From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Rain Man in the Philippines
I'm a rain man in the Philippines. The monsoon season is providing us with an ample supply of water to wash with and to drink. Our neighbor, Jesus, who delivers drinking water throughout our subdivison, is probably going broke.
Before our nieces and nephew moved in with us in our home outside of Iloilo City, we only had to purchase two refills a week for my asawa and myself at a cost of P50. Before the rains hits, we were buying water every other day. That's about an extra P100 or so a week, 400 a month. An additional ten bucks added to the budget.
Now ten dollars might not seem like that big a deal. Isn't that the price of one cigarette in the States now? But when you're on a fixed income as we are, those extra pesos can make a difference. 400 pesos can buy 13 bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen at the UR Zone. Or four cans of Spam.
In the first photo I'm collecting rain water off the tarp we use to shield our hot laundry lady on wash day. Misa Campo, shown in the next photo, is NOT, unfortunately, our laundry helper. Our wash person is not nearly as attractive and likes to spit a lot. I'm glad she works outside.
We use that tarp water for our drinking water. I used to boil it in the hot water kettle we use for our morning and coffee but don't do that any longer. I tested some of the water myself after straining any visible impurities, and I'm still alive. I slipped it into the big water jugs from Jesus when nobody was looking. Everyone is still in good health.
We have other collections points from the roof of our home where we collect rainwater for flushing our toilets and for our showers. With four extra people now living with us, those rain showers provide us with some extra water.
I started collecting the water in that small water container shown in the first photo that I bought at the SM Hypermarket in Iloilo for P99. Two Filipinas that passed my cart remarked that it was cute. But since my asawa was in another part of the store, there is a possibility they were talking about me instead.
I transfer the collected tarp water to the container shown below that we get from Jesus. Had a good rain this last Friday, and refilled all of our containers. We haven't had to purchase any tubig from Jesus at all last week.
Friday's afternoon rain was so intense that we were able to all shampoo and take showers outside (with our clothes on.) Since we don't have any running water in our subdivision outside of Iloilo City on Friday (or Sunday, Monday and Wednesday) it was very refreshing to have a cold rain shower. It is surprising what you can adapt to, even if you're an old geezer of 60 like me.
My asawa started taking dippers of water and splashing our twin nieces with them. I followed suit. My niece April caught me right in the face with a huge scoopful of water. I deserved it. The neighbors probably thought we were loco loco. We didn't care. We were having some good clean fun. Remember, "it's more fun in the Philippines!"
The Author, Dave DeWall, is NOT the cause of the break-up between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. To his knowledge he has never met Ms. Holmes and probably never will. His publicist wanted to nip this vicious rumor in the bud before it became viral on the Internet.