Tropical Storm, Malfunctioning Computer, and a Return to…

Christmas Will Not Wait! The anticipation of returning to Samar for Christmas seemed intense the last few days before departing the island of Guam. We had our flight to Manila arranged with Cebu Pacific. Our bus tickets were waiting for us upon arrival. Our nephew purchased them about a week in advance to ensure we […]

Typhoon, Christmas Carolers, Pesos, and a Twister!

A Storm, Songs, and Some Pesos. Last week we experienced a Typhoon-For-a-Day here in Calbayog City (see my last post Christmas Season Typhoon), and just a day after the storm passed, the Christmas caroling season began. In the Philippines, usually beginning on the 16th of December, and for 8 days, children, teens, and even some […]

A Christmas Season Typhoon (Follow-up)

A “Grinch” named Nona (Melor)! Last week Mother Nature decided to disrupt everyone’s holiday preparations here in the Central Philippines and present us with her own Season’s Greetings message… and a storm that could have easily been named “Grinch.” Just 11 days before Christmas (14 Dec), we watched a storm develop out of a small […]

Not Your Normal Holiday Season In Samar, Philippines

Normal for some maybe… The Christmas season celebrations here in the Philippines customarily extends through the “Ber months (beginning in September), but for some reason our season has seemed to be abbreviated this year. Not because there has been any shortage of enthusiasm, but I believe because the weather has kinda put a damper on […]

Life in the Western Pacific and in Typhoon Alley

While I now live in the Philippines, I began my career here in the Western Pacific. At the ripe old age of 19, I was first assigned to the U.S. Navy’s then named Fleet Weather Central/Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Guam, where I began my forray into the weather business as a computer operator. Back in […]

[Video] Typhoon Bopha – Help!

Watch this video to see the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon “Bopha” (aka Typhoon “Pablo”) after it hit Mindanao and the Philippines last week. Thousands of people were left homeless with billions in crop damage and hundreds dead.  All ad revenue from this video will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross. You can also […]