Smoky Lion City

Unaccustomed as yet, to living in smoggy Asia, I am finding myself missing NZ's impressive air quality. Singapore has been, for a few days, shrouded in a thick layer of smoke pollution, (referred to as the haze), caused by illegal burn-off in Sumatra's farmland. Nearby Peninsula Malaysia has had to close some schools and issue face masks. The Singapore Pollutants Standard Index has spiked over 100 for the first time since 2006, breaching the unhealthy threshold. Their national website which records and releases the levels 3 hourly, has crashed due to overwhelming traffic. The airports remain open but the impact on health and tourism is fairly significant.

And in my little pocket of home, it is acrid and foggy beyond the windows. Our eyes sting and stream and throats ache. Everyone I talk to is sniffing or coughing or has a bad headache and a health advisory has been issued to the general public to reduce activity outdoors. When it first rolled over the island, I wondered if there was a huge fire in the neighbourhood, the reek of burning was so strong. Days later, a prevailing wind persists, and clouds of this ashy air continue to puff over us, so our weekend is planned indoors.

So grateful for air conditioners, windows that close tightly, a stack of dvds, wii championships, popcorn, good books, grocery home delivery and a tumble dryer.

Click on the image for today's article in the Straits Times.

Widge  – (October 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM)  

arrgghh that sounds absolutely revolting!! Feeling for you. I hope you have a great weekend despite being locked in xo

Gail  – (October 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM)  

Yes, stay in - sounds like a perfect plan (good books, dvds - nice!) And if you do venture outside, do it in Michael jackson style Glasses and masks!

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