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Josef and I left the house early to attend the morning mass at Our Lady of Light Parish. Today is the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Praying hard there won’t be floods in the metro. We decided to leave the car in the church grounds since it is higher there compared to our place.  There was a drizzle and it was cloudy.  We are blessed that at least for now, typhoon Ruby was downgraded to tropical storm although our area is still under the threat of heavy rains and winds when Ruby makes its fourth  (and hopefully its final) landfall this evening in  Laiya, Batangas. The latter is south of Metro Manila and we are still under storm signal number 2.

You know that feeling of anticipating the worst but still hoping for the best, meaning, this typhoon which has been here for almost a week now  must be  tired of  hopping from one province to another  playing a game of “step no, step yes” choosing  when and where she would land next. Isn’t it about time that it leaves for good? It is so slow though at 10 kph with a gustiness of 135 kph. We would like to celebrate Christmas without more threats of rains and storms and bad weather. I am allergic to it.

Hope to see the sun’s face again tomorrow. I miss the blue sky and the  white fluffy  clouds up there. Since I could not dance in the rain, I’ll just wait  for the storm to pass.

Be safe everyone!

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I am getting nervous. I’ve been monitoring weather reports, press briefings, special coverage in preparation for the coming typhoon (it has already entered Phil. Area of Responsibility) and searching on other web pages about typhoon Ruby. It’s ironic that the very name Hagupit, a Tagalog word which means lash, blow, beating or  strike is the international name of a typhoon which the Philippines has contributed to the list of  tropical cyclones for this year. Locally, we have different names of weather disturbances. Ruby has been classified by JTWC (Joint Typhoon Warning Center) as super typhoon. As of 11am today, DOST  PAGASA’s latest report said that typhoon Ruby has maintained its strength as it continues to move west-northwest towards Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area. For those who have heard of typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines,  and is believed to be the strongest recorded tropical cyclone ever to make landfall and the fourth strongest tropical cyclone in history, with wind speeds (at landfall) of 195 mph (314 km/h) which devastated the Philippines last year, Samar in the Visayas is the same area that is on the track of typhoon Ruby. PAGASA has raised typhoon signal number 2 in several areas in Luzon and the Visayas and signal number 1 in other areas including Mindanao.

When you live in a place where typhoons and tropical cyclones are regular visitors, no matter how careful you are, there will always be that tight knot of fear in your heart. Nature as its worse is also one of the worst enemies of mankind. To think that those Yolanda survivors haven’t completely recovered yet from the wrath of the typhoon  and here is another one that would surely bring more devastations.

They say that Metro Manila won’t be directly hit by the typhoon but it is included in its wide ring band that would bring intense rain which would likely bring flash flood again. I have done our groceries early this morning, buying canned goods and other items like batteries for flashlights and radio that we could use if worse comes to worse. I have recharged our lanterns and cellphones but still thinking of transferring our car to a higher place in the neighborhood. Better be prepared than be sorry.

I am praying hard just like  some of our friends in the social media who have launched a prayer brigade that this typhoon won’t bring too much havoc and upheaval to our beautiful country. I pray that we would all have presence of mind, courage and faith that this storm would leave us still hopeful of a meaningful and happy Christmas 2014. I want to share this lovely prayer shared by the Diocese of Borongan, Samar.

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We also need your prayers. Please pray for our country.

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