It was the worst time to have an appointment between 3 - 4 pm today.
The rain started suddenly and within 15 minutes, there were lightning and thunder. The wind was very strong as well.
There was no way you could prevent yourself from getting wet and it was pure insanity to even think of getting out into the rain.
But too bad for me, I needed to get to my daughter's school to celebrate her birthday at 3pm.
And I also have to bring a huge bag that contained her birthday party goodies bag.
So it was me in the rain. One hand holding the bag, the other holding the umbrella. Mr Wind was pretty busy trying to get my umbrella to divorce me in the rain.
By the way, how do you get into a car without getting wet when you have an open umbrella?
Do you place the umbrella between the car roof and car door and try to close it, pull it in as quickly as possible? The rain water will nevertheless still drip onto your clothes right?
Or would you try to close the umbrella in the rain and quickly jump into the car and throwing the wet umbrella onto the passenger seat?
I never quite figured out the best way BUT I really need to master this skill because there are no sheltered carparks within the Tiong Bahru Estate!
Anyway, my entire jeans, socks and shoes were soaking wet when I arrived at her school.
And guess what.....my wife told me she forgot to bring another bag of goodies bag and sent me home to retrieve it.
I think she knew that I needed more practice on how to get in and get out of a car with an umbrella.
By the time I got back to the school again, my mood was quite in sync with the weather.
When it was time to leave the school, the rain had eased up but it made no difference to me anyway. I was already soaking wet by then.
This afternoon sudden down pour did claim a victim in Tiong Bahru.
A tree next to Block 50 Moh Guan Terrace fell.
Luckily no one was hurt. Anyway, who would be out walking in the rain right?
I saw the fallen tree at about 4:30pm and by 6pm, the tree and all other debris were thoroughly removed by the Tanjong Pagar Town Council.
If you were heading home this evening and you walked past that spot, you may not even have noticed that there used to be a tree that stood there.
GREAT JOB Tanjong Pagar Town Council, you are super efficient.