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Is This Going To Be An Annual Event For Us?

Last year, during the same  month, we were one of the habagat casualties. Our walls were severely damaged but it was because the house was already too old and the paint job was quite bad in the first place. After a year of slowly fixing our walls, I was desperately hoping that the flood would spare us this year. I’m on my 31st week of pregnancy and the last thing I need right now is flood water in the house. I am not yet done cleaning and organizing our home and so I can’t afford any major clean up, given the fact that we still don’t have house help yet.


But the weather was still unforgiving after two days of incessant heavy downpour. I woke up at 7 (after only 6 hours of sleep) Tuesday morning to keep an eye on the creek’s water level behind our house. At 7:30 am, the water level was about half a foot lower than my August 21 image. After just 3 hours, the water had risen to more than 2 feet.kitchen

Good thing, my father-in-law’s driver was till here to help us move all the stuff to a higher level. About an hour later after the water seeped into our house, the rain stopped for a while so the flood was only about ankle-deep in the kitchen. If only the rain stopped an hour earlier, this probably wouldn’t happen. Anyway, I’m still very grateful the only work that needs to be done is some major floor scrubbing to disinfect the house. Last year’s damage was way, way worse.other-sideSo, I wonder now. Is this going to be an annual event for us? It is possible because flood right now is something that we have to get used to. One of the 10 reasons why it floods in Manila is because of informal settlers desperately settling in desperate areas like esteros and other waterways. Everyday, I witness our “backyard neighbors” abusing the creek with their waste products. I don’t put the blame entirely on them because we have our own faults too. (Not entirely though because it wasn’t us who had this house built).According to planners, there should be at least 50 meters easement on either side of the waterways. But apparently, the informal settlers used this space to erect their shanties. The original owner of this lot also chose to maximize her land space by disregarding the easement rule. And now we suffer…

living-roomSince I anticipate this happening every year, my DIY sofa is lightweight so it can easily be moved when flood threatens our home again. I’ll make another post about my DIY sofa soon. So looking forward to cleaning Typhoon Maring’s mess… NOT!

After the flood…

We’re settled back in our house and cleaned up the mess “Habagat” left. We only had a day with sun after two-weeks of non-stop raining and now it’s raining again… Really, I have never loathe rain like this before. I’m getting tired of my treadmill and I swear, there is still a lingering flood stench in our house and we’ve already disinfected the floors and walls 3 times already with Lysol and muriatic acid.

Here’s a glimpse of our ground floor after the flood had subsided.

The floor had been washed a little before I took the photo.

Mud, mud, mud… The cabinet doors were submerged in water for half a day and now they won’t close properly…

There was no major damage though because we were able to move all of our stuff upstairs. I really hope this would be the last one, for the next two years at least… It’s so hard to sleep well when it’s raining.

On the other hand, it always amazes me how Filipinos can smile through calamities.

The overpass turned into a river bridge during the height of “habagat”

This is how bad the flood was last week but despite the cities being submerged in flood, Pinoys managed to be witty and upbeat.

Talk about innovation…

Amazing how these kids can make the best out of the situation. It’s not like everyday they can skim board in the city. I wish I were one of them…

I’m not sure if this is true because the outlets were probably under water too, but this is just funny.

Oh yea, whenever there’s a camera, Pinoys always smile!

And last, but not the least, my favorite. You can read about these brave lovebirds here.

Aww, for better or for worse, through thick or thin, rain or shine, for wet or for dry… what love can do…sigh…

I guess no DIY post for quite a while….

Our street turned mini-“river”

Rain meant sleeping in, snuggling, hot chocolate and all-day movie. Not anymore! Now it causes sleepless nights and today is the dreaded day.

Last night at around 7:30, water started sprouting out of our kitchen drainage. The kitchen/laundry area is the lowest part of our house. Behind it, is a creek and when it rains hard and continuously all day, this is the result.

The last time there was a flood was 3 years ago when Ondoy hit Luzon. But unlike Ondoy, we were lucky this time. We were able to bring most of our stuff upstairs last night but the water subsided after about an hour (the main part is elevated by one step.) Earlier this morning, around 4:30, the rain started again and as expected, water started rising again from the kitchen. About an hour later, water was already ankle-deep.

Our dining area and my newly built shelves 🙁

Last glimpse of our freshly painted living room before we evacuate our house….

Imagine how muddy our ground floor would be once the water has gone… And I don’t even want to think how those humongous, nasty rats are partying right now. Ewww!

The creek behind the kitchen. (Nice view from my kitchen, right?)

The rapids

And look, even Morgan is gloomy… and bored… and helpless… hehehe

I hope the rain would stop soon. In other areas, the flood is neck-deep and there are people stuck in their homes. Some probably do not have enough food for the day and others might have small babies feeling cold and hungry. The funny thing is there is no typhoon… Oh well…