Praised be Jesus and Mary!
Typhoon Glenda hit Philippines yesterday, Wednesday, around midnight. It was Signal No. 3 here in Cavite.
On my way home the other day, I saw a lady with three, very young children out in the streets looking for a place to lay their karton to sleep. 😥 I was thinking that it would be very bad, especially for the children, if they couldn’t find a decent shelter when the typhoon hit. I was worried that the children would get sick if they were soaked in the rain. But, there was nothing I could do but pray.
On the other hand, I was very grateful that my family, my friends and I were all safe in the shelter of our homes/dormitories. I could hear the huge splats of the heavy rain against my window, but I was able to sleep comfortably on my bed. My dorm mates told me that it was very loud and scary around 3:00am to 4:00am, and it felt as if the windows were about break. There were also sparks coming from the electric lines according to my friend next door, but I did not notice. The sound of the rain earlier that night cradled me to deep sleep.
I woke up this morning because of the sirens of the ambulance cars. I realized that there was power outage. There was no water supply. I had to get water from the dispenser outside to brush my teeth. And!!!! My room, located in the 5th storey of our dormitory, was flooded!!!!!! The rain water came in through the window. I noticed that the my bed and pillow were wet, too. It was very troublesome. I moved all my things to one side of the room and cleaned the mess.
My friends and I went out to buy emergency lights and candles. The street was very dirty and there were leaves, branches, and dirt all over the place. The good emergency lights were sold out, and I was able to buy a very small one which was better than nothing. I also bought candles and aluminum cups. I placed two candles in each cup so that it can collect the melted wax and make the candles last longer. When evening came, my room had a romantic ambiance. Haha! It was definitely not conducive to an all-nighter revision (…although it looks quite nice in this photo, hhehe!).
Just before midnight, electricity was restored. Thank you, Meralco.
Classes will resume on Monday, July 21. Examinations are postponed.
Kristine G. Veneracion