0.96 mi run in 11:02 min (pace: 11’31″ / mi)
Music Album: “Sirens of the Sea” by Oceanlab
What a difference a few days make :( I didn’t mention about the humidity of my hometown, did I? Basically you can’t really survive without some sort of fan when you’re going to spend a lot of time indoors, i.e. desk job, playing video games, etc. Ever since I came back, which has been almost 3 weeks now, the air conditioner in my room has not been working well.
Humidity, air pollution, poor sewage system and the fact that we’re along the Equator are factors that make up this one hot place. What’s worse is a global issue in third-world countries like us suffering from malaria, which comes hand in hand with diarrhea.
Anybody who’s visited Indonesia will get bitten at least 10 times within a week. Since I’m currently freelancing, I work a lot from home, in my room, and I tolerated my malfunctioning air conditioner for almost 3 weeks (really, really hot at 17 degrees C, fan at its highest with hi-power button turned on) when it began to leak, and I had huge buckets for the water to fill up for almost a week (because during lebaran, all business are closed nationwide). Then the mosquitoes came around, and day by day they multiply. I had no choice but to keep working in my room. I sprayed insecticide every night while still working in my room.
And this morning,the result on the treadmill came.
I didn’t gain any weight or whatever. I kept on eating healthy and everything. I was still able to lift 6 kg weights and endure up to 30 reps in 4 sets for 2 kg weights. What’s lacking is my quality and quantity of sleep, and that affects my breathing rate and therefore my heart health, with the addition to sniffing insecticides every day all day long. So I had my air conditioner fixed yesterday. The workers brought them back to the warehouse yesterday. Once fixed, they will bring it back, supposedly by late afternoon today.
Deadlines are deadlines… I have to work in this condition no matter what. I learned the hard lesson: Unless you want to damage your health, you should never stay in a room with sprayed insecticide for at least 1 hour.
Everybody knows there are a lot of unsolved national problems in Indonesia. Every country does. There’s quite a few that needs immediate fix: Traffic jam, anti-corruption efforts, national security. I don’t feel I have the power to speak about any of these affairs, but I know we can all do at least something to improve the environmental issues.
When it comes to the disgusting sewage system, the basic thing to do is keep everything clean. Never underestimate the power of being hygienic. Nasty stuff grow out of your backyard sewage. I know I haven’t shared this story on this blog before, so here it is. It’s quite normal for most households near the coast to flood during the monsoon season (I live near the airport and the sea). Every year my house floods in late January to February. More than once we had eels swimming in our living room downstairs (I know!). Thank God my room is on the second floor. I will never forget them eels because they ruined my Sailor Moon comic, and not just any cheap comic but the colored version on glossy print!!! They tried to eat all the pages but they couldn’t. Stupid eels.
Always, always wash your hands AND feet. Going further on personal hygiene, I see a lot of people, even grown women, who don’t wash their hands after they do their business in the stall at public restrooms. I can’t imagine what’s happening in the men’s room. But I can imagine that unwashed hand going into your own food. Ew. In addition to that, and I know this will be difficult, I want to reduce my waste as much as I can. I don’t want the nasty mosquitoes to infest all perimeters of my house!
Also, I try my best to keep my feet clean. Mosquitoes LOVE smelly feet. Ever since I came back I haven’t been using slippers at home. I’ve started wearing them again yesterday. That way my feet remained clean when I was in bed last night. It didn’t smell good but it didn’t smell bad.
Throw your rubbish into the bin. The next thing I’m going to say is something I’m quite sensitive about, but most Indonesians, including my own family members, are extremely ignorant about it. I always throw my rubbish into the bin. If there’s no bin around, I keep the waste in my hand while I drive or walk until I see a bin. Everyday I witness drivers from all kinds of race, gender, and religion throwing out tissue papers out of their car windows on the streets. Or empty bottles and cans. Mosquitoes LOVE them. But don’t we all hate mosquitoes?
Clean water and its accessibility: I’m still hopeful for the nation’s economy to move forward, and I think the government should invest a good amount of money on improving clean-water access. It’s costly, I know, but it’s one thing that I’m confident about that will make the workforce in Indonesia stronger, and this is one of those things where a little action goes a very long way.
I believe water is a human right. Here’s the scenario when there are no clean water for every one of us: The poor will waste about 50-70% of their lifetime traveling distances just to get buckets of clean water – the same waters that might have been nested with mosquito eggs. They won’t have time for education, so as the people throughout the nation who face an unpromising future. This does not disadvantage only the needy. The rich are no different than the poor – it affects them just the same on a biological level.
Water is life. Everybody needs it. Our bodies are made up of up to 80% water, so we have to supply it with sufficient drinking water throughout the day. I myself am equivalent to an elephant, drinking (now) at least 4 liters a day plus innumerable cups of tea. When I was in the States, on average I need 3 liters a day. I am blessed that I come from a family with sufficient wealth to purchase clean water, but what about the other “elephants”?
One person will survive a day without food, but that person can die a day without water.
More than one person have died as a result of mosquito bites and drinking dirty water.
Even if you see inconsiderate people doing all these unpleasant things on the street, I think we can at least help by preventing the things we don’t want to happen for ourselves. We don’t like mosquitoes. We don’t like dirty water. We don’t like to urinate on our food. We don’t like smelly feet (imagine Megan Fox or George Clooney smelling your feet and I’m sure you’re going to clean it right away). So we must save the embarrassment from happening if celebrities want to smell our feet, or at least prevent them all in the first place.