November 8, 2016 by Stephen Bentley
Over and Under the Weather
Perhaps it’s because I am a Brit, that’s why I seem to write a lot about the weather here in the Philippines. We British have a reputation of constantly talking about the weather. The subject crops up once more but in the form of being “under the weather.” I have succumbed to a local virus that seems to have affected so many people of all ages. It took the form of a rotten head cold then a chesty cough accompanied by the sweats and aching limbs.
It is one of the reasons why I have been quiet lately … quiet in the corner … I can hear you whispering “thank goodness”!
Yet it is good to know the Brits are not alone in talking about the weather. This bug I just mentioned has been attributed to … guess what … the weather! Not by me but by the locals. We have seen the return of a rainy monsoon season and to many locals that means coughs and colds. I think they have a point. One minute it is hot and dry then suddenly it is cooler, humid and lashing down with rain drops as big as golf balls. When it rains here … it rains!
The rain has its upsides. Many homes have tin roofs including mine. I love to listen to the machine-gun rhythms of the rain on metal. It’s kind of comforting to know you have a roof over your head keeping you dry.
The noise can be scary too. It is at its loudest when the heavens really open. Often that heavy rain is part of a lightning storm so the noise of the rain, the huge vivid white flash then the thunder clap makes for what can only be described as a surreal cacophony of noise with a blinding white flash of light.
I like it in a strange kind of way.
Oh, glad you asked … I’m starting to feel much better. I’m over “under the weather” – thank you 🙂