How To Enjoy The Rain

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, March 20, 2009 | Published in

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I know this is a somewhat ridiculous if not funny, title. Teaching people how to enjoy the rain. If my last post was about lightning, then this post is about the rain! But do anyone really need or even want to enjoy the rain?

Well, it has been raining lately in this part of the world and there are flash floods and traffic jam in downtown KL. Who will enjoy the rain in such a situation?

OK, flash floods and traffic jams aside, the rain is really a wonderful natural phenomenon that I love! I don't know why, but every time it rains, I feel lighter. I feel happier. Isn't it odd? Most people associate sunshine with happiness. Not me.

I mean I enjoy the sunshine of course, but I also like the rain. Well, as long as I'm not trapped in a traffic jam or caught in a flash flood or out in the open without an umbrella or a raincoat, that is. Haha!



Since you can't stop the rain, you might as well enjoy it, yes? So you want to know how I enjoy the rain? Here's how!

1. Sleep during the rain
Yes! This is how I enjoy the rain! That is why I love it when it rains at night. I find listening to the sound of pouring rain very soothing and relaxing. It's the perfect ambience to prepare me for my sleep. Also, waking up in the middle of the night and hear the sound of falling rain outside my window instantly puts me back to dreamland! No wonder when it rains in the afternoon, I feel like going to bed!

2. Read a good book
What better way to enjoy a good book than sitting beside the window while it is raining outside? The sound of the rain pitter patter against the window pane is enough to take my reading to a whole new level of enjoyment! And it doesn't even have to be in my house! I remember one time I was reading in Borders sitting next to the glass window and enjoying the rain outside! I found it so comfortable there I did not want to leave!

3. Have a steamboat meal
This is especially enjoyable if the weather is cold after a whole day of raining. A hot meal like a steamboat meal totally makes me appreciate the rain much more. And watching the rain while having my steamboat meal inside a warm, comfortable restaurant or home is just so heavenly!

4. Sit outside the garden table
If you live in homes where you have a garden and a sheltered garden table, do try this when it rains! Provided the wind is not too strong and there are no dangers of lightning, it is so enjoyable to just sit there by your garden table and watch the rain! It's good to sit there with family members or friends and chat away while the rain pours. Even better if you include a pot of hot steaming tea for everyone! In fact, that's the best time to bond with family members or close friends.

5. Play in the rain
OK, this may not be a sensible thing to do. You don't want to catch the cold or get sick, do you? But, in reality it's not easier to catch the cold in the rain than in the sun. Want to feel like a child again? Go out there and play in the rain! Just make sure you take a warm shower and have a change of clothing after that!

6. Drive in the rain
I don't know about you, but I enjoy driving my car in the rain. I like the sight of rain falling on my car windscreens and windows. The feeling is just so relaxing especially if I switch on some nice soothing music as well. Of course, the rain must not be too heavy or else it's difficult to drive. And definitely there must not be any traffic jam or else whatever enjoyment of driving in the rain will be thrown out of the car's window!

7. Daydream
If it's not pouring too heavily, try opening the window and let the fresh smell of the rain comes in. Enjoy watching the dark clouds above, the trees swaying in the wind, the rain falling on rooftops and the pavement. Observe the puddles of water created on the ground, and listen to the different tones of the rain falling on different surfaces. Breathe in the fresh air. And indulge in daydreaming even as you focus on your senses.

8. Blog on your computer or laptop
This is especially for us bloggers! I love to be blogging on my laptop while it is raining outside. Just like reading a good book, the sound of rain outside seems to make me enjoy my blogging even more. Perhaps the sound of the falling rain has some kind of psychological effect on me.

Well, that's how I enjoy the rain! And I hope you will learn to enjoy it too. Instead of feeling down and dreary when the rain falls, learn to love the rain and let it be your source of enjoyment!


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  1. Mei Teng said...

    I love the rain esp when I am at home but not when I want to get outdoors! :)

    March 20, 2009 at 8:43 AM
  2. Mei Teng said...

    #1 and #3 are my favourite things to do when it's raining but definitely not #6!

    I don't play in the rain though...hehhe only when I was child :)

    March 20, 2009 at 8:44 AM
  3. -eiling- said...

    Ooh I totally love No1 and No3. It's what I always do except when it rains when I'm working, I can't be sleeping and that's a bummer. Ever try making love in the rain?!! Hmm...

    March 20, 2009 at 8:54 AM
  4. Che-Cheh said...

    Good suggestions. I would like to sleep during rain. Haha

    Haven't try steamboat during rain.

    March 20, 2009 at 8:58 AM
  5. lina said...

    I was lurking by your blog and just when I closed your blog, you decided to put up a new post. Miss FC again!

