Bermuda | Scenic Fort Scaur Hill Park

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Fort Scaur Hill Park is in Somerset Island located at the west end just a few meters after Somerset Bridge when you are heading towards the Royal Naval Dockyard.


The construction of the fort begun in the 1860’s during the time of troubled relations between Great Britain and the United States.

Snapshot of the fort’s aerial view from one of the exhibits.

A short narrative on one of the exibits inside the fort states:

“This fort was intended to protect the landward side of the Royal Naval Dockyard against any enemy attack from the south shore beaches.

Completed by the Royal Engineers in the 1870’s, it was known as the Somerset Position (later Fort Scaur). This defensive work was in essence a massive dry moat that cut across the entire island. Virtually invisible from the sea, it was a hybrid of traditional “pentagonal” fort design and the new “open” battery system.

A central fort commanded the ditch and parapet. It was armed with two 64 pounder Rifled Muzzle Loader guns mounted on Moncrieff disappearing gun mounts.

Defenders could also fire an attacking infantry from the protective parapet, counter scarp galleries and a small Caponier or guard house.”

Scaur views!

The park can be accessed through the main entrance via the Somerset Road. There’s a wide carpark and picnic area on top of the hill.

Or through a short nature trail via the Railway  Trail.

There are various underground rooms within the complex.

You can go and explore the rooms. Lights are installed for easy access.There are exhibits in some of them, others are just filled with empty spaces.

The underground rooms remain cool even if it’s hot outside.

I did not see any dungeon or maybe there’s one but I just don’t know where it is located.

Overlooking the Great Sound.

Royal Naval Dockyard on the far left end.

There’s a wooden throne 😆 beside the car park.

There are seasonal flower blooms.

Usually they bloom around March-April, just before winter ends and within the first weeks of spring. Perfect time for travel.

How to get there?

If you are coming from Hamilton City or the Royal Naval Dockyard, take Bus #7 or #8 and let the bus captain know you are getting-off at the bus stop nearest to Fort Scaur Hill.

If you have a few more bucks to spend, you can take a taxi or hire a scooter.

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#YolandaPH ; #TulongPH ; #ReliefPH | Looking What and Where You Could Help?

As the Philippines slowly grow its way out of the rubbles caused by the havoc of Super Typhoon Haiyan locally know as Yolanda, all eyes on earth are with us. International aids are coming in but these are not enough. Still thinking on where and what you can do? I tried to compile in this post all the things you could possibly want to know.

Operation Salubong at Villamor Airbase

(Disclaimer: Information with strike-through is no longer valid. No further information is released for the changes being implemented. Let us all be patient as DSWD is doing what they could to bring the operation in smooth flow. Operation Salubong is back in Villamor Air Base as of 8:00 PM 21 November 2013.)

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Some background about the operation as stated in their official Facebook page, “Last November 13, 2013 the Philippine Air Force’s C130 Hercules brought to Manila the first batch of survivors from Tacloban, Leyte. There were 160 passengers on board. The Philippine Air Force Officers Ladies’ Club, headed by Mrs. Aimee Ona, received these survivors giving them food, water, clothes and relief goods and offering de-stressing session. What a small group of Air Force wives started has blossom into a full scale receiving, de-stressing, and connecting to relatives operation.”

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For the rest of the weekend of 16-17 October 2013, the pool of volunteers is closed for walk-ins. They have overflowing volunteers already. They are trying to set-up their Facebook page so that all volunteers and willing donors and would be volunteers will need to go only through this channel for scheduling purposes. They are targeting to make the centralized database to go live this Monday or even late Sunday. (UPDATE: The online registration portal for volunteers is now up and live. Visit the following link: http://bit.ly/villamorvolunteers) In the meantime, you can contact Nicole for volunteer shifting schedules as well as donor concerns at the following mobile numbers 09276067391 or 09276141478. Social workers, qualified counselors, people with with an experience or trained to do crisis management are also urgently needed as the influx of survivors come in the base. 150-200 survivors are arriving in every C130 planes that are landing in Villamor Airbase. All or most of this people needs to undergo stress and trauma processing or debriefing. Volunteer shifting are set every 6 hours starting tonight. You can choose to be on the food, debriefing, oplan hatid and marshal teams. If you plan to volunteer for marshal, just be prepared because you will do all around. Not just cordoning for arriving passengers but carrying their baggage’s, giving them food and water, escorting survivors that needs medical attention to the medical station, getting survivor profiles, initiate order and everything under the sun.

