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I’ll just leave this here…

I’m in Manila so we’re not as affected as other places like Leyte, Cebu and the other parts of Central Philippines. It’s just raining here a little but things are still being watched closely. You just never know with these typhoons sometimes.

I hope this passes soon. Cebu and Bohol have barely managed to recover from that earthquake a month before…

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Rainy Daaaaaaays

I had so many plans for this weekend. First, I was supposed to spend it watching Cinemalaya¬†entries. Yep! It’s that time of the year again! I was supposed to see two of the films, namely The Animals and Ang Nawawala, but then it ended up that I was going to have to watch them alone as my friends were unavailable. And so I opted to make other plans. Plan B was supposed to be watching The Amazing Spiderman with Val. Unfortunately, that didn’t fall through either as Val needed rest and relaxation. I was really looking forward to watching something this weekend. I was really beginning to feel how behind I was on movies. I already missed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the new Batman movie has just come out. Movies! I wanted to go out and watch movies! I was already toying with the idea to just go ahead and watch by myself anyway when the weather decided things for me.

It started raining really hard last Thursday, which sucked because I had plans after work. I was all dressed up nicely too! Tita Star was back from Bangkok and we were supposed to have dinner with her before she went back home to Naga the next day. I was really looking forward to it as I haven’t seen Tita Star in a while and I wanted to hear about her Bangkok trip. We were also supposed to go eat out so of course I was game. But alas, the rain was relentless. I stepped on a puddle and soaked my shoe and slacks as I was walking towards the footbridge crossing Edsa Extension. That pretty much put a damper on my mood. By the time I arrived at the Edsa LRT terminal, my slacks were heavy and wet with rain water and I just couldn’t see myself making my way anywhere else but home. I had to beg off from dinner as I was soaked and quite miserable. Even a hot and delicious bowl of Pho wasn’t enough of an encouragement to slosh and soak my way to Robinson’s Ermita. It was good that Tita Star understood. The night wasn’t a total loss as Mom was generous enough to send home a doggie back for me that consisted of yummy Vietnemese food. I was able to have Vietnamese anyway that night and also the next day, when I packed some leftover Pho (complete with bean sprouts, lemon and basil) and Beef Stew to work. Thursday wasn’t that awful though it felt like it was for a while.

The weather wasn’t any better yesterday, Friday. At least this time I was ready for it. Never have I been more grateful for my Islander slippers. Again, my pants were soaked, but at least they were jeans and I was able to fold them up. The winds were stronger last night and there was more rain. Even the footbridge was a bit flooded as I was walking towards the LRT and I thought my umbrella would slip from my grasp so many times. ¬†It was around this time, as I was struggling with my umbrella, that I gave up and just laughed. Friday night was going to be wet and cold. Fine. Okay. The LRT was a bit of a relief when I got there, but it wasn’t the end of my rainy journey.

GROOOOOOSSSSSS. That was my main thought when I walked down the stairs to exit Vito Cruz’s LRT Station. Vito Cruz and Taft were flooded. I’ve never seen Taft that flooded before and I regretted not having a camera with me to take a picture. There were waves and the water was kind of brown and definitely dirty. Tricycle drivers were scrambling around trying to encourage people to pay double the usual fares and get a ride. I was pretty sure some people gave in eventually, eager to go home and keep as dry as possible. I didn’t mind schlepping through flood water in my reliable slippers and folded up pants, though. It’s disgusting, but I could wash when I get home, was what I was thinking. So walk into ankle-deep flood I did. (GROOOOOOOOOOOSS.)

I wasn’t alone. A lot of other people decided that they’d rather walk in the flood than pay too much for tricycle fare. It was a bit entertaining to see the Lasallista Froshies squeal and complain as they got their feet wet in flood water (“OhmyGOD! What is this??? Eeew. EEEEW!”). I also had to admire the other seasoned Lasallistas who just carried on as if it’s nothing, like flood like that happened all the time. I even saw one walking all nonchalantly as you please, holding her large order of milk tea in one manicured hand, as she traversed the flood like a pro in her cute flats. Meanwhile, everyone else scampered and looked like drowned rats all around her. Now that was style, lol.

It was still raining pretty hard this morning and the weather was said to continue on being this way until tomorrow.

Looks like it’s a cool, rainy weekend at home. Hopefully things would be better next weekend. I’m really hoping to watch movies then. For now, deebeedees and online streaming movies will keep me entertained. Maybe I’ll be able to watch The Amazing Spiderman after all.