    March 20, 2009 at 9:02 AM
  6. lina said...

    if the rain is not that heavy, I like being in the car and daydream while Zaini drives. :)

    Is that your house's garden, foong? Very nice.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:04 AM
  7. nic said...

    I'll definitely choose 1 and 2! those are the best things in life!

    March 20, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  8. khengsiong said...

    Ah... when I was a kid, I used to listen to the rain drops hitting the roof.

    It sees that as we grow older, we become less curious :(

    March 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM
  9. Shionge said...

    Yes..enjoy the rain and sleep in ;D

    March 20, 2009 at 9:55 AM
  10. Rad Sujanto said...

    9. Have sex in a romantic and gentle way...
    Hmmmm...
    :p

    10. Read Rad Sujanto's blog ;-)

    ---

    Oh I love playing in the rain! When there are no lightnings, of course! D'uh!

    What I like doing when it rains is cursing cause sometimes it stops me from going somewhere urgently =p

    March 20, 2009 at 9:57 AM
  11. heidi said...

    The rain is so relaxing to me as long as I am at home and not stuck out in it. Love the pics.

    March 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  12. GAGAY said...

    missed FC again here foong!!

    March 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  13. GAGAY said...

    huhuh! i wanna cry!! wanna cry!!

    March 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  14. GAGAY said...

    be back here later for commenting mode..just drop by for my impt blogs.. :) see yah!!!

    March 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM
  15. iamthewitch said...

    Oh we're so alike! I love #1-3 too! And I think rain has a therapeutic effect on sleep! ;)

    March 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM
  16. Bengbeng said...

    a sweet and charming post. now i am curious abt foongpc the blogger. a hopeless romantic?

    March 20, 2009 at 1:04 PM
  17. Merryn said...

    i love to sleep during the rain too.. but my sleeping pattern has to work around ethan's sleeping time.. so he sleep i sleep.. he's awake.. i'm a zombie! :)

    March 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM
  18. [SK] said...

    ..errrmm, only if i was not being caught in the rain!!! :D

    March 20, 2009 at 1:39 PM
  19. annant said...

    i lurve to indulge in slumberland during downpour too :)

    hate it when i have to go class in rain... :(

    March 20, 2009 at 1:43 PM
  20. Nick Phillips said...

    I think the best way to enjoy the rain is to cuddle up and sleep ... LOL!

    March 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM
  21. pikey said...

    Usually I'll be doing item 1 and 2 during those weather.... i superbly like that.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:08 PM
  22. EastCoastLife said...

    I would prefer sleeping when it is raining outside. Nice cool weather to be in bed. :)

    March 20, 2009 at 9:33 PM
  23. EastCoastLife said...

    Besides it's dangerous to be out in the rain because recently our Merlion got struck by lightning on a rainy day! @_@

    March 20, 2009 at 9:34 PM
  24. foongpc said...

    mei teng, oh me too! I love the rain only when I'm indoors. As for playing in the rain, I do that only once in a while when I want to relive my childhood : )

    eiling, I agree it's such a bummer to work during the rain. Such a nice time to sleep during rain and you have to work! Making love in the rain? Gosh, haven't tried that before! Have you? I only make love indoors! LOL!

    March 20, 2009 at 10:59 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    che-cheh, you should try the steamboat especially on a cold, rainy day - it's enjoyable! : )

    lina, I hope you are not stalking me, I mean, my blog! Haha! Sorry you still missed FC despite lurking around, never mind, try again next time! : )

    Oh, you like being inside the car and daydream when it rains? I like too but since I'm driving, I try not to daydream too much! Haha!

    Yes, that's the picture of my house garden. I took the picture one fine day when it was raining. I love to see the water flowing down the rain chain (or kusari doi in Japanese) from the roof gutter : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    nic, yes they are indeed the best things in life! You also know how to hiong sau(enjoy) ah? Haha!

    khengsiong, I guess as we got older, we were too preoccupied with adult stuffs like our jobs, daily commitments etc. to enjoy the simple things in life. Yet the simplest things in life are usually free and the most enjoyable! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    shionge, love to sleep when it rains! It's the single most enjoyable things to do in life! : )

    rad, thanks for adding 2 more things to do when it rains and make this a Top 10 List. Haha!

    Why am I not surprised when you say you like to play in the rain? You just love to have fun and since you are so young, do enjoy the fun, yes?

