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Street below Nagtahan Bridge turned into a mini river
This is not a river.

This is actually our street after the weeklong rain has finally submerged the greater Manila area.

Last week has been a "lessons learned" marathon  for all of us on how to survive when the weeklong rains finally submerged the greater part of Manila.

I was partly sad and ashamed for myself.  Ondoy should have taught me enough lessons to last a lifetime.

But though I would credit my good upbringing in making me entirely optimistic about life, I should have been more prepared and paranoid.

As we all should be in these trying times.

I am posting here Spot Ph's Ultimate Guide To Your Trusty Flood Kit which urges us to have the ff. ready:
1. Flashlight with batteries
2. Transistor Radio
3. Easy to cook meals and rice
4. Clothing
5. Important documents
6. Rope
7. Improvised flotation devices
8. Life vest
9. Whistle
10. First aid kit

It never hurts to be prepared. Goodluck!


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March 8: International Women's Day

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