Typhoon Ondoy experience
I went to work Saturday (September 26, 2009) I left the house at 8:00 AM looking forward to a day of activities work and fun. It was not raining but dark clouds do abound. I was at work by 8:30 AM , and it started to rain hard, classes were suspended at 9:00 AM. I still stayed at the place of my work ( Gil Puyat St, Taft Avenue Area, Pasay City) hoping for the rains to stop and the floods to recede. By 12:00 PM, I decided to trek the flooded Gil Puyat St. to be able to ride the LRT train in going to Monumento. My LRT ride saved my day. I was home safe by 1:30 PM.
I was so thankful that:
My place of work is just at across the LRT station; our home is near the LRT Monumento station.
Our home (Morning Breeze Subdivision) was not flooded, except at the corner street but after sometime, the flood receded. We had electricity and continuous supply of water, the whole time.
My children were all at home during the time.
Food was readily available, because all restaurants were just walking distance from our place.
Our place is Morning Breeze Subdivision, just beside the Manila Central University (MCU). My grandmother and parents has been living here for the last 57 years.
A Philippine Air Force aerial shot shows floodwaters caused by continuous rains brought by Typhoon Ondoy in Cainta Rizal, east of Manila September 27, 2009 (REUTERS/Rey Bruna/Philippines Airforce/Handout)
Residents wade in floodwaters caused by Typhoon Ondoy in Cainta Rizal east of Manila September 27, 2009.
REUTERS/Erik de Castro
My other experience on safety:
Our safety was threatened in June 1991, it was the Mount Pinatubo eruption. We were staying at Floridablanca Pampanga then, when the eruption happened. My kids , Dianne was 3 years and Jeric was barely 2 weeks old. I thought we were all going to die during that time. There was earthquake every 10-20 minutes, our roof was heavy with sand and were so afraid our roof would crash on us. There was no electricity, no communications; there were no cell phones during the time. We had to evacuate to the church. Good thing I was breastfeeding my kid. It was so depressing, I had nightmares about it for a long time.
I thought of leaving the country for greener pasture but with this happening around us and around the world. I am taking my time… Its better here at Morning Breeze…