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My hair

A lot of people have asked me if I’ve bleached my hair:

I guess the hair is bleached, but it’s actually because of my acne medicine:

The medicine bleaches anything it touches if I’m not careful… including my hair. And because I’m too lazy to cut my hair more often, I get long hair that gets in the way on my face until I get tired of it and have to get a haircut. (I am stingy too, but laziness is the bigger reason why I don’t want to take time to go to the hairdresser after work, I just want to go home and relax.)

In any case, in the start I sometimes didn’t wash my hands carefully enough so I’d bleach my clothes too when putting them on.

Actually now that I look more into the medicine, it says I should ask a doctor if I use it more than a few months and I still have an acne problem. But I’ve been using it for several years now at least?

However I also realized that I just don’t change my bedsheets often enough, sometimes leaving it for a month or two (or three, my “house chores” spreadsheet says my average for bedsheets is 50 days, so sometimes less and sometimes more than two months…) So maybe I should change my bedsheets more often buy more pillowcases and try changing just them every week and see if that helps on the acne.


Posted by on 2018-12-09 in Life

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Bathroom renovations finished!

Some of you know that I have planned to fix my bathroom for about a year. There were various reasons:

  • The shower stall had broken doors, although I just hung some curtains up which worked fine, but looked somewhat ghetto
    The old bathroom (before renovations)
  • Some tiles on the floor had cracked
  • The ceiling had dark spots which may or may not have been mold
    Possibly mold on my old bathroom ceiling
  • The toilet felt like it didn’t flush properly and also made weird crying noises after flushing
  • The floor heat stopped working about a year ago which was when I finally decided to fix everything
  • Additionally: The apartment had a very small water tank, for some reason. Which meant that if I did the dishes, or even if I took a long shower, there wouldn’t be enough hot water for finishing the shower.
    The old small water heater.
    The factory year of this water heater is 2007, which is two years before I bought the apartment in 2009. Did the old heater die? Or did the previous heater steal it for his new apartment before selling this apartment? I have no idea.

So eventually I finally hired someone to tear down the entire bathroom and rebuild it. Renovations started in January while I was still in Hong Kong, and was finished at the start of February. Just stayed at my parents’ place until it was finished.

The total amount of the renovations ended up being about 280K NOK, which included:

  • Tearing down old bathroom

    The unfinished bathroom without any tiles
    This photo was taken after they had already put cement on the floor and wooden boards on the walls though.
  • Redoing most of the pipes which were kind of messily done when the apartment was built
  • Buying all the tiles and bathroom inventory
  • Building the new bathroom (including floor heating, tiles, ceiling spotlights and all the inventory)
    Tiles on the bathroom
  • Some electricity work including moving the light switches to the outside as per bathroom regulations, and installing separate electrical lines for washing machine
  • Installing the new water tank and a dishwashing machine
    The new water heater and dishwashing machine in the kitchen

The finished bathroom and kitchen:

The finished bathroom The finished kitchen

One thing I didn’t think too much about was that while the swing doors for the bath makes the bathroom seem bigger, they also need more space around them in order to open. With the washing machine on the left side, that means I usually have to open the right door towards me, so I can’t put any of the old storage shelves there anymore. But since I now have a mirror cabinet I can put my miscellaneous bathroom stuff in there now, so luckily I don’t need the shelf as much anymore.

I moved the wooden shelf to the kitchen and put my food on it instead, so it’s easier to find my food compared to when I put it in the corner cabinet where it was hard to see what was in the back. The pots and pans used to be in a cabinet where the dishwashing machine was, so they were moved to the corner cabinet, and the cabinet itself was moved to a living room and it still has some of my kitchen machines.

Now with a bigger water heater and also a dishwashing machine, I can finally take a shower without hot water running out! And the new rain shower is very comfy, though it was several times more expensive than a regular shower. The bathroom and kitchen seems tidier now too! Although there is some leftover furniture and useless stuff in the living room that I haven’t figured out what to do with yet…

Oh, I just realized I still haven’t removed the plastic from the dishwashing machine.


Posted by on 2018-02-19 in Life

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