I really hope there are very few cruisers in the Philippines right now.
We fly out tomorrow for Borneo and our Ketch Australis II. Guess where we were planning on going? - yep - up the West coast of Palawan, round the top and back down the East coast and return to our home base again at Kota Kinabalu.
Palawan is right in the path of the typhoon
At the moment we are trying to contact friends who were in Porta Princess on the East coast. We're hoping they headed south in a hurry or up north and around the top and back down the West Coast.
The west coast of Borneo from Kudat south is also getting hammered by strong northerlies so we're expecting a wet and windy welcome when we land.
Apparently the first deaths in the Philippines have just been reported and we hope and pray that everyone up there comes through ok but the damage is going to be pretty horrendous.