Manila when it sizzles

It is not even warm.

It is HOT [ pardon the incorrect term ].  Literally!!!  And I don’t mean HAWT as in sexxxy…

Last 19 May 2010, Wednesday, the temperature in Manila hit 37.5 degrees Celsius;  the temperature in Cagayan province hit 39 degrees Celsius.  The three consecutive days of 19, 20, and 21 May 2010 were marked by high temperatures.

The PAGASA weather agency [ Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration ] says that this summer 2010 is the warmest in 10 years.  That means that 19 May 2010 was the warmest day in 10 years!!!

When I looked in the mirror that warmer than warmest day, I didn’t see myself.  Instead, I saw a glorious, golden brown, crisp “lechon” roast pig with an apple in its mouth, stuffed with young “sampaloc” [ tamarind ] leaves, “tanglad” lemon grass leaves, pandan leaves, lots of garlic and onions and various peppers, plus fragrant “milagrosa” rice, dripping with lard galore, with a big bowl of roasted and herbed liver sauce on the side… OMG.  What had become of li’l ol’ me???

Ideally, one should be out of the country during this season.  But that cannot be done just like that when one has work to do and businesses to run.

I used to think that friends and relatives who had airconditioned bathrooms, kitchens, and even garages were hopelessly extravagant.  Not anymore.  Airconditioning is now the key to survival in Manila, at least during the summer months.

So much for carbon footprints.  Come what may.   😐   😐   😐



  1. Josh Moya said,

    June 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Good thing the AC is already invented. I

  2. Noni Agulto said,

    June 1, 2010 at 6:33 am

    oh don’t worry Toto… i stayed in Dubai almost a year…and we hit 45-47 there…. this is a breeze…. hahahahaha

  3. June 1, 2010 at 3:23 am

    It is the hottest summer in my whole life !

  4. Alicia Perez said,

    May 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You’re telling me, Dianette!

    Our monthly electricity bill jumped from a manageable __ K to a shocking __ K. My husband is not amused, but it’s that or he takes the whole family plus the “yayas” abroad again to avoid the heat.


    Alicia Perez

  5. Dianette Limchua said,

    May 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Our hopelessly extravagant airconditioned rooms had put a hopelessly extravagant electricity bill! Our highest consumption ever, despite rotating brownouts here in the Visayas.

  6. Vic Mayor said,

    May 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

    The Lechon part made me crave for Lechon!!

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