Confusing Weather

Tips: read this while listening to Ciara’s 1,2 Step song.
Let me see ya
1, 2 step
I love it when ya
1, 2 step
Everybody
1, 2 step
We about to get it on

People have had warned me that UK weather is terrible, but I’ve only come here during autumn and it was usually cold and cloudy, so I thought, what can be more awful than that? I’ve had a bonus when the first time we landed in London three years ago and it was so bright, warm and clear I was only wearing a tanktop next to my pregnant friend. And my experience of autumn in these past 3 years wasn’t so bad, ultimately I’ve survived by wearing 3 layers, my winter coat (bought in Australia, so it’s not thick), and knee-length boots.

So when I arrived in Aberdeen in early July, I thought, it’s summer, it’s supposed to be warm (hopefully hot), and I can wear my Bali attire (you know, backless, low neckline, very short pants, and jeweled sandals).

Well, so far I’ve been here for a month, and never in my life I’ve worn the wrong outfit anywhere, but here. Most of the time I chose an outfit, it’s always wrong I ended up looking for something hot (my fiance, a cup of tea, radiator, shopping mall, or kitchen, anything that generates heat!).

One day the sun was shining, the digital clock showed that outside temperature was 25 degrees, and my fiance kept assuring me that it’s hot, so I put a tank top (here they call it a vest, just like they call it tea instead of dinner, I know, confusing!) with a sheer jewelled top, and we went to Carnoustie to have a peek on Golf Championship Tournament. And yeah, the temperature was 25 indeed, but the wind blew from the ocean that brought a chill to my very skin! I felt cold! It wouldn’t be if I was being sensible and wore something with sleeves, not pretending I was such a fashionista and wore something cute but made me grind my teeth all the time.

It got worse when we went to Fraserburgh to meet the photographer. Convinced that it was hot and shiny, at least in Aberdeen, I pull a tight red polo shirt with an A-line skirt off, feeling that the summer was coming and this was the right outfit to embrace it. Little did I know that although Fraserburgh is only 30 minutes away from Aberdeen, it was 100 degree colder and 100 times more windy than Aberdeen! I ended up feeling wearing the wrong outfit at the wrong place that time, only that it was proven true, when a big truck passing by when I was just outside the car and to my horror, blew my skirt right up, in a manner of Marilyn Monroe’s famous picture but without the smile and spirit!! Never ever I felt so embarrassed in my life like that. Even to walk from the carpark to the photographer’s house, I had to keep my hands down on both side of my thighs otherwise I would flash myself to the entire world, again….

Yesterday I must go out for shopping, and since it’s been warm for the past few days, I bravely wore my long tube dress with my jeweled sandals and a cape, the same dress I wore on Dinar’s birthday party in Jakarta last June. Just in case, I still had my leather jacket and an umbrella in my huge bag, but of course since the sun was shining, I put my sunglasses on. But after walking along Union Street for 10 minutes, and got out of the Post Office, the sky suddenly went grey and it started to rain. Refused to be called crazy, I took my sunglasses off and open my umbrella up. Although it took only 3 minutes walk from the Post Office to the Waterstone bookshop I must have my umbrella on, otherwise I would have a VPL (visible pantyline) because my tubedress is cotton and can reveal my sin…. I spent only 5 minutes in the bookstore, and before getting out, I opened my umbrella up and got out, ready to embrace the cold win and the rain. But wait, the rain had stopped and people walked passed me and looked at me like I was a lunatic, wandering around the town with umbrella on. Sheepishly, I immediately shoved it back to my handbag, only to realize that now it’s colder than 20 minutes ago, so I must make another stop and took my jacket out of the bag and put it on.

That was the steps I kept repeating yesterday. Umbrella on, umbrella off, jacket on, jacket off, sunglasses on, sunglasses off. Too often to do that, I heard myself singing Ciara’s 1,2 Step
Let me see ya
1, 2 step (sunglasses & umbrella)
I love it when ya
1, 2 step (jacket & sunglasses)
Everybody
1, 2 step (umbrella & jacket)
We about to get it on

The weather is so bloody confusing! Oh how I miss Indonesian weather, where we could just put everything on without too much preparation and go out, without thinking whether it’s gonna be raining or not, whether we need sunglasses or not….

My handbag was getting heavier each day. Alongside my mobile phone, YSL compact powder and L’Oreal Glamshine lipstick, my handbag is now filled with a wallet, a coin purse (I must have a separate one because UK coins are worthy here, not like in Indonesia where you keep 500 rupiahs coin for preman/pak ogah on the roundabout), an Ipod (I need that to keep me company while walking down the street) with blue tooth headset and its transmitter (stolen from my fiance’s possession), an umbrella, a notebook+pen, a jacket, a wipe tissue box, a namecard holder, and a book….

And I thought living in Aberdeen is simpler…..

PS: Today is 19degree Celcius according to Yahoo! UK Weather Forecast, while according to our digital clock it’s been 16 degree since this morning. And this is what people call summer!

 

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