Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The incessant problem of PGP

It was 4 am, and I was seated with two of my friends at the blocks opposite the PGPR foyer in NUS. Chatting away, talking about movies, songs, downloads, girls, internships, modules, studies, exams and what not, when, as usual, it started to rain suddenly. The raindrops were getting thicker by the second, and I felt my pulse rise as my nerves sent me an alarm message...

My room's windows were open!

The wind started blowing fiercely as I ran against it, towards my block. "Please God, please! Just hold on for a couple more minutes. I am almost there..." I prayed as I ran like the wind. [Somewhere in my imagination I could hear someone shouting, "Run Forrest, run!".]

As it has happened a countless number of times, everytime it rains, the rain water pours into my room through two gigantic windows. My desktop computer has failed on me many times because of this, including a spoilt motherboard that I had to get replaced, and many other mishaps as I have mentioned on my blog so many times before. Now the stuff in my room is positioned in such a way that the first thing to get drenched in the rain would be my guitar [window 1] and my desktop CPU [window 2]. Other things that could get damaged would be the refrigerator, empty cartons I intend to use for storage, and not to mention, my laptop, which is usually lying on the floor as well.

Why, I keep asking, why did the engineers and architects who designed this residence have to be so airheaded to overlook such a major hitch! It's sad really. And the worst part is, the administration doesn't see how it is a MAJOR problem because if they did, they would have tried to rectify it by now, while doing all the recent renovation.

See, it's terribly hot and humid in Singapore... Before ever coming here, the first thing I learnt about this place was that (1) flumped right on the equator, Singapore is the most humid place on the face of the planet, and (2) it's so humid that car manufacturers bring their newly designed models here to test for rust prevention! Withstanding Singapore's humidity is like the ultimate rust test! So the problem is: when it's hot, I keep my room's windows open to let some air in - because my computer and fridge dispel massive amounts of heat as well since they're both turned on all the time; when the weather is better - when it's windy or raining - I would rather have the windows open but I can't because the rain water oozes in! Hence I'm stuck in this perpetual hotness.

Maybe I should start a petition, collecting signatures from all residents of the prestigious Prince George's Park Residences and file an official complaint to the NUS administration through NUSSU - our safeguarding student union, about our water seepage problem.


naomi said...

Rain can be such a bane!!They actually bring cars for rust testing in Singapore?Darn!You should keep ur belongings as far away from the windows as possible.And do bring this to the authority's notice.

Fariha said...

Lol; wasn't it the night when you thought that I cursed you back with that rainfall? Haha...btw does the computer release that much heat? I'm not too sure about that; the fridge's case is quite believable, but the computer? Anyways, it looks like Singapore should win the Guinness record for the highest humidity. But ya, PGP design isn't good; there's no cross-ventilation in the rooms. Therefore, the rooms are like burning hot whereas the corridors are cool. And yeah, my laptop was about to get drenched one night too...

Anonymous said...

Stop bitching about what can't be fixed. Move to an A type room and keep your windows closed. If you can afford a fridge and a laptop, A type shouldnt be a problem.

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