Typhoon ‘Dodong’ strengthen to signal number 4

Typhoon DODONG, with the international name NOUL, is the 4th typhoon to date that is hitting the country and specifically bashing the northern part of the Philippines — North Eastern Cagayan, Batanes, Babuyan, and Calayan Group of Islands and even strengthening to signal number 4.

Typhoon Dodong

Even though I and my family is here in Mindanao, it is still worrisome to think the possible outcome — the damages this typhoon could result in some areas of the country. I just hope that this would not result to a serious one and that our fellowmen could overcome this inevitable event.

News and Current Events Updates

There’s no other means, for me, to have the latest news and current events updates from the country but only from the local television shows. It’s basically the tv which can help me. Though I don’t know how to mount tv on wall, I still insist myself to have a flat screen tv of my own in my room. It’s not that I want a more luxurious life but I just want to connect to the outside world — beyond the world of what I prefer to have, my profession.

TV Wall MountTV Wall Mount (image from hookedupinstalls.com)

Aside from that, I found myself so uninformed about the recent happenings in the local vicinity especially on weather updates. If mom didn’t inform me, I would never knew that the province is already in storm signal number 1. The worst thing is, I don’t know what the storm name is and I still even asked mom if that was true. Look how stupid was I talking to mom on the phone, arguing with her about the weather.

Anyways, before the summer months, I will probably get my own tv mounted on the wall to have me able to grasp the latest news and current events updates.

After PABLO, here comes QUINTA

After typhoon Pablo has hit the country so badly that it even caused a large damage not just on our living but to many Filipinos in Mindanao, specificially in Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental, Agusan del Sur and Surigao provinces, there’s another tropical depression which is expected to show up today, December 25, 2012, Christmas Day 2012 in the country.

Tropical depression QUINTA is located centrally at 400 km East of Surigao City which produces maximum winds of 55 kph. It is also moving towards west at 19 kph. Quinta is also expected to make rainfall in Dinagat Island this coming Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 in the morning. And in Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, this will produce rains over East of Cuyo Island and on the following day, it will move to Northwest of Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Tropical depression QUINTATropical depression QUINTA

These information provided above are based on the 4:00 AM, December 25, 2012 forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

So Filipinos, let us make ourselves ready for this new typhoon coming. And always pray also for the Lord God to safe guard us from this natural test.

Typhoon ‘Gener’ Effects

Just recently, the country was badly affected by the typhoon “Gener“. There were also reported cases of deaths in Metro Manila and other negative impacts brought by Gener.

Flooding in Metro Manila brought by Typhoon “Gener”

And telling you guys, this is my very first time to experience stormy days in my entire life. Things like those what I used to just see in television are now for real like those swinging of leaves of trees, real flooded areas, no electricity and a lot more. Even the patio water fountains of our neighbors were full of rain water.

Should I say, this is really a strange thing for me —  almost but not all are my first time ever experiences.

‘Butchoy’: storm signal lowered, changed direction

The good news about the most recent storm hitting the country, Butchoy, that it has changed its direction and that, the storm signals are lowering in the country really made my morning worry-free. It is the fact that I have received a message from friends online that even those motorcycle drivers in Motorcycle Jeans are having hard time passing by on the main highway because of the heavy rain plus blowing winds.

Butchoy (image source and credits)

In some other areas in Visayas, the storm is expected, if gotten worse, to cause landslide and flooding which would surely cause more problems and headache to many Filipinos.

But at least for now, the storm is slowly changing its direction.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, March 11, 2012

At 2:00 AM Sunday, EST, to get ready for the Spring forward or Daylight Saving Time, set your clock an hour ahead, or 3:00 AM.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, March 11, 2012

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday, March 11, 2012

This daylight saving time setting of clocks an hour ahead is to make our clock synchronous to one hour added during warm weather months.

Cold Rainy Christmas 2011

Christmas in the Philippines is almost always rainy — a wet season. In fact, there’s a lot of areas in the countries that are flooding now because of continuous rain. This is somehow the same and equivalent to the snowing in other countries.

However, if in other countries battery-heated clothing are in-demand like the CozyWinters.com heated vest to help overcome the cold weather, here in the country, what many are using are just simple long-sleeved jackets or sweat shirts. Pajamas or jogging pants are the usual pairs of these suits.

Can you imagine how Filipinos celebrate the cold rainy Christmas 2011?

Moody Weather Weekend

I was supposed to hunt for something cool to do last weekend like going to the beach, do trekking, bird watching using a hunting binoculars or anything that is an outdoor thing . Just missing those environment-friendly stuffs I used to do before when I was in college.

But since the weather here in Cebu City is not that friendly to me, it seems like a woman experiencing PMS. A very mad moody woman, it may seem; one cannot predict when and how long a sunny hours would take and suddenly, a heavy windy rainfall came. Urgh! I ended up, last weekend, staying in the house of my classmate’s uncle and slept over there for just 3 hours.

Cold Summer as Always

As I have said in my earlier entries, my summer vacation here in our hometown is not, indeed, a summer seasoned-vacation but a rainy one. By far, it’s definitely a cold summer as always experience.
Here in our home town, raining heavily – windy, as it is, is not an unusual scenario. Flooding in some towns in the province is always happening too. Good enough it doesn’t happened yet in our town.But the low temperature here is very remarkable that even some of the agricultural processing companies are using cast iron radiators. These materials are basically used for the heating of certain area or room usually storage rooms of agricultural products that are needing a higher temperature. Just so our province here loves the colder weather than the hot one,cast iron radiators are being utilized.

At home, we do not use cast iron radiator, off course. We usually do not use heater because we are already used to the environment. But when we do bathing, we just use a tub water heater instead.

Rain rain go away!

Rainy season here in our place is used to be between the months of August and March. However, in this year, up until now, May, it is still raining. Believe it or not, this is the only year which I experience rainy summer. Smiley
This climatic season is actually good but not all the time. For instance, in our farm where we are planting palm oil trees, it doesn’t give any good benefits at all. Palm oil trees doesn’t want watery areas. Rain water usually dump up and even overflow draining into some areas in our farm. During these days, the green healthy leaves of our trees are turning yellow and sometimes real pale. Too bad. And as a result, the trees doesn’t bear big, healthy bunches of fruits rather too small and sometimes doesn’t bear any at all. Smiley

One fair day in our farm during harvest day with not
so healthy bunches of palm oil fruits.
Nevertheless, by the coming end of summer, by next week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Association (PAGASA) predicted and has forecast in their environment news on TV that here in CARAGA Region will be experiencing normal atmospheric pressure. So, we will be having fine weather here the soonest. Smiley

Please rain, go away now!!! Smiley