Very Important Stuff

Perfect title for my post about our shower drain. I took these pictures a while ago, but I’m just now posting about them. However, first I wanted to talk about our Mid-Autumn moon festival mookcake photos since after I talk about drain hair the mooncake pictures might seem less appetizing. So September 27th was the Mid-Autumn festival, which isn’t a recognized national holiday, though I’m surprised because it seems like we have a holiday every week…not that I’m complaining, I love short work weeks! Anyway the Mid-Autumn festival story basically goes like this:

There was this guy who shot down 9 of the 10 suns, and people were really grateful and made him king, but he became a big jerk with all that power so he wanted to drink this elixir to live forever but his wife wouldn’t let him because she knew he would just keep being a jerk to everyone so she took it and instead of living forever she flew up to the moon and became the spirit of the moon. People offer sacrifice to the moon during this festival to honor her sacrifice. People also light lanterns, eat round fruits that are reminiscent of the moon, get together with family, and the best part…eat mooncakes! Mooncakes are delicious traditional cakes that are made with eggs, and red bean paste, and lotus paste, and delicious lotus paste. My favorite was when the video I was going to show my kids about the holiday said, ‘Families get together and look at the moon. If you can’t be with your family you can look at the moon and think about your family.’ It seemed like such an ‘F you’ to people who couldn’t be with their family. Anyway, I guess we ate mooncakes and looked at the moon:

Soft skin Durian (the yellow one), Traditional I believe Lotus Paste (the one on the right), and I believe the last one is the more Cantonese style mooncake, a bit more savory
Soft skin Durian (the yellow one), Traditional I believe Lotus Paste (the one on the right), and I believe the last one is the more Cantonese style mooncake, a bit more savory
Delicious durian filling, the other one looked similar inside, but tasted more like fig newtons.
Delicious durian filling, the other one looked similar inside, but tasted more like fig newtons.

Oh, and just in case your wondering, in some places they do sell ‘moon’ cakes that look like butts. I didn’t see any in Malaysia, but they came up when I was searching ‘what’s in a mooncake?’ Now on to very important stuff:

I think that the shower drains here are very well engineered. As someone with very thick long hair, every time I wash my hair I lose an equivalent of what’s on top of a grandpa’s head right down the drain, which can be a real pain if you don’t have a good drain. So the drains here usually look like this:

A good size square.
A good size square.

After a short time here the drain began to slow down and I thought, oh brother, this is trouble, how does this thing even work, all the hair went down the drain, I see no trap. So I figured I’d try to open it. The piece in the middle there is heavy stone, but it’s only held in place by its own weight, so it’s quite easy to pick up. Underneath is:

Underneath

Not sure if you can see, but its a full size pipe with small combs spaced out evenly around the circle.

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When the top is on, water flows easily, but all the hair and detritus gets caught in the combs. It takes a while to build up, but its so easy to clean out, just like a comb or brush. It’s so smart. I love it. It’s so much better than any drain trap of any bath or shower I’ve had before. I’m quite sure these exist elsewhere; I just wish they existed in my clawfoot tub on Idlewood. Anyway, I just love these drains. Also, the toilet hoses/ wet bathrooms here make it so easy to clean everything in the bathroom. Love it.

Oh, and…Wednesday was my beloved’s birthday! Although he said no cake, I had to keep up the number candle tradition, so I stopped at 3 bakeries on the way home and made a little spread:

The adorable birthday boy
The adorable birthday boy
Blowing out the candles
Blowing out the candles
The spread: Mango cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut cake, red bean pastry, butter cookie, blueberry cream danish, canoli, mango chiffon...more dairy than I've had in months!
The spread: Mango cheesecake, chocolate hazelnut cake, red bean pastry, butter cookie, blueberry cream danish, canoli, mango chiffon…more dairy than I’ve had in months!

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