Manila and environs literally went “Under the Sea” today with the 24 hour nonstop rains of typhoon “Ondoy”…
It would be ideal and so “above it all” for me to say that I wasn’t affected at all by the flooding of typhoon “Ondoy” [ international code name: “Ketsana” ]. OF COURSE I WAS. Although the house is built on high ground, water just came from nowhere at 11:00 a.m. and quickly inundated the basement level, where I had a lot of good things stored for future use. Antique Filipino furniture, paintings, art books, vintage photographs, cushions, antique textiles, silver, china, crystal, impedimenta, etc. all went underwater for many minutes before they were patiently gathered one by one by the industrious and conscientious househelp. Surveying the catastrophe hours later, I was happy enough that the things were not lost; true, several were damaged, but that’s Life! I was actually more concerned with the health of the staff.
I thought I had it bad, at least until I saw the TV coverage hours later. Ohmygod!!! Quel desastre!!!
It was what friends termed an “Equal Opportunity Disaster”: Poor and Rich alike experienced the leveling effect of Typhoon “Ondoy’s” rains and floods.
Even the poshest enclave in Makati was not spared: floodwaters entered the ground floor of the elegant home of a society grande dame on Flame Tree Road and damaged her various collections of art and antiques. Floodwaters also inundated the Banaba Circle residence of a food manufacturing / pharmaceuticals tycoon destroying many important items and personal documents. Many basement levels of the houses, usually used as garages, became flooded. According to an authoritative source, the next day, an approximate total of 40 BMWs and 200 Mercedes Benzes from the neighborhood were sent for repair to the best car shops by their distraught owners. Many new BMWs and Mercedes Benzes in their Makati showrooms also went underwater.
So where were you???