“Children bring you down to mother earth instead of floating high; that’s one advantage of associating with them. And children can be very frank; they correct some mistakes that you have made in the past.”
“Ang bituin at araw niya’y kailanpama’y di magdidilim..”
(“It’s stars and Sun forevermore shall never go dim..”)
A survivor’s tale by Frances Mangosing, Air Force officer recounts 6-hour ordeal at sea with young boy at height of ‘Yolanda’
“I was going farther and farther out into the sea and all I saw were tips of coconut tees disappearing into the rising water. Suddenly, I saw a child wrapping his arms tightly to a floating coconut tree. By a stroke of luck, the waves led me to the child,” Carangan said as quoted by Army’s 8th Infantry Division deputy chief of staff for Training Lieutenant Colonel Allan Jose Taguba.
Both the 8th Infantry Division and the Tactical Operations Group are under the control of Armed Forces Central Command in Visayas region. Taguba posted Carangan’s narration on Facebook.
“The little boy also held to the piece of wood I was holding on to. We floated where our bodies took us,” he said.
When they reached the sea, Carangan said they went through “another hell.”
“We were slammed by waves—huge waves from all directions. We were also toyed by whipping winds. We drank a lot of salt seawater. I was getting so tired,” he also said.
“Too young to die,” he thought to himself as he looked at the little boy.
Read the complete story here.
And in more gut wrenching news..
State of national calamity declared from the Philippine Daily Inquirer
Typhoon Haiyan: 3 days in, little relief for survivors of Philippines storm from CNN
Typhoon Haiyan: survival, loss and humanity in obliterated city of Tacloban from The Guardian
Once-Thriving City Is Reduced to Ruin in Philippines from The New York Times
Philippines typhoon leaves millions in need of food, water, shelter from LA Times
Scale of disaster stuns, overwhelms typhoon Haiyan relief efforts from The Telegraph
Toll in Philippines typhoon could hit 10,000 from The Japan Times
Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual
from the National Geographic by Jane J. Lee
Haiyan is a strange storm in both its strength and because it comes very late in the typhoon season, which officially ended November 1, said Colin Price, head of the geophysical, atmospheric, and planetary sciences department at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Although the overall number of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons—all the same weather phenomenon—hasn’t increased over the past decades, the proportion of more intense storms has, Price explained.
“All typhoons feed off the warm ocean waters,” he said. The moisture-laden air above these regions is the fuel that fires the engines in these storms.
“We’ve seen in the past decades the oceans are warming up, likely due to climate change,” said Price. “So warmer oceans will give us more energy for these storms, likely resulting in more intense storms.”
Read the complete article here.
In the news: Typhoon Haiyan: Thousands feared dead in Philippines
Photos via BBC
With preparation and prayers, we are fine. Our hearts and sympathies are with the people who are badly affected. We Filipinos are stronger than super typhoons, or any man made or natural disasters. Always are. Always will be.
In the news..
From Letters of Note
100 years ago in French Algeria, on November 7th of 1913, author Albert Camus was born. The second son of Lucien and Catherine Camus, he was just 11-months-old when his father was killed in action during The Battle of the Marne; his mother, partially deaf and illiterate, then raised her boys in extreme poverty with the help of his heavy-handed grandmother. It was in school that Camus shone, due in no small part to the encouragement offered by his beloved teacher, Louis Germain, a man who fostered the potential he saw and steered young Camus on a path that would eventually see him write some hugely respected, award-winning novels and essays.
In 1957, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times.” Shortly after the occasion, he wrote to his former teacher.
(Source: The First Man)
19 November 1957
Dear Monsieur Germain,
I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart. I have just been given far too great an honour, one I neither sought nor solicited.
But when I heard the news, my first thought, after my mother, was of you. Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was, without your teaching and example, none of all this would have happened.
I don’t make too much of this sort of honour. But at least it gives me the opportunity to tell you what you have been and still are for me, and to assure you that your efforts, your work, and the generous heart you put into it still live in one of your little schoolboys who, despite the years, has never stopped being your grateful pupil. I embrace you with all my heart.
The Constant Gardener © 2001 by John le Carre
Date Acquired : May 26, 2013 – BOOKSALE @ Php 97.00
Started Reading : May 28, 2013
Finished Reading : November 2, 2013
From the pages
Rule one: never show your feelings if you have any. (12)
Give Africa to the women and the place might work. (36)
That you are loved for being someone you weren’t. That you’re a sort of fraud. A love thief. (49)
How can we help a poor country if we’re not rich ourselves? (59)
Some people, once seen, live forever in our memories. (86)
Sometimes you don’t have to feel something to know you feel it. Sometimes your senses are so trampled that another appalling piece of news is just one more tiresome detail to administer. (128)
She felt by reason of her beauty, that she had an obligation to be heard. (158)
We who walk past life with our eyes down. (166)
In my profession, studied ignorance is an art form. (168)
Poverty on that scale is a discipline of its own. It can’t be learned in an afternoon. (168)
Pain observed is journalistic pain. Its diplomatic pain. Its televised pain, over as soon as you switch off your beastly set. Those who watch suffering and do nothing about it, in her book, were little better that those who inflicted it. They were the bad Samaritans. (171)
If in hell, lie. If I trust nobody – not even myself – if I am to be loyal only to the dead, lie. (177)
The most comfortable thing you can do is assume they’re with you all the time. (198)
For every soul that turns to God, here are a hundred that do not! (269)
If you can’t deal with the reality, then dream up a conspiracy. (345)
His lies were not fabrications. They are brilliantly devised distorting lens that turned facts into monsters, yet left them looking like facts. (350)
He has many biblical references I do not understand. Perhaps that is because I do not understand God. (370)
For humanist, God is an excuse for not being humanistic. (374)
I’ve been shirking all my life. I’m a graduate of pain. (382)
Better to be inside the System and fighting it, than outside the System howling at it. (389)
A crime, maybe you can get away with a crime. But a cover up is going to land you in gaol every time. (395)
I serve, therefore I feel. Whereas all I feel now is: it was you against the whole pack of them and, unsurprisingly, they won. (414)
She lives only with the monstrosity of her case and it’s hopeless insolubility. (425)
He is a weak man who looks for strength in the wrong places. Unfortunately it is the weak who destroy the strong. (437)
There are some things that are too dangerous to know. (470)
Suspicions so monstrous are not laid to rest in a day, particularly when they echo other suspicions that have been laid to rest in the past. (480)
In civil wars, the wealthy die first. That’s because, if someone steals their cattle they can’t adjust. The poor stay pretty much the way they were. (516)
Does the truth change so fast these days? My father taught me: if something is true, it is sternal. (524)
You want to turn to God, you gotta be a sinner first. (535)