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Uncovering Typhoon Haiyan

I wrote this quote on my Facebook (which I barely open nowadays) two years ago:

One thing about people is that they tend to keep what they really feel while they’re still alive, so when their time is over, those feelings were left unexpressed, and the chance for closure becomes zero.

The Philippines was hit by the Bagyong Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) last November 2013. It was one of the strongest typhoons to ever hit the Philippines. Thousands of people lost their lives, loved ones, and properties.

I was a thousand miles away from home when it happened. I lost connection with my family for a month. All the communication systems were broken. I was devastated not hearing any news from them. I don’t want to think bad things. I had faith. I prayed a lot. The only thing I felt guilty of not doing before the typhoon hit was to tell my family how much I loved them and how much they mean the world to me.

After a month, they were able to find a way to contact me and tell me that they’re all okay. Our house has numerous damages, but I don’t care about that. What’s important is that they’re all safe.

During that situation, I realized that we don’t know what’s going to happen to us in a day or two. It could be good or bad, either way, we should alway grab every chance we can to tell the people we love how much they mean to us.

Every day we have the chance
To wake up, to sing and dance
To spend time with the people we love
And to thank God from above

Our time is short in this wonderful world
We shouldn’t let our feelings go unheard
For when our time is over,
Everything we once knew and loved will be gone forever
– © Pancake Bunnykins

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Before I left The Philippines in July 2013, I reminded my father to always keep a certain page in the Bible open at all times, The Psalm 91, which preached about God as our Protector. People in my country believed that if you kept open the page of Psalm 91 in your house, those who dwell there will be safe from harm.

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The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

xoxo,

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17 thoughts on “Uncovering Typhoon Haiyan”

  1. Oh this gave me chills, the poem, the bible and your story. I cannot imagine how panic you have been because the news about Yolanda is all over the world. I am glad that your family is safe. 🙂

    Just watching the news made me cry during that time even we are not really affected because we live in Luzon.

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    1. Thank you, Rose.. Yes, it was definitely one of the hardest times in my life, being away from my family when such things are happening. I don’t know who to contact because all my family and relatives are in the Visayas, and were all affected. I just pray that no more disaster will come in the Philippines or anywhere in the world.

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  2. He definitely did. That must have been a very turbulent time for you all. It was worrying to watch all that was going on TV, talk less of the people living through such trying moments. I read psalm 91 and believe in its words “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God, will abide under the shadows of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord he is my refuge and my fortress”….
    Good post!

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  3. I’m so glad your family is safe! We had a massive earthquake in my hometown 14 years ago which affected the whole state and it was the worst feeling not being able to connect with our extended family back home and not knowing how and where they were. We were all worried sick in Dubai but luckily came to know a day later that everyone was okay and had escaped unharmed. Even our house hadn’t been damaged much. It is indeed horrific to wonder and wonder what happened with no way of reaching out to them and I cannot imagine being in your situation and not being able to connect with them for a month!

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