Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Official: Rainy Season

In the Philippines there are two seasons: dry season & rainy season. Dry season is from November to May and rainy season is from June to October. The last couple days it has been easy to tell that it's rainy season!

Hail? In the Philippines? Crazy huh?

Lee said that the locals at work were freaking out. Some of them would go outside and bring in chunks of ice in amazement.

This is what a small part of what the storm looked like at our house.

This is what the storm looked like from in our house...

Yes. That is the bar.
Yes. The entire roof is leaking.
Yes. There is about 3 inches of water covering the floor.
And yes. That is every pot/bucket/cooler we own.

It was lovely.

To make things even more fantastic water also leaked into two of the upstairs bedrooms. (Well to be honest, it only actually "leaked" in one. I always leave the windows open upstairs because it gets so hot and sticky, well I forgot...)

Chat came downstairs looking wind blown and wet.

Me: Chat... what happened?
Chat: Umm.. mam... windows... upstairs... open.
Me: Oops....

I went upstairs to find water all over the floor and the bed soaking wet.

Needless to say, Chat and I spent the rest of the day mopping up water.

To make things even more fan-freakin-tastic... the electricity was off from 3 p.m. until about 9:30 that night. Which conveniently was the night of Lee's birthday.

Baking a cake in the dark? Now that's talent!

The next day, the storm was supposed to be even worse. There was talk of schools closing and the Lee possibly coming home from work early. I was told that the power may be off for several days, and the water supply would be shut down as well. I should be prepared with at least seven days of food and water.


The water man had come the day before so I was covered there. Whew!

So then, I went to the pantry.

Peanut Butter.

Everything else required electricity, or at least my newly mastered talent of cooking in the dark.

So it would either be crackers with tuna and peanut butter or this would be the start of that whole eating better thing... Well, I guess in this case, the not eating at all thing I've been meaning to start for sometime now. Then maybe someone can actually tell I have been doing P90X for 53 days!

To make things even worse, I have definitely proven that I am in no way prepared for rainy season. I think I need one of those, "How to Survive a Natural Disaster," books... or at the very least, "How to Survive without Modern Day Conveniences, like Electricity, You Snobby American Brat."

I have no umbrella, no candles, and the only flash light we have is the kind you turn the handle to charge it, and then it lights up. You know, the kind where you don't need batteries. Well it's a great idea in theory but it only lasts about 30 seconds before going dark. So you have wind that damn thing constantly.

I don't know which is worse, the dark or the sound of the flashlight.

I filled the bathtub with water so we would at least have water to flush the toilets, when the water supply shut down. I left the tub to fill and went around the house trying to do everything I needed to do while I still had electricity and water. When I got back to the tub I found new creatures....


There were tadpoles in my bathtub!


I realize I was only planning on using the water to flush toilets... so it's not that big of a deal. But what if I was planning on taking a bath? Or any number of other things... Not only do I bathe in that water, but

I clean with that water....
Rinse vegetables and fruit in that water...
I brush my teeth with that water....
For all I know I have tadpole juice all over my teeth!

I do everything but drink the water, and I don't think it is in anyone's best interest to share it with tadpoles!!

It wasn't worth removing them... they are still there, swimming happily around the tub.

In the end... the storm wasn't that bad. We only lost power for about an hour during the day.

No need for the tuna fish and peanut butter crackers or a tadpole filled bathtub.

But next time.. I'll be more prepared!