I miss Thai summers so badly. At this time of the year, the temperature is usually high. Wait until April and it is stiflingly hot. It is so unbearable to walk outside, but that is one of the reasons I like it. It is a good excuse to go out during the daytime to meet up with friends in the air conditioned shopping mall or go to a cooler place like the beach or to the park to find a breeze and some shade. Doing nothing in particular I would chill out under the blue sky, while listening to the rasping of the cicadas. If you have ever been in Thailand at this time of the year, you will understand what I mean: these little creatures are noisy, aren’t they? But that is just Thai summer for you, if you didn’t hear them, your summer would be lacking something.
What I also like about this time of the year are the seasonal fruits – Thai people are lucky to have plenty of fruit to eat throughout the year anyway – and there is ample for people to indulge themselves during the summer heat. These fruits are not only tasty and succulent, they are also good for you. Take mango for example, whether it is raw or ripe, it is full of substances that help our body to produce Vitamin A. Pineapple is very good too. Not only is it full of vitamins, it also helps our body to digest food quickly as well. The summer fruit that I love most, however, must be red melon. Nothing can beat this juicy, yummy thing, especially when you eat it after you have left it in the fridge for quite a while. Imagine walking into your house, sweating profusely as a result of the heat and going straight to the refrigerator. After downing some water, you will surely want to have a taste of a very cool, sweet red melon. It just so revitalises you. It is good for your bladder too and also helps to cool down the heat inside your body. There are other fruits such as durian, mangosteen, rambutan and so on – too many to talk about. I will leave it to you to find out for yourself.
This time of the year, like so many people, I love staying on the beach, doing nothing at all. Every day after breakfast I will go back to the room and get my clothes off and wear nothing except my dinky swimwear. Ideally, I would like to be dressed in nothing at all but you have to be careful as that is deemed inappropriate in Thailand. Neverthless, I have sometimes managed to do just that. I did not care anyway as it was too bleeding warm. Swimming naked in the pool is too awesome to miss. It is just a matter of fact that I have no shame whatsoever. Why should I? I did it on private premises. It is nobody’s business to look inside.
The downside of summer in Thailand is that food tends to go bad pretty quickly. That is a fact. This is the reason that we have to be cautious what we eat. The food has to be freshly made and people have to make sure that the meal has no sour taste since it is a sign of it going off. But no matter how thorough you are, in the summer, you will sometimes suffer from stomach pains as a result of what you eat. Though you are not going to die because of that. Overall, the Thai summer is a time for people to enjoy themselves, but please do not be bad-tempered because of the heat. Just relax and listen to the wind blowing and the rhythm of the sea.