finally got a cellphone call through with my mom. my mom, dad, and sister are all fine. the house actually is totally intact and they took in neighbors who's houses were damaged. the water is actually still running and have a lot of food. their city wasn't hit nearly as bad as Tacloban (and immediate surrounding areas), mostly major property damage.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
the last couple of days have been a haze. we put out a text/call/contact brigade to find out if my parents and sister were all right, but it took until now (5 days to get confirmation).
I finally had one of those NYC'er moments where I saw an elderly couple on the 1 train and instantaly lost it and started crying in the middle of a crowded train yesterday. It was wicked embarrassing.