Where were you during Bagyong Ondoy?

@kareendj (254)
Philippines
October 23, 2009 2:28am CST
It was a Saturday and although it was already raining hard, I still went to the office. And so, it rained... When it stopped raining, around 3pm in the afternoon, I decided to go home. When I reached Ayala, there were so many commuters! All of the buses were full, not even space for standing up. After 2 hours of waiting, I decided to spend the night in the office. I had my office mate pick me up... with his motorcycle!!! Haha :)) It was such a unique experience, riding it while rain poured. Anyway, I didn't have a choice and I think it was the right decision because those who decided to go home got stuck in traffic. My brother left school, which is in Taft Avenue, around 4pm and he got home at 4am. My poor brother... Probably just slept of his hunger.
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@danitykane (3193)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I was at home that time...(thank God!) I just got home from work when suddenly the rain doesn't stop from pouring and after like an hour I saw waters coming in from our gate near the main door. Its crazy... I got so scared and we went upstairs and ... viola!!!.. we got a brand new swimming pool downstairs in just a few minutes... and it was far behind summertime. Well, thank goodness everyone at home are safe (which I think the most important) though, we are still fixing some damages it brought us. I'm still positive about life! Things does happen, and it happen for a purpose. Happy Lotting!
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Hi danitykane! It's a good thing that you still see things in a positive way. Thinking negatively will just drag you down. Yes, God has a purpose for all of this. By the way, how high did the flood go up?
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
LOL... above the knees!!.. I'm from Pasig by the way. But there are people especially those who are living in Marikina and Cainta that got hit by Ondoy bigtime! The flood almost reach their second floor actually those who doesn't have second floor in their houses stayed on their roof top. Imagine?!
@edujccz (929)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
luckily at home was above knees too and it was the first that the inside of the house was flooded and my kids really want to jump into the water, stopped them for the water was really dirty, good i had a second floor so we ate in the bedroom. LOL happy my lotting
@edujccz (929)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
you will laugh, i was swimming along kalentong just to reach home, worried of my car i went back swimming to see if my car is okay and spent the night in the car. LOL
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
whoow! really thats crazy! knowing that area, which floods even theres just a slight rain.. lol.. It was like five years ago that I saw Kalentong sunk into the water. Its crazy, funny and scary all at the same time.
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Hi there! So sorry, but where is Kalentong? Haha. Anyway, you really slept in the car? That's whacked. Haha! You must love your car.
@edujccz (929)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
it was a van little higher than others i drove her to the curb and up the gutter but still the height was floor level. It was not so scary to sleep because most of the cars are jampacked in that area because i was close to the foot of the bridge. What was scary was when seeing my family that they are all okay i decided to go back to my van and looked after it. that was 10pm when i was backed swimming in Kalentong and the water was much higher then while the current became stronger, it really scares me, plus the area has no electricity during that time, wow, thanks god i was safe. kalentong is the busy street of mandaluyong connecting sta ana and san juan.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Very interesting question, well It was a weekend and I was in angeles city that time, I always spend my weekend with my girlfriend at angeles city who is working at Clark. It was already raining almost non stop saturday morning and it went the whole afternoon, I was kindly bothered because I thought about my motorcycle and scooters I left at home, it might be already under flood since I know that kind of rain usually brings big floods in my place (I live in malabon) although I raised them on one layer off hollow blocks before I left, I'm still worried that these non-stop rain would bring higher floods than I expected, I could not make a call at home the whole day and night, It's hard to connect, also there was no electricity the whole day. So I just keeps my finger crossed and hope situation in malabon is not that bad, comes the next day sunday, there were already electricity and we were able to watch the news and we were surprised with all the news and footages we've seen on tv specially the videos shown along ortigas extension, the whole of marikina and pasig, all under floods, you can only see the roofs with people on top and there were some vehicles on top of one another, I was really shocked of how Manila was devastated that saturday by typhoon ondoy, and later I was able to call home and I was relieve that they were all ok but not my motorcycles, they were not able save them and they were all under flood as I speak to them, well I said it's ok as long as all of you there are ok, Typhoon Ondoy really shown us how powerful nature is and left us lots messages, and it's up to us now to distinguish what those messages are, and immediately do something about it.
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I know. I remember someone saying that "Men forgive. God forgives but NATURE NEVER FORGIVES." I actually volunteered to repack goods to those who were affected by the flood. We were using plastic bags and we were thinking of what they'll do with the plastic bags afterwards. If ever they throw them out again, definitely, we are in trouble again because our garbage is definitely one of the reasons for the floods. I'm so sorry to hear about your motorcycles. A lot have been really affected by the flood. It's really shocking because it has been a long time since Metro Manila got this flooded.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
That's very true, good for you that you had the chance of doing your share to help the victims, that's one experience to keep, and good thinking also, about those plastic bags, I just hope all of us thinks just like you. Hope people will learn, act and do his share, it's not too late.
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I actually believe that these natural calamities bring out heroes in all of us. I have always believed that everything happens because of God's great purpose. I think one of the reasons this happened is for us to be all aware of our current situation... how we have forgotten that God trusted us with his creations. After the typhoon, a lot (especially the youth) became concerned with our environment and fellow countrymen.
