- Staying dry--it rains all so randomly and frequently during monsoon season (now).
- Shading from the sun--that sun is killer strong! If I don't use an umbrella when it's sunny:
- My friends all scold me.
- I get worse tan lines.
- I'd sweat more than if I had one...however, when walking outside in the heat, I'm usually soaked to the bone with sweat by the time I reach wherever I'm going anyway, so I don't know how it'd make much difference, but I do know I sweat more without the umbrella blocking some sun.
- When I walk past men in the streets who are inappropriately starring at me, I hold the umbrella just low enough to block their stare from my eyes, so I can't tell they're starring.
[Woman with her umbrella ready, working in the tea gardens nearby where I live...]