Posts Tagged ‘humidity’

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.

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…

Humidity

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

I love hate the humidity here.

I have eczema. Its a common skin condition, where by my skin gets dry easily and itches and cracks is generally pretty uncomfortable. I was able to manage when I lived in SF and LA. Since they were both relatively close to the ocean. As long as I didn’t take too many showers and used moisturizers, I was usually pretty good.

But, when I went to visit my parents in San Jose or went to Vegas or any other area where it was extremely dry. I was quite miserable.

Fast forward to now. In Singapore, the humidity here is off the charts. It’s not uncommon for days of 100% humidity. No… that doesn’t mean it’s raining. It just means that the air is full of evaporated water and can’t take anymore in. So, when you sweat, instead of your sweat evaporating from your skin to cool you down. It sticks to you and makes you feel hotter than it really is.

Now, my eczema is almost totally gone now. But, I am now inundated with mold. Gone are the days of setting my washing machine on then going to the movies or leaving the house. As soon as a load is done, I have to dry it. If I forget it in the washer for a few hours. Forget it… I have to wash it again to get the mold and smell off of the clothes.

I even have to watch what I leave wet towels on. I had inadvertently left a towel on a glove for about 5 mins. A day later, the glove had the beginnings of a new civilization on it.

My skin loves me for moving out here. My allergies on the other hand, are telling me I’ve got to work harder.