This month’s hot weather is doing a number on me. I’ve lived in the Philippines for most of the past 12 years and I can’t remember it being this miserable this early in the year.
I don’t like to complain. I made my bed and now I have to sleep in it. But I’m not really complaining. I’m just observing.
Who am I kidding? We always have hot weather in the Philippines. It’s just not so hot all the time. That’s why our seasons are either dry or rainy. No mention of heat or the lack thereof.
I’m usually ready to blast one or more air conditioners when we get to mid-March. I’m not ready for it this early. I prefer using electric fans when we’re not experiencing what I consider hot weather. My meager pension goes further when I do.
I wrote about electric bill issues a few months ago and then removed any traces of them about a month later. Like I said, I don’t like to complain. Those issues, however, are what made me want to use the least amount of electricity as possible to begin with.
I’m sure it has something to do with the warm El Niño ocean patterns. I don’t know if I can blame our lack of rain for the past year on it or not. No, I don’t think it has anything to do with “global warming” or “climate change”.
I certainly missed the rainy season, or what I would consider a rainy season. We were lucky to get two weeks of continuous rain. I hope the upcoming rainy season will be wetter than the last one.
Perhaps the hot weather bothers me more because I’m older. Still, that doesn’t explain why it’s already hotter than normal. And I’m not the only one bothered by it. Everyone around me, all Filipinos by the way, are complaining about it every day. That includes my wife, Josie.
I think Josie wants me to turn the air conditioning unit in our bedroom on. And I think she’s waiting for me to decide. Another day like today and I probably will. Today’s temperature rose to 95 degrees (Fahrenheit) and more than 50 percent humidity. I don’t like the humid heat at all.