Our blog is a Finalist in the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards! Carlo and I are immensely PROUD!
We would have celebrated this with a dozen stories by now.
Except that Carlo’s home was devastated by typhoon Ondoy, which flooded great swathes of Manila last September 26.
The whole house was completely submerged in floodwater and mud, above the roof line. In four days we cleared nearly 120 cubic meters of mud and debris from the house.
Nearly everything is gone — laptops, passports, school records, favorite books, old treasured pictures, childhood mementos, school medals and diplomas, and the dog, who either drowned or was lost in the flood.
Over 250,000 of our countrymen, 48,000 households, are homeless tonight. Carlo and his brothers are wearing borrowed clothes and shoes, and have no permanent address for now.
And they are the lucky ones.
So we will be back, with funny stories of swimming the floodwaters and hitching a ride on a boat, cleaning up the mess, and learning to treasure what is left.
Please scroll down and read our past flying stories. There are over a hundred of them!
As we wait with bated breath for the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards!! 🙂
Posted from Manila, October 1, 2009.