July 21, 2024

30 thoughts on “Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

  1. Hi John,

    Good to see you finally back online. Juvic managed to get a few FB messages out by cell and so I knew you guys were alright just without power. Three weeks must have been tough though. It took four days to get a hold of my wife so to say I was nervous is an understatement. She is back on Santo Nino Island so communication is spotty on a good day. They had no electricity to charge their phones so I had a few sleepless nights. They were without power for only three days but that’s because of the municipal generator, besides they only run it six hours a day, lol. Just glad all concerned are safe. I feel really bad about Tacloban though. Aside from that do you know have they looked into improving the airport at Sabang to pick up some of the slack from Tacloban? Again good to see you back at the blog.

    Mark G.

    1. Howdy Mark. I knew that you knew we were fine because the first of 2 times I got on a computer at the internet cafe, I saw those messages from Juvic.
      I’m glad that the wife is fine and I still don’t see how they can take having power only 6 hours a day.
      Actually I heard that the airport in Tacloban was still operational. I also heard that the terminal was destroyed. Maybe they have a make shift terminal. I’ll try to find out more information on that.
      I’ve encountered a problem on the blog, actually 2 of them, but I have taken care of the first one. It was a long process. I had Yahoo ads showing up on the site, but they are gone now. I need to figure out how to get rid of those games links that keep materializing now.

      1. Oh yeah the terminal in Tacloban is destroyed. I figured they are only doing relief flights at this time. Folks like Grand Tours right near the harbor must be gone, too. I’m trying to make plans for February. Checkout some of the Youtube videos, especially the one with the lady giving birth day 2, if you want to see what’s left of the terminal.

      2. Those damn game links just won’t go away. I wiped my C drive and reloaded and they are still there. I even got a big powerful antivirus program (Kaspersky) and ran a full scan. It did find a problem (Trojan) that the others did not, but it still did not stop those links.
        If it is on your screen like mine, then they are in place of the words that are usually displayed on the front of the blog for each post. Right now it is only on 2 of them (Zine #52 and Zine #53). They are the only 2 that I’ve done since the power came back on. If you just ignore the links and click on the title you will be taken to the post. At least that is what happens with me and those links do not appear there.
        I’m about ready to get an external drive, save everything to it and just reformat the whole damn drive. I’m open to options if y’all have any.

        1. I’m going to make an attempt at writing another post tomorrow. I’m hoping that for some reason those game links won’t show up on any new posts. We shall see. Be sure to stay tuned for that post. We had an ‘almost’ disaster during the brown out. Most people around here were in a panic. It was strange.

    1. Hi all,

      I got word through other website folks that UJ and Family are all OK. However due to no power and no internet in their area it may be awhile till we heard from them directly. Lots of Damage in Calbayog, so lets pray for them and wait till things settle out to hear the story they have to tell.

      1. Thank you, Joe P. Glad to know that. I have first cousins in Palo-Tacloban area from whom I haven’t heard yet. I hope they’re still alive.

        Every little bit of news helps.

        1. Howdy Winda. We are fine here and our relatives from Tacloban that lived in the San Jose area are fine (though they now have almost nothing left). I don’t know about the area you mentioned, but I’ll ask the relatives that are from there. They are now staying with us for awhile until they can get back on their feet and all the insurance processing is complete.

          1. Winda. I’m told that that area go hit pretty bad. The area called Baras especially, around a Oriental Hotel. I’m not sure of what’s there, but our cousin that lives there told me that. He will be going back to access all his damage again today, check in at work and see about the insurance claims. I’m told that is the McArthur Park area, although General McArthur is still standing.
            I hope you relatives are okay, but you do need to check up on them to be sure.

      2. We are fine, but there was no damage here. Tacloban City is where the damage was. It was just about totally destroyed. Those Cat 5’s don’t mess around. It did get our power plant down south, so that is why no power, but it’s working now (finally) and I’ll have all the details later. Thanks for letting others know we were doing well.

    2. We did great Tony since it didn’t even touch us. We just lost a power plant for almost 3 weeks (to the minute). You can read it in the blog when I get to typing.
      I just hope the power is here to stay for awhile.

    1. There is now! I hope it stays up too. I’ll have all the details, rumors and weird stuff in upcoming blog entries. It has been an experience.

  2. I hope you’re all okay. We were able to contact my in-laws at Obrero, they said people panicked because someone spread rumors that a tsunami was coming.

    1. We are fine Larah. That stupid tsunami rumor it frighten some people and some actually died because of it. I’ll have details in the blog entries soon. That was not the only tsunami rumor either.

    1. Thanks Heidi. Yes we are fine and our relatives that lived in Tacloban are fine. They no longer have a home and hardly any possessions, but they are still alive and staying here in Calbayog.

    1. Me too Jamie. It’s too bad things like this need to happen at all. But until we can best Mother Nature they will continue. I think that will never be that we can best Mother Nature. Lots of notes, so lots of stories coming soon.

    1. No problems here Leona. The storm hit way south of us. We barely got any wind from it at all. It did destroy our power plant down south though, so no power for so long. Details in many up coming posts from the tons of notes I have been taking.

  3. Hope everyone is okay there. I know communication is having issues there, but fingers crossed for all our friends and loved ones there. Have been checking the site daily just in case a post pops up from someone in the city.

  4. I am hoping every one is safe on this Saturday morning. I just watched a video of Tocloban City…good luck to all!

    1. No destruction here. We just had our power plant knocked out and we were without power for almost 3 weeks (exactly). Details to follow in the many notes I took while I had nothing to do.

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