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Floods, Makati, and Friday Night Traffic 12 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler, The Road Warrior.

The Philippines. My country. Known for it’s amazing sands, surf and *aherm* beautiful women. Heeheehee. [Tell me if I’m wrong I dareya! ;)] But since it’s a tropical country, there’s always the monsoon season. Yes. Rains. Heavy Rains. So, the water ain’t limited to beaches or pools anymore. You can experience them on the streets, too. Heehee. Yea, I’m talking about major flooding of streets, man. Let’s give it up for the DPWH people for their great upkeep of the drainage system and for all the disciplined people for their generous cooperation in waste management. 😉

Makati. The city I consider my 2nd home. It sheltered me for a time and I can always rely on it being there to be a place that I can retreat to whenever I want to lose myself in the crowd.

However, it’d been more than a month since I was there and it was just last Friday did I decide to go back [cuz I’ve been spending a lot of time in Alabang or BF] since I was just picking my friend up at Salcedo Village and drive back to hang out at BF. Wrong move. Apparently.

Major Flooding. I should have heeded the obvious signs! Rain. Friday. Makati. It’s like a recipe for disaster! Grrrr. I’d like to kick myself for not having considered the possibility of floods in Mayapis and/or Buendia [my usual route going to Salcedo Village]. A 30-minute drive turned into a 2 and a quarter-hour torture! Gah!

The situation which I found myself in tried my driving skills. Picture me in a Revo [thank God for that, too] driving through floods, manouvering through the tight traffic, made a 3-point turn on a railroad, dismissed the fact that I’m passing in a one-way street, snaked my way along Ayala Avenue — all with corresponding bursts of speed on instances that had allowed me to. Heeheehee. It was exhaustingly stressful.

Note to self: If I’m planning to go to Makati on a Friday night and it’s raining, brave the heavy Ayala traffic instead, at least it makes more sense than getting marooned [so to speak] on an elevated railroad.



1. Rico - 12 September 2006

This is why I’m not getting a sedan as a first car. You’ll never know when the floods will arrive! 😮

And I’m curious, what did you and your friend do after returning to the south? 😉

2. theparody - 12 September 2006

Rico: I have to agree with you about not getting a sedan. It’s a safer bet to own an AUV or some mode of transport that the car manufacturers can come up with, which functions like an amphibian! Hehehe. 😉

Oh, we hung out at some guy’s place because apparently he couldn’t be bothered to commute. Heh. :p

3. Rico - 12 September 2006

I guess we can disregard floods once someone invents a flying car or something…

Well, I can understand his situation, with a strict mom and all. And I’m sure he was hospitable, you know? 😉

4. theparody - 12 September 2006

Rico: Okay. Are you going to suggest UFOs next? Perhaps teleporting? Heehee.

Pah. Of course, you do. And yea, he’s very accommodating but still …! Hahahaha. I enjoyed the fact that his house had 3 different dining areas to choose from and the deceiving faux-fruits! 😉

5. Rico - 12 September 2006

Hey, if it happens on Star Trek, it’ll happen. 🙂

Them tables really come in handy when guests are around. His house san seen many family partays! 😉

Will you return to Makati once you live by yourself again?

6. theparody - 12 September 2006

Rico: If it’s practical, it will always be my first choice. I loved the condo I lived in before. It has a small veranda, it’s spaceous, and located right beside the park in Salcedo Village. Darnit. Now you made me miss the times I spent walking around the area at 2AM. 😦

7. stephaniefrancisco - 30 October 2009

i cant believe what u posted is about to happen 3 years after.. lol.. creepy.. its now a friday, traffic as usual here in makati.. and a storm is up-coming.. hmmmm… how does that sound like.. geezzz…

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