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Willing private individuals or anyone who has cars and any other vehicles that can transport arriving C130 passengers to all parts of Metro Manila or neighboring provinces are most welcome. For cooked food donations, kindly coordinate also with the operations team as donations are overflowing too.


“Latest as of November 21, 2013: Operation Salubong at Villamor Airbase will be transferred to Camp Aguinaldo starting 12:00 PM of November 21, 2013 Thursday. Please note that the operation will not cease, it’s just a change in location. No further details are available as of the moment. For all volunteers who previously signed-up online starting 12:00 noon today, November 21 are requested to proceed to Camp Aguinaldo and wait for further instructions from DSWD. Please bring your tickets. The management of the operation is now fully under DSWD so let us be patient and understanding on the drastic changes they are implementing. For more detailed and up to date information please visit the Operation Salubong’s Facebook page. Also online registration at eventbrite is suspended as of the moment. Amid the speculations, let us try to be calm.”

Oplan Hatid is now also back in Villamor Air Base, volunteer drivers can register here: http://oplanhatid.teleserv.ph as well as to get more detailed information as to how the initiative is now being carried.

All are requested to register again including those who have registered in the old registration site.

You can contact Nicole Gamo at 09276141478 to coordinate moving forward.

For some information, you can also check the official Facebook page of the original Management Committee who are still helping to disseminate announcements as they receive it.

Re-post from the Facebook account of Operation Salubong Villamor, 22 November 2013:

“ANNOUNCEMENT: As of this morning, DSWD has taken control and implemented a new volunteer registration system for Operation Salubong. They have implemented a new shift system/schedule of duty as well, so all the previous sign-ups on the Eventbrite website are now void. VOLUNTEERS CAN STILL PROCEED TO VILLAMOR, but will register again as walk-in volunteers.

Please bear with us while we document the new registration process and workflow. These will be updated in the FAQ Sheet once fully documented. We hope for your understanding during this time as we have fully transitioned control of the PAF Grandstand to DSWD.”



DSWD National Resource Operations Center

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This is located at the Chapel Road in Pasay City, near NAIA 2. It is very advisable that you try to call them and schedule for a shift. Volunteers are overflowing too, you might be waiting for an hour to three before you can actually get to the works after the necessary orientation, just be patient. After all, you are going there to help. The center is operating 24/7 and volunteers for the the night shift until six in the morning are needed the most. The center also accepts donations in kind. For more details please call them on the following lines 852-8081 & 851-2681. Try also following their twitter handle @dswdserves for updates.

As of this posting, DSWD-NROC according to their site is already full until 18 November 2013. Please check DSWD’s website for more information.


DSWD Satellite Resource Operations Center

If NROC can not accommodate you, try DSWD’s SROC’s. You can also follow their twitter handle @DSWD_SROC. I think most SROC does not accept donations as what I have personally heard from a DSWD personnel in Villamor Air Base. Please do check it with the respective SROC’s to confirm if you want to give your donations.

National Capital Region (NCR)

Ninoy Aquino Stadium
Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
M. Adriatico Street, Manila

Contact persons:

Director Honorita Bayudan

Director Chi Redaja

Director Mariz Maristela

Ateneo de Manila University (College Covered Courts)
Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Contact person:

Johnny Miranda

De La Salle University ( North and South Conservatory)
2401 Taft Ave., Manila

Contact Persons:

Joseph Rosal of COSCA
525-4267 local 147

Nyca Lofranco

Camp Aguinaldo

Villamor Air Base, Multipurpose Hall, Pasay City

853-5128, 853-5003, 853-4944, 853-4995 and 853-5057

Region V

Albay Astrodome
Legazpi City, Albay

Contact No. :
(052) 480-5754

Region VI

DSWD Regional Office
MH del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City

Contact No.:
(033) 300-0526

Region VII

Mactan Air Base, Mactan Island, Cebu

Contact Person:

Beth Cabalda
(032) 232-9507; 0916-4371532


DPWH Area Equipment Service
Brgy Luna
Surigao City

Again, if you are planning to do walk-ins, please coordinate first with the specific SROC contact person. Some sites may tend to be momentarily closed depending on any given circumstance.

