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Elson’s 15th Birthday Party by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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Elson’s 15th

Birthday Party

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Junea Tanhale and Vanissa Saldana pose for a photo. Junea, Elson’s sister, and Vanissa, Elson’s cousin, looked after the smaller kids, while the cooking was going on in the kitchen. Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Elson Tanhale’s 15th Birthday Party, Saturday, April 6, 2013, was a celebration of family and friends.

 

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April is one of the summer months in the Philippines. It is hot. Since the weather is hot and humid, an activity like breakfast, lunch and dinner takes on a different meaning.ACTUAL SIZE UNEDITED PHOTO OF ESMERALDA AT KITCHEN WINDOW_DSC_0010_resized

 

Esmeralda Tanhale prepares dinner, despite the Philippines’ summer temperatures.

If you are trying to prepare a meal in a kitchen with no air-conditioning you face the   persistent challenge of nature’s heat. The act of cooking generates heat.  THE KID DSC_0017_resized 

 

John John plays while supper cooks.

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Aunt Juliet Tanhale joins other guests at the party.

The Philippines natural weather temperatures in April and the heat of cooking means the dishes prepared maybe among your favorites, but they will also be those you can prepare without running the risk of heat stroke.

 

Birthday dinner became chicken adobo, pancit bihon and chocolate rice cake.

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Chrismar Mora and Ranilo Saldana visit by the roadside while dinner cooks.

The Extended Family Concept Of The Philippines means you do not have to worry about sending out birthday party invitations. You simply tell your family and expect aunts, uncles and cousins to arrive.

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Romy Uy’s “Trike” motorbike becomes playground equipment of cousins waiting for Elson’s Birthday Dinner.

Entertainment for Elson’s Birthday Party involved DVDs in the DVD player, while the younger cousins kept themselves busy being kids by playing outside.

Sam

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Operation Birthday !

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After Action Report – A Success !

Operation Birthday”

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"Happy Birthday To Me Crystal !"  –  Christy Warren dug up this crystal out of the ground in Arkansas, August 19, 2005, on her 40th Birthday  The crystal came from the ground near a crystal mine close to the Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.  When Christy dug the big crystal out of the earth, she smiled and sang, "Happy Birthday To Me !"  The crystal still shines in her home in Leyte, Republic of the Philippines.  Nikon D 70 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr,

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Cooking. The reason Christy Warren was not looking forward to any birthday celebration this year came down to one word: “cooking.”

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Rinald cooks a dish for Christy Warren’s birthday.

Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Through the years, Christy, has always been the person, who almost always does the “cooking” for family and friends birthday celebrations. And, when “Her Day” arrives, she was the person, who did the “cooking” for her own birthday celebration.

Born a Leo, Christy, like all Leos, likes “being in the spotlight.” It helps to share your birthday with a famous American president: William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, born August 19, 1946. Christy Warren entered this life, August 19, 1964.

Like all Leos, Christy has the natural inclination “to keep an eye” on a project that she is in charge of. In her case, that usually means that she steps in from the “sidelines” and actually does the job herself. Military concepts like “Unity Of Command,” “Span Of Control,” and “Delegation Of Authority,” doesn’t conform to her “hands-on-do-it-yourself” approach.

Sunrise, August 19, 2012, while she had her morning coffee, I once again brought up the subject, “. . . so, what do you want to do for your birthday ?”

Fortunately, this year, there were options to the traditional birthday celebration. Rinald, a cook was available to cook for the celebration. Family stood ready to help: Marife, Christy’s sister, Ramon, Christy’s brother, Lanail, her sister-in-law, Ann Ann, a neighbor, and, of course, Christy’s husband, Sam.

One major factor in the Philippines, that isn’t always a issue in the United States with it’s “temperate climate” is “heat,” which is the hot and humid temperatures of the Philippines that always steps into place at sunrise. Air conditioning is not always as prevalent in the Philippines as it is in the United States.

Thus, the people working in the kitchen will have to endure the daily temperatures, as well as, the heat that the process of cooking gives off. Thus, imagine trying to prepare food for a birthday celebration in a sauna and you understand a major effort that goes into preparing the food.

Christy admits that one factor in her decision to move forward with the birthday celebration is Mac Mac Roa and Glen Roa. Mac Mac had a birthday, August 6. Glen had a birthday, August 8.

