Wednesday, June 25, 2008


On Friday I'm going home to the Philippines. I am of course excited to be going home but at the same time saddened by the fact that a lot of my fellow Ilonggos are still suffering the effects of the dreadful typhoon Frank and the deadly flood it brought with it. As I scan the many pictures of 'Waterworld', I somehow felt disconnected. It's as if I'm so far away. Am I coping by denying that I am not part of it? This is a new feeling for me. I know I should feel something strong about it but being away for only 6 months have transformed me into somebody who's alienated from the place where I come from. I must admit it was hard for me to relate to all the drama at first since I know my family were safe. It's very easy for me not to care. Looking back I did care since I helped a friend locate his mom, calling all our friends in Iloilo to make sure that she is safe (She was found on the rooftop of a 3-storey building. The 2 storey house of my friend got flooded up to the 2nd floor). It's just that I can't feel that I really cared. There's that feeling of hopelessness in my heart. How can I help, anyway? What can I do? Even the ones who are in the thick of the scene during the havoc of Frank couldn't muster a word but only to weep as they witnessed the strong current capsizing a house with 3 people on the roof going down with it. I guess the only way to cope is to go numb.

Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' makes so much more sense than ever.


Gayzha said...

Yes, when we see all these sad news at home - we feel soooo helpless and hopeless! And yet there is sooo much we can do - we just need to start doing it! Hope u feel better and enjoy your vacation! Mwahh!

fuchsiaboy said...

thanks gayzha! salamat sa pakikiramay.

DannyDaily said...

Hey friend,

Just a quick note to say that you have a very interesting blog. I remember you $3 MMM shoes discovery. Kudos.



fuchsiaboy said...

dannydaily - thanks for dropping by!