Sagip Kapamilya, ABS-CBN Foundation

Volunteers are needed in their various relief packing centers across Quezon City. Please try to contact their hotline at 411-4995 first before going. Most often, their line is busy so don’t give-up pushing that redial button until you get through. Look for Jeng Del Rosario.

For your pledges according to their site, please contact them on the following numbers:

411-0013 | 411-0014 | 411-0015 | 411-0182 | 411-0183

Alternatively, you can check #TulongPH website for more information. You can get details on how you could give your donations, how to become one of their volunteers and a people finder service connected to Google that you can try to check just in case you haven’t heard any news for your affected relatives in the Visayas.

Complete information of bank accounts as well as steps on how you could give your donations are in their website. International cash donations are also possible.

GMA Kapuso Foundation

As per posting at GMA Network website, “In-kind donations may be dropped off at the Kapuso Foundation main office, 2nd Floor Kapuso Center, GMA Network Drive corner Samar Street, Diliman, Quezon City, or at the GMA Kapuso Foundation Warehouse at #366 GMA Compound, Tandang Sora Avenue, Brgy. Culiat, Quezon City.

To facilitate service delivery in the affected areas in the Visayas, drop off centers have also been established at the GMA Iloilo Staion at 5 Alta Tierra Village, Jaro, Iloilo City and GMA Cebu station at GMA Complex, Apas Nivel Hills, Cebu City.

Monetary donations, on the other hand, may be deposited at any Metrobank, UCPB, PNB, and Cebuana Lhuillier branch all over the country. Donations are tax deductible with no additional service fee. Specific bank details may be accessed through the GMA Kapuso Foundation website.

GMAKF can be reached via their hotline at (02) 9284299 or (02) 9289351 or their website.”

Tulong Kapatid Foundation/TV5

Per posting at Interaksyon.com, “The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center at the Meralco Covered Tennis Court, at the Meralco Compound, Ortigas, Pasig City, is receiving cash and in-kind donations (bottled water, canned goods, cup noodles, cupcakes, rice) for families severely affected by typhoon Yolanda, starting Sunday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.-5pm.

For inquiries, please contact Meralco Foundation c/o Ms. Eds Addun at 0939- 9133771 or 632-8301.”

LBC Express, Inc.

You can drop-off your in-kind donations at any branch nearest you. For people living in any parts of the world who are willing to give, like Singapore, Hongkong, Malaysia, Taiwan, etc. there are worldwide drop-off points. For the complete list and to get more information, please check this post at #ReliefPH website.

Red Cross of the Philippines

Various Red Cross repacking centers in Metro Manila are accepting donations as well as volunteers. The same scenario with DSWD, all willing volunteers must enlist for a schedule before proceeding to their chosen site. As per latest information from @lynvgarcia on Twittter, the National Headquarters need volunteers for 26 November and beyond as they are already fully-booked. They have three available shifting.

You can also visit their website or follow them on Facebook and @philredcross on Twitter for more information.

You can also donate online here

Or follow the following instructions for mobile phone users:

Text REDAMOUNT to 4143
Smart denomination: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Example: RED25 send to 4143

Text REDAMOUNT to 2899
Globe denomination: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Example: RED25 send to 2899


Help PH

International donations via SMS/text have now been made possible. Visit helpPH for complete list of telcos around the world that supports it.



The list above is not complete; there are still other humanitarian efforts that are happening around. They might just be near your area. So check them out and do your share.

Rappler.com has also compiled a more comprehensive list here: “#ReliefPH: Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) need your help”.

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Together we can do this…walang KAPAMILYA, KAPUSO or KAPATID na maiiwanan sa sama-sama nating pagharap sa matinding pagsubok sa atin.


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