People complain a lot about Manila’s pollution without giving much credit to the generally very pleasant weather here. Compared with the humidity in other Southeast Asian cities such as Singapore and Bangkok, Manila’s humidity levels are very low. I lived in Singapore for four years and, although I am generally a hot weather kind of guy, I did find the soup-like clamminess a bit much from–-it also played havoc with my book and vinyl collections (OK it was a while ago).
In fact it takes a spell of really miserable weather such as the interminable grey days we had in early June to make me appreciate how congenial the climate is in the Philippines. Sure, we have a hot season in April/May but by the standards of, say, Delhi, it is isn’t that hot. Our hottest day a few weeks ago was about 37 degrees, compared with top temperatures of around 45 degrees in the Indian capital—-that’s a shift from the uncomfortable to the unbearable.
Climate doesn’t seem to matter much to some people but it sure does to me. Serene cloudless mornings like the one outside my window are an important reason why, despite everything, I have always been very happy here.