Happy new year!!
Dated 13 Aug 2008, 1:38pm, Malaysia
Dated 11 Aug 2008, 1:12pm, Malaysia
When we got home I tidied the kitchen and started preparing the fried tanghoon ingredients. Then I realized I would have to put the apple pie to cook first or we won't have a cake substitute. I didn't bother to buy cake because nobody eats iced-cake except me. My younger son and older daughter do eat but only a little bit. Then the ice cream in the shops nowadays are too soft and frothy, I decided to forgo that, too. After making the pastry, cutting up the green apples, mixing, and shoving the apple pie to bake in the oven, I cooked the tanghoon. I asked my older son to help me cut the kiwis, which he did, and ate some of it as well while he was at it. :-) My older daughter and younger son helped a bit in setting the table. We had kiwifruit, dragon fruit and durian to go with the apple pie for dessert. Then we warmed up the pizza. We had fizzy grape juice in ice for drinks. I lighted an old scented candle that was supposed to be discarded since my older daughter already packed all our big candles and table lamps. I think it was a nice simple dinner. We got to talk! We used hubby's cell phone camera to take photos since our own old camera seemed to have finally decided to "retire." I haven't downloaded the photos; I might put up some later, if they are of acceptable quality.
2 Aug. 2008, 12:01pm, Malaysia
The piano pushed down by the flood waters, obviously beyond repair. It survived a house fire in 1966 from its former owner but it didn't survive this flood of 2008 in our possession.
The muddy wooden furniture.
The muddy cooker. It became functional again after thorough cleaning.
Mud on everything.
The muddy kitchen.
The muddy road outside the house. This is the same in all the roads of our town.
Some roads were cleaned up using a "grader" truck but they have no place to dump the mud, so, it's piled right next to the drain. When the rains come the mud pile would flow back to the drain and clog it again!
Some workers hired by the local government to clean up the clogged drains.
As of today, 1st August 2008, 41 days after the flood, most of the mud had already been cleaned off inside our house. My mother was able to find trusted people to help her clean up. The toilet is now back in operation, the water is back, same with the electricity and the phone lines. Only the mud in the streets needed to be cleared. But the damaged furniture are forever gone. We had some damaged pictures hanging on the walls and on top of the piano and lots of destroyed books and clothes that had to be thrown away, having been reduced to rubbish. As for the jeep, my brother still hopes it can be overhauled and be made functional again.
Note: All photos are courtesy of my brother Manong Mike.
8 July 2008, 1:24pm, Malaysia
The untold story of the ..Panay.. deluge ....
8 July 2008, 12:15pm, Malaysia
Piled up motor vehicles after the flood in Jaro, Iloilo.
She's finally found two male persons whom she trusts enough to clean the mud off our house. Water comes in trickles only at the middle of the night, every other day. My mom's TV has already been fixed and will be delivered back any time, same with the refrigerator. So far my other brother living in Iloilo City had been bringing her food every day. The toilet is still not functional but the phone (landline) is back. Also, my mom's feet seems to be having some mould infection because of the damp surroundings, even though she wears rubber boots to move about the ground floor. Also, my brother said, according to sources, that the town of Pototan was also affected by the flood, having 5-foot water levels, not just Pavia and Jaro. Of course, other towns of Iloilo may also have had floods, as well as the towns in the Provinces of Capiz, Aklan and Antique, all on Panay Island.
According to my brother in Manila, my mother said, quoting my brother's email:
"She observed that on the day of the flood there was complete silence all around town. There was complete silence, too, around the neighborhood. Nobody shouted to ask another about their fearsome situation. Mom said that perhaps the reason is that everyone was terrified of the fast rising waters that nobody dared to ask another about their situation. Nang L (a neighbor further down our street who is a bit younger than mom) had to go to the roof of their house to avoid getting drowned. She also had to move her bedridden husband, Nong F, to the roof. S---J---- whose house is a bungalow (single-level house), had to stay on the roof of his house to survive. Manang A and her family and her relatives (our distant relatives who live along the Tigum River bank) are still having no communication with Mom. It means that, according to Mom, everyone in Pavia is still focused on solving their daily predicament that even relatives, or brothers and sisters, for that matter, have no more time to check on one another and see how everyone's doing after the flood."
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