I moved back home to the Philippines almost two months ago and it seems like I’ve brought a bit of bad luck with me. The biggest storm of the century, preceded by a huge earthquake not that long ago, has done an unimaginable amount of damage.
I’m grateful that I’ve been able to see many of the places that are now in ruins (my family jokes that I’ve seen more of the Philippines than they have, as I would have a new island adventure every year that I visited). That being said, it pains me that not much has changed in way of the government. There are other personal things that drive me crazy (cars running me over, lackadaisical service industry, sheep—and I don’t mean the animals) but hey, that’s the self-entitled American in me and I need to reassess my expectations.
Being born and raised here, it will always be my home and I do love the people. Having been to many rural areas, it seems like the ones who have the least are the nicest and most generous people. They are a resilient bunch and a smile always finds its way regardless of what little they have.
Many artists are raising money to help victims of the typhoon. If you are reading my blog, I assume you like art, so please check out these great artists who are donating proceeds of their work to the cause. The holidays are coming up and it’s a great way to buy gifts that are unique (unless you’re one of those assholes who still give Christmas scented candles and fruitcake) plus to do something good. Also, my birthday is this Saturday and I get to ask for things, so this is it!
My amazing friend whose art has been featured and published internationally is donating all the proceeds of her store for the month of November. Check it out, her stuff will make you jizz your pants! http://society6.com/fraulala/Relief-for-Typhoon-YolandaHaiyan-Victims
She is also doing these amazing comissioned paper cuts that make great wedding/birthday/holiday gifts. Contact her through email@example.com . Hurry, hurry!
Here is a collection of many other artists who are doing what they can to help out. Not only do you get to support local artists and procure cool things, you help out many in need. It’s a win-win! http://artforhaiyan.tumblr.com/
As my new home recovers, I am still missing my old home. I really did leave my heart in San Francisco. With all its diversity, open-mindedness, culture and beauty, comes the little things that make it not-so-perfect. But I will always love both San Francisco and The Philippines anyway, those knuckleheads! Here is a comic I made as an ode to my old abode. Sorry, I am still living out of boxes and suitcases and have no scanner so here is a crappy copy of my sketchbook. Enjoy!