Wednesday, July 14, 2010

No Classes and No Electricity

Katipunan has become quiet, in a sense that there are less students circulating around the university belt than usual. Gourmet restaurants, cafe's and business establishments had their windows and entrance doors open for ventilation. Unsurprisingly, Jollibee seems unfazed by the power outage as their business is still up and running with customers swarming like bees.

Aquino scolds PAGASA at Typhoon Basyang briefing

President Benigno Aquino III scolded the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Wednesday for failing to predict that Typhoon Basyang (Conson) would lash Metro Manila.

At an emergency meeting called by the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) in Camp Aguinaldo, Aquino reminded PAGASA that its information is vital for government to prepare for potential disasters.

"That information it is sorely lacking and we have had this problem for quite a long time. ... You do what you are supposed to do... this is not acceptable. I hope this is the last time that we are all brought to areas different from where we should be," the president said.

PAGASA had predicted that Basyang would pound Northern and Central Luzon areas, but the weather disturbance lashed Metro Manila instead.

For his part, PAGASA head Prisco Nilo explained they had to update their bulletin every six hours to take into account "possible changes."

"We update the bulletin every six hours to take into account possible changes that were not earlier indicated by the mathematical models we are using as guidance in coming up with our forecast," he said.

Aquino arrived at Camp Aguinaldo after 8 a.m. Wednesday to get information on the damage caused by Basyang, and personally monitoring the progress of repair and recovery work in the aftermath of the typhoon.

Present during the meeting were Secretaries Voltaire Gazmin (Defense), Jose Almendras (Energy), Corazon Soliman (Social Welfare), and presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

As of 7:30 a.m., the dzBB report quoted Almendras as saying that 20 percent of power, or some 4,500 megawatts, had been restored to blackout-affected areas. — LBG/RSJ, GMANews.TV

My dorm did not have electricity until 3-ish, 4-ish pm. Went to the internet cafe's to see if their business is affected. Yep. No operation. Only a bunch of hoodlums laughing and wasting their time on their comfortable couches. PAGASA's announcement to suspend classes today is a little... um, too late. For a lack of better term. Because the zenith of the typhoon's strength came yesterday.
The weather business is quite tricky indeed. A typhoon is unbearably unpredictable, even if you narrow down its chances of affecting a specific area.
OMG, we must consult Paul the Psychic Octopus!!

Went to National Bookstore where everything was up and running, including their airconditioning. Overheard a bunch of ignorant cretins about the "exaggerated" sale of National Bookstore. (P50 for classical literature??) Dude, you can get a great chick lit for P45 in lesser known, secondhand bookstores. Jesus Christ.

Read a couple of books, bought a pen until the power outage subsided.

I'm hungry.

1 comment:

  1. Nah, Paul the Psychic Octopus wouldn't be much of a help, his loyalty lies with Spain. :3


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