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Liraniza Abano, Christy Warren’s second cousin, and Catalina Saldana Mora, one of Christy Warren’s aunts visit with Christy before the party.

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Unfortunately, daily activities did not allow for a birthday celebration, so I explained to the boys, that we would have to “postpone” the birthday celebrations. Thus, with Christy’s Birthday: we now had a chance to “set the record straight” and celebrate all three birthdays.

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Rachel and Randolph Mora and their mother, Babysel Mora, visit with Christy before the party.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

While the cooking staff began their preparations, Ramon, Gilbert, Ranillo and I are ready to go to a bakery in Palo for the birthday cake. Once, we start to travel down the Barangay Road, I tell Ramon, that I want to check out a bakery in Tacloban City.

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Nelda Lago . a neighbor, visits with Christy before the party.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

We go to “Pannys” for the mocha birthday cake. Then, aware that children like “surprises” for their birthday parties, I come up with the idea of the Piñata. We head for the “578 Emporium” to find a “Piñata.” A salesgirl shows me the Piñata that has to be filled with toys and candy.

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Christy’s Aunts, Magdalena Patanao and Catalina Mora supervise the birthday buffet line, Jimmy Navoa and Kmar Patanao, Christy’s first cousins, start off the birthday buffet line.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

while supervise When I describe the slender wood tic-tac-toe device that I had in mind, she replies, “You want a Pabitay (pronounced “pah-bee-tie).” She points at the box of oversized tic-tac-toe wooden frames at the end of an alise. You still have to find the toys to tight to the pabitay, but, I was now one step closer to my idea.

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The kids “jump” up to get the toys that hang from the pabitay. 

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Gilbert and Ranillo help me shop for the trinket toys to tie to the pabitay. Whistles, yo yos, a couple of packs of balls and jacks, and a couple of small bottles of bubbles as well as Dragon ball trading cards compose the trinkets for the pabitay.

I always like to try and add some things that will catch the eye and inspire the kids, so I find a set of metal racing cars at a good price, a couple of magnetized chess travel sets and, after a quick visit to the nearby, Gaisano store, a die-cast metal miniature friction motor 747 airplane.

The toy manufacturers of the world really don’t seem to be all that creative in creating small trinket type toys for girls. Fortunately, I like a challenge. Since I remain “a kid at heart,” I know I will find something. I stroll into the doll section and begin the intense browsing procedure. I find a package of plastic rings and a card of play makeup for girls with two tiny lipsticks and a small compact.

Back at home, I ask Gilbert and Ranillo to put the toys into bags to tie to the pabitay. While they go to work in fixing up the pabitay, family and friends begin to arrive to help Christy celebrate her birthday.

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Andres Cinco, Analyn Natividad’s husband, looks over the pabitay.  He raised and lowered the pabitay to allow the children to “jump” up and get the birthday surprises.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Time for “Sam The Photographer.” I pick up the Nikon D 100, format the media card, and begin looking for moments that will become memorable photos.

Renald, the chef, prepares the Pancit Bihon, which is a classic Filipino dish that at birthday celebrations always symbolizes “the wish for a long life.” The Pork Asado, Filipino Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Rice are some of the dishes that find their way to the birthday table. Years of celebrations, suggest that the most efficient way to serve a large number of people quickly is to set the dishes and silverware at the end of the table and to allow the guests to select their own choices like in a buffet style restaurant.

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The Birthday Cake for Mac Mac Roa, Glen Roa and Christy Warren.  Mac Mac blew out the candle on the cake.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

After the birthday dinner, while the adults visit, the pabitay is hung up, so that it can be raised and lowered to allow the kids to “jump up and grab at the toys.” The kids get the toys and the destroyed pabitay is put aside for the recycle pile.

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Mac Mac Roa, Junea Tanhale and Vanissa Saldana play chess after the birthday party.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

While the adults talk, the birthday celebration stretches into the evening hours. Christy has managed to stay out of the kitchen all day and allow other family members to do the “cooking.” For “a hands on person”, like Christy, to be able to “delegate authority” to allow someone else to do a job is not a common condition.

