the boy with the broken stomach

"Welcome to Zombie Land!"

Batangas, Philippines ­­–The devastation, isolation and desolation brought by Typhoon Glenda happened overnight. It was 4 AM when I woke up from the whistling sound created the strong winds gliding on my room’s window. I thought it was an awesome soothing breeze, but slowly this was replaced by anxiety. Am I on a post-apocalyptic movie? I wonder where were the opening credits.


If you have experienced a terrible natural catastrophe and have watched several post-apocalyptic movie, I bet your paranoia played tricked at the back of your head. Here are some signs that you’re probably in one:


  1. You don't have water.

    The first thing you’d probably experience is lack of water, clean and potable. Water is as precious as gold during natural calamities. If you don’t have access to one, pray for all your sins and prepare for death of dehydration.
  2. You don't have food.

    They say a man can live as long as a week with just water, but in my case I can’t even last 6 hours without food. Canned goods are your savior during storm surge because you can store it for some time, unless you have a herd equipped for hunting.
  3. You don't have electricity.

    Power is everything, without it would feel like an eternity of desolation. When was the last time you sleep in a dark room, within a dark house, within a dark neighborhood, within a dark village, within a dark city. Your imagination will run wild when you’re in the dark.
  4. You don't have money.

    Your credit is good, but we need cash, just like that. It’s a slap in the face when you have money in your bank, but you don’t have on hand. You can't buy anything with a plastic card reliant for ATM’s which are now worthless machine.
  5. You don't have access to public transportation.

    Uprooted trees are now blocking major roads, making everything unpassable and what’s left are your mud-filled-stinky feet going back to basics. It’s either you walk to find food or you wait for the government’s relief goods, which is by the way never coming back, ever!
  6. You don't have signal on your phone.

    Communication lines are down therefore your shinny gold iPhone 5S is a piece of brick, and that cheap butterphone just works like magic, fully-charged. These pieces of technology are useless when they can’t help you communicate to the outside world to ask for help.
  7. You don't have access to essential establishments.

    Whether you just want to have a lunch, buy medicine, or gas up you can’t have any of them. During times like this even if you have money you can’t spend, it since almost all essential establishments such as restaurants, drugstores and gas stations were put down by the typhoon.
  8. You don't know what to do.

    When everything was happening all at once and you were caught unprepared, you might find yourself trembling and going nuts. You’re not on an island, but you feel so alone and remote as if there’s no more tomorrow.


All of a sudden you find this magnificent and comforting sanctuary, filled like-minded individuals. You chug in caffeine into your system and hurdle yourself back to the Internet again, “Welcome to Starbucks Sir!”


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