Yesterday Karl and I went to our favorite sushi lunch spot, Seryna, where for 350P (about $8), you can get a bento box, like the yummy Kaisen Gozen I got…
Karl had the same thing, even though apparently eating sushi is not as easy as it once was, thanks to his braces…
Towards the end of lunch, it started raining outside. Well, raining is an understatement, it was pouring. He ordered a beer and we figured we would have to wait out the rain before leaving, since we had walked the mile from our place to the restaurant, we didn’t have an umbrella with us (rookie mistake?) and we were off to a party later, and planned on wearing the same clothes.
An hour later, the skies had finally cleared and we were off to a quick stop at the dive shop, per our original plan. We couldn’t believe just how much it had rained! On Makati Cinema Square, across the street from the restaurant, the parking lot was flooded!
I felt extra bad for this street vendor…
But we were on higher ground, and continued on our journey to Arnaiz Av, where the dive shop is located. We crossed the street and were faced with this (the dive shop is about halfway down that street). As you can see, no sidewalks were spared, we took shelter up the steps in this office building.
Some cars didn’t let the water keep them back… As we gave up and had to turn back around, these cars passed by so fast they created waves, leaving us stranded with no way out except on knee deep water.
We waited a few minutes, no other cars passed by, the waves subsided and we were able jump over to a wet, but not flooded spot to go back home (our feet still got wet, but by then, they weren’t clean anymore anyway).
Amorsolo Street was moving so slow, that cars starting making an u-turn and just driving on the wrong direction (who needs to follow traffic rules? In Manila, no one!).
At least it gave us a chance to take a quick picture with a jeepney! Usually they’re driving crazily in traffic, but the driver of this one had given up and parked.
Yes, I was tempted to jump in and experience it first hand (we are not allowed to take jeepneys per embassy rules).
Soon enough, so many cars had turned around that it almost looked like a 2-way street. Heck, it was even hard for cars going in the CORRECT direction to get through, as you can see by the red jeepney barely squeezing by.
We were afraid of driving to our party later and being stuck in traffic, but 1.5 hours later there was no signs of traffic and we made it with no problem.
It was our first time using our brand new GPS too, and SO EXCITED that the Manila maps worked! For those of you coming to Manila, make sure to buy it before coming to post (you cannot ship it DPO), for those of you here, you can get someone to ship it to you, and it will go through DPO despite Amazon’s refusal to send it. We bought the Garmin 1300 LM, and had to pay another $100 for the southeast Asian maps. Sure, you can buy maps of the streets here, like we did, but since outside of Manila streets are not necessarily named (despite having a name on the map), it makes driving much harder. Now I just need to figure out a way to get Garmin not to suggest EDSA as the route for everywhere we go…