I first met you during your alfombra days, which have gradually developed into your office shoes days and even to your New Balance running shoes and cool-looking sneaker days. And yet, no matter which pair of shoes or slippers you wear, they'll have to stand the test of the flooded Metro Manila streets.
They'll be up against puddles much less innocuous than this one; puddles which start to look like creeks, even rivers, during the dreaded storms. If I remember correctly, you didn't wear shoes in the aftermath of Ondoy, but wore tsinelas instead, as you waded through those devastating waters.
Alfombras, perhaps, would have been more fitting.
*A rare puddle during the hot summer months.