Finally, the long days of searing heat, high humidity, and constant sweating are over! Instead, they’ll be replaced by long days of strong storms, surprise heavy rains and winds, and metro-wide floods and gridlock, plus the aforementioned heat and humidity for good measure (because, you know, tropical country suffering through global warming and all).
Ready for dark skies and darker moods? Start prepping now, while we’re still in between seasons! For this list, we’re giving you some clothing suggestions, along with a few gadgets that would serve you well during weather-imposed seclusions.
Stand under this umbrella
Sure, it would be real sexy if your GF got drenched a la Rihanna (YouTube to the rescue for this reference, because the song’s already 10 years old!), but the truth is she’d really appreciate it if you had something keeping you both dry during downpours. Ditch the cheap and weak convenience-store payongs, and go for Gustbuster’s Classic Umbrella! This huge golf-style umbrella provides enough room for you lovebirds with 41” of canopy coverage. It’s also made to withstand the rigors of regular use through its double-reinforced fiberglass ribs, and its automatic release system makes opening and closing a cinch.
We’re curious though if it can power through our epic storms, or if its shaft is as lightning-resistant as Gustbuster claims—though we’re not stupid enough to tempt Mother Nature. Don’t do it, guys.
Buy your Gustbuster Classic through Amazon, and for US$34.95 (around PhP1,730)
Made for more than walkin’
(This is our second and last old-song reference, we promise.)
The weather may be unpredictable, but you can be sure that you’ll slog through puddles and floods at some point during your commute. Keep your feet dry and your japorms impeccable with Palladium’s leather-and-nylon high-cut Pampa Sport Cuff boots. It’s waterproof, with that rugged aesthetic expected of hardworking kicks; inside, your feet are made comfy with rubber soles and EVA sponge fillers.
We know where people with a no-frills approach to fashion go for their everyday basics: Uniqlo. And we certainly know why—the retail chain unfailingly offers wardrobe essentials that won’t make you go broke, or give you a headache while figuring out what matches with what. The brand’s reversible parka complies with its easy-fashion directive, and keeps your upper body dry with its water-repellent coating. Its relaxed, classic style also makes sure you’ll still use it after countless fad-driven fashion cycles.
The next-worst thing to you getting an unintended bath outdoors: your stuff becoming waterlogged and soggy. Nix that problem even before it happens with waterproof bags like Gouache’s Hogarth duffel bag. The waxed-canvas exterior protects your belongings from water damage, and its three built-in pockets and shoe compartment make packing and organization a lot easier. From home to office to the gym and short weekend trips out of town, this bag has it all handled.
Purchase your Hogarth bag through Gouache’s website, and for PhP3,250. Gouache also has partnerships with other stores in Makati, QC, and Cebu
Raise the flag
The latest Samsung flagship device, the Galaxy S8, is worth the wait—and it’s getting headlines for the right reasons this time. We’re already in love with its Infinity Display; and can’t wait to see its 12MP and 8MP rear/front cameras, faster processing, and other special features for ourselves. But what we’re really digging right now are the S8’s resistance to rain and dust (thanks to its IP68 rating), longer battery life, and wireless charging capability—all important during storms and long blackouts.
Good, upbeat music has always helped us get through feelings of doom and gloom, especially if it’s blasted out at top volume. We’re thinking the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speakers can boost your mood and make rainy days indoors more bearable. You can connect up to three devices wirelessly, and play up to 10 hours’ worth of tunes on it. And when someone calls to check up on you (and when you do the same for someone else), you can use the Flip 3 as a speaker, with background noise and echo all canceled out. Hell, if you want to soundtrip while it’s drizzling out, you can do it with this device!
Grab your own Flip 3 speakers at JBL’s official Lazada store for PhP6,495
Stick with this
We’re tired of using our laptops and smartphones to stream our favorite TV shows and movies. We want our media on the big screen, and we want one streaming device for multiple services. Are those too much to ask for? Roku doesn’t think so, and its portable Streaming Stick brings HD-quality content to your TV for an affordable price. Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Video, HBO Now, and other online streaming services are now available at your convenience (well, as long as you have a paid account with them), turning your binge-viewing and -listening sessions into one long couch episode. We see absolutely nothing wrong with that. Now, where’s the popcorn?
Buy your Roku Streaming Stick via the Roku website for US$49.99 (around PhP2,500 without shipping fees)