The 9th Soul

Rainy week: Flooding at the gates due to Maring and Monsoon Rains

Posted in life, weather by Fated Blue on August 20, 2013

You know how everything gets fucked up by the rain? Well, the country’s being plagued by one right now and this is achingly similar to Ondoy. It’s actually very scary. People all over Facebook and Twitter have been stating how everywhere is flooded and all that. It’s crazy that even where I am, where flooding isn’t really usual, the water’s actually just reached the garage floors. It even leveled with the sidewalk now. I can only imagine what it’s like for others specially those who have no homes or bad sewage systems.

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Let’s all pray for Japan

Posted in internet news, weather by Fated Blue on March 11, 2011

I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it by now; Japan just got slammed by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake earlier today which then resulted in this biblical proportion of a tidal wave (or tsunami). Here’s an official report.

Here’s some statistical data.

As the saying goes: The sunrise signals a new day.

Let’s all hope for the best for the people of the Land of the Rising Sun.

PEXer is pro “squatter death”

Posted in internet news, life, Random, weather by Fated Blue on September 28, 2009

I’m not entirely sure why people are making bad jokes out of this whole disaster. We just had Jacque Bermejo yesterday now this girl that calls herself prEttyNdisTress

Poor people = Trash

"Poor people = Trash"

I don’t know why…maybe she tries to joke around too much that it ends up being insensitive and inhumane in nature.

UPDATE: a funny reason why the person acts like that

From DangoNymph of Pinoy Exchange

Now I see.

Now I see.

Jacque Bermejo on how Filipinos deserved “Ondoy”, The Next Tracy Isabel Borres

Posted in entertainment, internet news, Random by Fated Blue on September 28, 2009

If you’re reading this, chances are you probably know the name Jacque Bermejo. If not, here are the following information that may enlighten you on the subject of this article.

This is where it all began

This is where it all began

Grammar Nazi FTW for the first time?

Grammar Nazi FTW for the first time?

Her Facebook

Her own “fans” club

Article about her 1

Article about her 2

From Pinoy PSP

Where she posted her OPINION

She even has her own WIKIPEDIA PAGE

How Pinoy Twitterers responded

Her recently bombed MULTIPLY page

How google knows you

UPDATE 9-28-09 1:46 AM

MORE PHOTOSHOPPED PICTURES OF ANGRY FILIPINOS AGAINST JACQUE BERMEJO

UPDATE 9-28-09 9:09 AM

She may have been actually “HACKED”

Her friend’s plea to stop the hatred

After the update, should we be skeptical about this woman now?

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That was alot of information linking her in a span of 7 hours. Now what is my humble and very objective opinion about her you ask? I can definitely say that she needs to fix her way of using the English language. I mean, for all we know, she may have tried to say something totally harmless but it went all wrong because of her reckless use of the language. Then again, as seen above, she actually meant the little thing.

She reminds me of Tracy Isabel Borres, but Tracy here was very smart to try and make the post private. I mean, Ms. Bermejo here looks seems to be your typical below average IQ Filipina compared to Ms. Borres.

Goodluck to you Ms. Bermejo, may your name be forgotten in history FAST. At this rate, her name will make the media. People already started getting her emails, contact numbers, even so much as sending her bosses messages about this little incident. Goodluck to her indeed.

PS:

*This guy wants to be next

You wanna be next?

You wanna be next?

Here’s his Facebook

My Typhoon Ondoy Experience

Posted in internet news, life, security by Fated Blue on September 27, 2009

I knew classes would be suspended later on, but I still found it a necessity to go to class yesterday. It was very rainy, as I rode the jeepney going to Vicente Cruz street on my way to UST. It wasn’t flooded at all when I got there. Everything was very normal for a Saturday class, save for the very strong wind and rains. I knew a suspension would eventually happen, I’m just counting the time ’til then.

When the clock struck 10 am, an announcement was heard from the dean via the speakers atop the ceilings. Suspension was inevitable anyway. I thought “Yeah…whatever”. I then wore my slippers and went on my way home. The streets of Espana, Manila was already starting to build the foundations of the legendary Espana river. When I hopped on a bus going to recto, the water was already ankle-high. I knew the trains were the safest mode of travel now, being that the rail it runs on is located high above the roads.

Everything was very fine until I got out at Santolan station and went to get a ride going to Rosario, Pasig. I walked my way towards the jeepney stop. I had a choice of paying a minimum for a jeep to get there or I walk it out in the middle of a rain shower and save money. I should’ve rode the jeep, walking was a big mistake.

