Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12: Hang in there


After almost 3 years in this country, I still haven't mastered the Singaporean art of hanging clothes on a stick outside the window to dry them. It just wasn't possible in the previous apartment we lived in and now, I prefer to not risk falling out the window along with my freshly done laundry!

13 comments:

  1. Wow, that is amazing! The stick is quite a clever idea, is that fixed on the window? Must be a popular contraption in the stores there right?

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  2. yes, very popular. they are holes in the wall outside where you can stick the sticks into. u need to cap the holes off when not in use otherwise rainwater will collect and mosquitoes will breed. people get fined left right and centre for not capping their.. erm.... openings :D

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  3. Learnt something new about Spore with this - didn't know the country was into this. This is the most greenest way to dry clothes rather than big huge dryers that suck up power! How fun - you can figure out what your neighbors wear ..like the guy in the middle - is only into blues and the one on top is the most colorful family!

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  4. Anu, dryers or dishwashers are not common in Singapore, although few people do use them. I line-dry my clothes in a spare bedroom. Although there' no direct sunlight, they dry off because of the heat in this place. The above method is used by the majority, you get to dry your clothes directly in the sun however high up you live in an apartment, which I think is damn cool. I just haven't learnt how to do this, it seems very risky!

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  5. Jeepers! Your Singapore is full of People with Super Powers?? Am pretty sure I will end up in the parking lot if I have to do this. But still I think it's far better than using a dryer.

    The snap is so full of life :)

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  6. Same here Saks! And thanks :)

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  7. Learned something new about Singapore!

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  8. This is hilarious. I can't believe there are pre-built "holes" for the washing line sticks. I still don't get how they retrieve the clothesback in, do they have to keep taking the sticks in and out?

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  9. I am glad, Usha :)

    Ann, yes they are taken in and out every day. I am still unsure if they hang the clothes before sticking the stick out or stick the stick out first and then hang the cloth. if so, how do they reach out that much?? need to investigate this more. noone i know from work uses this technique, as far as i have learnt.

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  10. Oh I remeber such cloth hangers from my childhood trips to Bombay.Not sure if Mumbaites still use them? Cool clicks Nags. Glad I stopped by :)

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  11. Hey Nags, and readers,

    I use this pole-clothes-line thingy every single time and can vouch that it's both safe, and well, safe (was gonna say fun, but it isn't).

    You first take the bamboo poles, line them one at a time, and hang the clothes. Clip them on, take the pole out the window, and insert it into the 'hole'. It's generally easy, but when you hang out bed-sheets or heavy clothes, the whole thing gets rather heavy and one needs to really watch out or fall to their death :-).

    An aside: do you know that it's now mandatory to have sliding barricades for the windows? This is because there have ben several accidents recently when the person fell over the window while trying to hang clothes in the poles in the kitchen (not the ones outside, so please don't panic!).

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  12. CW, I am so glad you chanced upon this site :) Wonderful insights, now all I need is a demo ;)

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