For once, the Presidents impatience is healthy. Day three that the neighborhood’s had no power. Elevator finally providing limited service as of yesterday. General grumbling among residents until the elevator service resumed. I believe some residents decamped rather than keep taking a long march to freedom every day.
Here’s a sociological question. They say affordable TV’s for the masses results in lowering the birthrate. Does it just apply to the masses? Will there be a spike in the number of babies born nine months from now? And what about apartments that have generators, so lights for all, though not necessarily TV for all, since cable systems may be down (but you can watch DVD, I guess) – but not enough generator power for hot water? Do the cold showers have an effect on people or does the TV trump that?
The neighboring apartment complex has a menacingly World War II IG Farben style diesel plant with a correspondingly sinister smokestack belching thick, black smoke. Most unpleasant and by mid-afternoon one tends to feel vaguely oxygen-starved. The chicken inasal place (GI-sheet covered sheds to left of neighboring building) had intrepid staff rescuing tables and other equipment at the height of the typhoon: they were smoothly in operation by Thursday night.
Looking to Makati City yesterday afternoon. At night, Makati is an oasis of light -from the high rises, though the rest of the city still looks grim. Not all commercial areas back in operation. Last night, traffic choked Greenhills but many places were closed; heard Morato was worse off. Diners and servers all looking haggard. Too much cabin fever going around.
Looking to Manila yesterday afternoon. Neighborhood nunnery (with white dome) has a wrecked garden. Manila looking pretty gloomy.
At night high-rise buildings -including the one I live in- seem to mock the low-rise neighbors (though the most notable “up yours” has to be the Rockwell complex as immortalized in Inq7.net). Incidentally, the enterprising photographer who took this photo could probably make a mint from turning this photo into a postcard. Class war-oriented grumbling overheard from people last night: “of course, GMA7 and ABS-CBN have power but none of their neighbors do” and “Go figure, the Lopez development in Rockwell always had power while everyone’s waiting for theirs,” etc.
Flickr has some remarkable photos:
There’s structural damage that ought not to have occurred, period, as Madame Chiang’s observed.
And the toppling over of so many trees, one friend theorized, is that during road widening and other construction, builders tend to cut too close to the roots. Which means old trees have been shorn of over half their root network on average. The carnage when it comes to trees in major developments like Rockwell and official worries in Makati won’t mean a thing if old trees are doomed by cutting around their roots. In the New Manila area of Quezon City, where you have -had- many fine old trees, there’s been road widening over the years and as my friend pointed out, it’s no coincidence that trees toppled over along these roads and in areas with new construction.
A poignant vignette from Altar of the High Priest, on the enthronement of La Naval de Manila in the dark.