It’s that time of the year again. The cold winds brought by the Habagat cease to blow, and the temperatures once again begin to rise to stratospheric heights. Fans and air conditioners become overused once more, and people begin their yearly Diaspora to the country’s beaches, be they as pristine as those of Palawan, or as dirty as that which we find in Manila Bay. It’s that time of the year again: hot, sweaty and well…hot.

While I do find such opportunties to invade the beach welcome, there is one thing that I’ve never really liked about summer, and that is the possibility of drought. Indeed, the drought here can be so severe that we only have water during the wee hours of the morning. We have to wake up that early to save water. During such times, we would save the water in steel drums, plastic drums or in whatever container we have.

Eventually, these steel drums and plastic drums would prove very useful. When there is no water during the day, we would not worry about the water too much, since we know we have saved water. This is why you will find a lot of drums in many Filipino households. Indeed, the drums can be real lifesavers during such times. The only downside to this arrangement is that when the rainy season sets in once again, the water inside the drums can become quite stagnant. But I think that is another story altogether, so I digress.

Well, the good thing is that summer has not yet completely arrived. I guess I can still hope for a droughtless summer, although that may seem like wishful thinking. In any case, I know that we can count on the drums, just in case. In my case, summer will not come unless I finish my requirements for this semester.

Here’s hoping for happy summer!

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