August 23, 2010

Rain and Harvest

Rain, showers, downpours
Sun, waiting, then shines briefly
Wind, clouds, rain once more

That's my little haiku about Saipan's rainy season and it sums up this past month.  The rainy season usually runs from late July through October, and this is the time of the year to watch out for tropical storms and typhoons.

The rain is a welcome change to the hot months of May and June, but it does put a damper on the outdoor activities.  Right now the vegetation around the island is in hyper-growth.  For instance, cutting the grass has become a weekly chore (when it's not raining).  If I let it slide to every other week, which is my normal schedule during the dry season, the grass would be at high ankle length, and pushing a mower through high grass is not fun.

This past month, we had a special treat: a harvest to be more specific.  You may recall my post about the green mangos, pineapple and calamansi, anyway, our pineapple and our calamansi were ready to be picked.  The pineapple was sweet, juicy, and oh so delicious.  The kids loved snacking on the fresh piƱa.  As for the calamansi, they were quickly used for our dipping sauces and marinades.  

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As I close this post, the rain outside has begun to pour more heavily.  I have to admit, this isn't my favorite time of the year, but it is a nice change.  The temperature is a little cooler, the island replenishes it's water supply, and the vegetation is lush and green.  And so, even during the rainy season, I Luv Saipan.

(hu guaiya hao mama)

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