So I got into work this morning, picked up my water bottle to empty yesterday’s dregs and refill it, and was met with swirling pond scum.
Thinking that it had only been a reflection of my green lid, I’d been chugging bottle after bottle of boiled kettle water since Monday.
However the horror of discovering this paled tonight when, in packing for Vietnam and Cambodia, I looked behind a bookshelf and discovered…well…a bit of mold problem. In fact one the height of a small child or hobbit.
To preface this, when I first arrived at my apartment I knew there was a mold problem. I scoured the walls and left a coating of bleach to discourage any further growth which I’m happy to say was about 80% successful. That said I’d noticed a few weeks back that it seemed to be growing back in that particular corner, although wrote it off as the flat black spots I’d initially encountered.
Except when I looked closer today I saw these were no simple two dimensional spots but rather 3D tribbles fuzzing up my wallpaper.
I confess I nearly hurled when Ricky and I pulled the bookcase away from the wall to reveal it. The horror of knowing that had been growing for god knows how long, just at the foot of my bed, was (and is) positively traumatizing. Keep in mind we live in one-room studio apartments. There’s no getting away from this.
Well, luckily I can get away and have told Ricky I’m moving into his apartment indefinitely. Explains the constant coughing and blocked nose I’ve had since arriving.
I of course contacted my co-teacher right away and, horrified, she called up my landlord pronto. He at once said he’d come to repaper my apartment while I’m on vacation with waterproof wallpaper…although part of me worries that the casual approach to things like this in Korea means it won’t be completely detoxified and spores will still be hanging around in the air – or worse, in my stuff.
Anyone had experience with this kind of thing before? I’ve never seen it so bad and I don’t want to get rid of my things. I’m a materialistic sentimental wimp who likes her stuff.
In other news, yay for vacation at last! Heading to Ho Chi Minh city with a 24 hour layover in Manila, Philippines, and then off to Cambodia before heading back to Vietnam and returning to Korea. Never looked forward to a vacation so much.