Wear Rain-Appropriate Clothes
Of course, raincoats and rubber boots are a given. But if you don't have either of those, and would rather use only an umbrella, there are other ways to keep yourself from soaking wet.
For example, instead of pants and long skirts, you can wear shorts. Instead of leather shoes, you can wear rubber slippers. If your office doesn't permit shorts and slippers (which is usually the case for companies in Makati), you can do the following: (1) Wear your comfortable attire for commuting; (2) Carry your not-so-comfortable attire in your bag; and (3) Change into the latter once you're in the office. Trust us: That's what most Filipino workers do during inclement weather!
Bring Your Own Lunch
If you're used to eating out once the clock hits 12 (or whenever your company's lunchtime is), you may find your choices limited during the rainy season. After all, you wouldn't want to come back to work soaking wet just because your favorite restaurant happens to be five blocks away. Grab your lunch from a convenience store (like 7-11 and Ministop). Better yet, make your own at home.
Make Sure You're Vaccinated Against the Flu
In the Philippines, June and July tend to be "flu season." When the weather swings between "blazing hot" and "freezing cold" every now and then, that's a recipe for getting the flu (or some other immune system-related diseases).
Ask your employer whether flu vaccinations (or the like) are included in your list of benefits. You can also pay a visit to the nearest Makati clinic, and inquire about the same. Remember to do a background check on the clinic administering the vaccine, though, because fake flu vaccines exist.
Note the Flood-Prone Areas
Some areas in Makati are more flood-prone than others. (For example, the intersection of Gil Puyat Avenue and Osmeña Highway turns into a near-river during typhoon season!) Before you head out, check the weather updates from PAG-ASA, and find out if the route you'll be travelling gets flooded during the rainy season. You may not be able to avoid floods 100 percent of the time, but at least you'll be prepared for them.
Consider "Telecommuting" to Work
You don't have to be in a physical office to make a living. If your company allows employees to work from home, don't hesitate to ask whether that option is open to you. As long as your job doesn't require that you be physically present at all times, it won't hurt to consider the abovementioned option.
Stock Up on Food (and Other Supplies)
When you're tired after a long day at work, rushing towards a packed mall under the rain may not be the best idea. Check your pantry to see if your stocks will last for at least a week, list down any missing items, and head out as early as you can.
Bring Extra Snacks and Supplies to Work
If you don't have your own mode of transportation, it's easy to get "stranded" at work. That means you'll have to stand in a kilometric line with everyone else, waiting for a bus/jeep/taxi to come along in a couple of hours (if you're lucky). By the time it's your turn to ride, you may already be too tired/hungry/angry to think straight!
So keep those extra snacks handy. Bring a book (or something else) to keep you entertained while you wait. Talk to a stranger about how the Philippine weather is such a pain. Do what you can to make it all bearable.
Eat Warm Food
Soups are a great way to stave off the cold feeling brought by the rainy season. You'd also want to stock up on citrus fruits like ponkan (near-seedless oranges), which keep your immune system in top shape. We'll be doing a couple of posts on the best Filipino food for rainy seasons next week, so watch out for those!
Stay at Home
It's tempting to show up for work even when you're feeling under the weather (no pun intended). But if you're not feeling so swell after a week of getting soaked, it's in everyone's best interests for you to stay home. Not only will you speed up your recovery, but you'll also keep your co-workers from getting sick.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Weather Updates
Although typhoon season usually peaks in the "ber" months, they can come during other times of the year too. Tune in to the weather section of your favorite news outlets, and watch out for any warnings about strong storms. If there are any, that's the time you switch to "dealing with typhoons" mode.
What else do you do to cope with the rains in the Philippines? Send us your thoughts in the comments!