Normally I’d talk about how relatively typical my day at work was, but unfortunately all the stuff at work was overshadowed by what was happening all across the capital (and the main island of Luzon for that matter). For those who somehow missed out on it, the metropolis was hit by a heck of a low pressure area, which pretty much left most of it flooded from anywhere from knee-deep, to more upwards of two meters or more. This was brought about by nearly a day’s worth of continuous and strong rain.
Honestly, I was lucky that I was even able to go to work this morning; although it was raining, it wasn’t as strong as what hit this afternoon, and while there was flooding, at most it was ankle-high (which meant that my shoes got a little soaked, meaning I spent most of the day at the office barefoot while I waited for my socks to dry). There were barely any jeepneys either, so again I was lucky to be able to catch a ride on one when I did.
Rains aside, it was a Tuesday shift, meaning I’d expect the queue to be backed up a bit, and more so since I also expected that many of the folk on duty for the day might not make it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, aside from that period from around nine to ten-thirty, the queue was relatively evenly-spaced. And although we really were missing four people for the last shift, we had unexpected reinforcements in the form of three members of the early-morning shift (and who had spent the early day in the sleeping quarters), who had put in overtime because, due to the flooding, they were stuck at the office anyway.
Now, sometime during the morning the government came out with an announcement that private companies (including BPOs like the one I worked for) were advised to send home their employees as well (because of the flooding and all), though in the end it came down to the higher-ups to do so. Ours didn’t obviously, though it did made exceptions for the poor folk stranded at the office (like opening up all the conference rooms to serve as makeshift rest areas), as well as allowing free food at the pantry (well, up to fifty-five pesos worth anyway).
Anyway, by the time I got home, the streets on the way to our house was flooded up to knee-height, and I was not prepared to wade through the dirty floodwaters and ruin my favorite pair of sneakers, no siree. Yes, it was a bit selfish, but I had to ask my cousin to come and get me (and bring the pair of knee-high vinyl boots while she was at it). And even then I had to do some backtracking to avoid the places where the floodwaters were higher than the boots too.
It’s still raining right now. I really hope that it subsides by tomorrow, or else I’m going to really have trouble heading to the office.