    Oh, please don't curse the rain. It's a gift from nature. You may be irritated if it rains when you plan to go out, but remember there are many people who are staying indoors and loving it! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:27 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    heidi, yeah, me too! It's a wonder how we humans seem to love or hate something - the exact same thing - under different situation or circumstances! : )

    gagay, ha! So sorry you missed FC again, but you know what, never give up trying. One day you will be FC here! And thanks for dropping by what you considered an important blog! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:31 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, so glad you share my love for the rain! Yes, the rain does indeed has a therapeutic effect on sleep : )

    bengbeng, thanks! As for me being a hopeless romantic, haha, I don't think so! But that's not for me to say, right? : )

    merryn, that's why I salute you and all mothers who have to stay awake to take care of their children! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:36 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    SK, that's understandable! Haha!

    annant, yeah we always like the rain when we are not outdoors or planning to go somewhere : )

    nick phillips, yes, cuddle up and sleep during the rain is the single most enjoyable thing to do in life! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:39 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    pikey, somehow I know you like that. Maybe it's the way you blog or what you wrote in your posts. I knew you like the rain just like me! : )

    eastcoastlife, yes sleeping during rain is so nice! Merlion got struck by lightning? Yes, I think I read about that in the news!

    Gotta be careful if the rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning - better stay indoors then and enjoy! : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:44 PM
  32. JL said...

    Hmmm...eat steamboat! I haven't tried eating steamboat when it rains xD

    March 21, 2009 at 12:09 AM
  33. Ayie said...

    Where's that taken? Such a nice view! I enjoy the rain most esp back home (in our tropical country, yay!) coz I get to be just at home and do things there. When we were younger, my brother and sister usually play in the rain...we bathe and run around the neighborhood. Pretty fun right?

    BTW, just let me know if you're still having trouble with luscious treats so we can do something about it. =)

    March 21, 2009 at 12:25 AM
  34. DC said...

    I loved the rainy season! I'm scared of heat!

    Rainy days are good for acting emo and melancholy.

    March 21, 2009 at 2:15 AM
  35. *Anton* said...

    Oh i love the rain, and the new lives it creates ie new plant shoots. The wonderful fresh mushroomy smell after the rain is so invigorating too. Sleeping, or just snuggling in bed with a book and nice hot cuppa is nice. :)

    +Ant+

    March 21, 2009 at 2:20 AM
  36. Monica said...

    I definitely prefer to stay home and sleep on rainy days!

    March 21, 2009 at 7:05 AM
  37. Monica said...

    oh btw, nice garden!!! now I miss my house garden >.<

    March 21, 2009 at 7:14 AM
  38. Scotty's Princess said...

    When it rains, i only have two things in mind: it rains because I am sad or I am sad because it rains, hahaha!

    But kidding aside, I prefer to be inside the house and sleep during rainy days and I prefer it than summer... But regions in the pHilippines who's always been struck by typhoons loathes and despises rainy season. Too many lives have been claimed and properties damaged.

    Tsk! Tsk!


    When nature hits violently, we can't help but count our blessings. ANd for me, a rain is a blessing...

    Happy weekend!

    All the Best,
    LAINY

    March 21, 2009 at 8:43 AM
  39. Life Ramblings said...

    my kids love to play in the rain, something they love to do when given the chance, not often though.

    March 21, 2009 at 9:35 AM
  40. Life Ramblings said...

    i enjoy listening to the rain drops hitting the ground.

    March 21, 2009 at 9:35 AM
  41. Life Ramblings said...

    have a great weekend.

    March 21, 2009 at 9:36 AM
  42. happysurfer said...

    Foong, you forgot, "Make love". hehe..

    March 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM
  43. pikey said...

    I think we got more and more things in common, kekeke...

    Thanks for your continuous support in my blog.

    March 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  44. TH said...

    good idea! thanks for sharing.

    March 22, 2009 at 8:26 AM
  45. Angie Tan said...

    Love the rain too.

    Reading a book or listening to music while sitting next to the window is great!

    If you have someone special, cuddling up to them while watching the rain is nice too. Provided the rain is a drizzle and not a storm. Haha!

    March 22, 2009 at 9:22 AM
  46. Babette said...

    I have nice memories of playing in the rain with my cousins when I was little. It is fun although we don't do it in thunderstorms. :o)
    I prefer not to drive in the rain since there people who still drive like maniacs even in the rain.
    Just like snow, rain is nice if you're inside the house and not up and about. :o)

    March 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM
  47. suituapui

    So you're going to post on thunder next? Like the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "When shall we three meet again - in thunder, lightning or in rain? LOL!!!

    March 22, 2009 at 4:30 PM
  48. kenwooi.com said...

    i love the rain.. so cooling and can sleep nicely =)

    btw, hellos.. great readership you have here. *envy envy* lol

    March 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM
  49. QuaChee said...

    i love the rain at times too. though it does make one a lil sleepy at times hehe.

    btw nice list, foongpc! uve done it again. very nice compilation hehe. the only one i dont really do - is drive in the rain haha.

    btw, can i add - eat ice cream in the rain? u know i like cold with cold! haha! :)

    March 22, 2009 at 7:52 PM
  50. cibol said...

    kenot blog during rain la, later my desktop kena samabar kilat! he he he

    March 22, 2009 at 10:42 PM
  51. jam said...

