Friday, November 8, 2013

24 hours at the airport

24 hours at the airport

24 hours at the airport

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 01:12 PM PST

Denise Pennamon --

Nicholas Erebia --

Laura Siegfried --

Melanie- Ann Llanes --

Devin Cobb --

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Father in Tacloban City

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 12:24 PM PST

My dad lives in Tacloban City, which was hit hard by the typhoon. He and his wife just had a house built, near the airport I believe. The photo is the view from his house, taken several months ago. He emailed my sister and me yesterday saying that he had prepared the house as much as possible. About 30 relatives of his wife, ages 2 to 78, were sheltering in his house. We haven't heard from him since that email, and are anxiously awaiting news.

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Waiting To Hear News Of My Wife And Her Family In Ormoc City - Philippines

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 11:40 AM PST

My name is David Armstrong and I live in Newcastle in UK. I'm married to a Filipino woman named Rubelie Perez Armstrong (Ruby) from Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. My Wife is a kindergarten teacher and works at Milagro Elementary School , Ormoc. We were married in Ormoc City last August. My Wife lives with her family in a small village called Can-Untog which is about 7km from Ormoc City. I've never heard any news from my Wife for almost 24 hours now because there is no way for her to contact me as they have no electric and no phone signal. I'm so worried about her and her family because Ormoc City is right where the eye of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck. It's so worrying just sitting here waiting to hear if my Wife and her family are safe.

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Strong winds in Manila

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 08:24 AM PST

Strong winds hit Eastwood City in Quezon City, Manila that threatens to break or uproot some trees. Authorities are tying the palm tree to a pole to support it & avoid getting uprooted & other preventive means to avoid accidents. Taken just before midnight 11/8/13.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan aftermath

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 08:23 AM PST

Because of Haiyan (Yolanda) this very huge tree fell down


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Yolanda in the Philippines

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 08:01 AM PST

In the Philippines, Yolanda was its name. Super typhoon Haiyan terrified the residents Cebu, and the whole Visayas region, even before it touched the Philippine archipelago.


"The governor suspended the classes on Thursday and Friday in the whole province of Cebu," a twitter feed flashed on my smartphone. I was confused. Then a colleague of mine mentioned that there is an incoming typhoon on Friday. "Unusual, this must be strong," I told myself. And indeed, it was. Super Typhoon Haiyan was bringing with her winds as strong as 200 kilometers per hour.


By dusk, grocery stores were crowded with people buying candles, instant noodles and other necessities. The usual 5 minute transaction, in an express lane counter in a supermarket, now takes at least 30 minutes. Lines, which was very unusual, were long. It started from the last shelves in the supermarket to the counter. Indeed, that was panic buying.


By Thursday, everything seemed calm and serene. Without the forecast, people would have caught unaware of the incoming catastrophe. From a city who was recovering from a recent earthquake, this is another challenge to take. Around 2 in the morning the next day, rain started to pour. About 8 in the morning, I can feel the strong winds but it was by 10, when the winds of the typhoon started to smashed the city. From trees to steel structures, they all fall to the force of a Signal Number 4 Typhoon, the strongest category of typhoon I ever experienced in my life.


After its landfall in Cebu, the typhoon hit the island of Panay. I called my aunt, who was living in a village in Mina, Iloilo (1 of the 3 towns in Iloilo under State of Calamity). Their lights went off, some of her neighbors seek refuge in her old house. Trees falling and bamboos blocked the street. Good thing, the house didn't fall. When the strong winds started to tear down trees, tears fell from their eyes out of fear. The only thing they hold on to were the prayers, hope and the image of the saints. At around 8 in the evening, the wind became weaker. Her neighbors went home. They are now at peace, at last the great storm had passed and they were spared.


The wind was strong but it did not stay long. Damages were many but it could have been more. Indeed, the weather forecast, mass evacuation and preparation paid off. The typhoon was said to be the strongest one this year, but the Filipinos will prove to be stronger.

