It seems Typhoon Pablo is approaching Palawan, the last Philippine island on its track according to satellite images online. News outlets are now indicating 40 to 60 people are among the dead and missing, with mudslides and flooding all throughout the island of Mindanao.
The photo above is of Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) taken two days ago on Dec. 2 from the International Space Station with winds of up to 135 mph.
I’ve been in the Philippines for 5 months now and have only experienced a few strong storms during my stay here. This will be my first time experiencing a typhoon though so I don’t know what to expect. When I told my cousins that there was a “bagyo” or typhoon coming, they seemed nonchalant about it. Even my cousin joked “well, we enjoy rain during fiestas”. Oh, I’ll be experiencing my first fiesta as well this weekend. But my excitement has been completely overshadowed.
Hark, ’tis the season of promises. Political buzz is in the air both in the US and the RP. In the US, i’ve seen a lanky white guy, an adulterer, a chimpanzee, and now the adulterer’s wife wants to be president. In the Philippines, i’ve heard about a dictator’s wife’s shoe closet, a Filipino Charles Bronson, and a small woman with a big mole on her face. In other words I really don’t know squat about both these governments. But for some reason, no matter how distant I feel from both country’s politics, I find myself interested and doing research… and then I stop, grab a Coke, and watch TV.
When I was finished doing by intensive, 5 minute research via Google I have concluded that I must run for Leader, Master, AND Commander of the Universe because I feel I am the solution to both hunger and paparazzi: two things that both poor and rich skinny girls suffer from. Here is what I stand for: old people, the color mauve, models, Mexicans, and bok choy.
Anyway, if you vote for me, I promise that I will vote for you when you run for something.
RP and US “not-so-front-page” election news:
-Slates in for RP Senate like Team Unity and Grand Coalition. Team Filipeanut wants re-filing.
-Wait, don’t forget about the environment!
-Oh yeah, and then there’s everyone else.
-Pacquiao wants to be Mayor. Automatic TKO for opposing candidates.
-Australia’s leader doesn’t want Obama to become the leader of the US. And kisses Bush’s butt.
OFW “kinda-front-page-but-not-really” news:
-Filipinos in Canada send back C$335 million. ‘O Canada, please send me money too.
-BPI reports “hella” remittances for ’06.
-9 Fisherman are rescued after being out at sea, bringing new meaning to “Overseas Filipino Workers.”