Saturday, November 21, 2009

Some like it ... humid

Singapore is renowned for it shopping-- there are shopping malls everywhere, and they seem to be packed with people all the time.  Of course it is the Christmas holiday season, so this is no different than in the states, where malls are packed to overflowing once given the green flag, the day following Thanksgiving.
We have joined the crowds and visited a number of the shopping malls in our preparation to buy some of the items we will need to settle into our apartment here in Singapore.  Because house current here is 240 volts / 50 Hz, virtually no electric appliance from the states, other than small electronics, are compatible, so these were left behind.  We will need to replace a few of them.
As a tropical climate Singapore has no distinctive seasons, other than the monsoon season (now) when it rains more, and is thankfully a bit cooler.  The temperatures range from 22 °C to 34 °C (72° to 93 °F), and on average, relative humidity is around 90% in the morning and 60% in the afternoon. It can reach 100% with persistent  rain.  Contrast this with the 25% to 40% humidity we experience in Idaho.
It was thus with some amusement that we came across this appliance for sale here--  I'm wondering how many are sold.  It's a humidifier-- a pretty high-tech one at that. (Why???)

We're expecting to find electric space heaters in the shops here any time now.

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