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Recovering and Rebuilding from Super Typhoon Haiyan

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 07:06 AM PST

This photo of one of the household workers was taken after super typhoon Haiyan hit Cebu City. He along with other Cebuanos are cleaning up the debris, dirt, leaves, coconut, and branches of trees that are all around the place after the winds subsided around 2 or 3 PM local time in the Philippines. Strong winds may have left dirt and damage properties but as they say, the Filipino spirit is waterproof as we begin to clean up, picking up the pieces, and rebuilding our homes and communities.

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Heavy rains from Super Typhoon Haiyan

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 05:59 AM PST

Image courtesy Instagram user @lani_moreno


Hi! This video was taken outside our office in Alabang at around 6PM, and strong winds and heavy rain lasted about 20-30 mins. We headed home at about 7pm and are all safe now. But we're experiencing strong winds again

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Super Typhoon Haiyan

Posted: 08 Nov 2013 04:50 AM PST

Image courtesy Instagram user @opeldatsme


Hi. This was taken between 2 & 3 pm today, Nov 8, 2013 inside our compound in Rahmann, Cebu City. There's not much damage in our area. Neighboring streets had some damage as shown on tv. Thanks for your comment. Opel Mann

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Update to my earlier report in Cebu City!

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 10:59 PM PST

Getting better but still very intense weather.

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From Residential Area in Cebu City

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 04:46 PM PST

I'm a British national who has lived in the Philippines for 13-years and was recently affected by the earthquake Not seen winds like this before. Scary stuff! Chris Ducker

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from fan to FANDOM

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 02:01 PM PST

I was introduced to Doctor Who in the early 1980s via PBS, but never watched regularly. I read the comics and some of the novels when I was younger, but rediscovered the show in 1996 with the TV movie. Shortly thereafter, I discovered David J. Howe's "decades" collection. When the show returned in 2005 I was "all in" and have been since.

Through our amazing local library system I spent 2012 watching the entirety of the show's history. I joined a Doctor Who podcast and have been touring the convention circuit as a panelist. This year, for the 50th, I will be cos-playing for the first time...attempting the yet un-named, and un-identified "John Hurt Doctor" in three consecutive events. Doctor Who is a magical science-fantasy that has become an integral part of my life and I wouldn't have it any other way...

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Doctor Who is for Family

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 01:59 PM PST

Doctor Who has become a part of our family. My mom watched it int he 70's, with "that one with the crazy curly hair and scarf" and I've begun to show my 15 month old daughter all about it. She was born a week after 2012 San Diego Comic Con and came with me for 2013. I bought her her first adipose and dressed her as a dalek and a tardis, complete with a little light atop her little head. She was a trooper through it all, posed for hundreds of pictures and even woke up extra early to get in like for the Hall H Doctor Who panel. She's met Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) on four separate occasions, she's his number one fan. Her first pair of shoes were red Converse. I love that there are so many episodes of Doctor Who that we can tailor it to her level. I show her some of the older Classic Who, because it's often less scary. As she gets older and her attention span is longer, we can watch even more. She LOVES both my sonic screwdrivers. I know that in raising her with Doctor Who, she'll always have friends no matter where she goes. Whovians are the best, friendly awesome people. When you meet someone knew and find out they watch too, it's like a bond has been formed before you even know anything else about them. No other fandom can touch as many people as Doctor Who, because it continues to grow with each new Doctor. Everyone has opinions or likes/dislikes but it's never about who is right or wrong. Whovians understand you extreme excitment over the reveal of the new Doctor and they understand your tears when the Ponds left. You can say "Fantastic", "Allonsy", or "Geronimo!" and get a smile every time.
When I say Doctor who is for Family, I don't just mean your immediate Family. I mean the family that you've acquired by being a Whovian. People from all over the world, all walks of life. They GET you! Fifty years of history, fifty years of fandom, fifty years of amazing stories. It may break your heart, make you cry and make you shout, but it will never get old and it will continue to be amazing. Doctor Who, quite literally, transcends time. And space. :-)

