The past 3 days were one of the most life-changing experiences I will forever remember. And to think that I thought I was safe from the impending danger that I thought I would never experience.
August 18, 2013, 10pm, Manila Time: Rain started to pour relentlessly as I was cuddled up in my comforter. I thought to myself, “another bad weather, huh?” as I shrugged of my gut feeling that says there was more to this rain we were experiencing.
August 19,2013, 3am, Manila Time: “Gising Denise, Baha na!” (Wake up Denise, It’s already flooded!) my Grandma’s distressed scream got me up on my feet. As I look out the window, It was flooded at knee level. We were staring at disbelief at what we were seeing. It was 3 am, I was fucking sleepy and told myself, “Wala, huhupa rin yan mamaya.” (That’s nothing, The flood will go down soon.)
August 19,2013, 7am, Manila Time: I woke up because of the noisy crowd outside our house. I got up, dressed and took an annoyed look outside my window, only to see my fellow villagers scrambling whatever food supply they could get at the village supermarket right in front of our house. For a minute there I felt vulnerable, because the water that was earlier at knee level, was already at the upper waist of a grown man. I ran down and checked to see what else was happening and luckily, while our camera still had battery, took these shots:
Garbage were floating, people were walking out and some of the teenagers were even enjoying the flood!! (EWW) You guys can probably imagine what happened next, The Black Out. Electricity was cut off. and from that point onwards, we could only hope that the weather would not get worse as it is.
August 19,2013, 5pm, Manila Time: It was getting dark, and with little light left, Me and my Uncle looked for every possible light source we have on hand. Flashlights, Candles, Phones, and All our rechargeable lamps. The weather wasn’t getting any better during this time, and by 6pm, we had already lighted a few candles to find our way around the house as it was already dim.
August 19,2013, 9pm, Manila Time: It was really dark (imagine something like being in a haunted house, with only candle lights) and by this time, we had already finished eating, and all of us were sitting in the living room listening to radio updates. It was still raining hard, and we were all worried that water would get into our home. We didn’t like what we heard when the news anchor said that this terrible weather will continue to worsen. I was cuddled up with our dog, Maya, Trying to keep warm. Despite no electricity, it felt like we were surrounded by electric fans. SPOOKY.
August 19,2013, 12mn, Manila Time: I was wide awake. I was feeling cold and weak as I sit beside my window, praying that the flood would not get any higher. But the rain was disagreeing with me, It rained hard along with howling winds. I tried to sleep but I was awake the entire time. I fell asleep around 2am of August 20.
August 20,2013, 9am, Manila Time: I only had 7 hours of sleep, My body feels so heavy because of the cold air. As I got up, dressed up, I went down to see if there were any changes. And there were, Unfortunate changes. The flood was short of 3 more inches before it got into our home! My granddad and uncle already moved our freezers into a higher step to avoid the water. I was tense; I was moving back and forth from the kitchen to our main door to check if the water was getting into us. Believe me, I felt like this was something out of the news I used to watch. I never really thought that this, THIS calamity would hit us. To be honest, Our house is already pretty high from the actual ground/street. Its a 4 step-stair to reach out front door. SO I was really dumbfounded when I saw the rising water.
August 20,2013, 11:30am, Manila Time: It was still blacked-out, no electricity, and all we could do is wait for further news. The rain finally stopped, but the flood still remains. You could picture me, LITERALLY sitting in front of the radio and curled up like a crazy person. HEY, I WAS REALLY TENSE AND SCARED!
August 20,2013, 7pm, Manila Time: It was raining, and the flood had subsided a bit, from waist level, it became at knee-level. By that point, I had let out a sigh of relief, because I thought water would get to us. AMEN.
August 20,2013, 9:30pm, Manila Time: There goes the heavy rain again along with strong wind. I didnt mind the rain, what minded me was the flood. Thankfully, The flood was getting lower, and wasn’t getting any higher. I was happy that it was already dying down.
August 21,2013, 10am, Manila Time: Woke up late and first thing I did was look out the window. I could finally say that we are safe enough, as the flood was not visible any more. It was raining, but not as hard like the past 2 days. I was relieved and happy, But THERE WAS STILL NO ELECTRICITY.
August 21,2013, 4pm, Manila Time: I was walking around our house, when suddenly I saw one of our electric fans open (I LET OUT A SCREAM BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A GHOST LOL) and then realized that the power was back on. YAY FOR ELECTRICITY!!! *throws confetti*
As soon as electricity came in, I charged everything I had! Phone, Laptop, iPod, everything! I was traumatized by not having charged enough batt for my phone and iPod. I WAS STARK BORED FOR 68 HOURS AND I SWORE THAT IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME AGAIN. (at least, next time, lol)
The crucial areas that was hit was our province, Cavite (Particularly in Bacoor, Noveleta, Kawit and Imus) and Laguna. I could only imagine what those other areas suffered. Our house was already high in the first place, All I could think about are those other families who were swallowed in the flood.
I am still very very thankful that our family had not suffered too much, but I still continue to pray for all the others who suffered worse. Me and my Family’s prayers will be with them all.