(Written on Oct 7th but published later since our electricity & DSL connection has not been restored)
Today was my first day back to work after a week and a half of cleaning up after Ondoy’s mess. A huge attempt to get back on the normal routine. But after more than a week, life still has not gone back to normal.
Mud everywhere. Garbage everywhere. Roads unpassable. Public transport limited.
Never had I imagined that I would experience something like Ondoy. Our house was flooded by more than 2 meters deep. Our vehicles swam in the flood waters. But we’re all safe. My kids are healthy and safe. We still have a place to live. Food to eat. Clothes to wear. Books to read. Appliances to make our life easier. For us, the Ondoy experience was more learning than tragedy.
It was a cool, rainy Saturday morning. I woke up early to prepare a breakfast of bread pudding and tea. I have a new tea infusion that’s up for a taste test.
Since it was a cool morning, my tea is sure to get cold before the folks woke up to have a taste. So somebody found himself with a new purpose, in lieu of a teapot warmer. Hehe.
Tea was hot and good, but the formula needs some more refining. The pudding was a disaster but they ate it anyway. A bigger disaster was coming and little did I know that I was not about to have a cup of tea for the next ten days.