Metro Manila and much of Luzon is being hit with a monsoon and a tropical storm, Maring. The result is massive flooding, especially where I live. It’s now 2:53am on Monday and I have not been to sleep. Seven hours ago I was wading through waist deep water on my street. The smell and look of the water is not really describable. Needless to say when I got home, I showered and scrubbed completely. The carport which is partially enclosed is flooded. The contents of this area were moved indoors a few hours before this. All we all have to do now is to wait out the storm.The Philippines islands are situated such as we get the worst part of the storms that come in from the pacific. The archipelago divides the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. Storms brew and move west. If they are south enough we are the first reasonable land mass to be affected. The poor urban planning and irrigation system does not help. Water backs up quickly and rises into torrents of black, polluted water. The chemical and biological contents I will not even hazard to guess. However, as I am writing this, my legs have patches of redness and are itchy. Another crazy sight to watch are the cockroaches trying to stay ahead of the rising water. They make for dry land, which, is the part of the patio closest to the entry doorway. I had to close the door, take wet towels and block the gap between the door and the floor to help detain the eventual rush of roaches into the house.The newest marketing and media slogan for the Philippines is… “Its more fun in the Philippines”…yep… It sure is!On the lighter sideThere is a beach town south of Manila called Puerto Galera. It’s on a small island called Mindoro. Roughly 2 hour drive plus a ferry ride. Apparently in April a security guard filmed a foreigner and a local woman engaging in sex on the beach. At 1am. It’s now August. Local residents are quite upset that this happened. This begs questions and comments as:
- Sex on a beach? Really? In the Philippines?
- Why did the guard wait so long to report it? What did he do with the video, April through August?
- And…why is this so news worthy? What was interesting about the video was that in the video, (yea, I watched it!) there are local residents standing nearby watching and taking photos, ( and I swear, taking notes! Seriously..)
And on the not so light sideAnother ferry sinking has claimed several hundred lives. A ferry with 608 people collided with a cargo ship, killing many aboard. We need to pray for the families that were affected. Other than that, not much else we can do. Sad…Gotta go. Think Ill take a swim this morning..See you…