Life in these Islands, Part 2

Manila Water logoLast Saturday, after a whole day of teaching and a three-hour commute, I came home to a dark subdivision and a dark house. No typhoon, just a power outage for some unknown reason. Another three hours of darkness.

We’ve had no water for over two weeks now. The water company again busted the subdivision’s main. Since they’re now laying pipes here, we were basically told,

“We don’t just lay pipes, we improve lives by breaking your pipes. Just wait out a couple of waterless months. Sorry for the little inconvenience.”

Last Sunday, our phone went dead for some reason. I called the phone company last Monday, but as of Thursday, the phone is still dead. Here, it usually takes a few phone calls to get your phone service back. What’s strange is that our DSL is still working this whole time. Well, I’ll take DSL over phone for now.

No water. no phone. Can’t beat that. Stop grumbling like the Israelites in the desert.

Meanwhile, back in Congress and Malacañan Palace, everyone continues their navel-gazing, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’ s got the most money of them all.”

Update (September 23, 2008): From a letter we received from the homeowner’s association, our main was not broken by construction crews like last time, but is leaking badly. It’s also so terrifying to read that the subdivision’s water lines are 40-year-old asbestos pipes! Yikes! Now the water company is laying pipes in our neighborhood.

About Nollie

Associate Pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Assigned as missionary to the Philippines. Lives just outside Metro Manila with wife and daughter. Three older boys live and work in CA.