Typhoon Haiyan aka Yolanda — A Quick Update

Typhoon Haiyan

Bogo did take a direct hit and I have been displaced. I’m fine but don’t have access to all the normal Internet tools. I do have pictures but no luck in getting them transferred to a PC for now. I have some that others took with my other camera. I’ll get them on here soon. So far can’t get access to those in my camera.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan Headed for Cebu and Leyte 11-06-13

Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan is headed for the city I live in. Bogo City and from what I can tell will strike within 36 hours.

For now, I’m am embedding two post I made on Google Plus. It is one scary looking strom. I will provide updates here as the electricity allows me too.

The Philippines PAGASA has named the storm Yolanda locally. I usually don’t get too excited about typhoons here. Most don’t hit Cebu.

I’m excited about this one but not in a happy way.

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Bohol Earthquake of 2013

Bogo Earthquake 2013

It has been eight hours since I was awoken in my bed feeling as if I was in a boat. It didn’t take long to know this is an earthquake. After close to a minute of shaking and though I knew it was far from me, I suspected a major quake had occurred someplace nearby. I soon learned that the magnitude 7.3 Bohol earthquake of 2013 had struck near town of Carmen.

It was a few minutes after 8 A.M. that I felt the quake. I’ve wish I could go to Bohol and take pictures but that’s just not possible and there is major damage there. If I had the cash for travel, I’d be on my way in order to take pictures of the wrath of the Bohol Earthquake of 2013.

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Tristan’s Beach Resort and Bantayan Island

Sunset at Bantayan Island

My favorite place in the world is Bantayan Island. When I go to Bantayan Island, I like to stay at Tristan’s Beach Resort. While it is not the most eloquent resort, its location, pricing, food and staff make it a hard combination to beat for a guy traveling on a budget. If you’re want to know where to stay while visiting Bantayan island you should consider Tristan’s Beach Resort a strong contender.

Tristan’s lies right on the beach in the Santa Fe region of Bantayan Island. In fact, at hide tide there is no beach, the water inches up the steps of the resort and sometimes completely submerges them. At low tide, the steps lead to a powder white sand beach.

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Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino In Cebu City

Basilica del Santo Nino

One favorite things to see in Cebu is the Basilica Minore Del Santo Nino.  I’ve been there half a dozen times or so. I’m sure I will visit again. There seems to always be activity there. There are lots of people and usually many vendors selling assorted items like balloons. These items add color and touch of excitement around the building.

Soon afterwards a fight broke out over a girl and Magellan was killed and his fleet sent fleeing from Cebu.

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Bantayan Island in Exciting Cebu Philippines

Two Banca in Route to Bantayan Island

I have visited Bantayan Island in Cebu Philippines around ten times. Just a guess, I didn’t take the time to count it. It is my favorite place on earth. Though Palawan is a close rival to Bantayan Island and I really enjoyed my one visit to that island. Bantayan Island is located off the northern coast of Cebu. It takes me about two hours to get there. That includes the one hour ferry ride from Hagnaya. It has been almost two years since I’ve been able to go to Bantayan.

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The Taoist Temple in Cebu Philippines

Taoist Temple

For me, the Taoist Temple in Cebu Philippines is one of the highlights of Cebu. It is the only Taoist Temple I have been too. If you’ve been to many of them, especially the ones in Thailand, it probably will not be as impressive to you. If you’re into photography though, it’s a great place to visit. Perhaps that is why I loved it so much.

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Filipino Time to be Stamped Out?

Filipino on Filipino Time

What time zone is the Philippines in? It is in Filipino time. What time is Filipino time? Well that’s anyone’s guess. You see, Filipino time is not found on any time maps as there are just too many Filipino times. Filipino time is basically when “I get around to it.” It is a reflection of the usually relaxed nature of the Filipino lifestyle.

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How Safe is Cebu Philippines for a Foreigner?

Security in Cebu Philippines

Cebu is one of the safest places in the Philippines. People often what ask “How safe is Cebu?” I can’t promise you that you will be safe in Cebu or any other place in the world. I feel safer in Cebu than I did in Memphis. Sure there are some scary places and scary people in Cebu, especially in Cebu City. The further I get away from Cebu City, the safer I think I am.

Yet, I don’t find Cebu City to be unsafe.  How safe is Cebu depends partly on you. Perhaps mostly on you. If you’re going to the mall, you are not very likely to run into trouble. If you go to a nightclub, well the risk of trouble always goes up when there are pretty Filipina and people with alcohol on board. Go to a bikini bar and your risk factor goes up.

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Beautiful Filipina at Odlot Hideaway

Yesterday I had the pleasure of revisiting the Odlot Hideaway in northern Cebu with four beautiful Filipina.

I was really surprised to see the three  Filipina that went with use chow down on a raw jelly fish they caught in the Visayan Sea.

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