Archive for March, 2008

5 yr old Piano Genius

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I’m going to make you cry today.

Mold update.

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Here’s an update kiddies.

I talked to my landlord and they’ve agreed to pay half of the cost to de-moldify my abode. The cost to perform this service you ask? S$850. Pretty friggin high. But, it’ll be totally worth it.

What they will do is wipe down each and every individual item in the house with a disinfectant. They will pick up every book, pen, paper, remote control, cable, everything and wipe it down.  After that, they steam clean all the upholstery and furniture with the same solution. Then they will seal the house up and bomb it with another disinfectant fog. Then, they let it dry and bomb it one last time with an anti-microbial mist that is supposed to bond with every surface it comes in contact with and  prevent mold from growing on it again.

I’ll finally be able to sleep at night, knowing that I’m not going to be having fungus growing in my lungs and sinuses.

So, I took some photos of the extent of the damage at my home. Here they are for you to peruse.


Mold in Closet Mold on Jacket

If you click on the thumbnails you’ll see the new green shag carpet that is now the back of my closet and the lining of my jacket.

I took these photos around my office and showed people what I was living with. And as I suspected, this is by no means normal. Everyone has had mold before, but most people see just a tiny spot or two the size of your pinkie nail. What I have is the beginnings of the shire from Lord of the Rings. Generally, most people were disgusted. But, one other artist says he has the same problem just as bad…. AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS NORMAL!!! So, he’s lived with it for months now. He says he takes his shoes out from the closet and wipes off a layer of mold then puts them on and continues with his day. GROSS!!!

Anyhow, they are coming to fix my problem on monday. And I’m off to Vietnam this weekend to rest, relax and finally get some good vietnamese food. Finally, I feel like I might be settling in.

Recycle your used electronics..

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The USPS is starting a recycling program with Clover Technologies. Basically, bring all your old electronics that can fit in a small envelope to the post office, and they will give you a postage paid envelope to mail it to this recycler. PDAs, Cell Phones,  Inkjet cartridges,  Digital Cameras, ect..  can all be sent here where they will refurb what they can, repair what they can and with what is left they will break down and use it for its bulk components. They have a zero landfill policy. To try and contribute little or none to a landfill. A wonderful idea…

USPS Press Release.

I’m as mad as hell!!! And I’m not going to take this anymore!!!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

AUGH!!!!

Last night I had some major insomnia. It was difficult for me to sleep because I was stressing about cleaning the mold all around my house. So after tossing and turning all night long I decided to wake up and fix myself a bowl of cereal at 3AM. I polished off the last of my box of cereal and tossed the empty bag into my trash can.

That was a fatal mistake. I woke up to ants swarming all over  the empty bag and finding that my cutting board had mold all over it. Totally gross. But the ants here are much smarter than the ants back home. When I disturbed the bag, it immediately started a shock wave through their trail. Their warning system went into effect and, within 30 secs the line was dissolved and only a few stragglers were left behind, lost. I’ve placed bait around my house now. The ant bait here is a slow working one. Apparently, the queens here have other ants sample food first and then wait a few days to see if they die before ingesting any themselves. Smart buggers… Hopefully that will be it for them.

As for the mold, I’m hiring a mold specialist to come to my apartment today. And then, I’m buying an industrial strength dehumidifier. I’m prepared to spend $300-$500 on one. I’m just too frustrated and pissed off.

I’ve found that Singapore is a place that you can’t half ass anything. There is no cheating the system. No shortcuts. No fucking around. I chose my apartment because it was on a high level and was very breezy with the windows and doors open. I figured I could save a ton of money on electricity bills by keeping my windows open and not using the Air Conditioner. Most people’s electricity bills are around $400 a month here. Pretty astronomical, considering I was coming from LA where my bill was less than $30 a month. As an added benefit, I thought being so high up, I wouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes or other insects. Well all those preconceived notions have been thrown out the door.

You see, there is an added benefit of closing your windows and doors and running the AC. It removes the humidity from the air. The very humidity that is fueling the growth of mold in my apartment. So, after two months, I am now going to close my windows and doors. I’m going to invest in an industrial Dehumidifier. And, I’m going to probably buy an additional AC unit. I’m going to get rid of my garbage cans and throw garbage out as soon as I have any. I have to clean my dishes as soon as I use any. I also have to dry my clothes as soon as I’m done washing them.

It’s trial by fire out here and I’ve been getting burned.

I’m loosing the battle

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Today is a sad day. This is my first weekend off in about a month or so. I took it upon myself to tidy up a bit. In the process I have discovered mold in all kinds of places that I haven’t looked at in a few weeks. This is nuts. I’ve hired a maid a few weeks ago to help with cleaning the place. She comes once a week and does her thing. My apartment is pretty spotless. But, in my clothes closets, where it is nice and dark the little buggers have begun invading.

I refuse to believe that Singaporeans live with mold regularly. I’m going out to the DIY store today. I’m going to arm myself with bleach and vinegar, then bomb my place with it.

Does anyone have any experience with mold that can help me?
At least the ants are gone. <sigh>

Ok.. I take it back..

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Singapore can definitely be hot. The other day when I posted that I was getting used to the weather in Singapore, that was an anomaly. Apparently it was an abnormally cold day here for this time of year. It was 21C or 70F. Today I was walking around and it was in the mid 80s. Yup.. quite different. And I hear it’ll break 100 in the summer. Ok.. it’s hot. I’m still getting used to the weather. But yeah.. I take it back.

Cirque du Science

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

I stumbled upon this great MIT Physics instructor. He teaches his classes in a entertaining and novel style. By, making science fun and fun to watch.

Check out the Yahoo News Article on him.

Then subscribe to his *FREE* course videos via iTunes.

Kolston Ad

Friday, March 14th, 2008

This is a beautiful and creative use of advertising.

Kolstonad.jpg

The ad uses a cutout of the girl to expose the background behind the billboard. As the time of day changes so does the look of the ad. Brilliant.

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Singapore is humid and….. hot?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Only tourists wear shorts. It’s weird… I know. Locals only wear shorts when they are exercising or going for a swim or it’s a really hot day. But, for the most part, people wear jeans and slacks. You can spot a tourist on a train because they’ll be wearing shorts and sweat will be streaming down their face and clothes.

Well.. it’s been about 2 and a half months now that I’ve been out here. And I’ve really become acclimated to the weather here. I noticed it first about two weeks after I arrived. It didn’t feel as hot anymore when I was walking around. The first week I was here, I thought people were crazy wearing sweaters while waiting for the train. Here I was, wearing shorts and sweating buckets while waiting for the train. Now after two months, I’m the guy wearing a sweater at the train station. I had no idea that your body could adjust this much.

I was really apprehensive before moving out here. I generally hate hot weather and humidity. But now… I see how a body can acclimatize to a locale.  80-85 here feels like 70-75 in LA or 60-65 in SF. Weird…

It’s still super humid though… That’s another battle altogether.

What did you just say?

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Here’s an unexpected phenomena. No one warned me about this beforehand. But, apparently earwax builds up quite quickly out here. Something to do with the humidity or climate. I want to spend all day shoving cotton swabs in and swirling it around. Gross…