I went out to have my lunch at the Hawker Station. As I'm on my way back home, three men came together with me at the pedestrian crossing. Their skin are black, and having a different dialect during their conversation, which I can't dig in to my vocabularies.
As the wind passed by from their post to mine, a sudden rush of bad odor penetrated my nostrils. It was an odor that was like having no bath for a week. The smell of armpit that hasn't been washed for a couple of days. The stink continued to flow to my lungs. I began to crumple my face, but I felt ashamed to be seen by them.
As the green light signaled us to walk, I delayed my phase so they could go ahead of me.
Singapore Water is Abundant
Singapore is the place where humidity can reach to 75% rH (relative humidity), that means moisture (water vapor) is everywhere. The water vapor is so abundant and can cause rain when condensed. That's why rain in Singapore is present almost 4 times a week.
Why did I lectured this science thing to you? Because I wondered why these people are not taking their bath when water is everywhere. Every homes in Singapore are equipped with showers where you can bath 3 times a day if you want to. You can by 3 pieces of soap for SGD2.50 only.
We Don't Have an Available Shower?
Ok, this is not an excuse. Public toilets, especially at the parks near the sea, have public showers and it's FREE? You can bath anytime if you like to. Any other excuses?
Why they smell bad?
I don't think that this is an issue of money. This, I think, is the issue of self-hygienic behavior or maybe some kind of culture? This is the problem not only for black people, but also for some pale colored men. I also encountered it for few women.
Some say that it's because of the spices they eat and the perfume they wear. But, these is easy to solve...
Take a bath at least once per day with soap, shampoo and deodorant. It takes a matter of 15 minutes to do that you know!
Have you also encountered this problem?