Happy New Year everyone! Argh, I got caught up in life’s busy moments that I wasn’t able to write here for 3 months. As we welcome the New Year of 2014, let us look back at some of the significant events we have felt.
1. TYPHOON YOLANDA (International name: Typhoon Haiyan)
November 7 2014 saw one of the strongest typhoons ever to hit the provinces of Samar and Leyte in the Philippines. It was classified as a Category 5 Super Typhoon and had caused a death toll of 6,195 confirmed with still 1,785 missing. Damages caused are estimated to be at US$ 1.5 Billion.
The disaster brought about pouring donations, volunteers and help from around the world. Countries sent ships, helicopters, supplies, and manpower. If you ever so much need to still have faith in mankind, this is one of the few events where you can see there is still goodness in people.
2. POPE FRANCIS gets Elected. Reforms Church.
This pope was elected on March 13, 2013. Since then he had acted so much different. He dressed modestly, refused special treatment, and made so much good reforms in the church. Most of all, he served as a shinning example for the rest of us. See some of his accomplishments in graphics here: Finally, A Pope that acts like a Pope.
3. US GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
From October 1 to 16, the US Government entered a shutdown after their Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. This came about by disagreement in politics between the democrat and republican parties. They were in disagreement on healthcare legislation. In light of no legislation providing for funds for their fiscal year 2014, the government had to shutdown as it did not have money budgeted to pay for salaries.
About 800,000 federal employees did not have paid work during this shutdown. Regular operation resumed on Oct 17, 2013 when an interim law was made for the appropriation of funds for 2014.
4. IRANIAN NUCLEAR PACT
On November 24, 2013. A pact was made between six world powers and Iran to ease sanctions on the country for six months in exchange for Iran to stop production of its near-weapons grade nuclear fuel. Its basically a 6 month window of stopping nuclear fuel production as well as removal of elements for a nuclear bomb in exchange for economic aid.
5. TROPICAL STORM MARING
While not a typhoon, this is another major flooding event in Philippine History. A good many areas in Metro Manila were flooded in. Rescue and Relief operations had to be carried out. When will we learn? That’s me by the way in the photo during a relief mission.
6. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
On April 15, 2013, a lethal bombing happened at the Boston Marathon in the US. It left 5 dead and many injured from the bombing and the ensuing shootout. This attack was believed to be carried out by 2 people and clearly shows that attacks on the US are still prevalent and safety is difficult to come by.
7. GOODBYES: Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela (died Dec 5, 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His notable achievement was from dismantling apartheid and racism in South Africa.
Paul Walker (died Nov 30, 2013) was a notable Hollywood Actor who was known for his works on The Fast and The Furious. He died in a car crash accident while he was a passenger on the way to a fund raising event for Typhoon Yolanda victims.
8. CHINA SENDS ROVER TO MOON
9. TWERKING and BEAUTY QUEENS
In this years’ Video Music Awards (VMA), we saw Miley Cyrus to our dismay do some weird shit she called twerking. Its basically grinding her crotch to some guys’ privates. I have no idea how that’s a dance move. Ugh.
It was a good year for Philippine Beauty Queens though for Megan Young and Bea Santiago for winning major International pageants titles of Miss World and Miss International respectively. Bea was crowned on Dec 17, 2013 and Megan was crowned on August 18, 2013.
10. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER SKIING ACCIDENT. HIS WORST ACCIDENT YET.
F1 race champion Michael Schumacher had a severe fall and injury while skiing at the French Alps on late December 2013. His helmet saved him from certain peril but is still in extreme condition and doctors are not certain yet of anything. He is currently in a medically induced coma. I wish Michael a full and complete recovery. We had already seen too many losses this year and I hope we will not lose him.
To end this post like last year, here’s Google’s own year in review for the world over.