The flood has been a way of life at the University of Santo Tomas, for many years now. The campus has been flooded countless times from times of heavy rainfall or strong typhoons. There is not one year that the campus will be flooded.
For three years of my Thomasian life, I never experienced getting stranded in the flood on campus. It all changed yesterday. My classes on a Thursday always end at 1pm. However, we had to stay on campus for we were going to have a consultation for our thesis. Then came the heavy rain at around 2pm. We pushed with the consultation despite the heavy rainfall and the fact they already suspended classes at 3pm. Once were done, the flood waters continued to rise, we went up the second floor of the building. I knew they were not going to get themselves and will ride out until the floods subside. However, I took a chance and laid everything on the line. I left the building putting my own safety at some risk, and started my road through the floods to get a ride back home. Even inside the campus it was already flooding reaching above the gutter. Once I got out of the gate, it was just the start of the battle. I kept on walking, crossing the overpass to the direction of the road back home. It wasn’t flooded on the gutters. But once the gutter ends on an intersection or corner where the elevation is low, the flood waters were at a high of knee-deep. I had no slippers which is better in walkig through the flood, so I braved the flood with leather shoes on and I took out my socks which was already wet. In some corners, residents set up bridges for people to cross through the road for a small price. But I didn’t want to pay for that so I went through the flood. I walked from in front of UST up to Blumentritt which was 1 kilometer long for about an hour through the heavy flood. Once I got there, the flood was gone and fortunately, there was an FX bound north waiting so I took it for the ride back home, and after an hour on the road. I arrived home wet but safe.
It was an experience unlike any other. I never thought I’d be able to go through this experience in my life. As they say, you’re a certified Thomasian if you get stuck on campus in heavy rain or walking through the flood which I did. However, this could be the only time I’ll pull off this stunt. If we get stuck in the flood again, I’ll have to ride it out inside the campus and wait for the flood waters to recede before going back home. Well, it’s better to get stuck on campus than falling on a manhole that could be opened on any road in times like these.
Lesson learned: Bring slippers and my phone’s charger on campus from here on out.
Walked my way through the flood, now I’m a certified Thomasian. LOL!
The month of June has come and pass, and now the month of July is here. A lot has happened in June so I look back at some of them.
It’s been three weeks (2 make-up classes on Saturday’s) since we came back to classes and a lot has happen. Well, first CTHM will now do the Tiger Day (which was done in previous years by the College of Education) on the last Friday of each month, so I better stack my closet with yellow shirts. Then of course the planning of our event which will come maybe late August or early September. Of course, there was time to see your blockmates and PEEPS around UST and meet new PEEPS a long the way. I admit, I was a little off from my usual self during the first three weeks of the school year (at one point, I got sick and had to be at home for the entire day). I better find a way in a short amount of time to knock off my distractions and get myself focused once again. Since the NBA season has come to an end with the Miami Heat winning the championship and LeBron James’ title quest has come into fruition, and of course the NBA Draft where the New Orleans Hornets select Anthony Davis with the #1 pick. June also saw the disbandment of my favorite boyband of all-time in Westlife after 14 years of great hits.
Now we welcome the month of July, we are now in the rainy season with a lot of rainy weather coming up. I could also be looking for a big break this month and I hope to do more things this time around. Also, the 75th season of the UAAP also begins this July. I hope UST will come out big this year, especially in basketball, and a lot of other things to come this month. You don’t know what will happen this month, so like I always say, ENJOY THE RIDE!
What’s next for me in July? We’ll see.
Well, my favorite month of the year April came to an end four days ago with my birthday. The sun was still shining on the last day of April, then the month of May came along and then out of the blue, the rain started to fall from the sky. Most would say rain will come later this month, but they never expected it to be as early in the month as it is right now. Unexpected in a sense there was a hailstorm in a area near my place that lasted for 10 minutes today. Every afternoon so far this month, the rain fell from the sky and showers the land. A sunny morning turns into a rainy afternoon in a snap. I can’t believe it’s happening as it is right now.
Yes, I’ve been hanging out from the start of vacation together with my family, as well as to all my PEEPS whether these are my friends from high school or college. It was time well spent with each and every one of them.
Well, we’re still in the summer months, but that is also coming to an end. In one month, we’re heading back to the grind of classes at the same time the rain will get heavier by the day. So it’s time for me to make my summer vacation count. Still, I miss a lot of PEEPS from school, some I miss so bad that I always keep talking about them. I wish I can talk to them right this moment. But for some reason, I lose contact with them. I hope they are safe, having a good vacation, and I can’t wait to see them again once classes resume. But hey, I don’t want to talk more about the return to classes. I mean, sure it’s getting close, but I want to make the best out of this vacation.
Summer vacation is winding down. When the skies turn dark day after day, you know the rain will fall from the sky.