I cannot stop raving about how summer is over and we are now right smack in the middle of one of my favorite seasons.
Its not just the constant Baguio like weather, 24/7 or the beautiful changing of the colors from a deep green to a melange of yellows, browns and oranges. But there are just so many other things why I do love fall. Let me count the ways:
Fall means lower electricity bills.
Unlike the summer months, when cooling by airconditioning is required to survive, or the winter months, when you definitely heating to survive too; autumn’s weather is just right that you will be just fine without the help of airconditioning. This means no extra electric activity. Hence, lower electric bills! Huzzah!
By how much?
Well, our average consumption for a 1-BR apartment (70ish SQM), where there is always somebody in (Yes, that’s me!), using cooling or heating, during the summer months is $100 / month, while during the winter, it ranges from $120-150 at most / month. In the fall, it dives down to around $65 / month. Yay for savings!
Isn’t electricity here reasonably priced for a 1st world country? Hehehe!
Fall means apple season.
I’ve expressed my non-affinity for pumpkin season, peak of which is during the fall. But one thing food related that gets me excited about the fall is the abundance of apples and its byproducts. Especially apple cider, which I’ve learned is just unfiltered apple juice.
I love the ones that are spiced with warm fall spices like cinnamon. Mmmmmmm.
Fall means a flurry of weekend activities!
Because the weather is just right. Cool and yet sunny, meaning the decrease in the likelihood of jabar (i.e. arm pit sweat). Everyone just wants to be out and about. Every weekend has a walking / running related event, a festival of whatever celebrated outdoors.
Fall means snuggle and cuddle, hiding under the covers weather.
Need I say more? But it makes it harder to peel myself off the bed in the cool, dark mornings.Maybe an excuse for an extra hour of sleep?
Fall means new TV shows / TV show new seasons.
I’ve never understood the principle behind the seasons of American TV shows, even if I did work in media back in the Philippines and Dubai. But now I do. I guess you never will understand the local media landscape unless you live and breathe in the place.
Cooler weather means people staying in rather the going out. So, TV networks air their new seasons and / or TV shows in the season when people are more likely to be cooped up inside and entertain themselves – and chill, snuggle under a blankie, engage in arts & crafts projects, cook, catch up on reading magazines and books, and, of course, watch TV.
Fall means the welcome of hot soupy meals and hot beverages.
I think I’ve deprived myself of hot soups just because it is too damn hot to have any. But now that the weather is cooler, I look forward to sipping on a bowl of hot noodle soup or have a cup of my favorite Mexican champurrado.
My menu is filled with my favorite go-to hot soup dishes like beef ramen noodles (both the instant kind and the meticulous made-from-scratch kind), molo soup (i.e. Filipino style chicken and dumplings), papaitan (i.e.spicy bile beef soup – sounds disgusting, but seriously good!) for The Husband, Korean ramyun (the instant kind!) and more.
What other things do you enjoy about the fall?