May 12, 2009. Very Hot Again

Today is the hottest day of the year so far. I don’t know the exact temperature, but I would guess it’s close to 90, and the sun is shining brightly. No wind, of course.

The sidewalks are crowded with umbrellas carried by Chinese women to keep the sun off. It is often difficult to walk without dodging and ducking the umbrellas.

Here everyone wants white skin. Every skin product from lotion, to moisturizer, to sun block contains whitening agents. Occasionally you see a woman who has bleached herself so much she looks like a cadaver, or like Michael Jackson.

It’s ironic that in the USA the girls give themselves skin cancer getting their skins to look darker. Here there is no telling what they are doing to themselves to get their skins lighter. I guess it’s human nature to want what you don’t have.

My apartment has an air conditioner and a fan. I have not used the a/c yet, except to turn it on for a test. I have been using the fan most evenings. The places that are air conditioned here are still very hot by USA standards. I would guess most thermostats are set around 80. I am trying to acclimate myself to the warmth.

Today I did nothing unusual. Work, library, walk home. It is almost dark now, and I am going to make my rounds in the park. I picked up some veggie filled pancakes on the way home, but haven’t eaten them yet. Somehow they seem hot and heavy today. I put them in the refrigerator to cool off. I am debating whether to eat them or just get some fruit and nuts when I go out. Decisions.

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About Charles Kirtley

Have been living in SE Asia and China since 2007. I have an opinion on most every subject, and don't mind sharing them. Lover and collector of worthless facts.
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