March 21, 2105
While it is officially the dry season here there have been many days with rain lately. I refuse to wear a rain coat because they make me too hot, and I usually do not take an umbrella along either. I notice the locals do not either, so what to do when the rain comes down? It is not often a gentle pitter patter, but quickly accelerates to a torrential downpour. Sometimes when I look out my window it looks fine out, but by the time I get the elevator down 15 stories it is chucking down. Rather than go back up I will usually (unwisely as it often turns out) decide to brave the weather.
Today when I left to catch a bus the wind was really whipping up- usually a sign of an imminent storm. I was only going about 10 minutes away and arrived safely before any rain. Fast forward a few hours and upon setting out for home later it was ever so slightly drizzling and looked like it was ending, so I dodged the storm… or did I? I got on the bus safely but had a longer than necessary ride home because of tons of traffic. When I got to my stop there was road construction (welcome to Malaysia), so I had to walk in the street as the sidewalk was no more. Then the rain started coming down harder so that by the time I got to cross the street I was pretty wet. I ducked into the mall to get a few groceries and when I headed home it was just drizzling again, so the walk next door to get home was dry. I would like to think that the next time I go out the door I would carry an umbrella “just in case”, but I know me- realistically it is unlikely, as I always think I will avoid the rain. Happily (as I told a taxi driver the other day who was concerned about me getting out into the rain) I always dry!