On my way to my brother's house on Christmas Day, I checked my phone, and found an email from MyEC's video mod Robbie! As many of you know, Robbie lives in the Philippines. None of us had heard from him since early November when Typhoon Yolanda hit his country. We sent messages and worried and prayed. We also worried about Lynne, another active member of MyEC who has been with us since the very beginning. I cried tears of joy to receive the news on Christmas Day that Robbie was okay. The next day, I received a message from Lynne, saying that she too was safe! 

Here in Canada, we experienced an ice storm a few days before Christmas. Hundreds of thousands of people were out of power for up to three days. People worried that they wouldn't be able to cook a turkey on Christmas Day or finish their Christmas shopping. We complained that it took us a few hours to get our car doors open. When I heard that Robbie had been out of power for weeks and weeks and that he had been spending the last month repairing his home and sorting through damaged possessions, that really put life into perspective for me. We are so fortunate here in Canada, and I am very thankful for everything we have, including food, water, heat, electricity, Internet, furniture, and a roof over our heads.  

Our friends in the Philippines have been through some very difficult times. Please take a moment to leave a message for Robbie and Lynne and any other members you may know from the devastated areas. In Robbie's note, he mentioned that he had just received power and was able to send us a message, but it could still be a while before his Internet connection and electricity are fully restored. 

I'd also like to say a special thank you to Grace and Junko who have been looking after Robbie's duties as video mod for the past few weeks. Robbie said that he plans to come back to MyEC when he can, but for now, he must concentrate on rebuilding. We'll be right here waiting for you!

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Comment by Robbie on March 31, 2014 at 18:25

Thank you very much to all friends and members who took the time to offer their prayers and well wishes.

Comment by Robbie on February 17, 2014 at 12:01

Thank you Grace and Junko for modding the videos while I was away on our club. I truly appreciate it! Stay safe! : )

Comment by Robbie on February 17, 2014 at 11:51

Ever dearest Tara,

I want to let you know how thankful and grateful I am to survive the wrath of super typhoon. Even more thankful for the blog you wrote on what I've been through. My heart is filled with joy and positivity, in fact lifted my morale on how blessed I am to have you as my teacher. Kudos also to my EC friends who kept on writing me and to the members who I haven't met, yet they posted their concern and even prayed for my safe return on our club.

Thank you for the encouragement and support!

Take care,



It's great to learn that Lynne was safe so as my other Filipino friends!

Comment by Fahime on December 31, 2013 at 23:05

Dear teacher thanks so much for reminding me all these great gifts which I look at them as an ordinary things! Thank god for all of them and wish everything goes well for our lovely Robbie and Lynne and all who live in Philippines. Robbie, dear bro please come back soon, we're eagerly waiting for ya. 

Thanks again dear Tara.  

Comment by Stephen on December 30, 2013 at 13:36
Thanks for this news, I love the title!

Comment by Grace on December 29, 2013 at 12:47

Tara, thank you so much for posting this good news! It's really a shot in the arm. Now we can get a load off our mind.

Comment by Tara Benwell on December 28, 2013 at 15:09

Thank you Lady Anne for your recent blog update and for this incredible description of the typhoon. I agree with noaspls! This storm "hit home" because of our MyEC friends. You have really described how haunting it was to be there. I'm so thankful you're okay, too.

Comment by Sono on December 28, 2013 at 14:26

Very nice blog, first I see that kind of blog. They are very responsible they told you about themselves that " they are good and all right" I hope they will join us as soon as quick.

Thanks! Tara you shared their feelings!

Comment by noaslpls on December 28, 2013 at 9:02

Glad to hear the great news. Through EC, I've known many great Filipinos, like Lady Annekara, and others, and the tragedy hit home more because of them. I am sure they will rise again, majestically. 

Comment by Ummad on December 28, 2013 at 7:08

I'm so glad!! They have survived

And yes We'll be right here waiting for you! 


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