Friday, May 17, 2002

Speaking of personal hygiene, tomorrow the water supply will again be cut off for the Da-an district. Taiwan is experiencing a drought right now, so the government has instituted water rationing measures, which involves shutting off water supply in various districts of Taipei and surrounding areas on a rotating basis.

Monday, the first day of the shut-offs, was not too bad. I had a ready supply of drinking water. Also, most buildings in Taiwan have a water tank on the rooftop. Water is pumped into this holding tank, which then distributes water throughout the building. The tank in our office building is large enough so that we could continue to flush the toilets throughout the day. I was especially relieved to discover this, as I wasn't too hot on going a la traditional Thailand, where you scoop water out of a big tub and into the toilet.

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