Later, Christy logs on to facebook and reads the birthday wishes from some family and friends.  Those birthday wishes and the nieces and nephews birthday cards really added to the overall success of Christy’s birthday, this year, Sunday, August 19, 2012.

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Surprise of the Day  – While I had tried to plan all the surprises for my wife’s birthday party; my nieces and nephews delivered the surprise of the day.  They had created birthday cards for their Aunt Christy.  Nikon D 100 Photo by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Looking around at the guests, I rate “Operation Birthday – A Five Star Success !”

Sam

Samar–Leyte Earthquake Aftermath

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Earthquake Memoir

Samar – Leyte Earthquake Aftermath

by Samuel E. Warren Jr,

Today is Monday, September 3, 2012 in the Republic of the Philippines. In Barangay Baras, Leyte, life has returned to normal.

The Friday night, August 31, 2012 earthquake at 8:47 p.m., came as a surprise. Mano Bito Mora, and our nephews and nieces were watching the movie, “The Bourne Identity”Chrismar Roa, Ranyiel Saldana, Ranillo Saldana, Gilbert Roa, Junea Tanhale, and Vanissa Saldana. My wife, Christy Warren watched TV and knitted on an afghan.

Writing My Election Year Political Editorial

I sat at the laptop, writing a political editorial: “The Worser Of Two Evils,” were I compared this year’s monotonous American Presidential Election Campaign to 1972, where all American voters had were the selected Democrat and Republican Party nominees. What American’s wanted was a leader; in 1972, they did not believe they had a choice other than Democrat and Republican.

I don’t believe “History repeats itself.” I believe “History being cyclical, more or less rewinds to allow a new version of current events to unfold. Senator Eugene McCarthy in 1972, I believed was a leader in the Democratic Party, but, the Republicans were creative enough to label him a “Dove” in the ongoing debate over the Vietnam War and that label “doomed” his chances.

I point out that like 1972, in 2012, American Voters want a leader and a choice. I don’t see a choice in 2012. The Republicans have given Americans a rich Republican. Herbert Hoover, an orphan, who became a self-made millionaire was a Republican president, who sat in the White House and watched America come apart in The Great Depression.

We, Americans have the current Democrat, President Obama, who has let Congress keep him sedated in The Oval Office for four years.

The US Economy and the Global Economy is Stagnant Standing Water that on the best day seems to seep, but no longer flows because leaders seem “clueless” as to “how to open the dam” and get the global economy flowing.

I had made these and other points in my political editorial, when everyone jumped up and headed for the door.

Earthquake!

Earthquake, Christy shouted and dashed out the door behind the kids. The lights went out. “Brown out,” everyone shrieked. “Black out,” I grumbled stepping out the door.

Fortunately, it was a Full Moon, so the night was not that dark. The old years of military training kicked in – I made sure everyone was present and accounted for.

I had felt the ground move under my feet for a minute or so. You could feel the energy of the earth under your feet, as I had stepped outside on to the porch. Gilbert Roa, my nephew, had tuned into the Tagalog news reports on his cell phone and the kids were huddled around him to listen. I glanced back and through the window, noticed the light of my laptop glowing into the darkness.

Once a newsman; always a newsman. I went back and sit down at the laptop. I didn’t find any reports within the first few minutes, so I logged on to facebook and posted that we had had an earthquake that was felt in Barangay Baras.

I checked for breaking news and found a short release from the United States Geologic Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Inquirer Net of the Philippine Inquirer. The initial releases all claimed 7.9 magnitude.

The Numbers Game Of Natural Disasters

I told my brother in law, Ramon, come sunrise, I’m sure they will downgrade that magnitude number. In my career as a reporter, I have reported on hurricanes in Louisiana and earthquakes in the Philippines; I have learned in crisis and natural disasters, people usually “go with their best guess at the time.”

Human nature means we all need some way to relate to an explain natural disasters. Thus, over time the system of numbers developed to help people to explain the intensity of a natural disaster.

Having covered natural disasters through the years, I have taken time to do research on hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

Usually the experts will decide on a “number” that represents “an Armageddon, Apocalypse, Doomsday, End Of The World scenario.” Based on my research, I was convinced that come sunrise “the experts” would have to “downgrade’ the number.

