Flood, Sweat and Tears

I never really understood the difference between a monsoon rain, a tropical depression and a typhoon.  They all are the same to me, because of the devastation they always leave behind.

For the past 3 or 4 days, we here in the Philippines have been battered by a series of heavy rains.  The downpour has caused so much destruction.

Lives were lost, people drowned, some lost their homes.  An entire family was buried alive from a landslide.  Families are staying on their rooftops, as flood waters have entered their houses.  Kids and babies are shivering in the harsh cold.

I can go on and on with accounts of the aftermath of the deluge, but it pains me.  Yes, it breaks my heart to see people suffering helplessly.

Stirred, not shaken.  That’s how I’d describe the spirit of the Fililpino people.  In the light of disaster, these victims are holding their heads up high.

I am also amazed at the heroism going on.  Rescue volunteers are putting their lives on the line just to save people they barely know.  It’s one thing to risk your live for the ones you love, and another thing to do that to total strangers.  That, clearly, is a manifestation of the purest form of love.

If you’re from the US and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, click HERE  (Please select “Task Force Noah: Operation Habagat” as your beneficiary.)

If you’re in the Philippines or other countries, click HERE.  (Please indicate in the comments section that you want your donation to go to Task Force Noah: Operation Habagat.)

A little will go a long way… Let’s virtually hold hands and help those in need.



About Pepper

I am a single working mom, trying to raise my kid the best way I know how. Join me as I navigate my way through the jungle that is Single Mom-hood, armed with rose-colored glasses and strength of spirit. As pepper adds spice to food, so does my daughter add spice to my life. She makes life no less than…PEPPERRIFIC!

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  1. Pepper I’m so sorry that you are all going through this. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as well as the whole country. Sending love!!

  2. gie santos says

    hi peps,

    can i share this link on my fb profile and on my page? this would be helpful. lets all keep praying for the safety of everyone in our country including yours. i just hope this rain/typhoon/tropical depression or whatever will stop soon for our people to recover from the calamities. god bless you all.

  3. Hay naku, Pepper! I have to explain to Yue every morning that he’s not absent and the school is closed, etc… He misses school too much!
    This weather brings out the Garfield in me! Ayokong masanay ulit sa late na tulog at super late na gising, haha!

    • You made me laugh with the Garfield syndrome :). I hate that too. I wouldn’t mind the lasagna, though ;)

  4. Hi pepper I’m really sorry to hear of the destruction. I work with a lovely lady from the philippines. She rounds up kids’ clothes to takeover when she returns to see her family. I won’t donate this time as I’ve just done the same for a different blogging call, but I do send my prayers xx

  5. Hi Pepper, it is the same in India, which is why I can well understand your emotion. I will also share this on my Facebook page.

  6. Praying. I’ll be sharing this post to help raise awareness and increase donations.

  7. Carla Barilá Karam says

    Pepper… praying for you, your family, loved ones, friends, neighbors and countrymen and women. With God’s grace, I wish you peace and many blessings… Carla

    • Thanks, Carla. The Filipino spirit, they say, is waterproof :). We shall rise above this with God’s grace.

  8. The rain lately acts more of like a typhoon than a wind.. It’s flooded everywhere. I was lucky that i didn’t get any flood or whatever but still, the rain ruined my event.. :(( I hope everything’s okay there though

  9. Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms says

    Thanks for posting this, Pepper!

  10. You wouldn’t believe it, but this is the first time that I am so scared, scared not for my own self but for my friends. Every time I turn on the TV , I am hoping that the newscasters will announce that the heavy rains have stopped already.

    But still, I am thankful that you are all okay now. I will also make a post about how other people can help. Pakopya nung mga links sis ha?

  11. oh,my! after Mindanao sa Luzon na naman…hope everything is fine with you guys…ingat!

  12. Our prayers go out to everyone back home. Filipinos are very resilient. We will rise above this but I hope there won’t be a next time. We are nothing compared to Mother Nature’s wrath and I hope, we’ll be more caring of everything that surrounds us.

    Take care.

    Ria c

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  13. It really is so sad to be hearing all this. More so that when you aren’t in the country and the best you can go now is to pray for everyone’s safety. =(

    I really wish our country could come to a mutual agreement on resolving this issue. This has been going on way too much already. =(

  14. Thank you for bringing awareness and helping those in need by passing the information along. I’ve seen photos & video of the devastation. Heartbreaking :(

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