Not a very happy comeback however as I know around the world, a lot of people are suffering. For the past months, we’ve been hounded by news on petty intrigues and political squabbles (see previous entry). I would have preferred that instead of hearing about real stories about people’s struggles.
Anyway, I’m glad my family and F’s are safe. Our only ‘casualty’ from the disastrous rain brought by Typhoon Ondoy was our 200 peso worth LAN connector that got fried because of dripping ceiling. The SmartBro modem and cables were salvaged, thank goodness.
And so with that, I was able to monitor the status of my network of friends through Facebook. That was really helpful. So was Google Maps and Google Docs, where volunteers posted notes on critical areas in Metro Manila. No news is good news and it gave a bit of relief when I didn’t see any comments about missing people from our village.
Today, I haven’t gone to my parent’s home in San Mateo yet. Last time I heard, roads are already passable despite the mud. That one sturdy little bridge joining San Mateo and Marikina survived, allowing one vehicle to pass at a time.The condo in Marikina where my sisters are staying has limited water supply and doesn’t have functioning elevators (they live in the 9th floor). No big deal compared to what others are have gone through.
Trying times, indeed but I know my folks can keep up. I’m also happy to know that most of my friends and acquaintances who live in the flooded areas are okay now, despite losing material possessions. We are a resilient bunch of people and we could all keep up.
It’s not too late to give to Red Cross (Yes, you can donate through your PayPal).