|Cozy apartment, but the walls are so bare!|
|L to R: Kitchenette, wardrobe, bathroom, washing machine/storage|
One of the first hurdles I had to tackle in my new apartment was controlling the water thermostat. All hot water is controlled by this little guy (below). Whenever I want to use hot water for any reason (washing dishes, or a shower) I have to make sure the water heater is on and ready to go. Cold showers are not fun! The system is very efficient in terms of conserving energy and keeps the heating bill down. However, I still like how back home all I have to do is turn the water faucet to the left and warm water comes out. (= It's the little things.
|Korean Thermostat - Ondol Heating|
|Thank you Google!|
Red Button = On/Off
Green Button = Warm water only
White and Grey Buttons = Set temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit
Blue Button = How often the heater runs (? )*
*I'm still not certain about the blue button. Youngeun - do you know what that means? lol
Anyways, it took me two days to completely figure out all the settings in my new apartment. By then I was desperate for a hot shower. But of course, I didn't have shampoo or conditioner yet. (planned on purchasing in Korea) For my first week, I washed my hair with body wash...weird, but it still got the job done. hahaha. The body was left by the previous teacher. The problem has since been rectified (=
It's dinner time - what to cook?