Cooling Away this Summer

My mom and I recently went to a nearest mall in our place.  While staying at an appliance store in that mall, I was astonished to see quite a number of people flocking to a specific area only to find out that most customers inquired about purchasing an air conditioner!

Aparelho de ar condicionado

I must say that cooling machines like air conditioners, air coolers, digital and electric fans are very much in demand these days apparently because of the fever like temperature felt even inside a house.  Sometimes it can get very hot even in the evening until the early hours of the morning which I find odd since I thought that mornings should be much cooler.  This could be the reason a lot of people wanted to buy such air cooling machines to ease the summer heat.

My mom and I also joined the bandwagon and started asking a customer service personnel about some of the latest cooling appliances found in the market. Looking at those products, I noticed some physical improvements especially to the air coolers in contrast to the previous ones we had before.  I liked some of the redesigned ones which appear to have thinner body and not occupying too much space when placed in a specific area.

And then I saw an air-con like cooler which to me seems like a TV without a screen. I wondered if my skin would really feel some cold air from such appliance since the atmosphere is more different when in an air-conditioned mall than it is actually placed in a non-air-conditioned room. I was especially intrigued on an air cooler which emits a dew-like smoke effect as if I’m in a high altitude area. There is also a portable air-conditioner which to me is something new and I think a great thing to have but can be pricey.

razon's halo-halo

On the other hand, I noticed some refrigerators near the air conditioners which made me look back on my childhood days. I remember to have opened a refrigerator quite a few times for a couple of seconds just to let myself be cooled. And these days, I found myself enjoying lots of glasses drinking cold water to think that I am not the usual cold water drinker when it’s a fair weather.

This comes to mind that every person has his/her own way of passing a hot weather. Most would stay in a mall for a colder ambiance or some even opt to eat a cold dessert like Razon’s mouthwatering halo halo!

Calgon, Take me Away!

As suggested in today’s daily prompt, I went to the third post that I see from my WordPress Reader which led me to WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed: Friday Faves.  The message I got from the third sentence of its latest post was Forget Calgon!

I got curious and wondered what on earth Calgon by the way. Upon clicking the hyper-linked sentence, I was directed to a Youtube video realizing that it was about a bath soap commercial from 1980s! It’s understandable that I never knew about the product since it’s not a known commercial brand for me and to think I was not born then.

Well anyway, I liked the closing line in the commercial when it mentioned about pampering yourself in luxury just like the featured photo below. It’s like a modern take of cooling away in a bath tub this summer heat.

MMhhh...... relax

MMhhh…… relax (Photo credit: Conanil)

Summery Province Escapade

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Village on the riverside at Cantilan, Surigao del Sur

The rustic smell of my beloved province, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, which is also my parents’ hometown, brings back fun memories of summer vacations I had during my childhood. It’s a different vibe and feel since the air smells fresher in rural areas compared to the urbanized city I currently reside in.

I remember those moments when we had to wake up every day, very early in the morning before the sun rises.  A walkathon from my mom’s maiden house down to the nearest beach almost became a daily morning habit for my mom, siblings, my aunt and cousins.

And the good thing about waking up at dawn?  We were not only having our early morning walking exercise, we also got the chance to witness a beautiful sunrise especially when we reached the seashore!  For me seeing the sunrise first thing in the morning was one of the most memorable childhood moments I had. And it excited me all the more when I already heard and saw the slow gushing of the beach waves. It meant we can now get ourselves wet and swim. And that for us was already an achievement after our walk trip.

Being so young then just made me enjoy the thrill of swimming and playing in the beach. At first I was scared of going farther since the water gets deeper and the waves can be so high. But my mom kept encouraging me to stand tall when the waters become deep for me to reach. Then I would jump and just go with the flow as the waves come after us. And when I finally got it, I was overjoyed to have overcome my fear. When I felt like being pushed down because of the waves, I tried to swim forward and find my way up.

Because we swam often in the beach, I learned to swim in my own way. I watched my mom doing a frog style swimming and then I would imitate her after. In the beginning I was wondering if I did it right but as days went by I know I did but only for a very short time. Then surprisingly I learned floating which up to now still amuses me since I would most often float after swimming a lot and then paddle my way backwards.

And the best learning was when I finally had enough guts to swim under water knowing how I dislike soaking my face too long in the seawater. I especially found it personally fulfilling when I knew I can swim much farther than I imagined it to be.

Brighter than the Sun

This song has been playing as a music jingle in a TV commercial currently shown here in the Philippines. The opening part of the song specifically the beats and the instrumentals are playful in my ears and thus becoming a last song syndrome for me these past few days. A summery upbeat song like this can somehow make my heart joyful and I especially like the part when the ad is ended with the lyrics sang by Colbie Caillat:

“Shining how we want…Brighter than the Sun!”

Oh Summer!

Black sesame soft ice cream. in Kakunodate, Ak...

Black sesame soft ice cream. in Kakunodate, Akita, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I really feel that it is summer already! Imagine swimming in a beach, eating an ice cream, or going to a nearest air-conditioned mall just to lessen the hotness feeling of the current weather in my beloved country today.

Even the steaming heat inside our house is becoming apparent to me. I sometimes cannot stand to stay in one place although there is already an electric fan directly fanned at me. Taking a bath is definitely a breeze since it makes me feel a lot better and feel cooler inside.

Times like this let me ask myself when it will rain again so as to temporarily downgrade the high temperature we currently experience. This also makes me miss a showery like weather! I even wished that we will have it before the summer season becomes official next week according to our local weather station. And I hardly believe that it isn’t summer yet since the heat is sometimes intolerable especially when there is no air moving around to keep the place colder even at night time.

Just a thought: I wonder why when it’s raining a lot that we look forward for some sunshine and when the weather is too sunny that we are looking out for rains.