Sunday, October 08, 2006

Finally have lights

There was a typhoon on September 28th here. They said it was the biggest to hit Manila in over a decade. Most people got lights within a couple of days but we did not get lights until the following Wednesday night. The water pump is electric so it meant no water as well. The rumor was the reason we were delayed was because a fallen power wire was stolen and Meralco (the power company here) was not going to restore until it came back. It sucked and we stayed with friends for a couple of days. It is hot here and sleeping with no fan or aircon is deathly. In the nights following the typhoon we slept in the following places:

Night One: Floor of the Balconey (marble so it is colder but also very hard. Got eaten alive by mosquitos)
Night Two: Floor of my Father-in-Laws bedroom (Room has more windows so a little colder. Floor was hard).
Night Three-Night Five: Friends house in Alabang...we had bed and aircon. (Heaven. Love my friends. Too sweet.)
Night Six: Floor of sister-in-law's bedroom (slept horrible but there was aircon. One of those nights where you feel like you never really sleep, just toss and turn all night).
Night Seven: Lights came on for good at about 7PM. Slept in bed with air con running.

On the final day we had electricity from 1PM-4PM and then it went out again until seven. During the first few days we also had no cell phone service.

The actual day of the hurricane we had some friends visiting from the states. The storm hit and passed and in the afternoon we went out. There were no lights so most stores were closed. We ended up walking about 15-20 blocks as the jeepneys were not in certain areas due to the flooding. We finally made it home.

Electricity is the best thing in the world.

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