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With or Without A Rainbow

I hear it's been raining cats and dogs back in Malaysia. Apparently the monsoon season this time around has been terrible and yet I can't imagine all that water pouring out of the sky. Over here,  I haven't experienced a single raindrop ever since I arrived last month. Not that I miss the rain and the traffic woe it brings to the city people + I love a bright sunny day any time but it's always refreshing after a shower. The sky is clearer and the air, cooler and maybe even cleaner. With or without a rainbow, it gives hope to a few more days of blue skies and sun. 

Last night when I stood by the balcony in a star-gazing attempt, I was sorely disappointed. I had read somewhere that there'd be a rare meteor shower this week and I was hoping to catch a few falling stars. Unfortunately, it was an unnaturally cloudy night that had blocked away all the stars from me, crushing my wishes to wish upon a shooting star. The sky here is usually cloudless and when it's dark, you can literally count the twinkling stars if you want, really want. But last night was strange and the clouds got heavier this morning and at 10.30am, I smelled the impending rain. After five minutes, the dry and rather dusty balcony floor became dotted with raindrops! I left the windows open and stood out at the balcony in my pajamas. When we were kids, my mom would join us play in the rain during a downpour - all in the name of cleaning the gutter around the house! 

The dotted balcony floor captured on Instagram. 

And then I got a message from the husband: Apparently it's raining in Doha. He didn't get to feel the rain as the industrial town, Messaid where he works at is about 30 mins away from Doha. 

The graceful, light rain for 15 minutes was a piece of news, a source of delight to many. Not that we are short of clear skies and sunlight in this part of the world but a little rain is still pleasantly beautiful and full of hope with or without a rainbow. My kitchen window is still wide open and I can feel the cool breeze pleasantly invading the living hall as it gets dark. 

I get the morning sun here till about noon - my favourite spot. 

Comments

  1. Sounds like quite the change of pace and yeah a ton of rain sucks. But a little is nice, need it to keep everything going. Stinks how no meteor's showed.

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    1. the next day was clear and the stars stood out but i didn't any shooting stars though.

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  2. simple thing such as rain brought so much of joy ya?

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    1. yeah. i knew i was going miss the rain and hills too :)

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  3. A light shower must a pleasant change in a hot dry climate, but who could miss the daily torrential downpours of a monsoon? Maybe frogs and snails!

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    1. hey GB. strangely i miss the frogs and snails but it's nice to not have lizards living in the home with you. in most tropical homes, there will be some lizards some where.

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  4. I'm glad to hear that you guys had some rain after a long time of none Jaya because I know being without it for a long time would be annoying. Great post Jaya, love hearing about your life in this new place.

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    1. thanks Matthew. hope you're feeling better now :)

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  5. As someone who lives in a place where the sun shines 80 percent of the time, I can relate to the welcome of the rain and the soothing feeling, almost a relief of sorts. Glad to see you're enjoying your stay in Doha :)

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    1. yeah the rain was good although i wouldnt have liked if it had rained for more than half a day.
      doha isn't too bad :)

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  6. Your favorite (or favourite) spot is very pretty.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. thanks Janie :) i find the sun very soothing.

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  7. this post brought back alot of memories .. we used to play in the rain alot too in the name of cleaning .. in fact, the day after my wedding, it poured so heavy at my mum, about 20 of us were playing footie in the rain like a bunch of kids ... (;

    hope your enjoying doha x

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    1. oh yeah. it's so much fun isn't it ? i can just imagine all of you in the field!
      it was always a delight to play in the rain. since it was always a good time to clean the drains, mom, my brother and i would end up in the rain when were kids. good ol' days :)

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  8. Well the monsoon season certainly hasn't reached Kuantan yet. We've only had a few showers here and there, but the last few days have been beautiful and gloriously hot!

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    1. it sounds glorious indeed, Duncan! it's been pouring in KL and Ipoh where my parents are.

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  9. Jaya, I miss u...
    Reading your post about the rain reminded me that ur sooooo far away and that just adds to the melancholy feeling I have been having.

    Here it has been raining like cats and dogs everyday and most of us at metro have been falling ill.
    We need to have a skype session soon I think.. let me knw k :)

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    1. i miss you too, priya menon!!! in fact i was just thinking about you this morning when i got up and i saw this message :) it's the season to be sick here too with the change of weather :(
      yes, we can Skype :) have a new phone with a bigger screen now. btw, i'll be back on the 13th.

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  10. You sound happy, Jaya J... with or without a bit of rain. In my neck of the woods a bit of sunshine is breaking news. Love that favorite spoy of yours.
    -RC

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    1. thanks RC :) that sunshine on the spot does it all. thought of you when i saw this bright orange Netherland jersey at the store yesterday.

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    2. What in the world is a 'spoy'? Anyway, a bright orange jersey... yeah, well, the people over here just love those. I'd jump out of a window wearing one of those hahaha.

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  11. Psssssssst... ENJOY YOUR WEEKEEEEEEEEND! (Don't you just love it when it's weekend?)

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  12. I love to watch my kids play in the rain....I remember me playing in the drainpipes and puddles with the neighbors when I was young.

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