Right now it is raining heavily in my hometown. I can’t help to worry about flood as my house is quite near to a river and there is a small man-made lake right in front of our house. We are right now in the middle of major flood crisis in Malaysia. It was really bad. As for myself, everytime it rained heavily, I would be very worried. No smiles definitely.
A few months ago, we were striken by draught. It is not as bad as in some countries, where it brought famine, but here in Malaysia, it has come to the extent where the dam is very dry and many places has no running water for quite some time. We did mass prayers and they made clouds (i do not know the real term for that “scientific” process) so that it would rain. At that time, rain was a blessing. Heavy rains made me smile, thinking that the dam would be filled with water.
Wow. See how the same thing could make us feel differently at times!
Anyways, Kuantan is one of the cities which are always being hit by flood these days. I used to live in Kuantan as a child. The year was 1992 until 1995. Every year we would face the raining season. We are quite used to it. It will be on the school holidays at the end of the year. Mom would be hanging our clothes indoors and I remember seeing our balcony and drains filled with lots of water. non-stop. We would also set our paper boats or “sampan” there. hehe.. But at that time, never in my mind that our place will be flooded. Yes. No flood at all. Even having flood in the Kuantan town was never heard of at that time.
But nowadays, things have changed.
I remembered myself going out, be it during my childhood in the 90’s or in my teenage years, we never really care to bring our drinking water for ourselves to quench our thirst. Even during outings with my family too. Even though we rarely gets the chance to have some “cool” drinks at that time whenever we go out with our parents, we still do not bring our own drinking water. And we are not thirsty at all.
Compared to these days, I would always have a bottle of drink by my side. Or else, I would stop by to buy some drinks. I guess the weather is too hot compared to those days in the 90s. That is why we always feel the need to stay hydrated.
So, yup. Things are so different back then.