It took me almost five months to put this together. Too much have happened in between. I went to London on October 2013 and dived into one of my biggest disaster work by November.
My 2013 finished like no other. On hindsight, it was like first I got the cake – then the candles blew-up in my face. No time to bask on my first London trip!
I am not complaining, just stating some facts of life. I am in full empathy of the Haiyan survivors who didn’t even have the slightest choice on what hit them.
The year also reminds me of 2004. I got a midnight call to coordinate for an emerging disaster that eventually the world knew was the massive Asia tsunami that surged through 11 countries. That one got me to Thailand for two years.
This one got me back to the Philippines to serve my people. A privilege. The rest was an open book that I need to fill-in until December 2014.
One of my most unforgettable interviews with TIME Magazine (my longest so far due to bad connection) got me into this memorable article: ‘They’re walking because there’s nothing else’ and my blog Desolation and bleakness has engulfed Tacloban with The Guardian.