Warning: This post is not for peaceful animal loving folks. So stop here.

My kids are lucky. They have the luxury of water heaters and airconditioned rooms for their comfort. Not I. Not when I was a kid anyway. I didn’t have aircond until I started to work in my 20s. And I certainly did not have water heaters to bathe.

When I was young, we were living in a single storey terrace house. The bathroom had cement flooring, a big hexagon shaped water container at one end (the container was made of cement on the inside but at least it had little square white tiles on the outside). There was a little hole on the floor at another end of the bathroom for the water to run down the pipes. It didn’t even have a cover. It was cold and damp. We bathed by using a small water scoop to scoop up the water from the big hexagon container and pouring it over ourselves.

If any of us were sick or it was a really cold, rainy day, sometimes we would boil some water in a kettle, pour that into plastic pails and mix that with cold water to get some warm bathing water. That was our luxury.

Now onto my cochroach story. Sometimes halfway through a bath, a coachroach or more may crawl out of the little hole on the floor. *Screams* What to do next? There’s no insect spray. The cochroaches were usually big and could fly. *Screams*

We discovered that the best way to kill a cochroach is to quickly mix soap water into our little water scoop and pour it over the cochroach. I remember frantically mixing my bath soap with water to form soap water and pouring it over the cochroach. It worked most of the time (if you manage to pour it over the cochroach that is) and the cochroach would die immediately, body overturned and legs spread wide. Then I would quickly pour fresh water to get it down the little hole on the floor. I must say it works better than an insect spray. Sometimes when you spray the insecticide it won’t kill the cochcroach immediately. Instead it would start running around or flying around like mad. Eeeeeyeeea!

What brought on this post? Why, I saw a cochroach in the bathroom thats why. A tiny one and it suddenly reminded me of the past. Have I spoilt anyone’s breakfast yet? Hehe.


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