Tuesday, September 27, 2011

At home yet restless

Woke up this morning with this

a closer look would show this

Manila and its nearby regions are stricken by typhoon, Pedring.

Classes and work are suspended and I would normally rejoice whenever these happen. However, our experience with typhoon Ondoy two years ago brought a lot of changes in my family.

It was a typical rainy Saturday morning. We were aware of the typhoon's existence but everything went the same for the family. We were complacent because our place never had a history of flooding. I woke up late, had late breakfast, lunch with my family and lounged for a DVD marathon. We ignored the continuous rain because we felt we were safe. Afternoon came and flood started appearing outside our house. Flood came so fast and when evening came, the level of flood inside our house was already as high as my waist. 

That evening made the longest hours of my life. My entire family didn't sleep. We waited until the flood subsided. Thank God for not prolonging our misery. At around 2 am, the flood was gone. We were left with the aftermath of flood. Stained walls, soiled floors, garbage, damaged furniture were the common surroundings in our community.

Ondoy changed my family. There were a lot of lessons learned from the typhoon.

As I woke up this morning, part of me was praying that typhoon Pedring is not another Ondoy. It's 6:22 pm and while I am checking my students' papers and nursing a cold :-( , my entire family is glued to the news. Weather reports say that the typhoon will soon depart Manila....Hopefully, the weather will be better tomorrow.


  1. This writing is living.

    I had not seen these photos before nor any like them. Eye-opening stunners.

    Today we were without power from about 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Makes me grateful for what I too often take for granted!

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your experience with Ondoy. And I'm so sorry to hear about the electricity situation in your area Kelley. I'm probably one of the slowest people on earth... I actually went to work trying to see every kilometer of the way if the weather was about to get better as I get closer to the office. I don't know why I was thinking that. I guess because a lot of us have been working so hard lately it made me feel bad thinking I might be the first one to bail. Turned out... I was one of the very few who made it there. Hope you both are ok.

  3. Wow. Ondoy was a terrible storm for you and your family! I am so sorry y'all had to withstand something so terrible.

  4. omg hun!!
    i hope everything is okey
    i've seen floods on the news but to actually
    know someone that went thru this makes me sad

    be strong and stay close to your family!
    ill be praying for you!


  5. Oh my gosh! I'm glad you are ok. Those flood waters just snuck up it seems. What a mess you will have getting things back in order. It sounds like you and your family have a good attitude about it though. I'll watch world weather tonight.

  6. I hope the typhoon stays away too! I hope everyone stays safe! xoxoxoo

  7. good luck with those papers! lovely pictures.



  8. I hope the weather now there is better. It's sunshiny here in Cebu. Growing up, floods were normal for us in Negros. I cannot forget typhoon Rufing in 1999 because that was the worst we experienced, we have to evacuate then. The next year, we moved to another subdivision. Hehe.

    Take care always!

  9. Amazing how one day your life can be fine and a storm rolls in and it can be changed so much. I am glad you are well and the storm this year is passing.

  10. It's a terrible worry! I hope your weather continues to improve and your cold is better today! Hugs from your name mate! ♥


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