Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Back home in the front of our phone books were located all sorts of useful numbers to get answers for this sort of thing and many others. Here lots of places don't have phone books and I don't know if they would have those number in the front or what. Listening on the radio it is either not in English or it is a station that is for KL and they don't talk about that type of information for my town on that station. I don't have a TV, so I don't know if they would have a warning like they do back home on the tv or not.
Growing up I watched my parents deal with situations and then I was able to deal with similar situations through from having watched them. Here I don't have that luxury, so I don't always know what to do in unknown situations and I can't really ask them since they have never lived here and experienced that.
This morning there was barely a trickle of water coming out of the kitchen tap, so I washed last night's dishes. There was enough water to take a shower but it was very short and I turned off the water in between soaping up and rinsing. I also did not use my water heater with pump to make sure I didn't waste any water. When I finished with breakfast we were back to no water so now that dish is in the fridge. I also used a paper towel as a plate. The servants were laughing at me and trying to show me something but I have no idea what.
When I got to school I found out that we also had no water at school. I guess the main pipeline into town burst. We didn't even have any bottled water because the person who is in charge of that had not done their job. So we also spent all morning without drinking water too. I used to bring a water bottle but sometimes I don't and today I didn't because we always have bottled water and I want to save my drinking water. Today was a PE day so they couldn't really shower after. I think some did a little water splashing since there was some water in the tanks. Not long after that we ran out of water to flush the toilets so had to use toilets that were full. The MPK stalls across the road were closed so those student who did not order lunch from this one restaurant or bring lunch had nothing to eat. Our Director of Studies did call and McDonald's was still able to make some food. So those of us that did not have food had McDonald's for lunch. We normally do McDonald's or KFC on Tuesdays so we place those orders first thing in the morning. Since we did not do that then we got lunch later. So instead of lunch we went right to our next class for 40 minutes and then had lunch for 40 minutes and then went back to that class. As of right now we are on for school tomorrow and hoping that the pipe gets fixed. If not we will probably go to school for half a day and then dismiss at lunch since the stalls will most likely be closed again. Finals are next week and I have some students that are leaving early. They have to get their stuff done before they go. I hope that it works out for them. If I had to stay home tomorrow I would work on grading things. It may be interesting the next few days.
I was also wondering how the Muslims wash up for prayer if there is no water. I know that the tanks have some water but I wonder what they do after the water in the tanks runs out. I will have to ask someone tomorrow.