A typhoon passed very close to Manila last night (with only minimal warning that it would come so close) and much of Luzon has been without electricity since midnight (16 hours and counting). I hope all readers in the Metro-Manila and affected areas of Luzon are safe and dry. With only 40% of power on the Luzon grid restored as of a few minutes ago, it will be a dark evening for many. You would think we could be more prepared for these kinds of situations, since we only get 20 typhoons on average every year for the last 100 years or more… Meanwhile, Angat dam which supplies nearly 97% of Manila’s water is nearly bone dry. Last year, we were under water, this year we have none. I shall now meditate and chant myself into a zen mode. Stay safe everyone.