These pictures are not of the current storm, but of Typhoon Basyang four years ago.
It's been raining four days straight today and many places are flooded.
Classes in local schools have been called off for the rest of the week.
Angelica and Mataji were still in Manila four years ago.
They lived down the block and would come over every weekend--and anytime school would be called off.
The girls did lots of things together.
Later that same year, there was the devastating typhoon Ondoy which was much worst than Basyang. Then last year, in 2012, typhoon Habagat drowned the city.
Our garden is a bit different now, and the kids are much bigger.
Angelica and Mataji are also back in New York where they now live and go to school.
But these storms still come every July and August and cause so much damage. Today there's finally some relief from Typhoon Maring.
I hope this is the last typhoon of the season.