The flutterings before the storm

Two days before super typhoon Ompong makes landfall 400 kms north, 30 or so motoring scribes take a break from test driving Honda’s latest crossover HR-V along Tagaytay and Talisay in Cavite. Here at Escala Tagaytay, this butterfly seems to take in the breathtaking view of Taal Lake and volcano.


How did we get here in the first place? We came from Taguig City the day before, September 12, driving the Honda HR-V from Bonifacio Global City to this hotel with the view, on a long route that took us from the busy city streets, to the south Luzon Expressway, then on the provincial roads of Cavite and Batangas, and then up the narrow, winding 11.7-km mountain ascent that took us from that place below, beside Taal Lake, to this hotel on Tagaytay ridge with an elevation of nearly 700 meters above sea level. Our small group of six HR-Vs was but a mere “flutter of a butterfly wing” when one looks at the sheer volume of vehicles of all types on the streets on any particular day. But who knows, it could be the start of something big for Honda in the Philippines.


Inconsequential, this butterfly may look in the grand scheme of things. But remember the Butterfly Effect: The flapping of its wings here can ultimately lead to a hurricane half a world away. No detail is too small, no action is without consequences. What we are now is a result of an infinite number of many chaotic details.


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