Amarula - Bye bye Philippines, Hello Indonesia!

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At Port Carmen we were slightly north of the eye, and we were securely tied up. Communities in its path were flattened; all this a week before Christmas, after almost 2 years of dealing with the pandemic. It was humbling to experience the incredible resilience of the lovely Filipino people, most of whom simply smile and move forward with their lives in the face of such devastation. Few people have insurance, nor savings, so they rely on community help and support, which is hindered by the lack of power for internet and cellphone communications, and the lack of basic needs such as water, fuel, and food supplies. After 20 years of living onboard Amarula, sailing around the world, our plan was to put the boat up for sale and move ashore with our dogs, but the typhoon changed our plan and after much consideration, we decided to sail back to Indonesia. We started to sail south, back to Davao, where we checked out of the Philippines. Our passage took us through remote areas that were in the eye of the typhoon. As we sailed close to shore, we could see the impact of the incredible force of the storm. It’s heartbreaking to think about the numerous people who have been affected, but the overriding attitude of the people we crossed paths with on our travels through the region was truly amazing. Meanwhile, it was a challenging passage and in 20 years onboard we had never actually had glasses fly out ...

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