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Smoked Out of Good Health

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 12:30 PM PST

I had to spit in a cup. My throat was sore and incapable of making even the slightest movement. I had to allow my saliva to build up in my mouth to avoid choking on it. I was 23, a smoker of 10+ years and struggled with an aggressive form of strep throat that had been going on for 6 months. I would take my prescribed 7 day antibiotic and within 5-7 days of completing them, I would feel that familiar tickle and scratch in the back of my throat as it prepared its encore of hell. Driving in my car, I would flip down the sun visor and open my mouth so wide that the sun could light up the back of my throat. I was scared to look because the white spots and lesions I had grown to know too well, were back. Aside from the physiological effects, my sanity too was being tested by this relentless infection. "I was 23, why is this happening to me? My friends can smoke no problem. This isn't fucking fair!!". I loved smoking. The social aspect of it, the taste of it, the way it made me feel...everything about it was romantic to me. That is until my throat decided to turn against me - and when it did that, the last thing on my mind was a cigarette. But like a bad hangover getting better - the first moment of wellness, I'd reward myself with a toke of old faithful because I did afterall deserve it. I remember the last time I visited the clinic because of my strep throat. The Dr. put the wooden stick on my tongue and told me to say "Ahhh". As I did, I saw his eyes widen and his voice whisper "God". The reason is, my throat had turned a blackish grey. No joke, there was something terribly wrong happening.



After a few weeks of another bout with antibiotics, I was driving to my grandma's house to meet my family due to her falling instantly ill, when I approached her driveway, my moms husband ran up to my car yelling "Grandma died!". I was shocked because this woman was an ox who smoked 4 packs of Pall Mall cigarettes a day and worked full time as a nurse. I always felt safe that this blood line relative could smoke like a chimney and still be ok all these years later. She looked 100 but acted 60. The reality of it is that she fell ill with pneumonia and her lungs couldn't support her any longer. The most ironic thing is that she knew that day when she fell ill that she wasn't going to make it through the night. So much so that she brought her living will and testament to the door when the paramedics arrived. It was strange how she had that "sick sense". That for me was the straw that broke the camels back. Now I was pissed. I just went through months and months of agonizing pain and now this? All brought on by cigarettes and smoking. I couldn't take it anymore. It had me by my feminine balls and I wasn't going allow it to take anything else from me. It was that day that I quit smoking for good.



I drove home with cigarette in hand and the butt of my cigarette and my lips had a bitter sweet going away party. It was liberating and although the next month was filled with frustration and tears of giving up, I never did smoke another cigarette. I had to stop going out for a long time because you never really realize how long it takes to smoke a freaking cigarette. It's an important part of our sub culture and my non smoking self was getting in the way of all things fun. I stuck out like a sore thumb and sitting at the table while 10 of my friends smoked their hearts away outside was simply not cool anymore.



13 years later I still find myself thinking about smoking another cigarette. I've had smoking dreams that felt so intimately real that the line of reality and fantasy blurred out my memory. I know I didn't smoke but sometimes those dreams feel really good and sometimes with real regret.



Similar to that of when I took my last drink 16 months ago, but that's another story.



- Kara Wethington

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Chap. Theadore Wilson deployment

Posted: 07 Nov 2013 08:00 AM PST

Ted, I know you love doing what you do best for the Air Force and that is ministering to other people. The kids and I and our family back in TN wanted to let you know how much we miss you and love you. We are praying for you and all of our troops and we can't wait to see you and spend time with you when you come home!

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Flower Bazaar of Mallik Ghat

Posted: 06 Nov 2013 12:15 AM PST

The flower market of Mallik Ghat is the Asia's largest whole-sale market of variety of known and unknown flowers.
Every morning, from about 3am, up to 2000 sellers arrive in the market area that lies in the shadow of the Howrah Bridge which spans the Hoogly River, a tributary of the sacred Ganges.
The reason its a marked place is the fact that its around 125 years old. In 2008 a devastated fire almost gutted the entire place. However it has rose from the ruins.
Buyers from all across the state come here to purchase flowers in bulk. Never-the-less flowers are big business here, an essential element in temple rituals and offerings, and on weddings and festivals.
Wholesalers also export flowers to the rest of India and even exported to the rest of the world 'bought from these rickety stalls and from sellers who have simply spread their wares out on the pavement.

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