Electrical devices and other triviaOctober 11, 2008
This is what electrical outlets look like here. Each one has a toggle on/off switch. Below are two typical plug styles and an universal adapter that lets you plug in just about anything. The voltage is 22o, twice the 110 in the States. There are also switches for each of the major appliances – the kitchen stove, the clothes washer, and the clothes dryer. We’ve had to learn to check and make sure things are switched on, otherwise you’re waiting a long time for the frying pan to heat up.
Below is the light switch for the bathroom and the water heater switch. Each room that has plumbing has its own water heater switch. If you don’t switch it on, all you can expect is lukewarm water. If I want a hot shower in the morning, the water heater has to be switched on before I go to bed. Then the water will be HOT, the kind of melt plastic bottles hot that Paul was complaining about.
Below is the back of the packaging for the night light that Paul got for the bathroom. In case you can’t read it, I will transcribe.
“Nushi Night Lamp
This nigh lamp series is elegant in appearance. It adopts advanced electric circuit and material
It is safe and energy-saving.
There are several colors of light for choice.
The white color is high brightness, suitable for using at the corridor, staircase and bathroom.
The yellow, pink amd light blue coldrs are suitable for bedroom, their gentle light will not dazzle while sleeping.
The green color is suitable for karaoke room and decoration cabinet.
It brings comfort and romantic feeling to your home.”
The front of the package was labeled “Dim Night Lighting.”
I have been careful to preserve the spelling errors and grammar for your enjoyment. We are often entertained by the descriptions on packages here, like OMO laundry soap that declares “Dirt is good.” Makes no sense to me.
We discovered and purchased the world’s ugliest kitchen clock. As you can see it is a big ear of corn with eyes that swing back and forth with the pendulum, which has two onion headed beings in love on it. And, for some unknown reason, he has a picture of melon/cantelope on his stomach/clockface and a saying “Love – Thinking of you. All the best wishes. Benediction your friend.” It isn’t actually keeping time. We either need a better battery or a new clockwork.
Below is the advertisement in the window of a travel agency in our neighborhood and if you have seen anything South Park, you will recognize why I took this picture. There is a fair amount of trademark and copyright infringement here. At the very least, they walk close to the line — like SFC Southern Fried Chicken (knock off of KFC) and Frozen Slab Ice Cream (knock off of Cold Stone Creamery).