SEATAC -- Gregg Anderson turned 50 years old Wednesday and no gift was as sweet as his return from a birthday trip to the Philippines.
Anderson and his friend ended up face-to-face with one of the worst typhoons in history, surviving by crouching inside their oceanfront resort home underneath a staircase.
"It was a beast," Anderson described as he was greeted by friends and family at SeaTac International Airport. "This thing had this thumping sound. It was like a washing machine."
The pair documented unimaginable destruction left in the storm's wake. People in his neighbor's home were swept into a nearby bay and died. Almost nothing was left of their own house. Throughout, there was devastation, death and disease.
"We got out at the right time, let me tell you," Anderson said.
A large group of friends and family greeted the men as they landed, including Anderson's exuberant sister.
"I'm trying to calm myself down," said Dianna Schneider as she sewed inside the terminal. "All he said was, 'it was dangerous.'"
As she hugged her brother at the airport, all she told him was, "don't do this to me again!"
They then sang "Happy Birthday."