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28 November 2011 / leggypeggy

Mould is bold and a constant battle in Southeast Asia

We saw at least eight teams of people tackling the mould at Borobudur.

Dealing with mould is a huge challenge in Southeast Asia. When we lived in Burma in the 1980s, it was common for our clothes and, especially, shoes to become mouldy. Soon after we arrived, someone suggested that we always leave on a light in the closet to create a bit of heat that might ward off the green stuff. It helped a bit, but not completely.

It’s not so easy to leave on a light in an outdoor Buddhist temple.

When we visited the famous Borobudur temple last week, we saw squadrons of workers tackling the mould problems there. They work mostly on the flat, vertical surfaces, not the floors or carvings.

Scratch, scratch, scratch—lightly—and dig, dig dig—lightly—and over time the green stuff will be gone. I reckon these men and women have lifetime jobs.

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