(In answer to the title: not like this I haven’t!)
Basically all there is to talk about in Brunei lately is rain. It has been raining practically non stop for what feels like forever (but has probably been about 2 weeks). There have been short breaks where I have walked to town for a pedicure and we have had a swim. There was a well-timed reprieve for a party on Friday night. There was a whole day of sunshine yesterday when we wandered around town for a while and went out for frozen yogurt with a friend.
But there have also been a whole lot of dark rainy drives to the club. An uncountable number of car to building (or vice versa) dashes where less than a minute leaves you soaking. There has been a broken umbrella, and a (far superior, push button) replacement. There have been flooded car parks and fields and everywheres. There have been several days where the water table rose to the point that our toilets stopped flushing properly (the perils of living on the ground floor).
The worst thing, though, is the fact that I have been stuck inside so much. After six weeks of morning sickness, two weeks of dog bite healing, and two weeks of rain, I have been inside for what feels like forever. I am heartily sick of our house, and all I want to do is get outside and walk. The temperature has been great (even bordering on cold), but the rain is just too intense to really venture out (and this is coming from a girl who has gone tramping in some crazy bad weather in the past – rain, hail, snow, whatever!) I am so aware that I am getting bigger and less fit with every passing day, and while I have been enjoying my yoga, I really want to get more walking in while I am comfortable and fit enough to do so.
All that said, I am extremely grateful to live where we do. There are areas of Brunei that are fully flooded and have sustained significant damage. Even closer by, there are properties with large amounts of grass that are completely sodden , with small lakes forming in many backyards. Meanwhile, our property is concrete covered, with decent drainage surrounding it, and has really survived very well. I know that my challenges are minor in the grand scheme of things. But that doesn’t stop it being pretty annoying, and it certainly doesn’t stop me wishing for this rain to stop – for my sake as well as others!