You can’t get a more urban country than Singapore.
I was in Singapore the past few weeks. I liked looking out of the windows from the 5th floor for secrets. Beautifully aligned flats nestle comfortably. I saw an old Chinese man in a white vest picking his nose. A tiny Indonesian maid opposite took out heavy laundry on the bamboo poles at 7.30am. I saw people brushing teeth in their kitchen.
My mum knows the laundry habits of most families. This family only washes their underpants once a week — you see, they are drying 7 pairs of underpants today. Some families above us take their laundry out after 7pm — so be quick, get our laundry indoor, or our sun-soaked clothes may get wet by the dripping water. Also remember, the mop should only be positioned against the wall horizontally.
Do not walk under people’s laundry, as mum advised, because the bamboo poles, wet clothes or dripping water may land on your head.
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