I know, I know. Weird things or big news sometimes does happen to me. But it is usually a one person experience. But when multiple people experience the same thing, it must be big.
When I rains for a long time, my mind always wandered back to one particular memory:
Sleeping and lying on the bed in Kuching.
Around this time of the year, Kuching, it would rain non-stop, and usually, the shortest was about 48 hours. So, imagine you're in the Ground Floor of a building, and all around you were the sounds of rain. It is so cooling that I don't even need to switch the Fan nor the Aircond on. Man, I can sleep for days!
Towards the evening, as the rain got heavier, some of us decided to wait until the rain lightened up a little and that was about close to about 7 in the evening. But that time, it was already very dark. Anyway, seeing the rising flood first hand, I knew that all the alternative routes are no longer viable. The only one left was through a village. It was OK until I realised that there were no streetlights on the narrow road and both sides of the large drains were overflowing...
|The main road was flooded. The flood waters from the opposite side flowed into my lane.|
|Decided to skip the main Highway as long as possible and took a detour through the village. This was a little dangerous.|
|Finally on the home stretch and yeah, there was spots of flooding. And this was a HIGHWAY.|
|Almost there. Since I am familiar with this stretch of the road, I had to keep to the right lane as there would be a pool of water on the left. My bad, it was a big pool of water on the left.|
|OK, just another three kilometers to go. So a few more minutes of traffic jam should not hurt much since there would be no more flooding.|
|I was wrong|
So, on the next morning, the rain has not stopped but slowed down to a drizzle. The feeling was a bit weird because after a great night, I actually woke up on the dot. The traffic was smooth but by this time, the rain has started to get heavier.
|Clouds on the building means its going to be a very cold morning.|
|Half an hour later, my Group WhatsApp reported many staff were going to be late and some of their houses were flooded as well. Taking the cues from the conversation, I fired up Waze and took a longer detour through the back roads.|
|Finally, I gave up and decided to brave the jam instead. As soon as I drove through the exit ramp, I saw the backlog, noped and reversed. I am looking at about 10Km worth of traffic jam and we haven't even considered the additional 3Km of flooding.|
|Many cars after me did the same. The went down the ramp, noped and reversed back out.|
|Wanted to have a break at the Clownhouse but gad, it was full as well...|
|This was that Waze reported at that time. Finally, Boss said the Office is closed. After notifying our customers, I still have to follow up with the loose ends since some are not happy or have more questions about their cars, etc.|
|All the way home, I changed to Santa at a lay by. And I so wanted to be able to punch him in the face. It was so irritating as the novelty wore off after a few minutes. But be like me; never ever change your Waze setting when you're on the road.|