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11 August 2014

Always Boil The Water



See, water! These teacher outfit photos ARE related to the post topic, after all. 
 
We've been warned quite vehemently not to drink the tap water here. I'm not sure what would happen if we did, but I don't generally like to use my own body for science experiments, so I've been obeying the warning to drink only bottled or freshly boiled water. It's kind of sad, as I'm actually fairly opposed to drinking bottled water in general because I think it's wasteful (in the states I never drank bottled water--our well water was plenty good enough for me!) but here it seems to be the best option we have for the time being.

We've also thus far found iced or cold drinks to be fairly rare. I am very, very proud of Angel for adjusting to this so quickly, because he's always been the kind of person who thought that even refrigerated drinks weren't cold enough, so he always had to stack his glasses with plenty of ice. The first time we took him to a Chinese restaurant in mainland Malaysia which only served hot tea, he had us request ice for him and created a bit of confusion. I never even use ice, because my teeth are sensitive to cold, so doing without ice makes no difference to me. Angel got very excited on our first morning in China because the pitcher of water at the hotel buffet breakfast was covered in condensation--he thought that was a sign that the water inside was very cold. Nope, the condensation was due to the exact opposite reason, the pitcher had just been filled with boiling hot water. He was a bit disappointed. But he's been regularly drinking our room-temperature bottles of water and the bottomless hot tea that we're consistently served at restaurants, and I'm very proud of him for expanding his comfort zone when it comes to the temperature of his drinks.

 Of course, a few of the small shops around here have small refrigerators filled with sweet drinks like these familiar pops and plenty that are unfamiliar. We don't like to drink pop every day (we're attempting to stay healthy on the limited food options available right now!) but sometimes it's a cool treat on a hot afternoon!


I will now teach you to say Sprite and Coca-Cola in Mandarin: xuěbì and Kěkǒukělè
 
Do you prefer your drinks hot, room-temperature, or iced? 

31 comments :

  1. I'm actually not too picky when it comes to the temperature of my beverages, but I am a bit sensitive to overly cold drinks. But I'm glad your hubs is able to make some amendments to the way he usually takes his drinks--I guess you always have to make some personal amendments when traveling, but hope you're having a lovely trip!

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  2. I am more an iced temperature kind of girl when it comes to drinks...the first time I went to Europe I was surprised that it wasn't custom to get ice with drinks, which took some getting used to!

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  3. When you're settled, get one of those electric kettles! They're so convenient to have since they work so quickly. I used to love cold drinks, but now I'm fine with drinking boiling or room temperature water. I never learned to love drinking weak tea though - my school and some restaurants boiled water with a bit of rice tea and I hated it.

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  4. Nothing wrong with boiling the water. Better safe than sorry.

    On a fashion note, you look so elegant in that black midi skirt. =)

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  5. Damn the little things you'd come to appreciate huh? I can cook and drink my tap water - I also avoid bottled water but we have at home for when we're on trips and I don't want to worry about cups and such. At least you're both there to help one another adjust, and yes a pop is always a good treat :) Best of luck you two and have a great one Rachel! -Iva

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  6. I like my water room temp, and my drinks cold but without ice. Ice and I don't get along...

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  7. Better safe than sorry, go ahead and boil away! Love your outfit, you have the most perfect body!

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  8. Oh I would have a hard time adjusting! I like cold, cold, cold drinks too. On the other hand, I don't think my husband would mind! I'm not a big fan of soda either, but I think I'd give in and have a sprite a couple times a week! It's always fun to read about your adventures!

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  9. I'm the girl who orders extra, extra ice with her drinks. It's annoying and everyone I know is like, ugh, when I order a drink. For me, it's less about temperature and more about crunching the ice when I finish my drink. Also, it's like second drink because when I finish, I usually have tons of ice leftover and refill my cup with water on repeat all day. That's how a) I drink tons of water and b) satisfy stupid cravings by crunching the ice. I can drink most beverages at any temp, but not soda. If I do have a soda, it has to be ice cold. Warm carbonated drinks are just gross.

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  10. No ice, but definitely chillded. I only like warm drinks when it is cool outside...or when I am desperately missing Christmas in the summer I will fix hot chocolate. :)

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  11. I actually don't care at all about the temperature of my water! Most of the time I'm too lazy to get ice, so it usually ends up room temperature. Milk and soda, though, have to be as cold as possible.

