Summer used to mean outdoor activities

Over the past few months, water supply in our subdivision is cut off at night and I have been unable to invite my mother, who lives in the city, to spend a few days with us this summer as she requires running water 24/7. I told her about our water situation and, just yesterday, she offered to give us one of her overhead water tanks. She didn’t really need two tanks, she said, since she has running water 24/7. Then, she called about half an hour ago to say that she heard over the radio that rain or no rain, water rationing in Metro Manila will start next week because La Mesa Dam is dry so she was temporarily taking back her offer to give us one of her overhead water tanks. How fast our fortunes changed. :neutral:

Some summer we’re having, eh? Summer means vacation. It also means outdoor activities. Used to, at least. I’ve never been anywhere this summer where people didn’t talk about the terrible heat. Even the young neighborhood children who used to play outdoors practically all day during the past summers are rarely out. They have become vampire-like, in fact, coming out only after sunset when the temperature is more comfortable.

In my house, outdoor activities this summer has been limited to outdoor cooking. We’ve been doing a fair amount of grilling (that’s chicken tikka in the photo) but only after sundown as grilling under the sun is no fun. I wonder how much longer before we get a real break from this killer heat.


  1. says

    Water rationing is one of the reasons I prefer to stay and live outside of Metro Manila or the Northern provinces surrounding it. Over hear at upland Cavite, water is flowing 24/7 thanks to the few remaining watersheds untouched by golf courses and industrial parks.

  2. zara says

    yeah! the heat is terrible talaga. yesterday, me and my barkada had an outing and we waited until it was 3pm to take a dip in the pool where the the temp is bearable already. btw, did you happen to witness the eclipse between the moon and venus last night? i hope you took pictures of it.

  3. zara says

    ay, sayang…me too was not able to take photos. i was so mesmerized by the beauty and we’re already a bit drunk too that we just simply gazed at it, para bang nstar struck kami lahat. hehehe! sana meron pang next time…;)

  4. says

    Woah! Water rationing thing just caught my attention. :(
    It is really that bad then, the heat? Just missing the summers in the Philippines…
    Yeah, it used to be so much fun.

  5. says

    We were on the road when we noticed the moon. Had to cook dinner as soon as we got home and by the time I was ready to take photos, the moon was nowhere to be seen. :mad:

  6. says

    Sa June 6 raw yata, Jupiter naman and the moon ang magkaka-align… Jupiter would be bigger and brighter, I guess that would be something to watch out for.