PHILIPPINES, Manila : A resident riding a tricycle negotiates
floodwaters after a sudden heavy downpour inundated streets in the
financial district of Manila on August 12, 2015, stranding thousands of
commuters and office workers. Hundreds of people are killed in natural
disasters each year in the Philippines, which is battered by an average
of 20 typhoons and tropical storms annually. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
I just carried my rather tall guy friend piggyback style while wading through the knee-deep flood in Manila while it rained like the world was ending. All because I didn’t want him to ruin his newly bought shoes. We looked like those kids from the cover of My Neighbor Totoro.