A Blank SlateOur household goods have yet to arrive at our new home, so we are currently making due with the minimal amount of loaner furniture that my husband's work has provided. I don't know if this makes life easier or harder. But, it does make it feel as if we are still hovering between visiting here and living here.
Right now, I'm mainly just putting together ideas and plans as to what I would love to do with my space here in Singapore and how I'd like for my family to live. Pinterest is amazing for that type of thing!
So, here's our new place. The blank slate:
|Our house is the end unit|
|This is our yard - all slate tile|
Dealing With AirThe air in Singapore tends to be real warm and moist for the most part. This makes it difficult to get cool without help. I'm trying hard to not rely on air conditioning units, but it gets unbearable at times.
|Each room has it's own A/C wall unit|
Right now we are turning them on at bedtime in the bedrooms, and turning them off upon waking up. The main unit downstairs has been on and off each day as I try to figure out cooling our common living areas. I've been experimenting with opening different windows, trying to figure out the best way to create cross breezes and venting hot air out while sucking cooler air in.
LaundryWhile we have a washer and dryer on our back porch, it is quite noticeable that hardly anyone uses clothes dryers in this area. There are a wide array of creative ways of hanging out clothes to dry, but none are the backyard drying lines that I am used to. Many people use drying racks and long wooden or metal poles and hang clothes on hangers off of them. I really, really, really want the retractable clothes lines that I used back home! But my husband doesn't want to be drilling into the concrete walls to install them, so I'm trying to figure out something else that suits my drying needs.
It's hard for me to also to change my perception of "dry". In a climate that is this humid, how do clothes dry while hanging outside in moist air? I think that the clothes here are mostly hung on hangers in closets and perhaps the remainder of the drying occurs there? And clothes tend to return to a quite moist state once you put them on your body anyway, so I'm not sure there truly is a good reason to get them absolutely dry in the first place.
Right now, while playing with the air flow of the house, I've decided to use the long railings that we have on the 2nd and 3rd story landings/hallways. Since heat rises, the air will flow up to the clothes. And with windows open on either side of these hallways, there's hopefully air flowing cross-ways as well. So far, it takes about 16 hours for the heavier cotton clothes to dry this way, while thinner clothes dry more quickly. Laundry seems to have become an all-consuming thing for me, since I have nothing else to focus on without my household stuff!
|Hubby's work shirts tend to dry quickly since they are thin, and since they will be ironed anyway, I'm not too concerned about the wrinkles.|