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Heydays With Hanna is a commemoration of travel memoirs, design musings, photographs, and personal reflections. I hope to be able to encourage you all to embrace everything about the mundane and extraordinary days.

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Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

WHEN IT RAINS

The rain gives us a universal sense of pause, and somehow a certain kind of comfort or peace. We experience the same behavioral patterns when it rains - we momentarily stop and stare, stand up, and observe the raindrops gradually invade our window panes.
Growing up in a tropical country, I have learned to live with both sun and rain. I personally enjoy both seasons and try to maximize them by appreciating how it somehow becomes a part of our daily lives. And though the rain could mean wet shoes and pavements and long lines of people and cars on a commute, it is when it rains that I find myself feeling a special kind of joy and solace. It is when it rains that I am reminded to take things slow, enjoy and accept my pace, and simply live and bask at the moment.
When it rains, the plants celebrate in glee. You would know it from the vibrance of their leaves and the way they seem to sway in a certain rhythm along with the cold breeze. In a certain way, all the troubles of the day seem to get washed away and get replaced by delight and comfort.
The rain gives us a certain sense allegory; Aside from the idea of slowing down, it symbolizes the celebration of coming clean; it encourages the idea of remembering, of longing, and yes, even grieving; it gives us a visual representation and reminder of renewal - it represents an idea of newfound hope and starting over. I love it when it rains, even for just a little while, it gives us the perfect excuse to stand up for a while, look at the views around us, welcome the breeze and be alone in our thoughts.

It rained the whole day last Friday, it was actually because of a tropical storm. It is also the indication for all of us to prepare ourselves and our homes for the rainy season and slowly bid Summer a sweet and temporary farewell. With all the troubles going on in the world and my country, I continue to hope and pray for God's wisdom and protection to reign in our hearts and minds. 

I documented a bit of last Friday and shared it in my VLOG. It's a project that I started last March, at the beginning of the ECQ here in Manila. The channel is mostly an extension of this blog and will more or less focus on short videos about the things that I see and experience from both special and regular days. I honestly don't know when I'll be out in the world again, so this medium has kept me creative and observant in the sense that I get to observe the things that surround me and appreciate it in all its layers.

I don't normally update on Mondays but I just really wanted to check in with you and share a bit of the thing I've been thinking about lately. I'm excited to share with you another feature on HEYDAYS WITH_ tomorrow!
Even if it rains, I hope that we cling unto the little things that remind us of this beautiful life. Even when it rains, may we continue to see the good in things and people, and consciously live with an attitude of gratitude. I wish you all a great week ahead.

Happy Heyday!

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  1. Love these pictures, I can't wait for my next rainy day. Especially when it gets hotter and becomes humid and stormy.
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    Louise x

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    1. Hey Louise! Thank you so much for stopping by. The rainy days are indeed refreshing for all of us. I hope you are doing well!

      Cheers,
      Hanna

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  2. I just LOVE this post, Hanna! You have captured here something so true but so elusive - I have never even thought about this but it really resonates with me. I also love your photographs - so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for spending the rainy day with me, Katerina. I'm glad to be able to share a moment and connect with you <3

      Cheers,
      Hanna

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  3. AH RAIN. It's been quite some time since it rained here. For some reason I love it when it rains, it's calming and feels like I'm one with nature. It suddenly puts my mind at ease, and helps me sleep better at night. Lately I'm into watching vlogs where the person doesn't really talk for the duration of the video, but subtitles are there for the viewers to know the person's thoughts. I love that format. Looking forward to more of your vlogs! 😊💕

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    1. It suddenly puts my mind at ease, and helps me sleep better at night - I couldn't agree more, Ann. You know how it is here in our homeland, the rain is indeed a gift for rest and comfort. It may have not rained there yet but I do hope to bring at least an essence of serenity to you through this post. Also, thank you for stopping by my channel as well. I do enjoy the no-talking vlogs a lot but whenever I feel like watching someone who speaks through her video, I watch Cari Cakes!

      I hope you are well and safe. Talk to you again soon!

      Cheers,
      Hanna

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  4. Pretty pictures! Where I currently am has been in a bad drought this summer, so the rain is something to celebrate here as well.

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    1. Hi Jane! So glad to hear from you :) I hope that you're doing well and getting enough rest despite your hospital duties! I truly hope that you'll get the right amount of rain there soon, I'm sure both people and surrounding would be in so much delight. <3

      Stay safe always!

      Cheers,
      Hanna

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