Culture Shock Australia: The Weather

I don’t think I’ve ever been excited
about the weather per se. I mean, in the Philippines, whenever I look at the
weather forecast, it was always like: Monday: scattered thunderstorms. Tuesday: scattered thunderstorms. Obviously, that was during the Stone Age and I’d like to
believe that the Philippines now have better weather forecasting systems. [Music] The first time I flew to Australia, in
Melbourne, imagine my excitement when I saw this weather forecast. It says, today
it’s gonna be “brilliant sunshine” or “mostly sunny and less humid”, “a little
afternoon rain”, “hot with plenty of sunshine”, “spotty morning showers”, “purpler rain”, plus infinite permutations and combinations
of all these words. [Music] Whenever I’m asked by my colleagues here in Australia like, “what’s the weather like in the Philippines” I always respond by saying
that we have two distinct seasons. One is the hot season which is “hot”. Second one is the hotter season which is “scorching”. So, the moment you step outside,
well, hello hyperhidrosis! That’s what I find it really really surprising how people would refer to the weather as “lovely” and “fabulous”. But it’s true though. I found that in Australia or at least here in the East Coast, there are four
lovely and fabulous distinct seasons. However, for my first summer here in
Australia, I had a chance to spend a weekend in Adelaide and the weather as
40+ Celcius was less than fabulous. Every time I cross the road in
the heat of the sun, I felt like my lungs were being sucked dry and I was being
cooked in a slow cooker. So that sums up my first summer in Australia. My first winter in Australia was here in Sydney and no one bothered to tell me that it
is essential to have aircon and heater when looking for a rental apartment. And I certainly haven’t heard of a cold snap until the day I experienced one. But as luck would have it, a good friend actually lent me a couple of portable
heaters, and me not having experience with heaters at all, I plugged the heaters in, and after a few seconds, all the lights
went off in my apartment. So the heaters most of the electricity
in the unit and I have to go downstairs to the creepy basement. And it wasn’t fun at all
given that someone actually died in that basement and now I have to go back there and turn back the fuses on. Apparently, there’s also this thing
called the Sydney vs Melbourne rivalry and it’s been going on ever since the
country was founded. [Music] And an obvious point of comparison to
know which is the better city is, you guessed it: the weather. So Sydney has 107 sunny days while Melbourne only has 46 sunny days. So imagine that. 107 Sundays in Sydney to spend at the beach and have a good time and in comparison, in Melbourne, one can spend 46 days out in the Sun on the banks of the Yarra River. [Music] But Melbourne is not to be outdone given that it has 603 millimeters of rainfall on average
compared to Sydney which is over twice as much with 1223 millimetres of
rainfall. Another thing I’ve noticed and maybe it’s just me but there seems to be
an aversion with using the umbrella or at least getting to the shade. Even when it’s raining, you hardly see anyone using their umbrellas unless the sky is
actually falling. That’s why you see so many people with their clothes drenched in the rain and they don’t seem to care but it cloud be that they’ve just forgotten to
bring their umbrellas, or having a free shower is a good way to conserve water. One could only guess. This is more apparent during extremely warm days so
Australians would rather be under the direct sunlight rather than seek the
shade whenever they go out for lunch or when they’re just hanging out with their
friends in the park. Like, it’s the opposite that I would do because I’d
always look for a shade because I don’t want to be under the heat and I don’t
want to have sunburn. And because this has perplexed me so much, I had to ask a
reliable friend: Google. So here’s a question from someone named richells. Question about Australia: Why Australia do not use umbrella during hot weather?
Here in Asia, it’s normal to use umbrella in summer season to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. So there’s a reply here from bindikinds. It’s too awkward to carry a
parasol all the time. it’s easier to wear a hat and sunnies. Sunscreen is drilled into Australians from the day they are born, so most
people use it a lot daily. I wonder where I could go to get my skin drilled with
sunscreen on a daily basis. But here’s a more interesting answer from someone
called harkbel. I think the reason why people in Asia use an umbrella in summer
is not always just to protect their skin so they don’t get skin cancer. Of course, this is a reason but I know my friends in Asia also do it so they don’t
get tan or dark skin as they want to stay white. In Australia, to protect
ourselves from sun damage, we wear sunscreen hats etc as other
people have said. But in regards to Asia’s view of white being beautiful, lots of people
think the opposite here. Having really pale skin looks sickly to us and it’s not attractive. We do like a bit of a tan so in that regard, we don’t use an
umbrella to stay white. However, of course, we know that sun damage is very
prevalent in Australia. It looks like many Australians prefer being tanned than being fair. Follow-up question from richells. So in Western you don’t find
attractive the mestizo and mestizos look? Do you mean people with mixed-race? Of
course, we find this attractive. From swiftails, tan skin is considered beautiful
in Australia so if you use an umbrella to protect yourself from the Sun, people
still stare and find it strange. I’m not really very pale and I hate that people
constantly make comments about how I should get a tan. So richelles, who’s very curious, has another follow-up question: What about light brown skin?
They also consider it beautiful? So, essentially, the conversation went from why some people are not using umbrellas to skin colour and attractiveness. And I guess that’s the reason why people don’t want you to talk about politics or
religion and they want you to talk about the weather. Because you’d never go wrong
with it. Have you noticed Australia’s big blue sky? Seriously, I think it’s I
think it’s unreal. Do you think it’s real? Like someone after the airbrushed the
entire to make it look lovely and fabulous and
beautiful and all things good and wonderful. I need to get that hex code from that blue color

1 thought on “Culture Shock Australia: The Weather

  1. Drilled with sunscreen – for nearly 40 years now… Also, if you like the blue skies at sea level, go up to Mount Hotham, Buller or Kosciuszko, where it goes a deep indigo that will just knock your socks off.

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