Friday, April 22, 2016

One Day in Lalaland

It was 7.45am, the kids just left to school and I still had half-full cup of tea.
Maybe I can sit down, enjoy my tea for a bit while checking email?
Nah... I won't have time. Better run to the bathroom now to shower.
Shower it is.

But of course, my 'rituals' in the bathroom took more than ten minutes before I actually hit the shower.  Then when I stepped into the shower it's already 7.58. It should be ok, I thought. They never really are punctual. So I started, thinking it would only take me 5 minutes from start to finish.

Well, two minutes later, the water started to be less and less, until it was just a drip of water.
You know that feeling, when you're in the middle of your business and had to stop just like that?
The feeling of regret sort of thing, while wonder why they choose this time to be punctual out of hundreds of appointments that never be on time! That's how it felt when you're all wet and soapy, but you had to finish it off with cold water from a bucket instead of running water from shower head.

We've been having this water rationing since the beginning of the year. City wide, there is chart where you can see when are days that the water from the street won't come in to your building. And as a country that long ago has left the idea of well, when there's no water from the street you don't have water at all.

Basically on Thursday, Friday and Saturday we can't fill the tank in our building that has about 12 families live in it. In order to save whatever we have in the tank, the building management regulate the use of water during those days. For example from 6-8am on the weekdays, 12-1pm then 8-9pm. And as a consequences you have to adjust your schedule around it. Like when you have to shower, do laundry, cook and wash your dishes, etc, etc.

You'll actually get use to it. But somehow we need to draw the line between normal and ...not normal. It's good to be flexible and adapted to the situation. However if the root cause of this problem is the lack of capability to manage the resource, I think there's something that should and can be done. If this is caused by natural disaster or things beyond our control, of course we need to be grateful for whatever we have and work with it. Again, if human being is the cause, ignorance to be exact, then it is time for us to be human, to use our will, brain and heart to fix it!

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