“There’s a blue sky waiting tomorrow.”

“Blue Sky” by Hale | You might have heard by now that, yes, the Philippines is facing the strongest storm of 2013. This is, essentially, our Katrina, only stronger. The cynical side of me thinks that despite the gargantuan proportions of the storm, we won’t get as much attention because, well, we are not New Orleans, we are not the United States… but there’s no time for that. Natural disaster-wise we’ve been through a lot, and we’ve come out of it relatively unscathed, and this shouldn’t be any different. Yeah, Haiyan (or Yolanda, as we call it) will directly hit the towns and cities hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake a few weeks back. Add to that the big numbers we’re seeing from international experts – it’s tipped past the Dvorak scale, or something – and we should be scared. Scared of the humanitarian impact. And we should be strong. Our thoughts particularly go out, again, to our friends in Cebu, especially to Nat, who we featured on the blog previously. And also to those in Tacloban, who have just see a big storm surge. To Bohol, still reeling from being the epicenter of the quake. To all of us. You know what I mean. [NB]

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