Saturday, June 21, 2008

a river runs through it

On sunny days, which is most of the year, two mini dams called overflows and two bridges traverse the Banica River so people can cross from the south side to the north side of the city. I happen to live on the south side of the river while all the hospitals are on the north side. Thus I have to cross the river, at any of the four points, to get to work.

The past couple of days have not been sunny. This was the Banica River today at the bigger upper Overflow. There should have been a road from where the kids are standing (gray asphalt on the foreground) up to the right upper corner of the image but instead there is water, water everywhere. A river runs thru the road...

nagmistulang karagatan ang dati-rati'y isang daanan

uliuling kumukulo putik choko tubig bundok

Nobody dared to cross that mighty roiling river at the big Overflow so I went to the other smaller overflow downriver. The white building in the background is part of Foundation University.

There was a car in front of me and I thought, if he can make it, then so can I.

Thankfully, the water was shallower and the current not so strong at this overflow. Again you can see that this is literally a case of "a river runs through it" as the River (Ri) and the Road (Ro) are almost one and the same.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of grief all over the country. Typhoon Frank has left thousands homeless and destitute, including here in Negros island.

It is almost midnight as I end this post and the rain's pounding and the wind's howling outside just seem to be increasing.

13 comments:

megamomph said...

Wow Doc Ness, grabe! I'd be scared, baka sumama ako sa anod.

Take care and stay safe. We are praying for our kababayans down there.

Bone MD said...

Grabe pud nang bagyo diha sa bisaya ness ba. Saw it on TV. Hope you and your family are ok there!

OT:
Ness, if its ok with you, I'll get your email ad for TBR's purposes. I'm planning to set up a mailing list for TBR bulletins and announcements, but this has to be approved by the TBR bloggers pa. Pls email back at kokegulper[at]yahoo.com

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

hello dr. ness,

sa banika river, grabe ani....

nakita pod nako, presently sa TV news diri, my typhoon sa Sibuyan Island,San Fernando, looya sa mga namoyo didto....tapos MV Princess nalunod....daghan namatay.
gibalik-balik gyd ug pakita diri.

ingat......

thanks for posting.....

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

presently i called up ako miga, taga bonawon sila, pero duna sila napalit kono balay dool sa banilad.

nagtabi pod cla iya sister, mao pod ni iya news....

ila daw mga sakayan naguba daw....

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

naa ka dra. ness?....na post man ako last comments god...

regards ha?.....nagbasa-basa ko ron, kay free ko.

kumusta na lang nimo n family....

Ness said...

Megamom,

totoo nakakatakot. dati meron ng natangay sa lakas ng river current! sometimes we overestimate the power of our vehicles and underestimate the strength of these waters. para bang hello, i cross this road-on-a-river everyday, a little water flowing over it won't scare me. at saka there's that daring sense for adventure. ayon. natangay.

Ness said...

doc rems,

my email address is nesstajah[at]gmail[dot]com

kaluoy sa Ginoo, ok ra mi intawon diri, brown out lang the whole day today.

Ness said...

vicki,

bitaw nakakalungkot talaga ang mga happenings. especially the boat that sank. i don't know if it was because the warning from PAG-ASA (the weather monitoring government unit here) came too late or because there was something wrong with the ship's engine, i don't know lang gyud. whatever the cause, it saddens all of us.

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

naa gyd diay ka pa dha dra.

duna bya pod mi experienced ani, mao nga di na ganahan moagi cebu akong anak n bana, kay nahadlok....unya over capacity pa...
naulaw gyd ko kay iya gipang-ukab kana bitaw butangan nila sa life savers-jacket?

nakita nya, gamay ra, ug guba pa...ingon siya unsaon kono pag-apod ang mga pasahero, tapos why kono wla lingkod or place ang mga pasahero....

wa na lang gyd ko tubag, ingon ko gasuroy-suroy ra na sila....

mao nga hadlok na sila sakay cebu to dgte..

ari pod ta sa plane....naatol pod to, ambot ba, wla mofunctioned ang isa ka profiler? sa plane....pwede ba ni....ambot uy..

mao ingon adto isa ka pasahero or gapataka lang sulti to ako tapad, tapos giinglish pa...

nahadlok napod ako familya....

pero tinood siguro to, dra. kay wla man miandar gyd...sa pikas pako ra....hadlok gyd ko.

pero FAITH to God na lang gyd...kay mouli man gyd ko.

abi nimo, ako anak laki, di na gyd ganahan mouli diha....asked ako familya when napod cya balik...

tubag nya, in 20 yrs. pa kono....asked sila why 20 yrs, pa....

ingon siya, kay hadlok cya kono....buing bataa.

nagsakit ra gyd siya diha sa atoa....2005 uli namo last.
ayaw unta nya uban namo dha, pero gipogos namo kay di pa man cya pwede leave alone kay 16 pa cya, under pa cya namo.
karon di na mi ka pogos nya....

mayo gani, gusto nya ang DRA dha sa out-patient sa SU, limot ko iya name......

kim pod ganahan nya.....kay very good n kind daw, naayo daw sila dayon....lol


sigi, dra. off sa ko, pero balik ra gyd ko diri sigi, hope dili ka pul-an or boringan sa akoa.

mamalansa sako.........mi-abroad man god akong mamalansa, tua sa Mexico....lol

jokes only....

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

time sa.....

mao diay ni imo email ads?

duna koy 2 emails nimo....sa yahoo, kay mao man to gamit nimo sa imo comments sa kang bernie nga site....

ako ibalik sa imoa ha?

sigi, thnks again...

Ness said...

vicki,

i have probably six email addresses, the others i forgot the passwords na. hahaha!

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

good day, dr. ness,
milili rako, break....

you know what the news here in radio?...dili lang daw 800 plus ang nakasakay sa ship...no time to read often here in internet....

more than 1,000 passagers daw ang nakasakay??????

remember ko, kung on board ang custom, patagoan man ang uban passenger, pag wla na ang custom, larga na ang barko, mao pa ang gawas sa mga sumasakay....huuhuhuhuh

gool kaayo mi diri, labi na kita sa news ang family, waiting sa ilang fam, nga moabot unta.

you know what?...our customers asking us....Why allowed to depart?....sagot pod nila....bcause of MONEY daw...dli lang kono dha, pero grabe daw ni nga happenings.....

rgds dra......God bless

Ness said...

hi vicki,

it's true that noong unang panahon ships plying the philippine seas were always overloaded but these days hindi na masyado. maybe because there are so many boats to choose from kaya bihira na ang overloading.

it's really sad that this happened (again) in our country. the authorities are investigating as to what could have been the causes and hopefully learn some things that would help prevent similar tragedies from happening.