I was 30 minutes late for a talk I was scheduled to deliver to Chin Wong‘s journalism class at the Ateneo University early yesterday morning. I was up at 5.00 a.m. and we were out of the house by 7.00 a.m. But the rain started to pour just as we entered Sumulong Highway and, by the time we got to the Balara area, traffic was, well, you know… the usual story.
A branch of a sampalok tree broke and fell while we were stalled in traffic and I actually dodged, momentarily forgetting that I was inside the car. Minutes later, Speedy and I watched as lightning hit a post (must have been a telephone line post).
So, it was like that. I did get to deliver my talk although I felt I had lost my momentum. Gee, I came prepared and I stood there and couldn’t think of much else except the ride to Ateneo.
Of course, no one got exempted from yesterday morning’s disaster. A friend left his house in Pasig at 8.00 a.m. and arrived at his office in Quezon City at 11.00 a.m. Quentin Tarantino left his limo and rode a pedicab to escape the traffic.
HOLLYWOOD director Quentin Tarantino arrived at Malacañan Palace yesterday by pedicab, wearing a Barong Tagalog, jogging pants and sandals–a victim of flash floods like Metro Manila’s 12-million residents. (Source)
I was still at the Ateneo when the announcement came at around 9.30 a.m. that classes on all levels had been suspended. After calling up my kids’ school to check if schools in Rizal were sending students home too, I proceeded with the original plan — go to the mall to see The Bourne Ultimatum to while away the time until my 7.30 p.m. meeting.
The mall was full of students, most wearing high school uniforms.
Or is that unsurprising? :razz: