When summer is over and rainy days came, I become a seasonal fan of Mr. Nathaniel Cruz or better known as “Mang Tani”, the famous meteorologist of one of the biggest television networks in the country. His renowned “I am Ready!” line stuck in my mind throughout these tumultuous days.
The provinces of Bataan, Zambales, and Bulacan have been the unlucky destinations of typhoons nowadays. These provinces made headlines because of the aftermath caused by typhoon or southwest moonsoon or “habagat”.
For me, and maybe to all Bataneños, high tides accompanied by torrential rains mean stress, headaches, and hole in our pockets. That also means I have to be ready for heavy lifting of refrigerator, TV, sala set, etc., and sandbagging. To add, no electricity and limited means of transportation.
The “I am ready” mantra flew out of the window when the murky water came in to my house. No amount of preparation prepared me to the devastation brought by the weather. I dealt with a weeklong cleaning of the entire house with wrinkled feet and hands. Repairing the damages in the house is another story. The fear and worries never stop until the rain stops, or until the low tides. These became my scenario for the past months.