Life in the Fast Lane


Wet and Wild

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The last few days, Metro Manila has been one soggy mess. Typhoon Falcon entered the Philippines and brought with it so much rainfall that the water in Marikina River spilled over to the residence areas nearby and the nearest dam, La Mesa, is at a critical state. For the first time — in my lifetime, at least — there was actually a tornado that swept through parts of Quezon City. I really couldn't believe it when I first heard about it.

Classes were called off yesterday and for the first time in quite some time, office workers were sent home early for safety reasons. Several parts of the city were flooded up to chest level and many roads were beyond impassable. I haven't had much sleep the last few days because the sound of rainfall was so loud (not to much the sporadic rumbling of thunder) that I would wake up every few hours.

Because of the horror that was Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana two years ago, Filipinos are extra panicky whenever it starts to drizzle. Thankfully, what we learned two years ago about proper dissemination of information as well as evacuation procedures were put to good use the last few days. Subdivisions near creeks and bodies of water were evacuated early and thanks to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, we knew what was happening almost every single minute.

Thankfully, as of this writing, the rain has stopped and I can actually hear birds chirping again. Welcome sounds, I tell you. I've always enjoyed the sound of rainfall but I think I've had too much of it lately.

Plus, it's not exactly "comforting" to hear a combination of rainfall, wind and thunder.

Here are some Instagram photos that I managed to take throughout this whole Typhoon Falcon experience.

Traffic on the first night it started to pour. It took me two and a half hours to get home.

The following day. It was so gloomy that we all had a hard time concentrating on work.

Going home was a challenge. There were so many flooded streets that vehicles were swimming.

Yesterday morning on my way to work, I had to jump over puddles left and right. And I wore the wrong shoes. Lesson learned: NEVER wear ballet flats when you know it's going to rain hard.

A shot while having lunch in our office pantry. Can you say GLOOMY?

We were sent home shortly after lunch and since I was car-less, I immediately rushed to the train station. Unfortunately, the rest of Metro Manila seemed to be there as well. The ride home was an adventure as we were squished like sardines with umbrellas poking us on all sides.

On my way home, I ended up buying a pair of rain boots. Aforementioned ballet flats were also a soggy mess prior to getting these boots. So sorry, ballet flats!

Only someBUDDY seemed to be enjoying the rain. All he does is sleep!

Oh, I spoke (err, wrote) too soon. The rain's back. Sigh.

All I can do is pray that it stops raining — completely — soon and that my countrymen are safe and dry. Eleven people died yesterday because of the storm and I sincerely hope that there won't be other casualties as a result of this continuous rainfall.

Lord, our city is in Your Hands. You are King over the flood.

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