Happy new year!
Contrary to the false alarm on my wikipedia entry that proclaimed I died on Xmas day in Dallas, I am alive, kicking, and apparently, blogging too!
More about that later.
As I was saying, Happy New Year!
You know who is NOT happy today?
You know who is even more unhappy than me today?
The thousands of maggots that lived in my fridge and just got killed.
Bon Appetit! May I tempt you with some nuggets perhaps?
(Although maggots probably do not know it's New Year today... But still... Generally an unhappy day for them.)
You are probably wondering why my fridge was in this state. Maybe one day Mike and I will look back upon this story and laugh about it, but not right now.
So anyway... As you already know, we left on 10th of Dec for Dallas, and just reached Singapore on NYE at 1am. That's 22 days including time zone differences.
Before we left the house, we made sure all windows got shut and turned off all our electrical applicances.
Mike said, "Let's just hit the braker, make sure everything is off."
"Okay!" I chirped.
So with that, we turned off the main power supply and left the house with no electricity on - at all.
Two hours later, we were seated on the plane to Korea when I gasped.
"What?!" Mike said.
"The fridge. Oh my god," I replied.
"Oh shit... It's off isn't it? Oh shit." Mike sighed. "I'm so sorry baby... I just didn't realise..."
"Me neither... Oh well, it probably would just go bad... Flies can't go in and lay eggs, can they? It's sealed shut..."
WELL APPARENTLY THEY CAN!
The moment we opened our door, the stench was so overpowering it seriously like... knocked me backwards. The entire house stank so bad, I had gagging reflexes as I ran to open the balcony door and all windows.
The fridge had a pool of ambiguous brown liquid leaked out underneath it.
That brown liquid had flies on it.
"Maybe it's melted chocolate. I have some chocolate inside," I said hopefully. Doesn't smell like it though.
"I'd bet it's the ground beef..." Mike being ever the pessimist.
We knew we had a packet of nuggets (sealed) some hot dogs (sealed), and some ground beef (not securely sealed in cling wrap). That's all the meat we had.
We were both wrong.
We turned on the fridge to freeze whatever vermin which might be living inside to death first, and finally worked up our courage to open the fridge door the next morning.
Armed with insecticide, we opened it and jumped away in case anything would hop out and leech themselves onto us.
A cloud of opaque air gushed out of the freezer...
OMG....... The smell...... The wiggling of thousands of worms......
I've never been more disgusted in my whole fucking life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Are you taking a picture?!!" Mike said indignantly at me as I clicked away. Yeah... Good blogging material what!
"Do you really want to remember this moment?" He asked amidst making gagging noises.
"Might be funny later," I shrugged.
No such thing as 'bad time for camwhoring'
And in case you are wondering, the white towel is my gas mask for the day.
So we started cleaning it - Throwing away EVERYTHING inside.
The brown liquid came from a hugeass packet of frozen (once upon a time) chicken breast fillets that we both forgot existed.
It is so muthafucking soggy and disgusting.
The ice trays had ice in it and dead maggots UNDERNEATH the ice.
I only took one picture of the maggots because I ran away after that. Those you see is just a small part of what was actually there.
The inside of the fridge had way more, and there was a palm-sized area that was soooooo full of eggs stuck there, the entire area was just brown in colour.
The smell... Did I already talk about the smell??
It smelt exactly like how the lizard that dead in my computer cables smelt like. Like a somewhat salty, sour smell. A little like dried sotong but 1000 times worse.
And... It goes deep into your nose canal and stays there so that you can still smell it hours later. If you breathe through your mouth, you can even taste it somewhat.
Mike shoo-ed me away to hose all the maggots away... He is so goddamn brave, I tell you.
My hero. He told me to mosaic his ugly clothes.
One hour later Mike cleared most of the stuff off. Maggots 101: They are sticky!
My turn. I scrubbed "egg marks" off with a toothbrush, wiped down all nooks and crevices with a soapy hand towel, then wiped down all surfaces with a dettol-infused hand towel (burns like bleach), then wiped everything with soap again.
All while gagging consistently at the horrible smell.
Dismantled the fridge to clean everything out. The maggots even got inside the back plate of the fridge, those little fuckers!!
Poured Dettol down every possible surface
Dettol is awesome!
And then I squeegeed maggot eggs and excess water off the wet floor into the drains.
We thought after few hours of slogging (mostly Mike slogged coz he reckoned it is his fault) the fridge is spanking clean, even though it still stunk like hell.
So we let it air-dry, went out for lunch, and brought charcoal deodorizer and baking soda.
When we went back home, to my horror, I saw a maggot crawling on the goddamn door! WTFWTFWTF!!! How is that possible?!
(I sprayed it with insecticide to watch it die first. That felt good.)
The answer was that the insides of the rubber flaps that sealed the fridge shut was still bloody infested with eggs and maggots!!! Muthafuckers!
Honestly man... We should've just thrown the bloody fridge away and bought a goddamn new one for our landlord. He can't possibly mind... This fridge is so old and small anyway.
About $400 for a fridge like that... I'd pay double that amount to not have to deal with this shit!
Some unknowing fucker would open that fridge door, thinking he might be able to get a free fridge from the rubbish pile... AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! It won't be us getting that gush of maggoty fragrance! Orh bi for being a greedy poke!
Sigh. If the smell doesn't clear up, I'm really gonna get a new fridge. I honestly cannot imagine eating any food out of that fridge, ever again.
Cheers!Aren't you happy you are not me?!
Well... The good thing is... my year can only get better!
So yeah... Someone edited my wiki page to say that I died in a car crash during Xmas day when I was driving alone in Dallas. The person even included the time - approximately 5.30pm!
At precisely that time I was actually in Mike's mom's place eating a sumptuous Xmas dinner of Alaskan crab legs dipped in melted butter.
I was aboard the plane on NYE and was just about to turn off my phone before the plane took off, when Ming called me all the way from Bangkok to USA through Singaporean phone lines.
"Are you ok?" he asked. "Someone wrote on your wiki page you died!"
"Of course I am ok lah! Won't it be fucking scary if I am dead and talking to you now?" I laughed.
After I hung up I felt a bit scared. What if my plane crashed and I died on NYD? Won't it be infinitely morbid?!
But I survived the flights even though they were not very pleasant.
Good joke, whoever you are!!!!!!
I hope you die in a car crash too! :) Remember to let me know during your last surviving moments so I can update your wiki page also, k? What do you mean how? Email me lah! Xiaxue@gmail.com! Oh right... You don't have a wiki page because you are not important enough. Oh well...
But honestly though... I quite understand.
I mean this fucker, whoever he is, actually was online during Xmas day, went to the wikipedia page of a virtual stranger, and entertained himself by editing it with my death.
That about sums up the Xmas Day plans of the biggest loser in the world.
Honestly, shouldn't you be eating turkey with parents who love you and opening presents from people who cared about your existance??
I sound like I am angry, but I actually found this whole thing pretty funny.
Shin Min also called me to ask me to comment about this! They must have found it funny too. :D
I'll update with USA pics soon!!
Just a friendly reminder not to ever turn off your fridge!!