Posts Tagged ‘gross’

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.

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>

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…

Did you remember to flush?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

For as long as I can remember I’ve had sinus problems. Moving to Singapore has only made it worse. The problem with Singapore is the pollution compounded with the “haze” factor. Haze is a measure of the particulate matter in the air here. Haze is really bad during hot spells with out rain. This is because the surrounding countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have random forest fires due to excessive heat and rain forest clearing. The smoke travels through the air and makes the smog in LA seem clean by comparison.

But, thanks to a recommendation by my friend Jessie. I purchased a Neti Pot. I must say, this has transformed my life. I was coughing a lot due to post nasal drip. I attribute it to the Haze and pollution clogging my sinuses. But now, when I feel a cough bought coming on, I use the Neti Pot and I’m good to go. It’s quite amazing.

So, what is a Neti Pot? It’s basically a little teapot shaped device that you fill with a salt/saline solution and flush out your sinuses. You fill it up, and cram it into one nostril. Then the water goes into one nostril and out the other. You do this while breathing out of your mouth. It feels like going for a swim. Do you know that feeling that you get when you rise to the surface of a pool and your snot is dripping out of your nose? That’s exactly what this thing does. It fills your sinus cavities and flushes out all the crap that has accumulated inside all day long.

This is especially effective when you’re sick with a virus. Because, some viruses tell the cilia in your sinuses to stop working. That’s why you get so congested when you’re sick.

Now the first couple of times you use it, it will sting. This is because you are not used to the salt solution. But after a few days, you won’t notice it anymore. Kind of like when you use Listerine or mouthwash the first time.

I bought one on ebay by a manufacturer called Sinucleanse.
Here is their website.
Here’s a video of it in action.

Who wants to go with me?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

You’d better like crabs. I’d like to check this out someday.

Christmas Island Red CrabsAwesome video clips here