And yet, coming back from a temperate country, the heat seems to be rather stifling and unbearable.
So I arrived here in May. The weather pattern usually consists of a bright sun, and that is all. The temperature would max out at around 35 C, and during the night, it would go low at around 29. Yeah, not a lot. The fans would be running all day and all night long.
Then June came. The weather changed a bit. The bright sun is still there, but for most days, the clouds would start to roll around mid-afternoon and the rain would fall from the afternoon up to the evening. That would lower the temperatures a bit. However, sometimes, the rain just wouldn't fall, and the heat would still linger.
The heat isn't really the culprit, but the humidity is. If only it were a dry heat, then it would be fine. But no, it is hot and sticky, and the humidity is so high, that even though the temperature is just around 35, it feels 45. Your skin gets so sticky you would want to hit the showers every 30 minutes. It drains your energy just moving around the house. I brought my running shoes with me thinking that I would want to exercise every morning by running around the neighborhood like I do in Buffalo, and yet the heat and humidity just is discouraging, that I haven't used them since.
It is here that I invented throat spa. This consists of sitting down and eating ice cream just to cool down your body. Yeah, pathetic, and unhealthy, but that provides temporary relief.
Water is also vital. I think I have drunk so much water here every day, that every time I end a meal, I feel bloated not because I had too much to eat, but because I had too much to drink.
Due to the heat, it seems that it is so tempting to just lower one's metabolism and hibernate, go to sleep, as moving is so sticky and discouraging.
Oh well, yeah, there is air conditioning, but that isn't common here in the Philippines, and it's not the case that one is always inside. Besides, if you switch on the air conditioning for a long period of time, you'll get a surprise once you receive your electricity bill.
If only one can move the Philippines a few degrees higher and out of the tropical zone, that would be awesome.