Some say that when you find yourself in a lousy situation, you shouldn’t dwell on it but, rather, think about pleasant things. I even read somewhere that to get through a hot day that just makes you feel like wilting, you should think about snow-capped mountains and cold drinks.
I’m trying. I’m staring at this photo taken at the Golden Sunset Resort in Calatagan, Batangas last January and imagining myself swimming in the cool water on this very hot summer day. I’m not sure it’s working though because I still feel like melting ice and my fingers are still itching to turn on the airconditioner. And I shouldn’t really because this company without a conscience called Meralco just hiked up power rates. Yes, smack in the middle of summer. And in the middle of the rotating brownouts that have have been plaguing Metro Manila for weeks.
We’re still luckier than city folks because the brownouts haven’t hit us. So far. But if I indulge too often in the luxury — yes, damn it, with the power rates in this Third World country, airconditioning is a luxury — of turning on the aircon at all hours of the day, we might as well hand over to Meralco our monthly food budget.
I know that most people who live in cold countries, especially those with harsh winters, think it’s pretty cool to live in the tropics and be able to bask under the sun 365 days a year. But, I tell you, there’s nothing cool nor healthy about this extreme summer heat.