Best Miss Universe reaction: Bed Manila

Remember when Venus Raj made it as a Miss Universe finalist in 2010, and this reaction video of the gay designers’ sleepover became viral?

This year, the pageant was held in Russia at 2 AM Manila time. Our cable was down and the hubby was sleeping anyway (can’t make noise). Luckily I found a very clear livestream in Lithuanian.
For the last couple of days, Manila felt heavy and gloomy, even though we didn’t feel the full effect of Typhoon Yolanda. It was generally a depressing day. So at 2 AM many of us stayed up to watch the pageant, in hope that a Philippine victory would lift our morale.
As I watched in bed under the sheets, with only a laptop and headphones, many other Filipinos got together for a Miss Universe viewing party.
Now watch as the audience at BED—Manila’s premiere gay club, known for their Madonnathons, Kylie and Britney nights—made a collective sigh when Ariella Arida was announced the last finalist in Miss Universe 2013.

Beauty pageants. More fun in the Philippines!
Miss Philippines won 3rd runner up and that’s not a bad thing. Had she won the crown, you can imagine an earthquake of 7.7 with BED as epicenter. And that would take the focus off two more important things: Yolanda victims and their rehab, and the trial of Public Enemy Number One: Ms. Napoles.

What happened in Tacloban: the aftermath

My driver’s daughter was in Tacloban yesterday during Typhoon Yolanda. He hasn’t heard from his son yet and I don’t know what to say or how to help him, since lines are down and physically going there now isn’t such a great idea.
Our cable TV is down and I’ve been able to watch snippets of news online.
Times like these, I find it hard to function normally.
Ted Failon tells how bad it really was.

Google has a Person Finder for Yolanda. I hope people with Internet get to use it to help others find loved ones.
Here’s the link.

Donate: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate.php

UPDATE: They found my driver’s daughter and she’s OK! And thank God the cable is back on!

How to donate to the Red Cross

The Philippine Red Cross Fund Generation Department is now accepting donations in cash and in kind for relief of Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Super Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte

You can give cash or check to donations through the following:

red cross

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate.php

Philippines: Red Cross provides aid for 280,000 typhoon survivors

For local in-kind donations, please send to Philippine Red Cross—National Headquarters in Manila.
The PRC does not accept rotten, damaged, expired or decayed goods, especially those that are expiring within 6 months.
Though we appreciate your generosity, the PRC also discourages donations of clothes as we have more than enough to go around.

For SMS donations, text REDAMOUNT to 4143 (Smart) or 2899 (Globe)
You can donate the following denominations:
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

You can also make a donation at any of the 1,500 Cebuana Lhuillier pawnshops nationwide.
Go to Philippine Red Cross Tower, 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
Or donate your time and volunteer at the National Headquarters at Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila.

http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate.php

Tawaran portion

I may have saved a family of seven from super typhoon Yolanda.
My former yaya lives in Romblon with her husband and five children. They were the first thing I remembered when I turned on the TV yesterday and saw that Romblon was being hit by the typhoon.
I texted and hoped for a response.

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Sometimes you just need to convince them to leave their worldly possessions.

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Later that evening

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This morning

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This yaya, when we were both single, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. She was the sweetest, kindest yaya to me. I’ll never forget that, so I still help her more than 13 years later.

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But then I have my limits too, hehe.

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I’m not the best Catholic out there so I try to make up for my sins by helping others.
Besides, I feel safer helping directly someone I know, rather than giving to an organization.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. — Mother Teresa

How to win one year’s supply of Royce’ chocolate this season

What if you could have:
a) Chocolate-covered Macadamias every single day for the month of July?
b) A packet of Potatochip for each day of January?
c) A bar of Creamy Milk every single day in September?
d) Chocolate wafers in October?
e) Amande Chocôlat’ in Milk for November?
f) All of the above?

What if you could have a different kind Royce’ chocolate every month for a year?
Royce’ makes it possible this Christmas as it gives the biggest gift of all—a year’s supply of chocolate.
Meticulously made in Sapporo, Japan using only the highest quality ingredients, Royce’ is one of the top choices when it comes to chocolate, cookies, and sweets.

Royce' in Manila

From now until January 15, 2014, Royce’ customers will get a chance to win a year’s supply of Royce’ chocolates, with one raffle coupom for every single-receipt minimum purchase worth Php 3,000.
One lucky winner will take home more than enough chocolate to last for the whole of 2014.
And with a different Royce’ chocolate variant every month, this is a chocoholic’s dream come true.
Royce’ Chocolate is available at the Power Plant Mall, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Eastwood, The Podium, and The Cake Club at Bonifacio High Street.
Royce flier

Save the animals! Typhoon survival for your pets

It’s 12 midnight in Pasig. The whole house is sleeping, and the kids don’t know there’s no school tomorrow.
To those wondering, it’s not raining here yet. Hard to believe the biggest storm of the year is on its way to the Philippines.
This media advisory comes from The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), who are monitoring Typhoon Yolanda which will impact the Philippines in the next 24 hours.
This public service announcement may be useful to help protect your pets or livestock.

Dog Almost Out of It's Depth

What to prepare for your pets:
1) Food. Store at least three days of non-perishable pet food (canned or dried) in an airtight, waterproof container (remember the can opener!). Ideally this should be the same food as your normally feed your pet so as to avoid stomach upsets.
2) Water. Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.
3) Medicines. Store any extra supply of medicines your pet needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements.
4) Veterinary/Medical Records. Store copies of any medical and vaccination records in a watertight container or ziplock bag including your vet’s name and telephone number (in case you have to shelter your pet or place them in foster care).
5) First Aid Kit. Prepare a first aid kit. Talk to your vet about any specific requirements such as tick/flea prevention, antibiotic ointment and saline solution (i.e. eye wash solution separate from your family use)

Philippines Floods

Advice for livestock owners:
If it is safe for you to do so, move your animals to higher ground or a designated safe place
Bring a 72-hour supply of suitable food and water.
Travel with emergency kit for your animals (this may include animal identification and records / documents / important contact numbers /first aid).

Walking dogs is hard in a flood

If you have no choice but to leave your livestock behind:
Before evacuating, and if it is safe for you to do so, move them to higher ground. Leave them enough food and clean water for 72 hours. They will need protection from the elements and shelter.
Untie them so they have a chance to escape should floodwaters rise. Tethered or penned animals have no chance in a flood or storm surge. Animals are strong swimmers and untying them gives them a chance to survive.
When returning after flood waters have receded, have plenty of fresh water available.
On your return, check and secure fencing as these may have shifted in the floods.

WSPA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals exists for the sole purpose of raising the standards of animal welfare throughout the world.
To find out more, go to http://www.wspa-international.org.

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