Guys kumusta? I hope you are safe and sound, what with that Grabeng Glenda!
Anyway, sorry to have been MIA for the past days–Glenda left us super devastated! For several days, we had no electricity, no water, and no Globe and Smart signals! We really bore the brunt of Glenda’s wrath!
On the day Typhoon Glenda whipped, I woke up Raviv at 6 a.m. so he’d be alert just in case we need to evacuate or something. This was the sight he saw from behind our window:
Actually, at the time I took that video, our bedside window had been removed from its hinge. Our houseboy, Yaya Gigi, and I were manning it; Randy was manning our living room. At first we were hopelessly covering the gaping hole with our curtain, but then I remembered we had a spare plywood so I asked our boy to fetch it and we covered the hole with it. We were taking turns holding the plywood. I could really feel the wind pushing the wood—ang lakas talaga! We also had a great vantage point of how the winds knocked down trees and our and our neighbor’s roofs!
As if that were not scary enough, I also noticed that our ceiling was moving! I knew this because I saw our light changing positions! I felt to scared for Raviv who was lying on the bed. I told him to stay beside our bed frame—that way, if some debris would enter our bedroom, he’d have been covered by our bedframe.
I also gave him several pillows to cover his head in case our roof fell down.
Randy wanted to bring Raviv to our living room where the windows were still intact and the ceiling still stable. However, halos baha na sa living room. But since it was safer, we brought Raviv there.
And then as I was changing clothes, I realized that our walk-in closet was dry and probably safer, as its ceiling was stable and it was sandwiched by sturdy walls and doors. I told Randy to bring Raviv there and Randy agreed it was the best place for Raviv.
It was such a relief to have brought Raviv to a safe shelter! Randy joined Raviv there as it was very dark there. They prayed numerous times and guessed the names of dinosaurs based on silhouette. At least, that took out some fear from my little boy.
Our bedroom, meanwhile, was very unstable—look at how we were “managing” it:
Randy was trying to comfort us by saying that, at worst, Typhoon Glenda would stay until 7 a.m. But 7 a.m. has come and gone and still Glenda was getting stronger than ever! I was praying and praying while preparing our food (most of us have been up since the wee hours, and we were all tired and hungry).
I was just thankful that at 9 a.m., the winds started to calm down. A few minutes after, we knew the worst was over. But we were bracing ourselves to see the damage that Glenda has caused.
The sight of our house in ruins was heartbreaking. Here are some photos of how Glenda left our home in Los Banos.
Here are our garage and gate:
Here are views from the top floors:
And this was what happened to the right wing of the third floor:
Here are photos of our maids’ room:
And here are more photos of our surroundings:
Our flora were also severely damaged:
Because of what happened to our Los Banos home, Randy was very worried about our structure/office in Sta. Rosa City. Our structure there was full of glass, and we were still contemplating on putting metal pulldowns.
He tried contacting Dodong (who was staying there) several times, but alas—Globe, Smart, and PLDT failed us! None of the three means of communication worked. Randy was imagining the worst—broken glasses and floating chairs and beds on the basement!
When he gave up calling Dodong, he decided to go visit our place in Sta. Rosa. But before he crossed the Los Banos-Calamba border, he got a signal and was able to call Dodong. He felt like he won the lottery when he learned that no glass was broken—the only serious damage was that the roof of our frontage (served as parking) was removed, and the roof crashed on to our Starex van. That was bad, but Randy was prepared for the worst. Thank God for that minimal damage in Sta. Rosa!
That night, we slept uncomfortably—we were not able to bathe properly (lack of water), it was hot (not even an electric fan), and mosquitoes were swarming (windows open because it was hot and our other window was broken anyway). At first, we were able to use our generator but barely 30 minutes of using it, it broke down. Sigh! At least, Raviv fell asleep with an electric fan. But hours after that, he would get up, scratching his legs, his face, his arms—and his head was very sweaty. I really felt sorry for my little boy. it was the same story the following night—just when I would fall asleep, Raviv would start scratching and would shyly whisper to me: “Nanay, paypayan mo ako please?” Although I was tired, I could not deny him this because I know other kids would have thrown tantrums.
I told Randy I could no longer bear this for Raviv—when I learned that our condo unit in Mandaluyong was almost unscathed and that there was electricity, I packed our bags to seek refuge there. Perfect timing, because the following day was the Brain Train UPCAT Refresher at Bonifacio Global City.
And yeah, there was that complication as well—we were supposed to message-blast our Refresher students. Unfortunately, the lack of electricity and the lack of signal hindered us. Our phones did not stop from ringing because of parents (mostly from Metro Manila) asking why we did not keep our word (that we would message them for the schedule). Good thing though that when we explained the dire situation of our main office (where the message blasting is regularly done because our software and system are there), they understood. Still, we rushed to the nearest place where there was electricity (thank you Pau!!!), brought our computer there are rushed message blasting.
Anyway after that, we were able to breathe easily. Raviv was overjoyed when we got to our condo, as we had airconditioning again, he was able to watch a video and play with my iPad. The following day, I brought Raviv to our UPCAT Refresher at BGC. He was a good boy—just roaming around and entertaining teachers who weren’t teaching yet.
That day, we learned that our structure in Sta. Rosa already had electricity!!! So after the Refresher, that’s where Raviv and I went. Randy was already there waiting for us. That moment our backs touched our bed, Raviv watched “Up” for the umpteenth time, and Randy and I were tinkered with our iPads with airconditioning…it was pure bliss for the three of us to be together and comfortable.
Although there’s another caveat: andumi ng tubig!
Hayst! Apparently, our tank’s cover was removed during the typhoon. Thus, different debris got in, and that made our water supply this murky. So yeah, until now, Glenda is making us suffer! I say until now, because we are still here in Sta. Rosa. Why? Because until now, we still have no electricity back in Los Banos.
There were so many things to curse about Glenda’s devastation. But every coin has an opposite side.
Yes, the typhoon made our home chaotic. But on second thought, it just forced us to do a much needed general cleaning anyway.
Yes, the typhoon tired me out by mopping the flood or sweeping the water away. But on second thought, it has been a long time since I exercised anyway.
Yes, the typhoon made our Los Banos home uninhabitable. But on second thought, that made us feel that our condo and little home in our Sta. Rosa structure were useful.
This list would go on and on, but we can’t deny that when there’s a yin there’s a yang.
So, what’s your Typhoon Glenda story, and what have you learned from it? I’ll be glad to listen.
Tell me what you think!
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