New Pages and other updates

I’m now on the process of updating my Holidays Special links. I’ve just uploaded two new events – Ides of March (despite the date not being a holiday) and St. Patrick’s day (despite me not being Irish). Next on my list would be April Fool’s Day and Easter. Then I’m moving on to Labor and Independence Days. Maybe I’ll be able to upload all four of them before June 12th. Hahaha.

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Anyways, it’s already June and the rainy season has officially started. No more beach vacations for me. Too bad, I’d have wanted to go to some more destinations this year like Capones/Camera islands off the coast of Zambales, or maybe visit Puerto Galera one more time. Oh, well. There’s still next year. I may be going back to Boracay, too, sometime in October. That is, if I’ve saved enough money. Hehe.

Well, since it’s already rainy season here, it’s time to have the jackets, coats and umbrellas ready. I hate this season. I don’t mind a little rain, but the tropical storms and typhoons are a nuisance – to me and to the whole country, I would say! Let’s see… there were tropical storms Milenyo, Reming and … I forgot the name… Hahaha… last year that devastated the whole country and left Luzon in total darkness for a few days. Now those days were like being in Hell! They were jokingly called “MRS’ or Most Requested Storms.

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Rain, rain go away
Come again another day
Little children want to play
Wheee!!!

Raining cats and dogs

Ever wondered where this idiom of expression came from?

Raining Cats and Dogs Means: raining heavilyHas nothing to do with: 

     1) the animosity between cats and dogs (or their antipathy to each other), and

     2) that cats and dogs literally fell from the sky

Speculative origins:

     1) Mythology – witches were said to take the form of their familiars – cats – often and ridden the wind. Odin’s attendants – dogs and wolves – were associated by sailors with the rain.

     2) Back when roofs were made of thatch…

“Cats and dogs were supposed to be washed from roofs during heavy weather. This is a widely repeated tale. It got a lease of life with the message ‘Life in the 1500s‘, which began circulating on the Internet in 1999. Here’s the relevant part of that:

I’ll describe their houses a little. You’ve heard of thatch roofs, well that’s all they were. Thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath. They were the only place for the little animals to get warm. So all the pets; dogs, cats and other small animals, mice, rats, bugs, all lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery so sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Thus the saying, “it’s raining cats and dogs.”

This is nonsense of course. It hardly needs debunking, but, lest there be any doubt…

Dogs lived in thatched roofs? No, of course they didn’t. Even accepting that mad idea, for them to have slipped off when it rained they would have needed to be on the outside – hardly the place an animal would head for to shelter from bad weather.”  (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/raining%20cats%20and%20dogs.html)

     3) Its from 17th century England when streets used to be filthy and during heavy rain, dead animals would occassionally be seen floating down.

Source:

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/raining%20cats%20and%20dogs.html

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