On my way to the stop, knee-high floods, strong winds, murky, dirty waters, and a very tiring walk greeted me, together with chances of me falling in a man hole or a hole near the sewers. I smiled my way until I got to the stop safe and sound. I took the jeep there and waited inside as it slowly made a crawl to my destination. What normally takes 30 minutes took 1 hour and a half because of the heavy rain, and the heavy traffic it brought along with it.

I was supposed to take a jeep from Rosario going to Tramo because I wanted to take the “special” ride with a tricycle to my house seeing that I was very hungry, very wet, and very tired. It was already 12:30 PM.

I waited for some time and heard that Tramo was very flooded and heard news from people and bystanders how jeeps and other vehicles avoided the said road. I decided to walk to Rotonda and get a tricycle ride there, although it would be more expensive. To my surprise, tricycles were offering rides to Rotonda for 10 pesos, 3 pesos more from the minimum price of a jeep ride but it was a bargain because of the current state the city was in. As I hopped out of the tricycle, I started to walk, looking for the tricycle that would bring me home. To my surprise, the flood was too high for a small vehicle to cross. By small vehicles, I mean motorcycles, taxis, tricycles, and other modes of transportation that would just sink and probably give in to the high waters. So I came up with possibly the stupidest idea I ever thought of in my entire life: To brave it out and walk home.

I thought twice about this decision, I was in Rotonda, Pasig and my house is at Cainta, Rizal. “I walked farther” I thought to myself, so I went in the almost thigh-high flood, greeted by mud, gunk, dirt, garbage, “tidal waves”, and a fear of drowning. Yes, I feared to drown amidst the confusion. I could easily get carried away by the waves the trucks were making and fall to a sewer hole or a manhole and die there.

After about 30 minutes of walking, I looked at the road ahead of me and what I saw totally destroyed my hopes of me getting home that day. I saw floods waist-high, trucks creating waves upon waves, and people “swimming”. Not only was it tiresome to see the long road ahead, but to see the very short distance I crossed in such a long amount of time literally broke me. I decided to head back, since I saw that my chances of getting home was higher that way. To get home safe, if not sound, was my objective then.

I went to the Ministop located near Rotonda and took shelter there. I talked with people of all sorts that also have homes in the same village mine was in, and we all wanted to get home no matter what or how much it would take us. We tried desperately to ask tricycles, jeepneys, and taxis to have us taken to at least the gates of our village for a price, even if it weren’t negotiable.

None of them wanted to even TRY crossing the flooded roads. They all said that what we all need is a truck. We waited for about an hour then this lady with a white truck came to our view and we sought help from her. Thank God for this woman. She agreed to take us all home specially because she’s from our village as well. The truck was big enough to carry about 30-40 people. We were about 20, so we fitted nicely. The truck had no roof on its but we could care less about getting home dry.

And there we were, having a truck drive us to safety, crossing floods, seeing many people, having a time of our lives. We were all under a state of euphoria at the time, so much that we practically laughed, yelled, and just went all happy despite the heavy rains and how the entire day has made us more tired that we should be.

While on the truck, we all shared stories, jokes, funny side comments, and past experiences with floods. We didn’t know each other, but we all had two things in common: One being that we were all from the same flooded village, and two was the fact that we were all riding one truck. I dare myself say that I had made good friends on that truck, even if I didn’t know shit about them, including their names.

As we got to our village, crossing flooded road after flooded road, getting stuck three times in traffic in the middle of heavy rains, and shouting at cars that literally broke down in front of us, we had ourselves under another state of euphoria. We yelled in joy as we entered the gates, people were looking at us and we were smiling and yelling at them with words of joy.

The driver made a stop at her house to have a CR break when we saw what looked like her mother. We all thanked her and her daughter and told them how her daughter is a hero to all of us. It was the least we could do to show how thankful we all were.

It was near my house when she decided to make a turn, I knocked on the window, told her to stop, bid farewell to everyone on board and got my ass out of the vehicle that got me home safely. I didn’t know the name of the people on board the said truck, nor the name of the driver, but I promised myself to pray hard for their well being.

As I crossed the flooded road that was between me and my humble abode, I expected a hot bath, the comforts of home, and mom’s cooking. I got all of them and then some. The outside of my house was, and still is, flooded knee-high to which some amount of water managed to leak inside the house. Our kitchen was about 4 inches flooded due to its “low” foundation. I found my two dogs sleeping on the bench we built located on our little garden, and as I expected, there was no sign of electricity and we used candles for light.

I helped myself to what my home can always provide me: food, shelter, warmth, and family. I begin to think how lucky I was to even get home on the very same day the storm launched its wrath. Hell, I’m even lucky to have the things I;m using right now. I’m just thankful.

