Now Raising the Questions...
For those that missed it, I was one of the 2.3 million people without power, and it was miserable! Typhoon Rammasun (Typhoon 'Glenda') ripped through my barangay (neighborhood) of Pasig City as if I was still in Chicago. Those from Chicago, such as Drew Fustini, will know what I mean. My rechargeable fan/lantern and extra lead-acid battery pack was practically my lifeline for helping me endure a hot & humid room.
At most, I have about 10 hours of a, sort-of breezy fan. For the remaining 30 hours, I had to rely on my manual fan while taking repeated showers.
The date and time is approximate and set for Philippine Timezone. I did a lot of sleep in a dark, humid room, sweating too much.
- July 16, 2AM: Lost electrical power
- July 16, 3AM: I woke up, sweating. Dark outside, I heard the sounds of rainfall.
- July 16, 5:15AM: My wife took taxi to work. My mom-in-law and I attempted to visit McDonald's and/or Jollibee for breakfast; both are closed!
- July 16, 5:45AM: Return home with mom-in-law via tricycle. Still raining!
- July 16, 5:55AM: Electrical power resumes
Internet restored, BeagleBone Black resumed operations
- July 16, 6:05AM: Lost electrical power
Blackout before I could access my BeagleBone Black.
- July 16, 7-10:30AM: Very strong winds (like a tornado)
9:25AM: Galvanized steel roof on next-door neighbor collapses
- July 16, 11:30AM-2:30PM: I was able to sleep with battery-powered fan
- July 16, 6PM: My Dual-SIM Android-based mobile phone's battery died.
- July 16, 7:30PM: Changed lead-acid battery pack in rechargeable fan/lantern.
- July 16, 9PM: I allowed my wife to use rechargeable fan/lantern as she has work at 6AM, next day.
- July 17, 3:30AM: I couldn't sleep because my portable, battery operated fan kept stopping and my feet kept hurting.
- July 17, 5AM: My wife left for work. I opted out from having my wife take my phone to her office for charging. I went back to sleep.
- July 17, 10:30AM: I had adobo and rice for brunch.
- July 17, 3:15PM: I had adobo peanuts for merienda.
- July 17, 6:30PM: Electrical power restored.
- July 17. 6:40PM: I heard reports that sparks were coming from home, two houses away. I went outside and did not smell any fumes (burnt human, burnt wood, etc.)
- July 17, 6:45PM: Electrical power temporarily interrupted due to wires being repaired by Meralco.
- July 17, 7:00PM: Survived the power loss caused by Typhoon Glenda.
The Questionning Process...
As I laid on my bed, in my dark, hot & humid room, I looked at my electronic gadgets, such as my unpowered BeagleBone Black, unpowered Arduino-based thermometer on the wall, and my unpowered HDTV and my unpowered DSL modem, I began thinking about the future of my technical hobbies. High humidity shortens the life of semiconductors; without electrical power, there is really no way to protect them from damage by humidity, other than sealing them into air-tight bags. During a blackout (power outage), I don't have a way of powering any of my microcontroller development boards; mostly because cooling my body with electric fan is more important to me. During Typhoon Ketsana (Typhoon 'Ondoy'), I had experienced five days of no commercial electricity, but that was years before I got products from element14 and Mr. Fustini, so I had nothing to worry about. Now, Typhoon 'Glenda' had a big impact on me...
The BIG question I am now asking myself is, "should I continue on with my embedded systems development hobbies?" I'm raising this question because I have about hobby to go back to, it's called, listening to radio scanners.; which I have been listening to radio scanners for almost three decades. Also, I do have training for radio communications during emergencies.
Though I am no longer connected to any club, business, or agency that deals with emergency communications, I still maintain a state of readiness at all times. I prefer listening to my radio scanner(s) instead of listening to local AM/FM radio stations, because that is how I get most of my local news without being opinionated by a reporter. After 40 hours without commercial electricity, I was still capable of listening to the local authorities, hoping to hear when our power will be restored. The radio scanner, to me, brings "hope", which is probably why I kept it a hobby for almost 30 years. My first organization was REACT; when I became a HAM radio operator, I became part of ARES. The later part of my life, I became an independent, emergency assist alternative, emphasizing on my skill of emergency radio communications, exclusively.
The radio scanners I currently own, are:
The radio transceivers I currently own, are:
For legal reasons, I will not divulge the content of what I hear and/or record.
Would You Like To Chat With Me?
My blogging days are now over and my posting, in social networking services, is next to expire. I have moved onto the following chat services:
For just PHP ₱20/day (USD $0.46/day), I can chat in KakaoTalk, Viber, Whatsapp, WeChat and Line. Presently, I don't use Whatsapp and Line. For Viber, add my mobile number. If you add me, I can tell you what's happening to me when I can't post through the normal channels. Also, those that have enjoyed my technical blog posts can now inquire about my ongoing technical projects or prepaid technical support; (postpaid and "I owe u's" are not accepted). Prepayment is only necessary for any kind of technical support, and there are a few ways to pay. Non-technical support conversations do not require a payment of any kind.
Recently, I had signed up with KakaoTalk because I can use the service with my ABS-CBNmobile prepaid SIM. Until October 2014, I can chat in KakaoTalk for free without load! This is a benefit because it is now the rainy season in Philippines, and we just endured a major typhoon.
Just scan my QR Code to quickly add me into KakaoTalk. Once you add me, you will be able to contact me, even when I'm offline, but online with ABS-CBNmobile.
From LinkedIn, I discovered WeChat and began to use it. I am not looking for employment, however, I am looking for new friends to chat with.
Just scan my QR Code to quickly add me in WeChat.
Believe it or not, Viber is now running on most of my Android devices, but, as of this writing, my only chatmate is a person from mainland China.
Thanks for Reading!
Thanks goes out to those that have enjoyed reading my technical blog posts in element14 community. Due to many invisible disabilities (such as chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, hypotension with tachycardia, hypoglycemia, metatarsalgia, Achilles tendinitis, Peripheral neuropathy, calcaneal spurs and others), I had to discontinue writing technical blog posts. My hands hurt from writing code and typing, so writing blog posts is the first to vanish. Thanks also goes out to those that had sent me monetary donations that had encouraged me to keep my blog in element14 community. Due to Typhoon 'Glenda', I am now making choices in my best interest. Thanks, again for Reading, and have a Nice Day!
Retired Technical Blogger & Disabled HOBBYist