The HABAGAT experience

Since we arrived in Manila, rain has been non-stop but the meteorologists are saying that there is no storm in the country but a tropical depression. To make matters worse there are two tropical depressions visiting at the same time. In the news they are comparing this to Ondoy, one of the worst storms in Philippine history which happened 3 years ago in 2009.
View of the street  from above our garage
I’ve never experienced flood first hand, so I was not prepared when we were awaken by the sound of the car alarm and a loud knock on our bedroom door with my FIL’s voice shouting that we should wake up because there is water everywhere. I think it took me a few seconds before I can collect my thoughts and start packing our stuff to move to the room above the garage for shelter. In the event that water will reach our bedroom. Panic struck me when I heard my husband shouting “Yung mga bata!” (the children!) again and again.
2 of the 4 cars that was submerge under flood water
We had to pass through the dirty kitchen because they didn’t want to open the main door because they didn’t know how strong the current will be. I was so nervous walking through the flood with my two month old in tow and with my three year old in my husbands arms. My heart was pounding so fast I could feel it vibrate in my son’s body.
But thankfully we made it safely and that there is still electricity to keep us comfortable. I know other people have it bad so I am very thankful that this is all that we had to endure.
To the other victims of this tropical depression, my prayers are with you. Stay safe and keep dry.

Grateful to Cathay Pacific

Traveling with 2 young ones have been my biggest fear these past few weeks. The closed space, the altitude, my baby being comfortable, and entertaining my 3 year old for 6 hours all of this has been going through my mind again and again.


Fortunately the crew of Cathay Pacific flight 746 from Dubai to HK last Aug3 were very helpful. To this I am very grateful. They made sure that my small family and I were comfortable with the seats assigned to us, even going a step further by asking the people around us to switch places so that we could all sit together. This alone already alleviated my worry of traveling with the kids a little. They prepared the bassinet for my baby and asked me if I needed something else. Then during the meals they made sure that my small boy was fed first so that I can attend to him before I ate. They even asked me what meal I wanted and saved it for me to eat later.


These seem like small simple gestures or even seem like they are just doing their job, but it really made a big difference to my flying experience and to this I am truly grateful. This is not my first trip with a small child and my experience with other airlines were not as pleasant as this one. I just hope I was able to get the crew’s name who was very helpful so that I could have given her due credit for this.