News of one of my friends in Quezon city reached me when my mom told me when she received the message thru text. She told me how her house was flooded up to their heads, that she and her family’s staying atop the roof in the middle of the cold shower and how they didn’t manage to save any of their belongings. It made sad, even more so that I remember my classmate who’s also living in Quezon city. I am reminded on how the news on the radio told me that villages in West Riverside, Quezon city, are one of the places badly flooded, and that is where my classmate is residing. I have no news as of now on her current situation, but I pray for her safety, for it is the only thing I could do for her.

As I woke up at 8 am on a clear sunny morning , the water outside the house has yet to subside, no signs of electricity, and, as expected, there was the silence and the peace. I found out that the toilets cannot be flushed since the flood has leveled with the sewers. We, me and my family, had to cross to my aunt’s house to do our CR deeds there since their house is located “above” the flood zones. The house is really far from ours, it would take us about 10-15 minutes to walk there, even slower with the floods and all.

And just like that the day has passed us by. The waters that threaten to flood the house are still there, but I’m happy to say that the storm is 90% gone and none of us were hurt, we maybe burdened, but we’re not hurt. I am reminded to be happy just being alive and have all these privileges at my arms reach.

I pray for those who are less fortunate under these circumstances. Let God’s will be done.

PS: no classes until tuesday

Breathing Earth

Posted in science, security, weather by Fated Blue on February 4, 2009

GUYS! I want you to see this website! Its an amazing simulation on what is currently happening in our world. It was meant to show us humans that global warming is getting worse, and we are the only ones who have the power to stop it. 

It displays

Population

Birth rate

Death rate

CO2 Emission

 

Its so cool, specially the rates. It adds and deduces as the number of people are born or die. Its kinda creepy too as it also shows “How many people have died/born since you viewed:xxxxxx”

Sky Show Friday: Biggest, Brightest Full Moon of 2008

Posted in entertainment, weather by Fated Blue on December 12, 2008

 

Don’t expect to spot an Apollo lunar lander. But Friday night, weather permitting, sky-watchers around the world will see the biggest and brightest full moon of 2008.

Although a full moon happens every month, the one that rises tomorrow will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the other full moons seen so far this year.

 

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That’s because our cosmic neighbor will be much closer than usual. The moon will be at its closest perigee—the nearest it gets to Earth during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet.

At its farthest from Earth, the moon is said to be at apogee. (Find out more about Friday’s perigee and watch a moon-facts video in National Geographic News’s space blog, Breaking Orbit.)

Perigee and apogee each happen generally once a month, but the moon’s wobbly orbit means that its exact distance at each of those events varies over the year.

The moon’s phase can also be different during each apogee and perigee.

“Typically we don’t have the full moon phase and perigee coinciding at the same time, so that makes this event particularly special,” said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

What’s more, tomorrow’s event will be the closest lunar perigee since 1993, at 221,560 miles (356,566 kilometers) from Earth.

The moon’s farthest apogee for the year will occur a couple weeks later on December 26, when the natural satellite will be 252,650 miles (406,601 kilometers) from Earth.

Highest Tide

Because this unusually close perigee is happening during a full moon, it is expected to have an effect on Earth’s tides. (Get more moon facts.)

“While high tides happen each month when the sun, Earth, and the moon are aligned, there is going to be an enhanced effect, with the moon being the closest it’s been in more than a decade,” said Ben Burress, staff astronomer at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California.

“This would result in extra-large tides in regions that are susceptible to them, like Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy.” (See map.)

Features in the Bay of Fundy create a sloshing wave action that, in the bay’s funneled and tapered basin, give rise to vast tidal ranges.

But even in such places, the effects of perigee are often modest, in most cases measurable in inches. But perigee tides can be higher if there happens to be a storm surge at the same time.

Observing the effects of perigee on the moon itself can be a bit trickier. Most casual observers may only notice a difference in the moon’s brightness, Burress said.

The moon’s apparent larger size might be most noticeable as it rises above the horizon at sunset.

That’s when an optical illusion usually comes into play that makes the full moon seem larger—set against familiar Earthly objects—than when it’s higher in the empty sky.

“This combination of the moon illusion and close perigee gives sky-watchers a chance to see the biggest and fullest moonrise possible,” Burress said.

What makes this event particularly nice, the Griffith Observatory’s Krupp added, is that everyone around the world can witness it without the need for special equipment, just clear skies.

“If you are charmed by the idea of seeing the biggest and brightest full moon visible in 15 years, be ready to go outside at sunset and watch for the rising moon in the east,” he said.

“Or stay up all night and watch as the moon rides through the overhead skies—either way it will be a beautiful sight.”