My Ondoy Experience

The night before typhoon Ondoy hit Manila, me and my friends were in Makati watching a movie. Before we got inside the theater at around 11PM, the rain was already pouring to its craziness.

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We were in awe when after the movie, the rain was still pouring like there’s no tomorrow; getting stronger; it won’t stop. As I drove my way back home to QC hitting the strip of EDSA, the rain did not fail to stop instead became even stronger and stronger. I already noticed several accumulations of water in some parts of EDSA causing the slow-movement of traffic.

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When I got home, I was too tired, I immediately hit the bed.

I woke up at around 6:30AM to work, still raining. I knoe, right? I was late. Still, I managed to check the weather in PAGASA and Yahoo Weather that said it will rain heavily with tropical storms the entire day. I checked for for cancellation of classes but I wasn’t able to find any.

So I went to work.

When working in a busy place like the hospital, we care less on what’s currently happening outside. That being said, we were unaware of the impending flood that’s about to happen.

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Not until upon crossing the bridge connecting the Clinical Division Hospital and the Pay Hospital that I saw the immediate rise of the water inside the campus.

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I called one of my friends,

Where are you?

I am already at home, they already announced a skeleton duty.

What?! We didn’t hear that announcement.

Finally, one of our residents told us to go home already; a late announcement.

People were piled up in the hospital entrance when we were about to leave. Flood was already knee-high. People won’t disperse. We felt helpless and hopeless. At that time, I thought we will be stranded in the hospital.

But we really wanted to go home. We don’t want to be stuck in the hospital especially in an Ophthalmology rotation. There’s nothing much to do. Our last resort was to walk through the flood.

Luckily, one of our interns was there with her very reliable Starex van. We found out that we actually live in the same street and she offered us a ride. She’s so generous.

So there, I was spared in wetting my feet with flood waters. But no! Not until we reach the front building of our apartment. We didn’t have a choice but to get out of the van, dip our feet in the water and walk until we reach 1162. Gawd, it was really disgusting. But what can we do. eryt?

Initally, we felt safe. But the rain continued. It didn’t fail to stop. And the water just kept rising. We got scared. Few more steps then it’s game over. Our unit is located in the first floor so, we were scared our building would be invaded by the flood.

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So we decided to stay in my friend’s unit in the third floor.

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The rain cannot be stopped. Our cars parked in front of our building started to sink. We cannot do anything. I just hoped and prayed, the cars would eventually start after the flood.

We were watching TV for news updates and some cool TV shows to entertain us, until I finally drowsed myself off. Then…

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They cut off the electricity. Our batteries started to drain and we can’t cook! We also can’t find someone to deliver us food. So there, we did not eat dinner and decided to sleep our hungry stomachs off in a very sweaty night.

The following day, my cellphone batteries were already drained. For sure, my family and friends were trying to reach me; and worried cos I am nowhere to be contacted. There’s also none to eat, I went back to our unit and surprisingly, everything’s dry and clean just as how we left it last night. I prepared my cereals. I was sooo famished.

I decided to go home to QC despite the unsafe status of the Metro to travel. Luckily, car didn’t disappoint me. It worked fine, but the breaks were just too weak to handle.

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It was a horrible experience. I knoe a lot of people suffered worse than what I had.

I am safe, thank God. Thanks to those who helped us get through the flood and to those who cared and remembered (It always flood around the UST, hehehe…); to those who texted and called, to those who checked if I am ok.

I am safe. Now, it’s my turn to make sure others are safe and ok.

With over 200 deaths already, I hope this will soon be over.

*See you at Citizens' Disaster Response Network in West Triangle!

Mom post

Today is not mothers’ day but I feel like writing something about my mom, so here it is.

Mom is like me, we have a lot of things in common. If I were a girl, I’ll be her; a lot younger her, of course. ROFL.

Anyway, yes, we have a lot of things in common. That bond us.

First of all, I look just like her.

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If I were to remove my Wayfarer, or if mom would wear the MJ sunglasses I gave her, you can really say that I am apparently, really her son; and she is obviously my biological mom. No more questions asked, e?

Not convinced?

Well at least say we’re related, aryt? Haha.

But she’ll be happy if you’d tell her,

Oh, I though he is your younger older brother.

Like she’s my twin sister. Or some sorta like that. ROFL. Unfur! Hahaha…

Second commonality, we share the same activities that please us most.

