Friday, September 29, 2006

Powerless Friday

I'm typing this blog entry in an Internet cafe because many, many homes in Metro Manila are without power at present--including mine. A super typhoon hit the Philippines yesterday, the worst one we've had since 1995. Powerful winds knocked down power lines, toppled billboards, caused flooding, and killed quite a few people.

First, I fervently hope that my Filipino blogger buddies, Houseband00, Irene, Migs, and Juancho, are safe and sound. And Irene, congratulations on being picked Bestest Blog of the Day today! I'm so glad for you!

Here's the
link to a short video clip I made when the storm was just starting:

Many houses and public structures were either heavily damaged or destroyed. Our house was unscathed, thank goodness, but our street looked like a disaster area this morning...the day after the storm. Behold:

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Because of the extent of the damage caused by the typhoon, authorities are saying that power will be restored in two to three days. You read that right.
Two. To. Three. Days.


I'm counting my blessings, though. I and mine are safe and sound, our house was untouched. So what if I don't have Internet access for three days? I can't go to this Internet cafe at night, when I'm usually awake and everyone else is asleep. Besides, it's too damn far from where I live...the Internet cafes near my home don't have power too! :-(

Never mind. This, too, shall pass. But I sure hope it passes soon.

No Blogworld Saturday tomorrow, mes amis. I'll make up for it next week, or as soon as power at home is restored. In the meantime, I shall weep sorrowful tears at the thought of missing all your wonderful blogs in the coming days.

I hope all is well in your part of the world. Spare a happy thought or send some positive vibes towards the Philippines, will you?

Have a good weekend, everyone.


terra shield said...

Hoping all is well...
take care

H said...

take a hug. Am very glad you are safe.

please be continue to be safe.

It's strange how suddenly one gets attached to people one hasn't met, but has had the pleasure and fortune to share their most precious and private thoughts with.

praying for all you filipino coolios I have come to care about.

NanNan said...

Must have been a frightening experience--thank God you made it through unscathed--- hoping that houseband chimes in to let us know he's all right--- will be checking out the news links--

Anonymous said...

SO sorry to hear about what happened but glad you are well. Take care and be grateful you were untouched!!

Matt-Man said...

Glad to hear that you are safe.

Natalie said...

I'm so glad to know that you and yours are well in the midst of all that chaos. We'll miss you but at lest everyone knows you are safe. Thanks for telling us!

Thebodytalk said...

Lizza, how are you doing, my dear?
I'm just glad that you are safe.
I'll pray for you and yours.

The BodyTalk

Anonymous said...

I immediately thought of you when I heard about the typhoon. I'm so glad to hear that you are safe and healthy!

INAMINI said...

Lizza- I'm very sorry to hear about the typhoon. I can't think of anything much scarier. I'm glad you're alright, and I hope everything gets better soon.
Take care!

Anonymous said...

That looks really bad. I'm glad you and your family are okay. Am getting worried why you haven't updated in a while. Hope that everyone is okay.
Poor, poor 'Pinas and Noypis...Praying for everyone there.


Sony said...

Glad to hear that you and yours are okay. No worries.

Anonymous said...

These incidents make us realize how selfish we are being in Florida complaining about the hot weather and wishing it were cooler so we can go to the beach. Sad.

So glad you and yours are safe.

Bazza said...

Hope everything turns out OK for you, Lizza. I just noticed that you linked to me, so thank you. I'll certainly return the favour when I next update.
Strangely the video seems almost peaceful until you hear the SOUND!

Kiyotoe said...

Can u feel it? Those are my positive vibes coming your way kiddo. Glad you're okay.

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gem said...

Wow. I had no idea you were going through that. I hope you hear from your blogging friends and that you get your power back soon. Take care.

Anonymous said...

take care and knoe that your blog friends hope you return soon -- but your safety is most important. you will be in our thoughts and prayers ♥

Mimi Lenox said...

We miss you, Lizza! You are one fortunate little lady. What a disaster. How frightening for you and yours.
I'm posting a special hello to you on Mimi Writes tonight. Be safe! And please do check in and let us know how you are.

ian said...

Hi Lizza,

I heard about the typhoon on the news today and my first thoughts were of you and Irene. I hope things get back to normal in your lives very soon!


Irene Tuazon said...

So glad to hear you and your family are fine, my fellow countrywoman!

Since Thursday, life has been ridiculously HOT DARK CRAZY, hasn't it!? Hopefully, things will normalize very soon. We're still very fortunate to be okay despite the circumstances.

Hang in there and take care! c",)

Yaxlich said...

Yaxlich is glad to hear that you are safe and sound.

Julie said...

Whew! So happy you and your family are safe and sound. I hope things start returning back to normal soon. Thinking of you...

Reeholio said...

Good to hear you are safe Lizza, I thought of you when I read about the storm in the news.

I like your blogging dedication too. Travelling halfway across to Manila to an interent cafe to get your post out to the world. Good on you girl!

At least we all know your safe.

Regards, Rhys

aurea said...

Just found your site, and I don't really know you, but I'm glad you're safe. I hope Houseband00 is OK as well. Sending good vibes to all in the Philippines.

Lizza said...

Terra: Thanks. I hope you're doing okay too. :-)

H: Thank you. Your cyber hug is much appreciated!

nannan: Yes, it was kind of scary, but thankfully it wasn't as bad as some of the others' experiences here. Thanks!

Michael: Thank you! All is well now. (Well, almost!)

Matt: Thank you very much. It's very nice to see you here. :-)

Natalie: Thank you! Lord knows I've missed you all too.

bodytalk: All is almost back to normal now. Thank you for your prayers.

Justin: Thanks! The storm was a nuisance for me and mine, a tragedy to many others.

inamini: Thank you. What's scarier than a strong storm here? A strong earthquake (which happens rarely, thank heavens).

GG Thanks. MG still doesn't have power in her part of the city. Send her some cool thoughts.

Sony: Thank you. It's great to see you here again. :-)

Laurzeilei: Thanks! I'll be visiting your blog in a bit. I hope you stop by here again. :-)

Bazza: That wasn't even the height of the storm. :-) Thanks again!

Kiyotoe: Thanks for the good vibes. They sure came in handy. :-)

Gale: Thanks! Everybody I know came through fine. Hope everything is okay with you too.

Morgen: Thank you. I'll need to catch up on all your blogs soon. :-)

Mimi: Thank you! Your concern for us is touching. :-)

Ian: I hope things return to normal here soon too. Some other parts of the city & country are still powerless. Thanks for the good wishes.

Irene: Dark and crazy, yes. Fortunately, it isn't so hot here in my part of the city. Glad to know you're okay. :-)

Yaxlich: Thank you!!! :-D

Julie: Thank yoouuu!!! Your visits here are much appreciated. :-)

Rhys: Haha, it was good to get some artificial light in the mall. I like darkness and candlelight, but mostly on my terms. :-) Thanks for thinking of me.

Aurea: Thank you very much! HB is okay too. I'm glad you dropped by, I'll visit yours again soon too.