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Yesterday’s rain

18 Jun

If you’re one of the multitude of motorists or commuters who got stuck in the terrible EDSA jam or the mile-long queue going into the MRT, I wish to congratulate you for surviving yesterday!

I, too, was affected by the horror story that is commuting in Metro Manila after a torrential downpour.

At 3pm, the clouds are showing telling signs that no, you’re bound to stay late in the office; and that probably includes some time in traffic.

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We busied ourselves with work (of course, that’s after whipping out our smartphones to Instagram the Armageddon-ish skies) and forgot for awhile how bad the weather is outside. Colleagues who are fixing themselves a cup of coffee in the pantry gave us blow-by-blow updates if the rain’s starting to fall, or if people on the streets have their umbrellas opened already; or how the EDSA traffic situation is faring at that time.

5pm-ish, the rain fell. Hard. Our accountant, who came in soggy from our sister company some two blocks away reported that it’s already half-tire flooded in front of our building. Yikes. Everyone decided to camp out in the office while it’s still stormy outside and traffic is a standstill. I took the chance to clean my desk after my two-week mandatory hiatus (which I will talk about in the next coming posts). Sorry, forgot to take photos.

For the last time, I checked our window facing EDSA if the jam is still that terrible (it still was). It was getting late and the rain don’t seem to want to let up; but at least at around past 8pm it was just drizzling. Still can’t decide at this point if I should take the bus or the train going home.

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At 9pm, my colleagues N, C, A and I packed up and left the office. N headed towards Pasig where she lives, A walked towards Podium where she’s parked; while C and I walked to Galleria terminals to see if we could take our respective routes there. The lines are too long and the buses and shuttles are too packed, so we retreated to Megamall where we separated and headed to our own destinations.

I was supposed to take the bus going Fairview but to my dismay, there were no buses entering the Megamall bus bays and commuters have started to parade EDSA hoping that there will be buses willing to take them in. Nah, don’t want to trouble myself doing that, so I walked to the Ortigas station of the MRT, where I had to endure the looooong lines. Apparently, there were trains that broke down, hence the delay and the congestion in the northbound concourses. Past 10pm. Le sigh.

I arrived Kamuning a few minutes before 11pm. That’s after battling it out with other passengers who pushed themselves into the train. God, I almost made out with the train door! That’s how cramped the train was. To add to the frustration, there were no tricycles or cabs available at the street level of the station, so I had to walk towards GMA to hail a cab.

I got home a little past 11pm, tired, spent and beaten up. Oh hello there, rainy season.