Monday, July 21, 2014

"Glenda" a.k.a. "Rammasun" part II

I suppose I spoke too soon, saying that the pocket WIFI of my sister's was quite stable, because the connection became very erratic from 10pm onwards (July 18 - Friday). Whew!

So I didn't have a choice but to cancel my classes from 10 to 12. It was a good thing that my students at those times were very open-minded and understood the situation.

Saturday: July 19, 1:00 - 2:00 am

Still couldn't sleep despite the exhaustion, but somehow managed to get some shut-eye drifting from shallow to deep sleep and awake again. I woke up around 8 or 9am feeling somehow refreshed after a week of insomnia. I felt that it wasn't still enough of course.

My wife sent a text message saying that the electricity has been restored, so I woke up, had breakfast with my nephew and was out the door in a few minutes. (So thankful for my sister's "motherly" touch - she is really my mom's daughter, because she took care of me the way our mother usually did - whom I sorely miss - still in Canada)

It was also a good opportunity to visit the house that I grew up in (same age as I- 38yrs) and get to fool around with my nephew, never-ending stories with my big sis and a lot of laughs!

I arrived home and saw my wife doing the laundry, so I lent a helping hand and swept/mopped the floor of the house while waiting for the washing machine to end its "wash" cycle.

 Checked the internet connection and sent an inquiry regarding the integrity of the physical lines (cables) and the company sent a text message promptly the next day.

So far, so good! Then I heard another news of another typhoon headed our way - ohhh boy!! fingers crossed again

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Glenda" a.k.a "Rammasun"

Still couldn't sleep well and it seems that my insomnia is getting worse - but for some reason, I'm getting used to it.

Had erratic lesson schedules this week, because the storm knocked out the power transmission lines in the southern part of Manila and we will be having rotating blackouts until such time that repairs are completed, according to MERALCO (Manila Electric Company)

It was also unfortunate that a concrete electric post in my place was damaged because of the typhoon:

     

Some of my neighbors said that it will take about 3 days to restore the electricity in our village.

I'm now staying at my sister's and I brought my laptop with me. I was so excited to have a class yesterday at 15:00 and then the power went out again. I then used my sister's laptop as I wasn't able to bring my own laptop battery. 

I was only able to have one class and decided to go back home to get my other battery and was ready for my 1830 class. Upon logging in and exchanged correspondences with the Admin in charge, my battery went dead.

I just decided to cancel the rest of my classes since I didn't know when the power will be restored. Oh well, at least I tried - I just felt frustrated though.

My sister's pocket WIFI is stable enough and quite reliable, especially with its rechargeable battery and it doesn't use too much power as compared to the laptops - but I don't feel the same way with the current status of our electrical service here.

I'm able to write this blog as of the moment and everything seems fine,but I hope that it's the same later on when I have my classes - keeping my fingers crossed.