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Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern

Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern
The Philippines Typhoon I believe has decided to sit on top of the North Luzon Island in the Philippines. The last time I was able to check it was moving at eight miles per hour. It has been blowing rain horizontally under the door of my room.

The wind, rain, noise has been blowing now for three days, I want it to BLOW OVER, and go away. I have no electricity. I cannot check the weather because of no television. Water is going to become scarce; I should drink bottle water now.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Buy the Same Gear as Andy uses… Sold at three times the price, sorry.


I am in a concrete room that was built about two feet above the ground level, all the water flows away from my room. If I can keep it from coming in the windows, my fortress of concrete protects me, I am one of the lucky ones.

I know within 50 meters of my room, there are people who live in squatty looking shacks, down hill from the road, downhill from everything, where I know their one room homes are full of water.

No Daily Bread
The Philippines is rich in water, this country is under the “Resource Curse,” food grows easy, it is plentiful.

Because food is plentiful, the people live one day a time; they do not keep cupboards full of canned foods. They live on fresh food, fish and plenty of rice. Their jobs are also one day at a time; the money they earn today buys the rice they eat tonight.

How do you earn money in the middle of a Typhoon, as best I can tell the business comes almost to a stop. The minimal scrounge money earned by the people at the bottom dries up and they stop having their daily rice. If the rain stops, all will return to normal, if it does not, they will slowly become poor. Nobody is going to starve, it takes more than a week to starve to death, but this situation is miserable. The weak, old, batter people are going to suffer, many will die. Saving up for a rainy day, this is good platitude, I know in the USA the savings is almost zero also, people are losing their houses because they lived hand to mouth, no savings.As best I can tell, the Philippines has plenty of food for their people, there is food everywhere to be purchased. However, they are not going to just give it to their neighbor. There are babies that will not be fed for a few days.

Well, I my computer battery is going to die; I need to post this and say goodbye. My life is great, normal stuff in countries like the Philippines. I know people forget, they try to equate this country, as being modern, even though it is 102 on the Human development scale, there is this idea all is great.

I can always walk from my modern Hotel room, with WIFI, Cable TV, Electricity and running water to poverty in 5 minutes. I can find a person who does not know how hot water works, who does not speak English, who earns 4 dollars per day. Just by making a five-minute walk in any direction I am in a different world. I find that most people want to say the Philippines is modern, I know as I type away on this computer in a dry concrete room, about 90 percent of the homes around me are drenched. One day at a time trying to fight the winds, rains and a Philippines Typhoon.

There has now been three Typhoons while I have been in the Philippines, this is not a new problem. Being defenseless and at the bottom is normal here, what is not normal is modern.

Five Minutes from Modern
I decided I need to prove it, to prove that I can walk five minutes from Modern in the Philippines and find flooded house wrapped up in poverty it is only 7:00 in the morning, not a nice day here in La Union, Philippines.

Five Typhoon Videos


Five Minutes from Modern

How Many Day it has Rained and Boiling Water

Philippines Never Ending Rain Pouring Down

People Sticking Their Heads out Windows, one House has 12 people in it. (Probably the best of the five.)

Mother with Four Children using dust pans to push water out of house and two babies being carried to Trikes.

If you do not see a video here it is because you are reading by email, click here to see video.

I published the videos and this post from a Hotel with a Generator. And for some reason the Internet started to work just as I was finished preparing them...

It is still raining outside, an amazing amount of water drops out of these Philippines skies.

Philippines Typhoon Five Minutes from Modern


Excellent set of videos! To the viewer, it puts us right there where the flooding was. Talk about up close and personal. Just a great job, well done and better video than on the tv news.

Andy, what a charming guy you are. That doesn't always come through in the written word. I know it wasn't intended, but your first video had me chuckling at your antics.