Monday Musings:Being in the Rain

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Hi there! Have you ever danced in the rain? Or even played in the rain? I wasn’t able to and I dare not. I don’t know how it feels because my mom won’t allow us. She said we will catch colds and get sick. I only know it based on movies like when Gabriella and Troy sang “Can I have this dance?” in High School Musical 3. My closest experience was when I traveled with my friends in Sorsogon during the rainy season. Can you spot the rain drops?

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me floating in the island of Sorsogon, Philippines

I also love to capture moments before the rain starts pouring. It has a drama effect that cannot be obtained when we take photographs of a normal rainy day scene. The picture below was taken when my relatives toured us in the newly built Shangri-la at the Fort. I’m not sure why the leaves have wilted.

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When it was about to rain in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Philippines

I was fancying the table and the chair when the rain was about to pour. I took this picture in haste because I’m afraid I’ll get wet. The calmness of the table and the green grass bring offset the dark background of the clouds above. I can even split the photos in half and you won’t notice that they are one of the same.

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While at a farm in Hokkaido running in haste

The same scenario happened when I went to Melbourne with my family. It was a very sad picture. It is as if I ran from the castle where the evil witch is.

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Walking briskly to a covered area in Melbourne, Australia

Despite the sadness the dark clouds bring, I believe that it is beautiful.

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Touring Nikka Whiskey Factory in Hokkaido

I hope we can all dance in the rain literally and figuratively–with or without an umbrella alongside. I love this picture of us inside the factory compound of Nikka Whiskey. We were able to bring green umbrellas inside–japanese style. I took this groupie using the mirror for cars. Can you spot me?

This post is the last of the rainy day series. I hope you enjoyed browsing the photos! For those who weren’t able to view my previous posts I shared about the rainy days in dela rosa here, about my fascination in rain drops here and extreme rains here.

Stay inspired,

Jannel

Monday musings: Sunshine after the rain

Hi there! It is still rainy in the Philippines. I must say that as the years go by I am less affected by the weather. It is such a sad state to see some people roaming around the streets with wet feet. More so, some people find shelter in side streets and does not have enough covering.

Our country is prone to experience typhoons maybe because of where we are geographically. Last year, Typhoon Nina directly hit the Bicol region, my home town. We thought it was just like an ordinary typhoon so we did not prepare that much. Normally, my parents and other relatives would install several used tarpaulins to prevent the wind and rain from entering our house and establishment. This time we did not because we were all busy in the business and we did not check the online news. Around 8 pm of Christmas day, we just had family dinner and are preparing to have karaoke when the electricity was cut off. The wind was heavy and there were thunderstorms. We did not mind. We thought it will just pass. We even played some games to substitute the karaoke.

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After a while, the water was gushing in the balcony. The rain was already entering a portion of our living room. I panicked! In my mind I regretted that we did not listen to my other relatives’ advice to prepare. We kept ourselves busy on that night trying to prevent the water from coming in. For some, the duty is to collect water that already went in.

It was a crazy night and a very different Christmas experience. Despite the bad situation, I felt blessed to be with my family during this time of distress. I also felt God’s presence who gave us the strength while cleaning the house. I was still able to sent a message to friends from Manila asking for their prayers. After a while, the mobile signal was already gone.

We slept past one in the morning of the following day. I was exhausted after collecting the water. Thankfully, the typhoon already passed by our house. We did not mind that there was no electricity yet nor mobile signal. It was as if we were stuck in an island and the most important thing is that we were all safe.

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Upon waking up, the road was still flooded. We had an extra day off from work. It was time for me to reflect. I also got the chance to take pictures after the typhoon. Despite the calamity, God’s creation is still wonderful.

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The gloomy weather was reflected on the glass and table.

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broken lamp post typhoon

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We spent the rest of the day at home. My siblings and dad, both of whom are fond of watching, had an instant media fast. Meanwhile, I got to enjoy the usual things that I do since I am not dependent on the internet nor television.

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Swiss miss and the radio that my aunt was listening to
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sulking in the bed!
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Re-reading this old book
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Documenting memories
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More reading materials! Science 101 experiments.
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Stamps- Christmas themed

In the end, despite the bad situation, I enjoyed that day.

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After two days, we were already able to go outside. No more flood! Yay!

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This dog is ready for a walk.

Stay inspired,

Jannel

 

Monday Musings: Raindrops

Last week the rain was on and off. I just wanted to stay at home because I feel so lazy but there’s work and there’s a shared responsibility on the tasks that needed to be done in the office. I had to book an uber to and from Rockwell Center since it is a bit far from my place.

On the way home, I was rushing because I can see the dark clouds forming. Good thing I was able to reach a covered area before the rain started to pour really hard. While stuck in heavy traffic, I was reading Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins on my phone. It was given to me by my best friend because she knows I love business and self help books. One thing that I miss out while walking is the stillness commute life gives. I get to reflect on the things that are going on and just look at the surroundings outside. I also ask the driver random questions (trying to learn everything that I can given that short span of time. Yes we can learn from anyone).

Towards the end of the trip, I noticed the lamp and the rain drops on the side window of the car. It was beautiful so I took a photograph.

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When I went home, I realized that I have a lot of rain drop photographs taken while stuck in traffic. I jokingly told my dad that I could not drive because I tend to stare at things I notice. I will really feel bad if I miss them!

 

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The photo above was taken along a street in Manila. It is a wet market lane. The drops and the strip of onions blended well together.

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On the way to Binondo with dad. I used my Nikon coolpix camera here so the drops were not that evident.

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Galaxy feels.

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side sweeping rain.

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Student waiting for the bus along the road somewhere in Taiwan. I know there’s no rain drops but it adds to the drama.

Stay inspired,

Jannel

 

 

 

 

Monday Musings: Rainy days in dela Rosa

I love to walk along the streets! It is my main mode of transportation going to and from the office. Aside from avoiding the heavy traffic in Makati, taking a brisk walk counts as an exercise. What I love about walking is that I get to observe nature and people. I would often look up and just be in awe of the clear blue sky, take a close look at the shrubs, and observe people.

But the idea of walking in the rain can be daunting especially when the rain is so hard. Nonetheless, I still choose to walk because being stuck in traffic is worse. Also, dela Rosa street is known to be flooded all the time. If I wait until the rain completely stops, I will have to soak my feet in the muddy water. Thankfully, I have never done it before. I would often pass by the walkway and wait for the rain to tone down a bit.

Rain can affect our mood. Sometimes I get frustrated when I think about the possibility of being wet while walking or stepping in a pool of water along the street. Over the years, I grew to love the rain. I love to hear the rain drops and I care less if I get wet. Thank God! We can take pleasure in the rain.

Sharing with you some “rainy day” photographs. I hope these serve as a reminder for us to be thankful for every moment.

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heavy down pour. La nina days
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Kalachuchi trees post rain

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fallen jasmines post rain

stay posi,

Jannel