Mother Nature Doesn’t Use A Day Planner

The earthquake happened on “a Friday night.” It happened “on the weekend.” Thus, without knowing the duty rosters of the “experts” organizations, I knew the earthquake happened on the “night shift, at the start of the weekend.”

My guess, based on human nature and experience is the people on duty monitoring Mother Earth, were, for the most part, single men and women, who would be on duty while most if not all the married people were at home with their families.

Thus, when the quake happened, the veteran senior earthquake experts were probably all at home with their families. Therefore, it would be the young researchers monitoring the planet and reacting to the sudden natural event.

My theory about 7.9 being “Too High A Number” was right. Now, the number has been downgraded.

Absence of Aftershocks ?

What impressed me about this earthquake, was I felt no aftershocks. In my experience, earthquakes ALWAYS have aftershocks. In Barangay Baras, Leyte, I waited until almost 1 am, to feel an aftershock. I did not feel an aftershock.

Yet, my gut instinct, tells me seismic devices probably did record some type of faint tremors because the shifting of the plates suggests that some of the excess energy had to go somewhere on the planet.

Higher Ground

Within minutes after the earthquake, vehicles and people were moving along the Barangay Baras Road. I learned the next day that a tsunami warning had been issued for low-lying areas near the ocean. The City of Tanauan is a low-lying area that borders Pedro Bay, which is a child of the Pacific Ocean.

Drive through Tacloban City and on to The San Juanico Bridge and you are on the long bridge that connects the island of Leyte with the island of Samar. Thus, an ocean earthquake, near Tanauan or Tacloban City is going to cause people to move inland to seek “higher ground.”

Some of the residents of Barangay Mohon and Barangay Cameri are said to spent the night sleeping in the schools, since they didn’t feel safe returning home. Residents of Tanauan and Tacloban City are also reported to have spent the night in one of the schools.

Blue Moon Over Leyte

In glancing at different news headlines, a reference to “Blue Moon In Pisces” caught my eye. I left my ephemeris back in the United States when we moved to the Philippines.

What I have learned about Western Astrology through the years, a “Blue Moon” in a water related Zodiac sign in Pisces would definitely be an indication of some eye-opening activity involving water.

The moon scientifically exerts a gravitational “pull” on the earth. Almanacs use this knowledge to predict “high” and “low” tides. The moon works on a lunar cycle. Every woman on planet earth is aware of the lunar cycle, whether they realize it or not because the moon, or it’s gravitational “pull” affects the biological changes in a woman’s body.

Believe it or not hospitals and law enforcement agencies know that a “Full Moon” is going to give them a “busy night shift.” Every month has at least one Full Moon. Sometimes a month will have two Full Moons. It is the “Third Full Moon” that is rare. A “Blue Moon” is a Full Moon that happens “twice” in the same zodiac sign in the same year. While the moon is not blue in color, the phrase, “Once in a blue moon,” reminds us that this type of Full Moon is rare.

The Western Astrology Zodiac Signs of Water are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Water in people is described as “emotions.” The Water Sign of Cancer rules babbling brooks and small streams of water.

The Water Sign of Scorpio rules larger bodies of water like the Amazon River, the Nile and the Mississippi River, thus, the Scorpio adage of “Still water runs deep.”

The Water Sign of Pisces is “The Mother Of All Large Bodies Of Water.” Pisces rules the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and all the “Seven Seas.” It is left up to the oceanographers and astrologers to figure out which massive lakes come under Scorpio or Pisces.

An astrological indication of a “Blue Moon in Pisces” based on traditional Western astrology suggests “Motion In The Ocean.” Fortunately, the scientific experts were watching for the motion in the ocean to issue the tsunami warnings in the Pacific.

Saturday, Sunday Smooth Sailing

Saturday, I didn’t notice any earthquake related damage in Barangay Baras. Saturday morning, my nieces and some of the nephews attended the Special Mass at the Barangay Cameri Church.

Saturday evening, I looked at the clock as the lights came back on at 10:22 p.m.

Sunday, Ramon, Ranillo and I went to Tacloban City and Tanauan. I did not see any earthquake or tidal wave related damage in the area. From what I have seen the island of Leyte was fortunate and did not sustain the damage that is being reported that happened on the nearby island of Samar.

Sam

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