I am a survivor.
In Cebu, the Philippines, the superstorm that was Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan) took us on a journey from the 21st century to the 13th century in a matter of moments.
I live in Guangzhou, China, and married my true love, the former Cris Evert Lato, last year.
We have twins, Nicholas and Antoinette, who are four months old.
I am an American and Cris a Filipina, so in order to ensure that the twins are entitled to their United States citizenships, Cris and I have had to make 14 trips between the Philippines and China with documents to prove to the US government that our relationship is true.
These were presented to the US consulate in Cebu, after which, I had a chance to spend a few extra days with Cris and the kids.
Fast forward to last Wednesday.
Cris and I were in Alaya Mall in Cebu when news flashed that a major storm was heading for the city.
Rushing home, we called Cris' mother in Leyte and she headed out to catch a ride on of the last ferries for the day down to Cebu.
All schools in Cebu were closed and its three major grocery stores were overwhelmed with panicking customers.