So yes, Haiyan. In the midst of all the turmoil and the drama, there are a lot of things that made us smile. I know everyone's probably seen all these by now, but I still want to compile them and re-share them.
* None of these images are mine; they've mostly been nicked off social media sites.
Relief goods with notes of inspiration.
(Image: Bianca Gonzales)
Some 400 tourists stranded in Coron, Palawan who decided to help out and pack relief goods.
(Image: CNN iReporter Arnold BillSo)
The story of the poor old lady who donated the only thing she could afford - a half-full packet of Bear Brand powdered milk.
As told by her neighbor: Naiyak ako sa kapitbahay naming matanda (byuda, labandera, pobre). Kahapon nag-house to house ako hingi tulong pangdagdag para sa koleksyon namin ngayong sabado... Tinawag niya ako... Meron siyang inabot nakabalot sa plastic. Pagbukas ko, isang pack ng gatas na naka-open na. Sabi nya: "Pasensya na yan lang talaga maitulong ko sa taga Leyte. Walang wala talaga ako ngayon. Pero pwde mo yan itimpla sa mga bata doon. Magugustohan nila yan dahil BER BRAN yan". Di ako nakaimik. Tumulo luha ko sa harap nya. (From Talk.ph)
Students from Sendai (survivors of the 2011 earthquake + tsunami) send their love.
Two American girls raising funds by selling lemonade. They made $200, which they gave to UNICEF.
Six-year-old Shoichi Kodoh giving his piggy-bank savings to the Philippine Embassy in Japan.
P. Diddy's kids setting aside some of their clothes to donate to the survivors
The colors of the Philippine flag in New York.
And in Houston.
The first baby born in the Israeli Defense Forces field hospital after the storm. His mother named him "Israel".
Anderson Cooper keeping it real in Tacloban.
Japanese rescue worker Shihegiro Matsuda, who speaks impressively fluent Tagalog.
US Marine Maj. John Orio came to Manicani Island, Eastern Samar to distribute relief goods, and he was welcomed with local treats - fresh crab and coconut. That's Pinoy hospitality for you.
(Photo: Philippine Star)
A rainbow over Tacloban, some days after the storm.
(Image: Dr. Greg Suarez)
And another in Ormoc.
(Image: ABS-CBN / Chiara Zambrano)
And a rare double rainbow in Eastern Samar.
(Image: Abdel Elecho)
Survivors in Tacloban take their mind off their troubles by building a basketball "court" from the rubble.
(Image: David Guttenfelder)
And these guys made a boat out of salvaged refrigerator parts so they could go out and catch fish.
(Image: Ernie Penaredondo)
To everyone who helped out or are still helping out, a big thank you.