I feel for the people in the Philippines as well as all the cruise workers who's families are effected . I hope the cruise lines are going to give them some extra time to try and check on their loved ones. It's got to be hard to work and keep people happy on the ships when your worried sick about your family.
In 2006 we went to China and there was another Super Typhoon that hit the Philippines. We were on the Statendam and were unaffected by the typhoon but the ship opened up the phone lines for the crew to make contact with their families.
It was a good gesture. I think they knew that a crew member worried about family and friends would not be a productive crew member.
My best thoughts go out to all of those who are in harms way.
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I pray for the people in the Philippines at this time. I have met many people from that Country and have had the opportunity to visit there many years ago ( courtesy of Uncle Sam ).
I too hope that the cruiselines give their cooperation to the employees who have families in that area.
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The storm is one of the worst ever....At the moment, there is no way to contact people in the effect areas, hopefully soon, lines of communication will open up...Thoughts and prayers to all those people.
My daughter-in-law works for a large international company and is in Cebu now. She arrived there several days prior to the storm and hopefully will be coming home next Sat.
This makes 3 typhoons she has been in and if I remember correctly, at least 2, if not all three have been in the Philippines. We have stayed in touch with her via F.B. and e-mail. She sent some videos that showed it was indeed a strong storm. Cebu, to my knowledge was not in the bulls eye but was still battered. Her company has modern bldgs. that were built with storms in mind so her and staff are all fine.
I feel very sorry for the thousands who were not so lucky. The total destruction and number of lost lives has yet to be tallied.
Six of the ladies on her staff were just here about 3 weeks ago for the first time and really enjoyed getting to see Ky. and the horse farms, pretty fall foliage, etc. and enjoyed some regional food.
Too bad they had to go back and see their country ravaged by such an act of nature but there's nothing that we can do but wish them all well.
I've owned and driven for many taxi companies in Newport RI.
I've taken the Philippine crew members to do their shopping many times over the last 15 years. They are always so happy and always brighten my day.
My prayers and thoughts go out to them and their families.