The much-awaited season is here! Living in this tropical country, I can probably say that summer is really more fun in the Philippines! We get creative with keeping it cool – from road trips to Tagaytay or Baguio, pool parties everywhere, to exploring our archipelago and experiencing different water activities. For most days tho, we’re just… at home, doing our daily routine.
We count on taking a bath to cool us down. Twice, thrice a day? However, things don’t always go the way we want or planned them to be. Sudden water interruptions happen and when they do, here are some of the obstacles we all go through or few words of wisdom depending on how you take it.
7. Life is full of surprises.
Having a daily routine sure makes life easier. Unfortunately, life never fails to surprise you. One day, you’ll wake up ready to face the world and as soon as you make the first twist to open the shower, nothing comes out. You keep on twisting but really, you already know the answer. It’s happening again. We just… either keep on missing the notice or they’re doing it ahead of schedule.
6. The early bird catches the worm. – William Camden
You may have been late today but tomorrow is another day. For a couple of days or so, expect to be waking up a bit earlier than usual to have some extra time getting water and still arrive at school/work on time.
5. Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. – Newt Gingrich
Pag-igib ng tubig? It can be tiring sometimes (and may grow muscles too), especially when you’re used to taking a bath twice a day or more. However, we shall not leave the house unbathed, so better move it and start getting another pale of water (or isa pang kwadrado ng mineral water).
4. Patience is a virtue.
Sometimes, when we’re unsure if we should leave the house or not, we take it as a sign. Like, the universe is telling us to abort our plans for the day and stay at home if the water isn’t back by a certain time. After all, an interruption is just an interruption. It’s only temporary and water will be back soon… or will it?
3. It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
If you got nowhere else to be, then there’s probably no need to take a bath at all. You may be one of the few people who are not used to this kind of practice but there’s always a first time. It’s just a day (or two… who knows?). You can do it!
2. No man is an island. – John Donne
For emergencies like number two, call a friend. Being shy is not an option. You gotta go when you gotta go, which is why you should maximize all your resources to get it over with. Saving all the used water to flush the toilet is also an option. Go ahead and start warning your family. We’re all in this together so don’t just keep it in, let it out!
1. To be prepared is half the victory. – Miguel De Cervantes
Never forget how you surpassed those days and the feeling of triumph after surviving it. Never let your skill perish as this may not be the last. Always save a drum of water whenever possible and your future self will thank you for it. A cowboy should always have a gun in his pocket.
It really pays to conserve water for emergencies like this, and for the future generation as well. You survived it before, you’ll survive it again.
What’s your unforgettable ‘walang tubig’ experience? Share with us in the comments section below!