news, saying 
our evening prayers with special intentions, I had to fight back tears. Sighs, what good would my tears do though? The heavens shed enough tears right now.

Here I am, in the comfort of my own home, safe. And others, I can just 
imagine, are feeling the wrath, with no roof over there heads. Those in 
evacuation centers, I hope they still have their houses to go home to after 

 Please join me in praying with them, that they can get through this typhoon, 
safe and without injury nor death.

 I hear the rattle of what I am guessing would be our neighbor's roof. The winds are stronger now, rushing through the trees.

The frog still croaks, and I hope it will be okay (and also for all the other 

   Glenda, tahan na, tahan na.... 
            Glenda, hush please, hush...

** "tahan na" --- the nearest definition I can think of for this phrase would be "hush" or maybe "stop crying" 

Glenda is the local name of Typhoon Rammasun

-- to my kababayans, nette, Aiyah, and all the others, please stay safe, I hope you and your loved ones are all safe.....let's continue praying for those who are directly in this typhoon's path. Yes, the typhoon is here, but I still believe in the power of prayer, that these people be given the strength and courage to get through this typhoon, and not give up hope. I guess I just really am hoping for minimal injuries and casualties (would it be too much if I hope for zero casualties?)

God bless.

ika-16 ng Hulyo, lagpas alas dos ng umaga


Rammasun did wreak a lot of havoc in the Philippines, leaving almost a hundred dead... it also crippled electricity in a lot of provinces and cities, downing and uprooting many trees. Some areas have been declared under states of calamity.

After passing through us, Rammasun gained more strength, and turned into a super typhoon, affecting China and Vietnam. Please continue to pray for those who have been affected by it. Thank you.

Also, my heart, prayers and thoughts all go out to the victims and loved ones of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. It may look so hopeless right now, but like so many others, even if the situation seems so complicated, with a lot of fingers being pointed, I hope and I pray for justice, that the bodies of the victims be returned to their families. 


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  1. Date: 7/29/2014 3:16:00 PM

    which movie is Caleb talking about down here? Isn't he just the nicest guy? WEll, about Alvin, I caught a glimpse of him at BYU in the library one day when I went off to college. I don't know if he saw me or not. I have no idea what became of him because I forgot his last name but i bet I could find it in my treasure trove of memorabilia where i have old boyfriends' letters. haha. Hidden well away from hubbie who gets jealous! All I know for sure is that Alvin served a mission for the church!
  1. Date: 7/29/2014 10:28:00 AM

    Wanted to tell ya...I haven't got to watch the movie yet, but I will. My daughter has seen it twice and she loves it. I think maybe I'll watch it this week...
  1. Date: 7/29/2014 10:05:00 AM

    You are a kind heart, Nikko. I've missed ya! I never see the news...I didn't know about this. Yes, my prayers are with you all. Be safe, Nikko. And thank you for your comments on my letter. I always appreciate your words. I posted an actual poem for her today.
  1. Date: 7/29/2014 2:53:00 AM

    You brought this situation of pain and fear and loss to light in such a moving and passionate way. I will continue to pray for all those who need help and who are grieving and lost. Mother Nature can be so harsh at times. Blessings to you and yours. This was a brilliant and informative write Nikko. Love, Connie
  1. Date: 7/26/2014 4:38:00 PM

    Hi Nikko, wow just blew me away the poetry, the first hand account, the whole scenario, you bring to life through the written word,,,this is amazing.......
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:41:00 PM

    oh my, Nikko, this is such great writing from you to describe what is happening right at the very moment you were describing that storm. I must pray for these victims and remember them more often. Coincidentally I had sent a small check to a charity today for victims of the typhoon in your country. but it was so little to do. Your heart is so full of compassion for those you love on your beautiful island. Your prose is moving!
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:41:00 PM

    by the way, I'll tell you about the "magic face cream" later in an email, my friend.
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 3:28:00 PM

    NIKKS!.. tinamaan kami dito in a way.. the rooftop on our porch flew..i had blinking internet access ; I wanted to respond to you and check how you were doing... worse, we had another flurry of sudden rainfall after glenda .. haaay, traffic... thanks for the concern.. and thanks more for bringing this to light for all soupers to get an update about our situation... spectacular CNN newsbite!..huggs and miss ya!
  1. Date: 7/25/2014 8:31:00 AM

    WOAH! What the crap. that's a ton to digest! Real life stuff! I don't have cable or watch tv or news at all...Get it all out my friend!!!!!! on a side note, I must give much appreciation for all of your very insightful comments on here. I am stoked to have people on here who actually read my writing! I can tell you do, bc of the great time and detail you put into the words. If I could read, I'm sure many more people would read what I post. When I hear poetry like this one it breaks my heart!
  1. Date: 7/23/2014 3:51:00 PM

    wow you have been having a bad time! being surrounded by water can be very scary.. are you OK now little one?? You make sure to let me know?? XXOO
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 2:33:00 PM

    scary business, my friend - so glad you're safe - and will keep the others in my prayers. Have a lovely weekend xx
  1. Date: 7/18/2014 12:38:00 PM

    Missy as expressed via email. You guys are in my prayers. Awesome to get it down on paper, I know what a comfort doing that is for me. Hope the weekend ahead will be a safe one for you and your family. Love & hugs
  1. Date: 7/15/2014 4:12:00 PM

    Stay in prayer and be safe! I can't imagine the chaos, never been through mother nature's fury!
  1. Date: 7/15/2014 3:51:00 PM

    Ow Nikko..My dear sweet friend.My heart beats with yours for your people and for your country..I will continue praying for you and your country,your people so that day of Stop Crying will be yours and theirs.A big hug..
  1. Date: 7/15/2014 1:30:00 PM

    ..................Riders On The Storm....KLove *