Evidence one, all her children but me or… let me just say all my siblings hate shopping. I am her only child who enjoys walking the entire day inside the mall, and even hop from one mall to another, to just shop and look for even unnecessary stuff. This actually made us a lot closer, like having a mutual relationship. Cos since my dad also hates shopping, she benefits on me by letting me drive her to the mall, and I benefit on her for buying me stuff. Haha.

Evidence two, we both love to talk, and I really thank God cos I got that special talent from her since I think I easily get the trust and confidence of patients because of that, through being a talker. As in a looot. Doing my rounds take me hours, longer than the others cos I dunno, I just talk a lot.

Evidence three? We both love to go places we’ve never been before, or just go somewhere beyond the premises of the house. We are extroverts, per se. We love to eat outside, try new thing. If only we are millionaires or even billionaires, we probably have traveled the entire world. That, so to speak will probably be the luxury I will give mom once she’s over her responsibilities to us.

Evidence four? Coffee for both of us is pleasure, it is lurv. The best-est. I even knoe her fave Sbux beverage, hmmm this: a “Venti, hot, 2% mocha, no whip, with 2 packets of Splenda”. Cos if we don’t get a fix, we get a headache, worse than migraine, even just for a day without gulping caffeinated beverage. Imagine that.

Fifth evidence is, we share the same likeness in terms of books to read, music to listen and movies to watch. We both love Kane & Abel, we’re not bias to the type of music that we hear as long as it’s cool; from Earth, Wind & Fire to Lady GaGa, and we enjoyed movies like My Bestfriend’s Wedding and Kramer vs. Kramer.

We are that close!

That we also have to update  each other over our phones, sometimes even everyday if I am not that busy.

Isusubo ko na, ipapakain ko pa sa inyo.

That’s what I always hear from mom. And it silences us all.

She will provide everything we need as long as she has the means. Not only that, she’s the person through which everything make sense.

Whatever the problem is or even whoever the problem might be, rest assured,  mom will solve ‘em. She is a superwoman.

Cause she’s a Superwoman
Yes she is
Even when she’s a mess
She still put on a vest
With an S on her chest
She’s a Superwoman

I can literally tell everything to her. I mean, of course not all of ‘em and technically not all the time but well, most of the time she’s the only person I can talk to. Seriously.

Well, today ain’t mother’s day but last Thursday was her special day.

*was supposed to post this last week but since I was too busy, I failed.

Belated Happy birthday mom!

Happy birthday to the bestest mom in the world!

Thanks for everything.

See you soon!

Attraction

Don’t just stare there, trying to melt my heart…

It will not. Don’t tire those pretty eyes.

If you like me, then talk to me.

I love to talk, and is attracted to sensible conversations…

Try me.

Talk to me, then let’s see what will happen next…

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Fo sho looks good, e? But looks can be very boring…

Somewhere Only We Knoe

Performed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane, officially released as their third commercial single, and appearing as the opening track of their debut album, Hopes and Fears as the first single.

The real meaning of the song's video and lyrics remain unknown; however, several an accepted meaning refers to "Manser's Shaw", a place in Battle where Keane members used to visit in their childhood days and the site of the Battle of Hastings, fought in October 14, 1066.

Richard Hughes, Keane's drummer, offered the following explanation of the song on Chris Flynn's fansite:

“We've been asked whether "Somewhere Only We Know" is about a specific place, and Tim has been saying that, for him, or us as individuals, it might be about a geographical space, or a feeling; it can mean something individual to each person, and they can interpret it to a memory of theirs... It's perhaps more of a theme rather than a specific message... Feelings that may be universal, without necessarily being totally specific to us, or a place, or a time..."

For me, the song is about a feeling, where

Somewhere only we know…

Click click click!

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand
I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river and it made me complete
Oh simple thing where have you gone
I`m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you`re gonna let me in
I`m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

I came across a fallen tree
I felt the branches of it looking at me
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I`ve been dreaming of?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I`m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you`re gonna let me in
I`m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don`t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don`t we go
Somewhere only we know?

Oh simple thing where have you gone
I`m getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you`re gonna let me in
I`m getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute why don`t we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don`t we go
Somewhere only we know?

This could be the end of everything
So why don`t we go
Somewhere only we know?

Causticity…

I develop acne breakouts along my jawline whenever I change razor blades.

I develop attachment issues and quash a piece of me whenever I meet a new interesting person.

Awful.