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Typhoon Haiyan

As tempting as it is to rant about the inefficiency of the government and their outright corruption in the face of a calamity, I’d rather not waste my time or yours.

To my handful of blog followers, I want to say thank you for deeming my blog worthy to be read and followed. I’d like to take this time to let you know, in case you didn’t yet, about the condition of the Philippines. A week ago, a super typhoon, Haiyan (or Yolanda) struck and ravaged numerous towns and islands mostly in central Philippines – Visayas.

We are absolutely thankful for all the help coming from all over the world. To the different organizations, individuals, and anonymous entities who are wholeheartedly, and without hesitation, giving all that they can give, may the Lord bless you a hundredfold.

I hope you all understand that whatever help you give, be it raising awareness, sending donations in kind and in cash, or even simply sympathizing, goes a long way.

Please pray with us for the restoration of the country, as well as the cleansing of the Philippines from the corruption and evil that manifests itself even in the midst of disaster. There is chaos even in the most still of waters. I didn’t want to be the pessimist, but the truth has to be told.

Please make sure, that if you donate, be accountable for it until it reaches where it is supposed to. Track the donations if possible, because you wouldn’t want it going into the wrong hands.

It’s such a shame to know that there are many corrupt people who use these donations for their personal motives, absolutely indifferent to the people who need it the most, and shameless towards the donors.

We hope it does not discourage you from giving, because as you can still see, Tacloban and many other parts of the Philippines are badly in need.

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Presence

In light of NSPW (National Suicide Prevention Week) and WSPD (World Suicide Prevention Day) which happens in September, here’s a little something for everybody.

To everyone I know, or don’t know who is struggling with depression, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies, I want you to know that we’re here and we’re fighting for you. I wish every bit of virtual encouragement I type out gets across with the same warmth and concern that I am gathering fuel from. Believe me when I say these things, never to just gain attention, but to ultimately get across firmly and with all the love in my capacity that you are loved and you are important. There will always be at least one person who is looking out for you, but they are too shy, too reluctant, too afraid. I’m afraid it’s on our part as well, and I apologize on behalf of that. 

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Find no fault in the eyes that gaze, 

used never to judge, but weep instead 

for those lost to their own blindness.

 

When the voices all scream in chorus

when they agree to nothing but hate, 

find that love’s whisper rises above and stays. 

 

Quietly you watch as the sunrise peeks, 

glowering over, but sending you a smile 

that says “Good morning, it’s a new day, child.” 

 

When you seem to find no one in the confines 

of your blood-stained corner, rise and look up: 

A hand reaches towards you, to wipe it off, it’s all over.

 

Endlessly, you should count, and grow weary

at the thought of a million and more hearts that 

see your soul, and love you, more than you’ll ever know.

 

 

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Here’s to fighting and winning battles against self-harm and suicide! God bless you guys, you know you will always find someone to help and give you hope and love.