8:30 a.m. The weather today feels a little like an early summer. There has been some attempts of rain, but so far this month has given little. So little infact that the Kaohsiung city council will begin stage 1 water rationing starting tomorrow (Monday the 20th).
Despite some rainfall over the past few weeks, the precipitation in the area has been limited. The volume of water in the Gaoping River, which runs through this port city, has fallen from 19 to 17 cubic meters per second this past week.
Phase 1 is late-night rationing. But it will have little impact on residents, as most apartments in Taiwan have water storage tanks on their roofs, and water consumption is typically low during this time period.
The council says the rationing will likely save 3 percent to 5 percent of water consumption each night. And that adds up. Hopefully soon the rains will come and put farmers worries to a quick end.
12:00 p.m. weekly skype chat with mum and dad. They are counting the days until they arrive in Taiwan for a new life experience. And a total escape from their western reality. 31 days to go actually. Travelling from a home country like Australia to a similar place like England or the United States is a great experience. But travelling to a country that has a completely different language and culture is mind altering. It pulls you out of your comfort zone and throws you into a surreal world that you knew existed but never felt and appreciated. Humanity is a very diverse and incredibly interesting species. But at the end of the day we are all one people who dont realise that we are but one race with many facets. The human race. The sooner we can except that, the sooner we can evolve into a grand species and begin spreading our wings throughout the universe.