Sometimes living in the Philippines can be frustrating. Lately, I’ve been feeling that frustration. It’s kind of like recently, when Klaus wrote a column entitled, “My patience is wearing thin…” that’s how I feel today!
Living in the Philippines, there are constant reasons to make your patience wear thin, or bring your frustration to the surface. It seems that there is always at least one reason for it, sometimes more than one can be in play at a single time. I remember a few months ago, we had a brownout (in western terms, we would say BLACKout – no electricity at all), and also no water all day at the same time. Most of the time, I can let these little frustrations slide off my back without getting too bent out of shape. However, from time to time, these little inconveniences have built up a little at a time and even one more minor inconvenience brings all that frustration to the surface.
This is the case with me for the last day or two. It’s been building up for a couple of weeks. Lately, our water pressure has been very low. Sometimes, if water is being used in 2 or 3 places in the house at the same time, there is no water at all in our master bathroom. If you go to wash your hands, you open the faucet and find that nothing but the sound of air coming out. Ay, sus! Next step is that you go around the house and tell everybody to stop using the water for a while, so that you can do whatever it is you need to do. Usually, if you can convince everybody to stop using the water, you will be OK, and have adequate water pressure to take care of your business.
Yesterday, though, it was mid-morning, and I was about ready to go out and do some things around town. I better take a shower and get clean before going, though…. NOT! NO WATER!!! OK, no problem, I’ll go tell everybody to turn the water off. Oops… there is no water anywhere in the house! My next step was to go to the Davao Water District’s website. They are usually pretty good about putting announcements there to let you know if the water will be off for some reason. Nothing there, no water interruptions listed. So, I have my niece call the Water District, and they inform her that they are working on pipes a few blocks from me, and that is why there is no water.
Niece: When will the water be back on?
Water District: We don’t know.
Wow! Thanks for the information! Ha ha…. Well, the water came back on at 5pm last night. Just in time, because I had a dinner meeting at 6pm. At least I got to take a shower. I didn’t get too frustrated yesterday, though.
About 30 minutes ago, I went to the bathroom to have a shower. Hmm… that sound of air was coming out of the faucet again! NO water!!!! Today, my patience is gone. I am frustrated and upset!
We have a water dispenser for drinking water, with the big 5 gallon water jugs. I’m about to rig one of those up to my shower! Luckily, my smell can’t come through the computer. If it could, you would probably never come back to this site again!