Ondoy Aftermath

Posted by GoddessMC On Thursday, October 8, 2009 1 Comments

How's everybody after the typhoon? I had a week long vacation because of the typhoon and now here I am back at work.

I just recently found out that some of the teachers, students and employees stayed in our school because it became impossible for them to go home when Ondoy hit our country.

An office mate of mine told me a very disappointing experience she had when she decided to stay overnight here in our school because of the heavy rain.

Here's the story.

(Note: I am not going to name names or name their position, mahirap na. Baka masisante ako!)

She left her office at exactly (or even earlier) 12 noon. Hoping that she can still go home to her kids who's home alone with their yaya. But it became difficult for her and for some other employees since the flood is already high and if she decided to leave our school, who knows if she can take a ride home.

So she made her decision. She stayed in our school.

It was already 3pm and she have not yet eaten lunch. The canteen is closed. Nobody's selling food inside the campus. The store MiniStop in front of our school is open but going there is difficult. But alas! Suddenly food was being served! She only ate a little because that's all they have. But she was happy. At least she got to eat.

At around 6-7pm, she started to feel hungry again. She went to the CAC (Culinary Arts Center) to look for some coffee. Someone was also there. She saw my office mate and asked her what is she looking for. My friend told someone. "Kape po sana, sinisikmura na po kasi ako."

That someone replied, in a high pitched voice. "Hindi kayo kasali sa mga yan. Para sa parents at students yan. Dun kayo kay (name of a person), siya magpapakain sa inyo!"

Haay.. how could a someone say that? Where's the compassion? Parang simpleng kape lang ipagdadamot mo pa!

When my friend was telling this story, she was crying.

But the story does not end there.

After that incident a teacher approached my friend and gave her two packets of 3-in-1 coffee. My friend was hesitant to accept the offer because of what just happened but the teacher was adamant. She gave two packets of instant coffee to my friend.

With two packets of coffee on hand, she took two cups and offered the other one to our other office mate.

While sipping the hot coffee, someone saw them again and said. "Last nyo na yan ha! Ayaw ko na kayong makita dito mamaya!"

Haaay.. it was heartbreaking to hear this story.

I know this someone. I never really interact with her that much but will call me every now and then to tell me what to do or if there something that she wants me to do. And I admit. Ganun talaga ang boses nya. Palasigaw. Parang laging galit. I thought that she is just like that. But for her to say those things to my friend at a time of calamity?? Unacceptable! People all over the Philippines are helping one another just to bring some help to those who are left with nothing but what did she do? She showed no compassion to my friend who is a member of our so-called community.

Yesterday, I saw some relief goods that I believe will be given to those who are affected by the typhoon. And I remembered the story my friend told me.

Pinagdamutan sya dito nung bumabagyo! Empleyado sya dito, kapamilya sya dito pero pinagdamutan sya tapos ngayon magbibigay sila ng pagkain sa ibang tao?? Ang plastik naman!

I am not saying that all school officials here in our school are like that. Hindi naman.

Haay.. my friend was traumatized with what happened, she did not eat dinner and breakfast the next day. How I wished I just invited her to stay in our house. But its too late. The damage is done.

Bagyong Ondoy

Posted by GoddessMC On Tuesday, October 6, 2009 1 Comments

Last Saturday, September 26, 2009 bagyong Ondoy hit our country.

I went to work that day thinking that it will be just like any work day I have. Come nine in the morning, it started to rain. I was clueless of what was happening outside since my room have no windows in it. But I can hear the loud pouring of rain. 10am came and I went outside to take a peek at what's happening outside.

Ang lakas ng ulan!!!

At 11 am, my Mom called, saying that water is now entering our house. I was shocked to hear that! I can't believe what my Mom told me. It rarely floods in our area. I can't even remember when was the last time I saw flood on our street. But on that day, the flood went inside our house. My mom informed me about the situation and advised me that maybe I should stay at school for awhile and let the rain settle down first. Good thing I didn't follow my mother's advise because when I went down from the building I'm in, that was 11:30am, water was beginning to make its way inside the building.

As I was walking towards the exit gate, I was shocked to see that water is making its way into our school! Some offices that are located at the ground floor are beginning to put their valuable things on top of their tables/desks.

When I neared the gate, I have no choice. I pulled up my pants and proceeded to walk inside our flooded campus. Here are some pics.

Stone tables where students take their lunch.

School grounds.

I have to walk to this hallway to "time-out" flood is slowly making its way.

Hallway going to the College Department. If you go further this hallway, the flood is much higher.

Gate 1 (exit gate) The water is about 2-3 inches high.

Outside our school.

Ambilis umakyat ng baha..

The most popular mode of transportation that day.

That's my feet inside the pedicab!

The pedicab asked for 50 pesos but I gave him 60. Nakakaawa eh, hinihila/tinutulak nya yung pedicab tuwing lulusong sa mataas na baha.

After riding the pedicab, I ride a tricycle home. The ricycle driver only asked for 25 pesos which I though was very cheap. Akala ko mahal nya ako sisingilin kasi umuulan at baha.

This is the situation in our house when I got home.

I got a 1 week vacation because of the typhoon and now, everything seems back to normal for me. I am now back at work.

I only have few pictures taken, I would have taken a lot but I got too scared that I will drop my phone. Hehe!