Saturday, October 25, 2008
Monsoon along the highway
Rainy seasons in Malaysia can be grouped into two time frames. North-east monsoon blows from October to March and South-West monsoon between May to September. Now it is the North-east monsoon and it has been raining almost daily on many parts in Malaysia. A drive along the highway during the rainy seasons is my favorite choice. I love to drive slowly, enjoying the beauty of the rain as it hits my windscreen and gently wiped by the wipers. But, sometimes it can be pretty challenging when the wind is strong and the visibility rate becomes very low.
The clatters I heard as it hit my car from all corners converts into melodious music. Its wild roaring at high speed tells man of the power it possesses, both to accentuate the survival and also towards the destruction of human race and nature. Bathing the entire plants and animals, filling the rivers and overflowing the dams, rain is a beauty in her own style. The torrential perpetual gush I see as her tears to mark human greed who shelved off the trees and hills. The sublime touch of rain lifts my soul high.
Yesterday afternoon it was raining heavily as I drove south bound along the North-South Highway from Penang to Taiping. I enjoyed the drive very much and managed to snap some pictures while holding onto the steering. Some areas along the highway appeared to be flooded and I wonder how many poor families (especially the villagers who depend on crops) are affected. This is a typical problem faced by those staying in the lowland areas.
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