Weekly Photo Challenge: THRESHOLD

April 5, 2014 at 3:11 pm | Posted in DOWNTIMES, PLACES I'VE BEEN TO, WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE | 9 Comments
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VACATION BITS 01: THE TRIP HOME

It was late afternoon when we left our house in Al Ain City to go to Dubai Airport.

We reached the airport around 8pm.

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My parents actually not happy about this trip because even before we left our house, I was already having fever, bad cough and running nose. But because we couldn’t cancel the trip, we still pushed through. I was given some medicines to keep my temperature down.

My condition got even worst during the plane ride. My temperature went up again, and I was chilling because it was very cold inside the airplane. Good thing my dad is a nurse and he made sure I took my medicines. My mom brought extra blankets to keep me warm. She also kept me in her embrace. I have such loving parents, don’t I?

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We reached Manila by noon the following day. My grandmother, aunts, uncle and cousins were there at the airport to welcome us.

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After having lunch at a restaurant, we headed home to my grandma’s place in Bulacan.

It was an exhausting journey and I badly needed to rest. I needed to regain my energy because I knew it was going to be a great vacation!

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Thank you, World!

December 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Posted in DOWNTIMES | 2 Comments

wpid-IMG_143846796128510.jpegI’m back.

I’m really sorry for not posting a while. My countrymen back home were suffering too much because of Super Typhoon Yolanda and I just felt it was not appropriate to post the happy adventures I was having here in Abu Dhabi. I couldn’t be posting the many different places I visit, the food that I eat, and the toys I have, while I know that many Filipino children out there who are hungry, and homeless.

It’s been more than a month now since the typhoon devastated central Philippines, and now the Filipinos are slowly recovering. I’m sure it will take a while before the situation becomes better. My home country still needs a lot of help.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who responded to the call for help – those who did something – big or small, to help in the relief efforts. My admiration goes out to all of you, because of all your selfless acts of generosity.

I am a small boy who has become a witness of how the world responds to a major disaster. Many countries donated, sent their troops, and brought in food, tents, and other disaster supplies. Organizations held fund-raising activities, went out of their way to provide assistance in the relief efforts. There were even people from the other parts of the world who traveled to the Philippines to volunteer. I am touched with all these love showered to my country.

Many of these stories of heroism are compiled in dad’s new blog HEROES OF YOLANDA. Please check it out and be inspired. Just click the link to be directed there.

Sometimes I feel so afraid of growing up – because of the many bad news I hear about the world. But after seeing all these acts of humanity, I know there’s nothing to be afraid of. The world is still full of loving and selfless heroes.

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(images are from facebook)

Filipino Spirit!

November 21, 2013 at 11:35 am | Posted in DOWNTIMES, FACEBOOK STUFF | Leave a comment

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taken from FB

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) In Numbers

November 19, 2013 at 10:16 am | Posted in DOWNTIMES | Leave a comment
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Originally posted on Ahmad Ali Karim's Weblog:

LEYTE, PHILIPPINES - NOVEMBER 14:  A homemade casket is seen on the side of the road as curfew approaches on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

LEYTE, PHILIPPINES – NOVEMBER 14: A homemade casket is seen on the side of the road as curfew approaches on November 14, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through Philippines over the weekend has been described as on of the most powerful typhoons ever to hit land, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. Countries all over the world have pledged relief aid to help support those affected by the typhoon however damage to the airport and roads have made moving the aid into the most affected areas very difficult. With dead bodies left out in the open air and very limited food, water and shelter, health concerns are growing. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Please click the links below for news, videos and photos on Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda):

Aerial Photos Of Typhoon Haiyan’s (Yolanda) Devastation

In Photos: 10,000 Feared Killed By Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) In Philippines

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Amazing Children Help Typhoon Victims

November 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Posted in DOWNTIMES, FACEBOOK STUFF | 11 Comments
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My home country, Philippines declared a national state of emergency following the recent typhoon, which was considered the strongest typhoon in the world. Millions were left homeless, and without a family.

Help started pouring from other countries, which was really amazing.

Today, allow me to share some inspiring stories of heroism from children around the world.

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TOKYO-Thousands of miles in terms of distance certainly was not enough to keep six-year old Shoichi Kondoh from feeling compassion for Filipinos, not thinking twice about giving away his painstakingly saved-up piggyback savings as part of the ever-growing international relief aid.

Accompanied by his mother, Miho Kondoh, Shoichi visited the Philippine Embassy in Japan to hand over JPY 5,000. Shoichi said he was moved to donate his savings  after witnessing the extent of destruction the Philippines experienced from Super Typhoon Yolanda on television.

Consul Dexter Lao expressed the embassy’s gratitude for the sincere gesture of kindness and sympathy from the boy, now the embassy’s youngest donor. (taken from Philippine Star)

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A group of students from SENDAI, JAPAN posed to the camera to show their messages of support to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

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Little angels sold lemonade by the street for typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) victims, in LA, USA (Twitter Photo courtesy of YouScooper Shekinah Eden Pugh)

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Anthony, aged six, on a written letter to his aunt Mae Paner (aka Juana Change) donated his own little savings to typhoon victims.

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Qatar-based Lebanese girl “Lana” wants to help typhoon victims in PHL (Photo courtesy of her Filipina nanny Jovelyn Bayubay Revilla).
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988775_533218756767471_1853279733_n His name is Benjie. He is one of those whom we call “street children”. He literally begs for money everyday outside Mang Inasal along JC Aquino Ave., Butuan City. He was within the vicinity in one of a Yolanda donation drop-off station where he generously donated his widow’s mite of 2 pesos.  Maraming maraming salamat Benjie! (from FB page of Mae Paner)
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We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them.

Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.

~ Mother Teresa

* Photo by Luis Liwanag

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In behalf of the Filipinos affected by this catastrophe, thank you to all who extended their help. Your help will forever be written in our hearts.

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