Thursday, September 28, 2006

Stormy weather

It came trickling in Wednesday evening, and by Thursday morning had become a howler. I woke up to find that Typhoon Milenyo's (international name: Xangsane) 150-kph winds and apocalyptic rains had turned my neighborhood into a cesspool.

Not entirely unexpected. Where I live in a proletarian part of Makati, ordinary monsoon rains often inundate low-lying streets. (Common joke: "Dumura ka lang, baha na." Literally, "Spit and you've got a flood.") This part of town has been subjected to all sorts of civic "improvements"--canals cleaned, swamps drained, roads torn apart, raised and repaved--but like a bad joke that refuses to die, the murky floodwaters reappear every June and thereafter.

The storm reached its peak around early afternoon, and then died rather suddenly by 4-5 pm. In its wake lay a waterlogged metropolis, and at least in our neighborhood, roads rendered impassable not only by knee-high waters, but by debris scattered all over by the fierce winds. The steel cages that protected the laundry area on our condo's rooftop level had a new location: down on the street, mangled and twisted beyond recognition. It had also struck a man, who ended up in a hospital.

Power is still out as I write this. I am at the newspaper office where the generators are on, making our building the only lighted structure in the area. The dark streets remain littered with rubbish, but hordes of hungry families are out, descending on the only two fastfood outlets nearby--Jollibee and Chowking--that have remained open.

Another day in Manila.

22 comments:

Chris said...

agonizing day as we didn't have electricity to power up the dsl router most of today. went to megamall but it was out of power too. went to morato, the same thing. arggghs! i realize i'm so much like my laptop -- unplugged, my powers get drained quickly. masyado na yata akong net dependent. (nag-magic lang ako kaya naka-internet ulit ngayon, hehehe.)

gibbs cadiz said...

your magic powers are needed to drain our neighborhood of its chronic floods AND its incompetent officials! :)

corsarius_phil said...

the first thing that struck me was the contrast (or irony?) between your post and it's label -- the lush life. well, come to think of it, these 'onli in da pilipins' stuff do make our lives more colorful (if not uncomfortable).

it's a sad thing that i was asleep most of the day. missed the excitement. ;)

Corsarius said...

btw, gibbs, that was me in the previous comment. using blogger beta? i think my separate google and blogger accounts got mixed up terribly in the previous comment, hence the weird blogger profile URL. :)

beektur said...

there's a childhood ditty i still can't comprehend even now: "bagyo, bagyo, pantay kabayo." brechtian ba yan? beckett? baka naman your st. augustine can confess the secrets behind the line ;)

Anonymous said...

"bagyo bagyo pantay kabayo
ulan ulan pantay kawayan"

is it bantay or pantay?

anyone comment about that..

watson said...

When electricity is gone, that's when you realize what a valuable resource it is. No TV! No celphone! No DVD! No Cinema! No light for dinner! And when it comes back, everyone heaves a sigh of relief and then life goes on.

Thanks for linking me up! I'll link you up as well.

Mr. Poe said...

you work for a newspaper? can i write for you guys? do you have a section for guys who pretend to know how to write?

Noel Vera said...

Thanks for the link to my blog. I'll return the favor, asap

gibbs cadiz said...

hi corsarius, got you!

hi beektur, kafka perhaps? :)

ey watson, agree! until now we're powerless -- in makati!

mr. poe, checked out your site. you write well. for a start, i suggest you try your luck with men's magazines like manual, fhm and maxim, because they do dig the kind of irreverent, freewheeling stuff you seem to specialize in. newspapers are, shall we say, a bit more stodgy, but you already know that, having suffered at the hands of philstar. :)

mr. noel vera, film critic non-pareil, an honor to have you here. :)

ade said...

Itr's day two of Quezon City sucker-punched back into the stone age! Argh! :(

nina said...

I was actually quite happy for the power outage... no work for me! :D

btw, you're linked...thanks for linking to my site! ;)

AnneMac said...

hey gibbs, check out my own Milenyo story!

gibbs cadiz said...

ade, wala pa din power diyan sa qc!?

ey, nina, thanks too! :)

annemac, great shots of the falling tree. your timing was perfect!

R. O. said...

hi gibbs! i remember you from joe chua's indie mag days. what's the name of that one again? now you're mainstream, which means you're fair game to me. ahihihi

gibbs cadiz said...

hey resty, that's MOIST, i think. i wasn't really part of it. the editor, karl de mesa, was a friend who got me in as an occasional columnist. mag didn't last, though. i've been mainstream since i joined the inquirer, and now i guess even more so with the blog. so fire away (gulp, gulp)! :)

gibbs

R. O. said...

oh. the, er, writing world is too small indeed. i wonder where he is now. joe chua, i mean. karl de mesa ive' never met, but i get to read him ocassionally because i'm involved with fudge magazine every now and then, where he writes.

you write so well. haven't seen anything worth bashing yet, for now. ;p

gibbs cadiz said...

aww, so naghihintay ka talaga ha, hehe. anyway, thanks for the kind words, and the regular visits. :)

gibbs

R. O. said...

no, that's just my way of saying you're a vry much welcome presence to the blogging world, a world no one owns, not by MSM (mainstream media), not even by bloggers themselves. :) I've actually run into you during one Peta play. I can't remember whether it's ZsaZsa Zaturrnah or what. :)

Anonymous said...

oh, hope to see you one of these days at the ccp. :)

gibbs

Anonymous said...

Great Pictures!

http://daythree.blogspot.com/

lateralus said...

my building didnt lose electricity, water, internet connection et al during the storm. the only thing that we lost was cable - dammit. We were probably among the really few people who had electricity the eve after the storm.

i was starved to death. everything was closed. the mall closed by 4 pm. every frickin' fast food chain and convenience store was closed.

my hometown was totally different story - utter devastation.

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