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I was back home in Laguna cause that was my Mom's birthday... Good thing that we were home, because our house got flooded, and my parent's had us there to clean up the mess, and to put the furnitures on higher ground. It was sad though cause we didn't celebrate my Mom's birthday properly, because we were too busy stressing out when the rain will end because the water just kept rising inside the house.
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
Hi Ingkingderders! I hope everything is well over there at your place. Would your house, by any chance, be near Laguna de Bay? I have lots of friends from Muntinlupa City whose houses are still flooded up to now.
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I don't think our house is near the lake.. though our street gets flooded easily. we have tried a lot of ways to prevent flooding, but it never really helps.. Anyway, the water went down after a couple of hours and we were able to clean our house that weekend.
@lealuvy2j (1998)
• Philippines
25 Oct 09
I was actually stranded at SLEX during that time because I was traveling from Batangas to my Aunt's Condo in Manila. I had a flight to Palawan the next morning which is why even though it was raining really hard, I still went to Manila. I left Batangas at around 10am. The normal travel time from Batangas to Manila is 3 hours but I arrived at my Aunt's at around 8pm (9 hours travel!). The buses at SLEX at that time were no longer moving at Nichols and I was so hungry and really needed to pee so I decided to walk from Nichols to EDSA Magallanes and just get a cab there or something. That was my initial plan but I stopped over at Shell Magallanes to pee and to get something to eat and as I was crossing from the North Bound Lane of SLEX to Shell Magallanes, I fell into a Muddy Plant Hole. I was stuck there for about 3 minutes but fortunately, adrenaline sunk in and I pulled myself out of there. I was crying when I got to Shell Magallanes. I called my boyfriend and my parents because I was panicking and I really want to get home so I asked them for help. They suggested that I clean myself up first and eat at the open Donut Store and go to the MRT station at Magallanes and ride the train home. I took their advice and thankfully, I got home safely. My ordeal is not as devastating as the others but that was the most stressful experience I had because of a typhoon.
@wengerts (43)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
The question perfectly fits me because I was affected by typhoon Ondoy...='( sniff... sniff... But I'm feeling better now after the trauma and repair expenses. I'm just charging it to experience.:) I was at work at that time. I brought my dad's car to work because my car was undergoing repair. And that was my first time to bring his car to work! I regret bringing it since I was not able to save it from submerging in flood water. And it COMPLETELY submerged up to roof high (as if there's no car parked in there anymore).=( Ondoy brought me a lot of "first time experiences". It was my first time to be stranded, ride an improvised boat made of roof (looks like the boat being used to harvest "kangkong" in the nearby river:)),first time to cross flood water which was waist-level high & a lot more first time experiences. If I have to say the complete details of my Ondoy experience, this page will not be enough. Haha... So here, just check out my Ondoy story at this link. :) http://wengerts-typhoon-ondoy-experience.blogspot.com
@hexeduser22 (5856)
• Philippines
24 Oct 09
I was at home when Ondoy unleashed it's fury in Metro Manila, preventing the whole house to be flooded entirely.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I was in Provident Village when Ondoy came. This is our fourth flood in Provident but this is the worst that we went through. The water rose so fast that we literally fled to our roof! The good thing was that my family kept its cool and we were able to unplug the appliances, save what can be saved, bring water and food with us to the roof, wear adequate protection for the rain and even brought our dog with us there (he even had his water and food with him too). We each had a bag with extra clothes in the event that we were to be saved (which did not happen because the current was so strong that no rescue boat could enter our place) which was put to good use because some neighbors took shelter with us and we were able to give them the extra clothes (they were soaking wet!). We spent seventeen hours on the roof with the rain pouring hard for four hours. We then spent the remainder of the night waiting for the flood water to subside. The following day the Marines came and we rode out of our village.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
My family and I were lucky that we were not affected by any of the typhoons. During the typhoon Ondoy, I was just home, watching news on TV.
@ggeliee (52)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Fortunately I don't have a class that day, so I'm just staying at our house, surfing the net. I'm too lazy to cook so I decided to just buy outside after the rain but the rain doesn't have a plan to stop so I cooked an instant noodle for lunch. Right after cooking, the electricity was cut off ( I feel so lucky because we only have an electric stove, so I can't cook without electricity). I thought it will just last for a minute but I'm wrong. It is already 8pm still no electricity, I'm so hungry, I only ate noodles for the whole day. I can't go out for there is a flood, so I don't have a choice but to eat a candies for the dinner. So I sleep without eating and it's so hot, I don't even have a fan. The next day, I feel that I'm still lucky compare to the other people who lost their house, properties and business and stayed at their roof for the whole night.
@mrfdg1972 (3238)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
i was at home, i live in nueva ecija and we are not that much affected by the typhoon hit. there was a lot of floodings in our town but to mention there was no heavy downpour of rain, so the flood must have come from those areas that were really hit by the heavy precipitation. we are very lucky to be spared cause you know it is Palay/rice harvest season here, if we got hit, there would be no way that we can recover.