I did not carry an umbrella with me during our recent travel, thinking that our trip will be from airport to airport only and typhoon Odessa was already in Hong Kong the day before our scheduled flight to Manila. So I thought there is no more rain in Manila. But I was wrong! Our plane was delayed in arrival due to unfavorable weather situation in Manila.
Huh! Its’ raining out there? But i tried to forget that I don’t have an umbrella and it is raining in Manila. We are going to take the taxi anyway from the airport to the hotel. That means I do not have the intention of doing “transportation adventure” with our luggage. Ok lang sana if backpack lang. So we took the taxi from the departure area and off we traveled to the inn. It took us less than 20 minutes, we were dropped off at the front of the inn/guesthouse.
We were both tired because of lack of sleep the night before and we have to wake up early that morning. So we slept the afternoon away. No lunch. We were hungry but we were more sleepy.
I woke up and it was already dark and it was raining too, stronger than it was earlier that afternoon. It was seven in the evening and my daughter was hungry. If it was me alone, I won’t go out anymore. But I am not gonna drag my daughter to hunger strike due my lazyness – just plain lazyness. So we decided to go out.
I do not have an umbrella. I got an old one but left at home. Luckily, my daughter got one. And it was a tiny one. lol! But we managed because someone came to help us find a taxi. He took our tiny umbrella and he gave us his big umbrella. He got a huge one, one that can shelter three people.
We had a hard time finding a taxi in the rain, so we took a sikad/padjak (a bike with a side-car) or whatever you call it. Off we went to the Taft-Quirino station and indeed, there were many fastfoods there.
After eating, it was still raining and I was determined to find a store with umbrella. Luckily, there was an “assorted” shop at the back of Jollibee. Luckily, they have an umbrella for sale. So I got one! A black one!
It is a cheap one. It’s more of a disposable umbrella than an umbrella for keeps. But I also know that if I will just handle it with extra care, it might last for some months then I won’t feel bad for the Php 80.00 that I paid for it.
With my own umbrella and my daughter got hers too, we went around the area to find a grocery store to buy water and something for breakfast the next morning. Instead of taking the padjak again, we decided to walk back to where we came from and we discovered it was not really far. It was just a ten-minutes walk from Jollibee-Quirino. But I think it would have felt nearer if it was not raining.
When we arrived back at the inn, we freshen up for the night then put our umbrella at the side to be dried off.
My new umbrella
Date bought: September 23, 2013
@ an Ukay2 | Assorted store near Jollibee Quirino-Taft