    Oh ya, I like raining too providing it won't cause flood. I hate flooding!

    March 23, 2009 at 8:30 AM
  52. iris said...

    Last time when im stress out, i would go under the rain, it feel great, it can clear my mind with the rain..

    March 23, 2009 at 8:43 AM
  53. foongpc said...

    JL, try it! : )

    ayie, that's the picture of my house garden. I always like to sit at the garden table and enjoy the rain if it's not too heavy.

    Yes, it's fun to play in the rain during childhood days. So once in a while, I relive the fun by walking in the rain! : )

    DC, yes ditto to that! But I don't feed sad during rainy days, instead I feel happy! Cos I love the rain! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    anton, totally agree with you. Rain is such a blessing from God! : )

    monica, yes staying at home and sleeping during the rain is just so enjoyable! Miss your garden? Are you staying in a condo now?

    scotty's princess, yeah rain is nice, but not typhoons! Over here, we have flash floods and landslide during rainy days. I guess every good thing has a bad side to it. So we just enjoy the good side and just be blessed we get to enjoy the rain! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yeah it's fun playing in the rain - I remember that during my childhood days. Now as adult not so fun anymore, but once in a while, I do go out and walk in the rain!

    Listening to the sound of rain is calming and relaxing to me, even therapeutic! : )

    happysurfer, make love during the rain? Sounds good to me! : )

    pikey, yes we do, don't we? Thanks to you too for supporting my blog! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 12:41 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    TH, you are welcome! : )

    angie tan, I think everyone seems to like the rain! Actually I don't mind if it's a storm with thunder and lightning provided I'm safe in bed! Haha!

    babette, I hope to experience the snow one day! But I think I cannot take the cold! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 12:45 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    suituapui, no, not going to post about thunder. I think the lightning and rain is more than enough. Haha!

    kenwooi, thanks for dropping by. Don't envy me. You can do it too! : )

    quachee, honestly, I don't think I've tried eating ice cream during the rain, but maybe worth a try! But it's nothing compared to eating ice cream in the snow. Must experiece that one day!

    There was however one time, when in a restaurant I ate ice kacang and the air con was blowing directly at me full blast. After eating the ice kacang, I was shivering like mad! So I don't think I will enjoy it. Maybe you are just weird, quachee! Haha! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 12:51 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    cibol, oh yes! Better not blog during a thunderstorm. But if raining only with no lightning, I think can lah. Btw, thanks for dropping by! : )

    jam,oh yes, I can understand why you hate the flood. Your home were flooded before, right? I don't think anyone likes flood. But aside for floods and landslides and traffic jams, the rain is really nice! : )

    iris, good to know the rain could clear your mind. I guess the rain is cleansing. Btw, thanks for dropping by! : )

    March 23, 2009 at 1:00 PM
  59. Monica said...

    no Foong, I'm renting a house and I don't do gardening.. but we have a big garden in our house at Sabah ;-)

    March 24, 2009 at 2:38 AM
  60. Ayie said...

    You've got a beautiful garden there foong! Nice way to relax and enjoy the rain being there.

    March 24, 2009 at 4:33 AM
  61. Superman said...

    You live in Genting? Haha. The view is like Genting Awana. Great view you've got there.

    March 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM
  62. foongpc said...

    monica, oh I see! You miss your big garden in Sabah! : )

    ayie, yes I love my garden! : )

    superman, really? Never think of it like that! But I do like the Genting cool and misty weather : )

    March 24, 2009 at 9:04 PM
  63. Tekkaus said...

    Rain, rain go away!
    Tekkaus and friends wanna play!
    I thing I like rain too.
    As long as there won't be any flood.

    And I certainly don't want the rain when I'm going to work because I'm riding a bike. Haha =)

    When I as younger I always like to play in the rain. Soak up in it.

    March 25, 2009 at 8:29 AM
  64. Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) said...

    :-D
    The last tip is the best!!! :-D

    Number 5 ... Yeah, I did that, NO, I DANCED in the rain!! Yehaa!! It was near the equator though so the rain was faily warm!! Yay :) Really cool. :)

    March 26, 2009 at 7:37 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, yeah the rain is always welcome as long as we are not caught in the flood. In your case, since you are riding a bike, raining will be a hassle to you, but at least you can weave through traffic and won't get caught in the jam : )

    leo, dancing in the rain! That's nice! Would love to do that too but not in front of people : )

    March 26, 2009 at 5:45 PM
  66. QuaChee said...

    nice way to look at it. ur quite a positive person :)

    February 17, 2010 at 10:39 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    quachee, oh! Didn't expect you to return to this post for a second comment! haha! Anyway, thanks! Hope you love the rain like me too : )

    February 25, 2010 at 12:10 AM
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