August 17, 2012 (2nd blog of August)
Title: The Mad Manila Part 2 (Rainy version)
The rainy season here in Manila is so difficult to predict, even the weather forecasts can’t say it accurately, and probably they don’t have advanced tools used to predict weather. Being here in Manila is already difficult; having the rainy season makes it twice as difficult. You see, when it rains here really hard with really strong winds, there is that 80% assurance that you’ll probably get hurt. What’s more difficult is the flooding, few weeks ago class was suspended because of the heavy rain and I was in school, I planned to stay there for a while the storm passes but the Security Officers [forcibly] insisted us that we go home, So I had no choice but to walk in flood, it was higher that my knees which is fine if I didn’t have a laptop in my bag that I had to carry on my head cause of the water going up, what’s good was the rain had stopped and it was easier to see things. It was such a hassle really, it was my first experience of it, I knew it would have happened sometime but I expected less of it. I got home safely anyway. After the 3 days of rain nonstop, other parts of manila got so flooded that it reached to the roofs of other people’s houses, We were lucky to not have been flooded that way, but outside our house it was a little flooded because we were farther up than other places, what was dangerous were the strong winds, I could hear it whistle while our glass doors creek, scary I know.
The storm passed but the tragic resolutions didn’t, one after another the death toll rises all around Luzon, Although this wasn’t a storm, it was only the Monsoon, yet it felt like the Typhoon “Ondoy” back in 2009 but it was a lot more worse, it was the most horrifying moment here in the Philippines, but after that Typhoon everyone here have prepared themselves for the next incoming storms. Typhoon Helen passed by a few days ago but it didn’t greatly affected most of Manila, the Monsoon was a lot stronger.
These storms have always destroyed many lives here in the Philippines but when this kind of times happen, helping each other even without the help of the Government, Heroes are Born.