There’s an old game any serviceman knows well, based on my years in the Air Force. Probably it is just as common in civilian life too. Among other things it is called “Can you top this?”. In practical and irreverent terms it is also called “First liar never stands a chance”.
Basically it involves a bunch of (usually) guys sitting around and (girls can play very well too, women take no back seat in story telling, especially if there is an ex-husband around, believe me) and talking when someone brings up a subject like, say, the weather. From then on, the tales mount. You’ve all heard them, kind of like grandpa’s “five miles each way to school and up hill both ways” stories.
Well, it’s only human nature to want to top the last guy’s tall tale, and I see no real harm in it … but if you are trying to learn about the Philippines .. and especially sitting on the cusp of a decision regarding making a move here or not, it probably would be best if you checked first and made sure you were basing your decision on fact instead of fiction.
A few days ago I visited a forum where a guy (from the UK, I believe he was), was opening up a discussion on whether or not his personal retirement plans should include the Philippines. In one of his first sentences he caught my attention when he said something like, “Of course this discussion is really kind of academic because I am sure I couldn’t stand the brutal weather there.”
Well, having lived in the UK, I guess you could call the weather “brutal” here in the Philippines, but then again, I’ve been all over the world, including Alaska, and England is the only place I ever lived as a young GI where I routinely shaved with my parka on over my uniform before leaving for morning formation.
Let’s face it, there are extremes of weather from time to time where ever you may travel, but to call the weather I enjoy here in the Philippines “brutal” would be a bit much to me .. the weather here is one of the big plus factors for me … in the same way a heck of a lot of 9especially older) Americns gravitate toward Southern California, Arizona and all across the southern border to the “Gray Panther” capital of the USA, Florida. (I think that is also the reason why cities like Colorado Springs … too damn cold for me … is infested with NODAKS and SODAKS … it’s so much warmer there they lose interest in going any farther south). Several other guys jumped in to the weather discussion thread and their stories amazed me, One guy, in particular, mentioned how he had been here in manila last year .. when I live … and was on and on about 4 or 5 days in a row where the temperature was over 105F. Huh? I don’t know how long records have been kept in manila (I expect a pretty long time) but I can easily check 20 years worth online and it has never been 105 degrees Fahrenheit in Manila that I can see.
It’s just past 4 pm local time as I write this and I just checked the weather .. it’s hotter in New York city (where it is 4 in the morning) than it is here right now on the outskirts of Manila. Warm? Absolutely. “Brutal”? I’d say that’s a bit “over the top”, mate.
Here are two charts showing a fill year of temperature highs and lows for two major Philippine cities, one down in the far south of the country and the other pretty well up north where I live.
Now, for comparison, let’s look at three big US cites, northern, central and south and see what the weather “back home” is like, objectively, not what grandpa says it was:
Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN, 2009:
New York, NY, 2009:
Dallas, TX, 2009:
They say that “Figures never lie, but liars figure”, or something else about proving anything you want to with statistics, but in all honesty, you be the judge … do you think the weather here, especially the heat, if “Brutal”? Hardly, mate, hardly.