Drinking Seawater a typhoon Soudelor memoir by Riza Ramos and Walt F.J. Goodridge
On the night of Sunday, August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Though officially recorded as a "Category 5-equivalent super typhoon," speculation continues that Soudelor's winds far exceeded this category. Cars and even trucks were overturned, and it was later discovered that the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed during the storm; the highest speed recorded before the failure was 180 miles per hour. At the time, it was the most powerful storm to make landfall...ever...anywhere that year.
The eye of a storm is a roughly circular region of mostly calm weather, typically 30-65 km (20-40 miles) in diameter, located at the center of strong tropical cyclones. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather occurs. Soudelor's core (the eye and eyewall) was smaller than the island. That's why the devastation on Saipan was so intense, and why the neighboring island of Tinian, only two miles away, was virtually untouched by the storm.
Riza Ramos, her husband Ferdinand, and two children survived the devastation of that typhoon at point during which they were actually outside and unsheltered. Drinking Seawater is that story. However there is more...
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Excerpts & images from the book
"Nothing nests." Middle Road gas lines; photo: I. Feliciano
Germstopper Boy The Clean Hands Hero! by Riza Ramos
(60 pages | Size: 8 x 10 | ISBN: 978-9828684-30 )
REVIEW:"KEEP YOUR CHILD HEALTHY!"
"Have you ever tried to communicate the importance of healthy practices to your children or students? This book gives you the tools for an exceptional lesson and teaches the importance of hand washing to prevent disease. I used it for grades K-5 as a whole class activity. A book like this could literally save your child's life, and reduce preventable disease transmitted via their hands over a lifetime! The World Health Organization could really use this book to spread the message of clean hands!"--Art, the Librarian at William S. Reyes Elementary School on Saipan
Little Eman just doesn’t understand why he always has to wash his hands. Then one day at school he learns something cool, and now he’s got all sorts of plans! What did Eman learn that made him want to become a superhero in his home? Find out, and maybe you can become a superhero too! FOR AGES 8-10; 3rd grade level
(60 pages; 8" x 10" ISBN: 978-0-9828684-30)
The Boy Who Dreamed to be with His Parents on Saipan by Riza Ramos
(46 pages | Size: 6 x 9 | ISBN: 978-0982868409; )
A story for anyone who has ever been a child...
Emmanuel Ramos misses his mom and dad. They are on the island of Saipan working. He is in Manila, Philippines, with his aunt, cousins and grandparents. Will his parents ever come back for him? Will he ever see them again? Will Emmanuel's big dream to be with his parents on Saipan ever come true? FOR AGES 8-10; Fourth grade level
(36 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 ISBN: 978-0982868409)
Little Emmanuel is sad. His parents send toys, but what he really wants are his parents.
However, his aunts and cousins do their best to give him a normal life while
they are away!
Here he is watching the dolphin show in Manila.
Reviews & Feedback
"I just love your book and the story. It puts a face on the children who have foreign workers as parents. It
is so endearing and beautifully told. I am going to ask my county's librarians to buy the book for our school libraries. Please let me know when another book comes out. Much love and best wishes to you and your precious family!"-- Wendy Doromal, activist, the UnheardNoMore blog (a forum for social justice dedicated to human rights, freedom, justice and democracy for the foreign contract workers in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.)
"It's been a while since a book affected me this much.... excellent and heart warming book. I really enjoyed reading it! I was initially thinking that it was a children's book, but my whole family loved it. Well illustrated and the story is filled with love and inspiration. An expression of parents' love for their kids. A must have for every family. I will recommend this book to my children's teacher. Can't wait for another best from this author."--Dandy
This is really great! This story is going to appeal to a lot of migrant workers kids, of which I am one. And it's also relevant even if you're not. There are many families whose parents work all week away from home, and their kids. I'm an adult with my own children now, but I related so much to Emmanuel's story. This feeling of what you love most tearing you away from those you love is something as a kid you just kind of observe and sit with, but that upon reflection as an adult, you realize what hard emotions you had to try and make sense of at a very early age. Also, this concept of your parents working because they love you is just impossible to justify in your head at that age. I just remember hearing the words but having my emotional words playing tennis with those and mine always winning.
I could go on and on...I really liked it, and it sent me many years back to memories I had buried away. Riza, I think you have a great story and a huge market! The developing world experiences this daily! --R.R. (Brooklyn, New York)
"This book captures a reality that affects millions of families worldwide. It's written from a child's perspective, but anyone who has ever had to feel the pain of separation from a loved one leaving to seek a better life, to work abroad, or to serve in the military will be able to relate. Sometimes it takes seeing the world through a child's eyes to make things crystal clear."--Walt F.J. Goodridge, author of Living True to Your Self