What’s not to like about the rainy season here in my Bataan paradise?
It follows a two-month period of blistering heat; it turns all plants from brown to green and makes my new lawn look great.
Plus it’s a good excuse to stay home and consume a few canned consumables. The wife will explain about the shortage of rice in her kitchen, and I can say, “I think the National Highway is washed out.”
While watching the local News last year, it was announced that Mega Manila was 90% ready for the rainy season! Then three days later it was shown that Mega Manila was flooded after the first rain fall, not from a Typhoon. I figured that must have been the 10% that was not prepared.
The Department of Public Works then had the great idea of removing manhole covers to aid in the draining of the streets. If you do that, the open manholes then are covered with a foot of floodwater rendering them invisible; it would be wise to mark that area, to insure that your citizens don’t just disappear while walking along that street. That is the plan for this year, as I understand it!
I am in no way making light of the three disastrous Typhoons last year that took an incredible toll on the people of Manila later in the season. Living on a mountain as I do, and having a basic understanding of gravity, when I built my house I had the workers install 3 inch drains on both sides of my house with connecting pipes to aid in the run-off during the rainy season.
The guy next door informed me that the run-off was washing away the dirt in front of his gate and that I should pay to lay cement for him to prevent this from happening! I explained that there was a church up the street and he should speak with them about this problem, as the gods send the rain, I keep what I need, and return the excess back to the gods! Should I have to fix his leaky roof also?
The thing I like most about the rainy season is the lack of dust. Dust coats everything during the dry season. So my wife has hired some extra help to clean the house from top to bottom, and I picked up 12 cans of spray Pledge (lemon scented) to aid in her project. I do my part.
With the upcoming Typhoon season, trees must be trimmed, to prevent damage to houses and electric lines. My Barangay is very pro-active in this aspect and some of the work is already started. Last week on Monday, we’d had no electric since 9pm the night before, Tuesday seemed like a good day to trim our mango tree, April Boy and his sons are working on it, and clearing the leftover mangos as a side benefit. They’ve fill one rice bag so far. I noticed that a lot of my neighbors are taking advantage of the brownout and are doing the same to their trees.
My generator guy is coming up to tune and service the Honda, and I’ll increase my fuel supply just in case. The Boy Scouts have it right, “Be Prepared”. Over the past years, with countless typhoons and storms, my Barangay has weathered well, and I’m tasked with charging all cell phones during very long brownouts And we only can hope that our luck is continuous.
Another point in our favor is the people up here have banded together to prevent illegal logging further up the mountain, and to date we’ve not had a landslide. Everyone pitching in will insure another safe and very wet season. I’m glad I choose to live here, Just let it rain, I like it.