I am introduced to the cold water shower, something unknown to me until now. The transition is gradual, as my first hosts have a heating system for their shower that ensures warm water. I have a few months to transition from hot to warm water.
Now, there is no water heater and the shock of cold water as it blasts from the shower is a challenge. A cold water shower seems ideal in this hot and humid climate but for me it is like the shock of diving straight into the pool. I am strategic in my approach to the shower, especially when I wash my hair, rotating my body to ensure thorough washing with limited water exposure.
And then, I am introduced to a new way of bathing; a large plastic bin under a small cold water tap. Inside the bin sits a smaller jug with a pouring lip. If I wait until later in the day, the warm sun heats the pipes and the water is warmer. Perfect!
My hunch is confirmed; the bathroom water is cold. It's January and I am in Bulacan at the GK Enchanted Farm. It's the coldest time of the year in the Philippines. There stands the large plastic bin and jug, ready for me. As I pour the cold water over my body, the years slip away. Brrr, cold water bathing......
It's my personal challenge; but I see the benefits for my dehydrated skin. I wonder if we should have cold water showers during Australian summers, in times of drought. That would be a simple yet perfect water saving measure! It's time efficient too; there's no tendency to day dream the time away when the cold water hits your body and no temptation to stay just a minute longer.
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