30 Oct2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the U.S. Northeast that have just experienced one of the worst storms in recorded history. I have many family members in the region, all of whom are safe but in darkness (right now “brownouts” in Pinoy-speak), but I know others have suffered losses to property, homes and in some cases, lives. I hope your power returns soon, the floodwaters subside, and life returns to normal soon.



  1. DhayL says:

    Glad to hear that your family members are safe. To the readers of marketmanila.com in the eastern seaboard region hope you guys are all safe, keep warm and dry. I pray for the ones who are not so lucky, keep safe!

    Oct 30, 2012 | 10:35 pm


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  3. la emperor says:

    Ditto, MM. Some of the videos I’ve seen reminded me of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”. Not the same end result as in the movie (thank God ) but equally terrifying. Our prayers and thoughts are with you guys.

    Oct 30, 2012 | 10:57 pm

  4. Vickie says:

    My part of Brooklyn was unscathed, but the subway system’s taken a massive hit. Doubt they’ll be dry enough to operate again before Friday. There are big parts of Manhattan without power, too.

    Oct 31, 2012 | 7:57 am

  5. Betchay says:

    To sister and all those in the path of Frankenstorm Sandy: our prayers are with you…always keep safe!
    All these unusual and frequent calamities makes you think if there is any truth to that 12/21/12 doomsday scenario!….but I believe more in the power of prayers!

    Oct 31, 2012 | 11:14 am

  6. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Sister & family Keep Safe.

    Nov 1, 2012 | 1:47 am

  7. Mari of NY says:

    Thanks MM and everyone who reads Marketmanila. We have survived the wrath of Sandy altho
    it’s been 3days now without power. Huge trees were uprooted and downed by Sandy around my neighborhood. Luckily, I hope no one was hurt. Now we try to recover and try to get back to work as all public transportations have been suspended since Sunday night. Hopefully by next week we would be a little more normal than what we went through. Thanks again.

    Nov 1, 2012 | 3:05 am

  8. Andrea says:

    Just arrived here in NJ last night and saw that most of the towns have no electricity yet. Luckily, in my sister’s area, there’s water & electric power, that’s why their house is like a day care now, because kids have no classes for a week. At super haba ng pila (takes them 2 hours) sa mga gas stations.

    Nov 1, 2012 | 8:58 pm

  9. natie says:

    Back to work! Have been staying in friend’s house on “higher grounds” in Bergenfield, NJ, for 4 days!! No power but they have generator. Cable’s out so no wi-fi and TV. I had to get the local news (NJ) from my brother in San Fran. My street is still knee deep in water. A dam busted in a nearby town making situation worse. When my husband and I tried to go back home to check on things, we were met with kayaks, canoes, rubber dinghys,and many road blocks, so we turned back.

    It will get better. This is spit compared to what the Philippines goes through..

    Nov 1, 2012 | 10:31 pm

  10. Sister says:

    I thank you for your good wishes. Only the lower end of Manhattan was affected by the 14 ft. surge and the loss of power below 34th St. The other boros had major damage as well not only from the hurricane but from fire. We only had a little rain and wind in the upper half of Manhattan.

    There is limited subway service and bus service has resumed. Stores are open and we were very lucky not to have been directly hit by the hurricane. Having “trained” in Manila with typhoons and earthquakes does come in handy.

    I heard from many friends and family and am grateful for being in their thoughts, some of whom called previously only on 9/11. I hope you do not wait until the next catastrophe to keep in touch.

    Nov 2, 2012 | 1:54 am

  11. Tony Boy says:

    Sus, wala yan kung icocompare sa typhoons that hit philippines every year. Arte ng mga taga-US

    Nov 2, 2012 | 7:49 pm

  12. j says:

    I’m an avid reader of yours (left a comment here only once or twice) from Brooklyn New York and I thank you for the prayers. we live in a high rise – a stone’s throw away from the ocean and our area looks like a war zone after the storm. we lost our car, our condo is not livable for a long time as there is an extensive gas leak, and a transformer was damaged too in the property’s private power plant. thank God for relatives, we are now on a safe ground on Long Island.

    again, thank you MM for thinking about us.

    Nov 2, 2012 | 8:44 pm

  13. Marketman says:

    Tony Boy, that was a truly unkind comment. Just because we get bad storms doesn’t mean we should belittle others tragedies. Any time there is tremendous loss of life, property and disruption to daily routine, that is bad. Period. I presume you don’t live in the affected areas. Frankly, this is a situation where it would have been best if you kept your thoughts to yourself.

    Nov 3, 2012 | 7:57 am

  14. Nina says:

    Exactly! A disaster is a disaster, no need to compare nor to have a pissing contest. A couple in our town who have 4 young kids died when a tree fell down their car (they were on their way out!). My brother-in-law’s oceanfront house was uprooted, all the contents of the house gone including their 3 cars.

    Nov 4, 2012 | 2:25 am

  15. Vicky says:

    Marketman, because of these disasters here and around the world, I am thinking of storing canned food for emergencies that could last for two weeks or more. Since replenishing them every month can be costly and it’s possible you can lose track of time, I am wondering if our locally canned and glass contained food like sardines, corned beef, etc… would be still be edible beyond its expiration date and how long. I have read that the US canned meat like Hormel and Spam can last for 3 years or more beyond their expiration date. This assuming the items have been kept in cool and dry storage.

    Nov 5, 2012 | 3:54 pm

  16. Natie says:

    still no Power…am in Starbucks where there’s wi-fi

    Disasters bring the best and worst in people, obviously.. Love to all of us. We’re still here posting.

    Nov 6, 2012 | 4:27 am


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