Tropical storm “Jolina”

Do we really have to name the tropical storm “Jolina”???

Jolina is the tenth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the fourth weather disturbance in July. PAGASA is warning residents of Panay Island, Negros, Zamboanga Peninsula, Mindoro, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Palawan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon against possible flashfloods and landslides. Actually, Antipolo City, Rizal already reported a landslide yesterday. I do pray people will heed the warning and transfer to safer grounds even for the duration of this storm.

Anyway, it just baffles me why PAGASA is naming the storms this way. I think they want to be funny and relevant? But the celebrity with the same name is already a has-been, right?

Father’s Day confusion

Last Sunday was really funny. A lot of people thought it was already Father’s Day. My cousins and an aunt texted me and called us up, greeting my dad. Some even went to our house to personally greet him. We told them that we know Father’s Day celebration is on the 21st of June. We know for a fact that Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the 2nd of May and Father’s Day is on the 3rd week of June. But according to those who greeted my dad, the priests told the people who attended the mass to greet all the fathers they know a Happy Father’s Day. Thus, the greetings.

My siblings and I got confused as well. Was it moved to an earlier date? We didn’t want my dad to think that we wouldn’t be celebrating the day so my sister whipped up some yummy dishes for dinner. It is now a running joke at home that we will also be celebrating on the 21st as well, just to be sure.

And you know what? Father’s Day here in the Philippines is really on June 21! πŸ˜€

Did you also get confused?

Baguio: My adopted hometown


I miss Baguio! Baguio City is the Summer Capital of the Philippines. My family and I adopted the place as our hometown. We love the weather and the city’s feel of everything within reach. Tourists spots and malls are within the city. You can walk at night to eat and shop without the fear of being accosted. When my sisters and I attended my best friend’s wedding there, we even went out every night after midnight to eat and have coffee. We stayed there for four days at a hotel along Session Road. Everything was peaceful.

And then news about riots, late night fights, and other type of blights on the peace and security of Baguio at night broke out. It somehow painted a different picture of my adopted hometown. It clashed against the Baguio that we learned to love.

I hope that the city government of Baguio will do something about these threats to the peace and security of Baguio at night. I am sure that the city government doesn’t want to turn away people like us who have made the city our own already, and especially the tourists.

I miss Baguio and I hope that when we go back it will be the same Baguio that we learned to love: safe, peaceful and a haven for vacationers like me.

Dolphin phenomenon

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Have you seen in the news last night those more than 300 melon-headed dolphins which swam in to shallow waters off Pilar town in Bataan yesterday? Phenomenal! Who would’ve thought something like this will happen? However the rescuers drove them away, the dolphins kept coming back until finally they were driven to the deeper part of the waters.

I have heard different reactions to this phenomenon. But the one that got my attention was from my sister who is superstitious… this may be a sign that a big catastrophe will happen. Like an earthquake or a tsunami. Could be. Remember the tsunami that killed a lot of people in Asia a few years back?

And consider this comment from Dr. Mundita Lim, director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

β€œHere in our country, there were times when dolphins beach or get stranded, but only one or two dolphins – not like this, more than a hundred. So, this is unusual and we really have to know what caused them to go near the shore.”

Let’s pray that nothing bad will happen or that there is a reason why the dolphins got stranded in Bataan.

Proposal Rock tragedy

My sister and I always watch The Inside Edition. This afternoon, there was a report about an American who was supposed to propose to his girlfriend when she was suddenly swept away by big waves.

American, Scott Napper, took his Filipina girlfriend, Leafil Alforque, to Proposal Rock near Neskowin Beach in Oregon to pop the question. It was supposed to be a romantic moment for the two. Napper was preparing to propose and present his ring to Alforque when all of a sudden a big wave came crashing towards them. The last time Napper saw his girlfriend, she was being swept away by the waves.

This is just so sad. Alforque’s body has not yet been found. Let’s all pray for her soul and those that she left behind.

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