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There is nothing shocking about that statement, as she usually is, and I’m not saying that to garner Pogi Points. But over the years I’ve been wise enough pay attention to her. Remember the TV commercials for E.F Hutton Investment Firm: When they speak everyone listens…

A while back she had the trees trimmed (Read removed) in the neighbors yard, When the Typhoon hit on the 16th of July the other two trees on the far side came down and crushed the Sari-sari store. But have no fear the folks who ran it took off the week prior to the “PHOON” as the 5-6 guy is looking for them. His little motorcycle is patrolling the purok searching everywhere. (I know where they are.)

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I have given up on repeating the names of typhoons in the Philippines and started using the date it hit lans since no two news media outlets refer to it by the same name why should I even try. This one was named Ram-a-lam-a-dong or Glenda or whatever the hell they want to call it. (The July 16th typhoon works for me)

In my purok there were roof tires and corrugated metal panels gone airborne, trees falling and power poles coming down. Plus we just found one of my two my satellite dishes went missing, the guy up the street was trying to sell it to the junkman (Or miner of precious metals) He (The junkman) brought it back to me but I said it’s trashed so let the guy have it, he needs the money more than I do.

My dwarf mango tree lost a lot of limbs and has been trimmed again. The reason it a dwarf tree is because Mayang has it trimmed after every storm, soon it will be a bonsai tree in my living room.

My incinerator lost its “Charlie Nobel” (A sailor term for a small smoke stack) I’m glad we found that right away as it’s made of stainless steel and wasn’t cheap to have made. Yes I have a metal “GUY” to fix that.

Twenty minutes after the “All Clear” notice went out; Mayang had seven members of our family cleaning debris from the top of the house to the front and back yard. Within three hours you couldn’t tell a typhoon had even hit, except for one empty satellite frame upon the roof. (We have a “Guy” for that too.)

We’ve been “5” days without electrify but my rebuilt Honda has been humming along keeping the two ref’s and the freezer cold. No A/C but since the sun is behind the low pressure clouds it’s not been needed and solar power would be quite useless. I remember that someone mentioned that they had no need for a generator and could tough it out, well maybe for a few hours but try it for (5 plus) days.

Many roofs around me were damaged and some are simply not there, I’ll assume the tires and sandbags on the roof failed. But once more the slab roof held firm, I hate to keep bring that up, but the damn thing works. Albeit I did have to remove a lot of missile hazards that had collected there such as two roof tires that we removed and put out by my gate so the owner could collect them.

So that was the extent of my typhoon on 16 July in my neck of the woods, I hope that all in the path fared as well, Manila went under water again, and my heart goes out to them once more as that is an ongoing tragedy that could be cured by proper use of trash removal instead of filling the streets and run off drains with rubbish.

Typhoon season is here, so please take care and stay safe.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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roger craft
roger craft
7 years ago

Always love reading your post as i am theer about 4 months out of the year. For sure you did the right thing with the concrete roof!!!

Edgardo Blancaflor Dominguez

Paul learned a lot observing and listening living in the Philippines, not sure about being “pogi”

Bill S.
Bill S.
7 years ago

Glad all is well after the typhoon” visited” you, Paul.

More and more, concrete construction does sound as though its the way to go there, this coming from a guy that has never had to face much of a hurricane here in the states.

As much as I do hate to sometimes say it, wife’s are pretty smart, about knowing what to do ahead of time, to prevent what could become a potentially bad problem, like trimming or removing trees for instance.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  Bill S.

Bill S;
I’ve reach the point in my life when I take what she says as Hoyle, I’ve seen her do things today, that didn’t make sense until a few days later. That is why I keep my mouth shut now.

August
August
7 years ago

I have a lot outside Olongapo (up in the mountain in New Cabalan) that I plan to build a 4-unit apartment to rent out. It definitely will have a concrete slab roof on it. 😀

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  August

August;
Just be careful someone doesn’t build a Nipa hut up there and start living there for free. (LOL)
I’m right up the hill from there; give a shout when you’re in town.

