Pablo came and left

We had a pretty fair weather the past week.  By Sunday,December 2,  we had blue skies and the sun was bright. However, I am subscribed to  K’s weather and more  on Facebook. Karen, the Facebook page owner, warned of a possible super typhoon.

This was my Facebook status on Sunday morning.

Glad to have shared that update because there are many who are unaware of the situation.

That afternoon, I went out to buy items we might need during the storm. Good thing I compiled all the infographics when monsoon rains flooded Metro Manila last August.  I had to read them again to check if I got everything on my list.

The weather was nice.  This was Monday morning December 3, 2012, 8:43AM.

By the 12 noon of that day, Signal #3 was issued for Caraga Region.

Source: National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council

I have to commend PAGASA for issuing the warning ahead of time. Schools have suspended classes immediately.  We have to be prepared even if we had a beautiful day as pretty as this one.

Look, a rainbow over Butuan at 5:08PM on December 3, 2012!

Pablo was expected to make landfall at 4AM of December 4, 2012.  During that time, there was on and off rain in Butuan. It was not catastrophic.  We had experienced severe raining compared to that morning.

This was how our street looked at 9:49AM of December 4, 2012.

There was a brownout so my aunt did a little project.  She turned non-functioning wall clocks into picture frames. Talk about time management! 🙂

The period between 11AM to 2PM was the scariest because that was when we felt Pablo passed by.  The power was still out and we can hear the winds rattling the roofs. There was no rain but there was fear that the strong winds could really do some damage. When it looked like the winds calmed down, I went to sleep.  I do not know if it was a dream or not but I could still hear rattling of roofs while asleep. When I woke up at 3:30PM,  it was quite in our house so I bugged everyone that we should eat snacks. After all, we did some grocery shopping. 😀  Power was still out and it was a little dark outside at 5:30PM.  The good thing: no rain and no wind.


We got bored so we had a little candle light photography.

Actually, that is not a candle. It is a homemade light which is the safer and smokeless alternative to using a candle. You can make your own smokeless light. See photo below.

At 6:19 PM, the lights were back on.

The streets looked like nothing happened.

Thank you, God!

Not everyone experienced the typhoon the way we did. There are kababayans who need our help. I hope you find it your heart to extend your help to those who are severely affected by typhoon Pablo.

The government calls for donations.

I believe typhoon Pablo can’t stop Christmas.


Weather and Travel

This is the satellite map from PAGASA as of  11:32 PM of September 26, 2011. Several provinces in Luzon are under Storm Signal No. 3.

Typhoon Pedring

Living in a tropical country facing the largest ocean in the world, this is a regular phenomenon.  Every year, about 22 storms hit the Philippines. (This statistics is taken from the deep recesses on my addled brain.  Further research needed.)  Two years and a day ago, ‘Ondoy’ hit Metro Manila. It caused massive flooding in large area, killed lives, displaced hundred of thousands of people and ruined properties. I remember watching the devastation unfold live on television while I was looking after my father who was gravely ill. I thought about what I would do should it happened to us while my father was bedridden. It would have been a nightmare. I found myself wiping my tears.


Two weeks ago, I went to Naga with friends. It was trip booked in February this year.  The Peñafrancia in Naga is on the third Saturday of September.  June to October is tropical storm season for the Philippines. Naga is in the Bicol, a region often hit by typhoon.  I cannot control the weather nor postpone Peñafrancia. The best thing to do for me is pray for good weather.

Before we left for Naga, Onyok is in the PAR (Philippine Area of Resposibility). It is only a tropical depression,  a category lower that a typhoon.  I think it did not make landfall. I was monitoring the PAGASA website.  This was the satellite pic on September 13, 2011.

Satellite pic as of 1:32 PM September 13, 2011

It looks like a good weather.  On the day itself, I visited the website before I left for Manila.  The weather is also good.

The latest update posted on September 14, 2011

This was our conversation whe I told my aunt I was going to Bicol.
(Translated from Bisaya)
Aunt: There is a coming storm.
Me: It is already in the country. It is on its way out.
Aunt: The report on TV said that there will be 4 storms this month .
Me: That is based on statistics. June to October is typhoon season.
Aunt: So, why did you book that date?
Me: September is Peñafrancia. Besides, there are no promo fares for summer months. Remember there was a storm a week before we went to Hong Kong and a week after returned home? Prayers work.

God and prayers are often my closing argument with my devout Catholic aunt. It is a discussion-ender. I sincerely believe prayer works. God answers prayers; sometimes the answer is “No”.

If God said “No” to my Bicol trip, there are other provinces to explore with my round-trip ticket. I know Butuan-Manila flights seldom get cancelled when a storm hits Luzon. There is Baguio, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Cavite and a lot more to explore.

Even with Typhoon Pedring, the cancelled flights yesterday did not include Butuan-Manila.

Cebu Pacific Advisory

The weather was fine the day we traveled.  It rained in the afternoon in Naga.  It usually rained in the morning and by the time we go out  to explore, the rain disappeared.  When I think about it, we were always indoors when it rained. It makes the temperature cooler when exploring outdoors. Thank you, God!

This is Naga in the afternoon of September 14, 2011. Streets are wet when It rained a bit. No puddles. Ideal for strolling.

While in Naga, I got a call from my aunt asking me about the weather. It rained hard in Butuan the afternoon of the day we left. I took note of that event. It will be a good point to raise when my aunt and I will have a discussion about travel and weather in the future. 😉

Typhoon Names

PAGASA lists typhoon names alphabetically. The typhoon names are already chosen until 2016.  Typhoon names are reused. The names of the typhoons that were devastating are retired.  Thus, we know that Ondoy and Peping in 2009 were 15th and 16th typhoon for that year and those two names will not be used as a typhoon name again. This week’s Pedring is also the 16th typhoon for the year.

Taken from PAGASA website.

The complete list is posted here.

I spy my second name on the list for 2012.   Thus, I made a remark on Facebook, “ I just learned that my second name will be a Typhoon name in 2012 (the end of the world. ha!). Should I warn PAGASA? My first name was a devastating hurricane.

I’m traveling next month. Thus, I am praying for a typhoon-free country from October 20 to November 1.

I end this blog post with this positive quote:

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  ~John Ruskin 
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