THE AFTERMATH OF YOLANDA | Thoughts of An Ahjumma

Of all the areas that were hit and affected by this recent super typhoon, the aftermath shows that none was as gravely affected as Tacloban City. Haiyan/Yolanda made landfall SIX times, but it was in Tacloban that devastation was probably as terrifying as the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan a few years ago. No preparation was enough, as evacuation centers were eaten up by the storm surge that came like a blink of an eye to the city.

There are lot of emotions that are flowing from this incident. Massive and “organized” looting is taking place as we speak, as the government is yet to establish communication and electric lines back into place. As the respected journalist, Ted Failon, who covered the events said if not addressed soon, chaos will take place in the already torn apart Tacloban.

[VIDEO: Ted Failon recalls Yolanda’s…]

It says that disaster brings out the best in people. But it can also bring about the worst.

If we fail reflect and learn from this incident, especially for me and my fellow Filipinos, then recovery will be bleak and only more disaster (this time by our own hands) will eventually be our merit.
(Some related news articles: “1, 200 feared dead..” ; “Children, elderly drown as flood waters swallow Tacloban evac center”)

COUNTDOWN| Birthday & Yolanda | Thoughts of An Ahjumma

–written last night, Nov. 7 a few hours before midnight. Grammar naziz beware!! A lot of grammatical errors in here~


Tick, tock, tick, tock…

As I write this, seconds pass in more than any speed we can ask for…Two events are about to pass, each with an impact that will affect lives. Make the wrong choices, believe in the wrong things and the outcomes will be disastrous!

Those two events (one on a personal note, and the other of a social impact) are my birthday and the imminent landfall of Super Typhoon Yolanda. ST Yolanda has just been reported to have dangerously gained strength to be a Category 5 typhoon- the largest in the world, they say.

No matter how much one prepares, on can only be hopeful to survive the disasters. The gravely affected would be my fellow Filipinos in Bohol and Cebu who were recently hit by a 6.2 magnitude quake and a tornado. One can only prepare to the extent one has been given with…but above all, the best one can do is pray.

Uncertainty weighs heavily in human life. No one deserves to boast in any case for no matter how much one accumulates, none can ever prepare fully for the inevitable events. Typhoons, earthquakes and tornadoes are just few of the examples of this truth. The passing of one’s life- the inevitable drawing closer of any person towards Death is the biggest example of the inevitable…and one that nobody can ever prepare for.

Many lives were lost in the recently passed calamities and it is expected that there will be (little, hopefully) lives gravely affected with ST Yolanda’s coming; lives people who came from different walks of life, but nonetheless…were or are people like me who never expected to end their journey anytime soon.

(Icebreaker!  I may be passed the age, but still a very cool and timely song,  YUI Thank You My Teens with lyrics here)

I am no longer a teen, and soon another year in adulthood will come to pass. Anytime, anywhere could be my destined end. I cannot do anything about it. Many people try to hide from the fact of aging, but I believe it is a truth that one can never run from. But I guess I understand why they do despite the fact that eventually life here on earth will soon come to an end.

I guess it’s because as each year passes in our life we it most difficult to face the questions of

“How did I live my life?”

“Have I lived with true purpose?”

“Where have I gone? Where am I going?”

“What person should I have been? What type of person do I truly need to become?”

(Ice breaker again! Another  YUI- Life with lyrics here)

I look at myself now and ask these questions. And they only get bigger and bigger.

“The past is as important as the present is also important as the future. The past will guide your present and what you make of your present will decide your future…”

What have I done to be thankful for the time I’ve been given, knowing that I can never know how much time I have left?

Have I avoided the right things? Have I let go of the right things? Have I striven with all my heart for the right things?

These are questions that must be answered….

And Time isn’t running back.