|View from Q. Ave station.|
Very few people were at the train station for obvious reasons. I could only imagine how many people are still stranded in their homes, how many are stuck in temporary shelters, how many are displaced, while I was just safe and dry in my condo keeping vigil of disaster efforts and relief operations so I'd know what to do once I have my relief goods collected.
|First meal of the day.|
I arrived in Trinoma around lunchtime. There weren't a lot of people, though when I checked the cinemas, there were long lines. Seriously? People's homes are submerged and some people want to watch The Bourne Legacy?? (Then again JEREMY RENNERRRRR)
First thing I did when I got my money was grab brunch at Jollibee. After, I went home and went to the nearby grocery to buy relief goods. Mostly I bought stuff for personal hygiene because these are commonly overlooked stuff for flood victims.
Sanitary napkins, bath soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, isopropyl alcohol, and drinking water.
|It's not much but it's what my student budget can stretch on.|
My mom will kill me if she finds out I used up a good chunk of my money for relief goods. Maybe I should contact my dad. :D Hoping Benilde's relief drive will commence soon.
For no reason, I decided to go out and look for affected areas in neighbouring streets AGAIN. (The first time I explored the neighborhood for floods, there was nothing happening.) I borrowed a
small umbrella from one of the guards in my building and ventured out into the torrential rains. Guys, walking in heavy rains is one thing- but walking through TORRENTIAL rains feels like needles on the skin.
I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures coz I'm only using the camera in my phone. These pictures were taken around 4pm-5pm today.
|Tomas Morato Ave. near Il Terrazo building|
|Ankle-deep from where I'm taking ze pics.|
|Flooding to the sidewalks|
|One of the streets near Tomas Morato ave. was literally flowing with water.|
|Currents are strong here. Don't ask me how I know.|
|At this point, I can feel water in my rainboots.|
|Further end of Sgt. Esguerra st, corner of M. Ignacia|
Then from Tomas Morato Ave., I decided to take the long way home, which was to pass through Mother Ignacia st. The whole stretch of Mother Ignacia wasn't flooded- the end of M. Ignacia st. connecting to EDSA road, however, was closed because it has turned into a river. Near the corner of M. Ignacia st. was the further end of Sgt. Esguerra st., which looked like you can go white water rafting through.
|End of Mother Ignacia st connecting to EDSA|
|Barangay officials re-directing an ambulance to a safer route.|
So yeah, after this little adventure I got home and took a loooooong shower. Our school has extended suspension of classes til tomorrow. Several more cities announced state of calamity.
I want hot chocolate and a snuggle buddy. Oh look, my pillow volunteered.