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Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Or The Lightning? It was close today! The lightning strike. Watch that YouTube video. Just the first strike. Listen carefully. Can you hear a searing noise? I can. Now I’m no stranger to thunderstorms. But thunderstorms here in the Philippines are something else. I was taking my early afternoon nap when I heard the heavy rain start. Raindrops the size of saucers. Then I heard the searing sizzling noise and saw the brilliant white flash. Boy, that strike was close! The thunder clap was simultaneous to the sizzling noise. It shook the aluminum windows of the house. You know what? Our two young boys slept through it 🙂 The humidity has been intense here lately. It’s funny how I’ve got used to it. I hardly sweat now.…



As Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu) now moves slowly away from the Philippines it would be remiss of me not to thank all my family and friends who sent me messages yesterday expressing concern for me and my family here in the Philippines. It was greatly appreciated and touching. I messaged them back to tell them we were fine. I added that in Bacolod we were experiencing the outer rain bands of the cyclonic system with its strong squalls and sudden heavy downpours of rain which can last from anything from 2 – 3 minutes to 30 minutes or so.  This is repeated throughout the day and night. However that is nothing compared to its effects in northern Luzon province. One factor in inquiring after our…


Stormy Weather! Or Why I Prefer the Philippines to British Weather

I write this during yet another thunderstorm and a heavy downpour here in Negros Island in the Philippines. I love thunderstorms. Are you one of those people fascinated by the TV documentaries about storm chasing, whirlwinds and all that other violent weather that us humans have to contend with? I know I am. Where did all that start? I mean loving thunderstorms . In my case I can trace it back to when I was a child, but more of that later. I am also conscious as I write that violent weather can kill people. That is a fact all Filipinos are aware of as a result of the regularity of typhoons sweeping through the archipelago. I have often heard Filipinos refer to two distinct monsoon…

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