It has been a while since I wrote something in this blog of mine. I have been “busy” for the past few months in pursuit of doing my research titled “Site-specific Evaluation of Hazard and Exposure of Typhoons Using Tropical Cyclone Modeling and Large Eddy Simulation (LES)” which recently got a “go-signal” after finally arranging a proposal presentation which involves my thesis adviser and mentor, Dr. Jaime Y. Hernandez Jr. (UPD-ICE), and two other readers (panelists) namely Dr. Gerry Bagtasa (UP IESM) and Dr. Guillermo Tabios III (UPD-ICE) last March 13, 2019.
Now, with my research being green-lit, I can now proceed into doing the research proper. While the computers are doing the preliminary wind field simulations over Bantayan Island, I set my sights in performing a field survey to the areas affected by Typhoons Haiyan (Local Name: Yolanda) in 2013 and Nock-ten (Local Name: Nina) in 2016. This is to map the building footprint and establish a preliminary assessment of the exposure of the will-be surveyed areas against winds.
I set my hopes into finishing the research by the last week of May 2019, a deadline which I already deemed impossible to fulfill, given that the proposal presentation was long overdue, because of personal reasons within my adviser and myself. The tragedy that befell on him was a shock to me also, which further added to the burden that was on me which already put me into a slump which added up to the midlife crisis which came upon the realization of the graduation from the youthful days, like the troubles on health and the heart.
Given my personal issues, growing anxiety over the political and social landscape of the Philippines, the troubles of the heart, and a looming despair of having the things that I’ve set in life going off the rails given that my residency in my MS program might be extended, I really wanted to take a break, not only from the circumstances that surround me but also free from the shackles which barred my capacity to write and my willingness to convey as those shackles kept reminding me that these were worthless things to have, given the wave of political correctness which controls the thought that were being presented before the public and the superego that grew as my Id grew tired after being battered regularly by heartbreaks, letdowns, and rejections. I just want to give my Id a chance to wail its frustrations and its despair.
I would be chronicling my journey which will cover the Bicol region and the Visayas region, which reminiscing some of the fleeting memories and thoughts that came past my mind during the journey. I might also include some of the short reviews about the biographies that I’ve read, the animes that I’ve watched and the mangas that I’ve read over the past few months. Basically, it will be like the Dear Tel series without the Tel in it, since I’ve already moved on from that chapter, though my current suffering takes root on the circumstances regarding the other Telle.
04:00 AM – NAIA Terminal 3
05:00 AM – Flight to Legazpi City
08:30 AM – Bus to Tabaco, Albay
12:00 PM – Fastcraft to San Andres, Catanduanes
02:00 PM – Jeepney to Virac
04:00 PM – Start of Visual Inspection and Interviews
08:00 AM – Resume Visual Inspection
01:00 PM – Ferry to Tabaco Port
06:00 PM – Van to Legazpi City
08:00 PM – Van to Pilar Port
05:00 AM – Fastcraft to Masbate City
08:30 AM – RORO Bus to Bogo City, Cebu
05:00 PM – Jeepney to Hagnaya Port
(Possible conducting of a field survey on construction practices)
07:00 AM – Ferry to Bantayan Island
09:00 AM – Start of Visual Inspection (on a motorcycle)
02:30 PM – Alight bus to Cebu City North Terminal
08:00 PM – Alight RORO Bus to San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
08:00 AM – Start of Visual Inspection
12:00 PM – Depart to Bacolod City
05:00 PM – Ferry to Iloilo City
07:00 AM – Bus to Ajuy, Iloilo
10:00 AM – Start of Visual Inspection
02:00 PM – Depart to Iloilo City
09:35 PM – Fly back to NAIA T2