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  12. I love how there are such diverse opinions on this - I drink water at room temperature, on the rare occasion I have something fizzy it must come with ice :)

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  13. Since living in Singapore I've come to prefer boiling water as opposed to cold! When I travel back to Australia or the US they think I'm very strange!

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  14. Hi! Just dropping by from the Travel Tuesday link-up. For me I think it really depends on the weather (so British!). But summer = cold, winter = hot. Although I guess that's true of everybody.

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  15. Oh yeah in South America it was the same thing! I always boiled the water or bought bottled water. I hated it because I like to drink slightly cool water (not too cold either) but then my grandmother started putting the boiled water into massive jugs in the fridge and so it was as if nothing had changed! :)

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  16. Those soda cans are so cool! I've always loved chilled drinks but I've never been too fond of ice. You look so pretty in that skirt by the way :).

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  17. Ah! I'm with Angel - that would definitely be a tough transition. I love my water ICE cold and can barely choke it down lukewarm. On top of that I don't like any hot beverages - coffee, tea, etc. I can occasionally drink hot cocoa but that's about it.

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  18. Wow, I've never thought so much about my water temperature! I prefer it chilled but as I carry round a water bottle in my bag all day I'm pretty used to lukewarm. What a topic of debate!

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  19. I actually prefer room temperature or hot drinks since I have sensitive teeth too! Glad to hear your hubby is adjusting to room temperature/hot drinks.

    Hsiao-Ting (www.shoutingchow.com)

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  20. hehe when we go back to the states, it always takes me a few days to adjust to the idea of drinking tap water. we have big jugs of filtered water delivered to our house because boiling water just takes up too much time! i've definitely adjusted to room temp water here, although when it's 95 degrees in my house some days, ice is nice. :)

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  21. oh gosh, you should plan some kind of surprise for him - find the most ice cold drink or best ice cream, or some other way to find something deliciously cold :)

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  22. I struggled a lot with the lukewarm drinks in China--or the really hot tea even on hot days! I too was terrified to drink the tap water...I heard that there was some sort of kidney destroying parasite in the water (although who knows how true that is!) and that was enough for me. I was able to find a few cold drinks but I could definitely always find ice cream!

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  23. This is so fascinating! I love learning about what it is like in new places! I think it would be kind of tough to be served hot water all the time, but for the most part I drink room temperature water all the time.

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  24. So interesting to hear about your new lives in China. It's funny the things we take for granted until we don't have them anymore. Looking forward to reading more.

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  25. I used to prefer ice cold water, but now I don't mind room temperature water. I do drink cold water faster though!

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  26. If I had to pick just one, I'd say room temperature (oddly, I especially like water that's room temp), but find that it just depends on my mood, how I'm feeling health wise, and the weather. My mom and grandma are both big fans of drinking hot water straight, perhaps with a little lemon, and the older I get the more that grows on me, too.

    ♥ Jessica

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  27. I'm definitely an iced water kind of person, which makes travelling abroad a little less enjoyable since it is hard to come by in many places. Not that that would actually stop me from travelling though :)

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  28. I usually go for warm drinks- I am a big hot tea drinker, and love coffee too. Boiling the water is a biggie in a lot of countries with unsafe tap water. Glad to hear you are not using your body to try and experiment unboiled water :-)) Visiting from SITS today, have a lovely weekend Rachel, and enjoy your new adventure in China. XOXO, Elif
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  29. Unless I am drinking a protein shake, I only drink water and I like it room temerpature.

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  30. My mom had a really hard time adjusting to life without ice when we moved to China. But she survived! I got so used to us not having ice during those years that I still don't use it at home. I mean, if I'm at a restaurant and my water comes with ice then that's fine. But at home, I don't ever think to pop a few ice cubes in my glass. Which my husband thinks is super weird, haha!

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  31. Have you guys signed up for the large water jug services to your apartment? That will help with the waste, you won't have to boil your water at home or continue using bottled water. In our city, we just paid for tickets from a company. When we ran out of water, we would call a number and give them the address, and a guy on a motor bike came and traded the new water jug for the old one. It seems it was maybe about 10 yuan per ticket? And you'll have to pay an initial set up fee or buy one of the stands for the water jugs if your apartment doesn't already have one. I can't remember for sure, but not much! Its SO worth it!

    I've never really liked cold cold water, but I realized after living in China that I really preferred it room temperature. Tyler and I always argue on whether the water filter pitcher stays on the cabinet at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. :)

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