As I am updating this blog, many parts of the world in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing a heatwave. From where I come from (i.e. Singapore), we use the umbrella, rain or shine. Actually, when it rains in Singapore, the umbrella does not give you that much protection - with the monsoon rains, you still get soaked under an umbrella. It is wiser to stay indoors or under a shelter when it pours in Singapore. Yes, you might say, I grew up using an umbrella for both the rain and sun.
Well, try using the umbrella when the sun shines in Germany, I get plenty of stares like I am bonkers or I have people mumbling "is it raining?" to me. For the past two weeks, the temperatures are as high as it is in tropical humid Singapore, it hovers at least 30°C (about 86°F) and still, no Germans have been sighted with an umbrella over their heads. So, does that boil down to looking good or what? The umbrella is not just a protection against rain, is it? Believe me, it is definitely cooler walking under the umbrella even though you think you look uncool with it during a sunny hot day. Most Asians will grab their umbrellas, when it is so hot - it's a matter of practicality. Of course, practicality more often than not, may not be cool-looking.
Anyway, stay cool and meantime, here are my new beads I'd like to share with you -
UNDER NO ILLUSION