See photos of the aftermath here.
Of the three of us, only Buona is in Manila right now, so the best we can do is glue our eyeballs to our Facebook news feeds and keep news websites on our browsers, sending money and moral support to our friends and families who are physically helping out in the relief efforts back home, as Filipinos always do when natural calamities strike. I'm supposed to be studying for my final exams but my thoughts keep flying back to what is happening in the Philippines. On the positive side, news of help of all kinds from all over the world makes me feel that we're not alone in this, and strengthens my faith in the goodness of people. There are so many touching stories that have come out from this disaster...
Stranded tourists helping out in relief efforts in Coron, one of the islands affected:
Two cute kids in the US raising money for aid through their lemonade stand:
My favourite one was this conversation between a little girl in Saudi Arabia and her Filipino nanny, recounted by her nanny on Facebook. It made me tear up a little bit...
Lana: Ya Jo how much my one riyal in the Philippines?
Our country faces a difficult task in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. If you would like to help, there are many different ways, and I thank you in advance from the bottom of my heart. Please also keep our people in your thoughts and prayers.
DIA keeps telling herself that she got an iPad so that she can study her school readings more easily, but really, it's so she can read ebooks in bed without having to balance a laptop on her lap. She reads various genres from new adult to romances to business books. Also, she should probably tell you that she didn't manage to get through Fifty Shades, sorry.
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