Axel
7 years ago

I must agree in your first statement: Your asawa is right! I have learned the same lesson, even my stubbornness have been a little hindrance sometimes. My asawa is very – very often right. We had the pleasure of the typhoone of 16.july here too – or Glenda. It didn’t hit as hard as i can see on your good photos, here it took out 2 Malungay trees, that’s it. Our house is solid build, so no problem there. Sure it made a lot of mess around the area, but it’s cleaned up faster than the typhoon moves, Quote: ”… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  Axel

Axel;
Hey Neighbor I’m happy to hear you also were not hit to bad, I was worried about your area as there is so much flat ground over there. That slab roof is also a great place to sit with friends and enjoy a cold one the rest of the year.

Hey Joe
7 years ago

Good Job Senior Chief! As You Know , I had been toughing out the power outages prior to Visiting your area at the end of Feb this year. That changed when I returned to find that power was lost all over Mindanao and was not restored in my area for over 48 hrs. All perishable in my freezer and refrigerator was lost and prompted me to go shopping for a generator. I knew that a 5KVA gen would not do what I needed it to do and that Gasoline generators eat mega bucks in fuel compared to diesel so I… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  Hey Joe

Joe;
You could sell power to the purok at that size, 24,000 kilowatts of power. (One thousand kilowatts of power per each horsepower output). I’ll agree that diesel is the way to go, but in 1999 I was lucky to find a good brand of generator, (HONDA) and all they had were gas, my buddy has a diesel and loves it. So a good move on your part.
But now your problem is solved, have a cold beer.

Rick Lowe
Rick Lowe
7 years ago

I got hit directly here in Tagaytay about 4 hours before u with borderline 125 mph winds

Needless to say every furniture maker and fruit stand shack from nuvali to Tagaytay got clobbered

Three businesses that will profit
Junk haulers – charcoal makers – and furniture makers/ wood cutters

Business that loses money
Meralco
Cignal
Water company

My roof has typhoon dog bite – 30 edge tiles lifted because of cheap screws used

The gazebo I designed out back didn’t have one scratch

Just got power Sunday afternoon
Laundry and hot showers are a blessed thing eh?

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  Rick Lowe

Rick;
It is good to hear that your damage was minimal, all you can do is feel sorry for those hit the hardest. Here’s something I’ve noticed over the years. The power was off for a few days, but next month the light bill will be the same. How do they do that? Saturday afternoon, the truck with the new poles shows up, 3 hours later we had power.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
7 years ago

Paul, Like Rick above we also got a direct hit from Glenda. It was so strong that I thought the roof would disappear. Surprised there was no damage to the house except a few lamp covers from the fence blew off which we retrieved afterwards. What surprised me most is the Cignal Dish still being there. But we still don’t have any service until sometime later this week. Several trees as expected were down. Not a lot of damage to the houses. One powerline pole came down bringing down 7 more poles with it. Surprisingly they had new poles up… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Randy; PapaDuck)
One dish came down and the other survived, so there is no predicting the outcome of any typhoon. All one can do is prepare the best one can and buy that generator, (You know you want one) (LOL) I’m glad you and Anne faired so well, stay safe.

Bob New York
Bob New York
7 years ago

Good to read that you and the other comenters here survived as good as you have described. If the Honda Generator kept you going for the 5 day power outage, there’s the proof of a quality repair by the generator “Guy”. With so many brownouts and in this case a 5 day or more power out for some, I wonder if anyone there has given any thought to getting a “Servel” or equivalent ? Whats a “Servel” ? A refridgerator that operates by propane instead of electricity. They are still made and when I looked into it a while back… Read more »

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Bob NY;
I asked Mayang if she had ever heard of a Servel ref, and I explained it to her, she said that propane is so expensive the generator is cheaper to run. Plus the generator gives you lights and TV also. “Man can’t live on BEER alone!” (LOL)

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