Archive for September, 2009

Flood/Ondoy/Ketsuna

Weekends usually find me at home, just relaxing or sleeping to my heart’s content, or my brother and I would be in Makati for our newly-established “tradition” of going out of town. However, on the 27th of September, my brother had to work, and I had to go to a local high school to conduct a seminar-workshop (about campus journalism) at 9am. Sure, it had rained non-stop since Friday night, but our subdivision was still okay, and I was able to go to the school safely, albeit a bit wet. Going back home, however,  was a different matter.

I finished my part of the workshop at around 10:20, and by that time, it was raining not just cats and dogs, but probably the entire zoo, with matching strong winds. The teachers at the school were debating if they should postpone the workshop or not because of the inclement weather. Then, my colleagues who were scheduled that afternoon started sending me text messages that their homes were flooded, and the roads were already unpassable. In the end, the workshop for the afternoon was postponed.

It took me a while to get a jeepney, and when I got to our subdivision’s entrance, BY GOLLY GEE. The water was up to my knees (I’m around 5’2″), and I was wearing jeans. No other way but to wade through the water, and get myself a pedicab ride. My mind was thinking of all the microbes and other icky stuff, and the possibility of snakes in the water. Ugh. I had to rush home because I was so afraid that our house would get flooded, and I’d be all alone to deal with it.

Mah hood. Flooded. Courtesy of Ondoy a.k.a. Ketsuna

Mah hood. Flooded. Courtesy of Ondoy a.k.a. Ketsuna. Took this photo from our garage.

After a few hours, it still looked like this.

After a few hours, it still looked like this.

My Mother, in her infinite wisdom and great foresight, had our house built on higher ground. God bless her soul—she continues to save her family to this day. House was safe, no flood water came in, unlike that day in 2006 when Milenyo struck. All I had to deal with were some leaky parts of the roof, and closing too many windows so water won’t get in. Just had to do some mopping and “reinforcement” . Youngest bro was stranded in Manila, and had to spend the night at the office, which was so much better than getting stuck on the road, as NLEX and SLEX had been closed, and Pansol in Calamba was also unpassable.

So I spent the rainy night alone with the pets. We were dry and comfy and extremely thankful for that. The two brothers abroad were able to call/text me for updates and our status.  Big sighs of relief on their part. Our friends and relatives in Manila are also safe, so another reason to be thankful.

The Chancellor declared today a holiday, but our Dean went to the office to pack relief goods—wasn’t able to go and help because I got the text message late, and I had a matching headache. But I looked for some old clothes that I can donate—my brothers left some stuff which are still good, and I’ve my own stuff which can be still be of some use. I’ll just bring ’em to St. Therese, I’m sure they’re collecting relief goods.

From this tragedy, it is nice to see how (most) people are still good at the core. A lot of people are just grateful to have survived, and extend whatever they can to those who aren’t so fortunate. Like this one I got from pinoytumblr.com:

Caught on TV-

Man rescued in a rubber boat asked, “28 na ba ngayon?” (Is it the 28th today?)

Cameraman: “Opo, 28.” (Yes, it’s the 28th.)

Man somberly replied, “Birthday ko na pala.” (It’s already my birthday then.)

Rescuers who were paddling hard turned to him in surprise before slowly singing, “Happy birthday to you.”

Even in the midst of devastation, the Filipino spirit never ceases to acknowledge and celebrate the gift of life.

I wanna give that guy a birthday cake, and the rescuers a caseful of San Mig beer.

They say another typhoon is coming. Let’s be prepared this time. And let’s all PRAY. Please.

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I love you, Vivienne Tam!

I’m a Mac user/lover, and it’s almost next to impossibleto go PC once you become enamored by Steve Jobs, believe me. Hardcore Mac users know this feeling. Lolo Steve has that power.  And then someone like Lola Vivienne comes along, and has a strong enough power to make me forget Lolo Steve for a while.

Vogue USA, March 2009. Via new-fashion-world.blogspot.com.

Vogue USA, March 2009. Via new-fashion-world.blogspot.com.

Pretty little red thing, this Vivienne Tam mini notebook.

Pretty little red thing, this Vivienne Tam mini notebook.

*My youngest brother said that it looked like someone ripped off someone’s qi pao and covered the notebook with it. You gotta love men’s descriptions of girly stuff.*

The HP Mini 100 Vivienne Tam Edition. It was retailed for $700 in the US, while it was sold here in the Philippines for around P27,000. Much cheaper here, when converted.  It was released here in May, and with it being a limited edition, it is now discontinued, and no longer available in stores. So I searched, and researched. Good thing I did, because if I had bidded and won on Ebay, I would be crying now.

Behold!

The newest Vivienne Tam x HP.

The newest Vivienne Tam x HP.

It was a good thing I read the announcement on HP’s website that they’ll have an unveiling of the 2nd generation Vivienne Tam Mini HP at the New York Fashion Week.  The new design will be inspired by the tragic Chinese love story “Butterfly Lovers”.

Butterflies. Okay. I was hoping the main color won’t be pink, even if it is my favorite color. The red on the first one was just lovely, and so…imperial. That’s the adjective I could think of right now, hehe.

So I watched the live streaming of the Vivienne Tam fashion show on Stylecaster this morning, and true enough, butterflies were everywhere. And thank goodness, the mini notebook wasn’t pink. Instead, it had a “champagne gold” background. Woot. The color name alone makes me feel heady.

VTbutterflyFrom Business Wire:

HP and world-renowned designer Vivienne Tam unveil the new look in digital clutch chic at Tam’s Spring 2010 fashion show during New York’s Fashion Week at Bryant Park. The HP Vivienne Tam digital clutch marries two cultures – fashion and technology – to reflect transformative spirit and chic lifestyle. Inspired by the classic Chinese love story concerto “Butterfly Lovers,” the design features elegant butterflies that are brought to life on a champagne gold backdrop. The HP Vivienne Tam digital clutch will be available in Spring 2010.

So, I’ll be a good girl so that by the time Spring 2010 rolls in, I’ll be able to catch this butterfly. And Lola Vivienne said that the butterflies “represent romance, freedom, empowerment and transformation“. I need all those (and badly, if I may add) so I’m gonna get that mini notebook for sure. Heh. Good luck to me and my money-saving habits.

Not years, not tears.

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

John Lennon

I turned a year older a few weeks ago. It was my first birthday without my Father around—still trying to grasp the fact that my brothers and I are orphans. Never mind that we are “old enough” already,  there’s still that part of you that gets lost forever when you lose your parent(s).

But then, I still have a lot to be thankful for. Sometimes I am surprised by how much grace God has given me and my brothers to get through the things we’ve gone through. And of course, now and more than ever, I love my brothers so much more.

30-something and loving it. Taken at Sulyap Cafe on my birthday. Photo by JHernandez.

30-something and loving it. Taken at Sulyap Cafe on my birthday. Photo by JHernandez.

Thank you Lord, for another year. Another year to be a better person, another year to do good in my life. The fact the I celebrated another year, is a blessing in itself.