Sunday, March 26, 2006

Ironing and Vagus

So after a tiring weekend call, I'm actually glad Monday's coming. I get to go off-call tomorrow morning.
Had a ton of errands and chores to do today. Unfortunately, I had run out of clean dress shirts to wear. Hence, laundry day.
Now, after having been away from home for 12 years, and away from Malaysia for 8, I consider myself fairly independent and somewhat domesticated. I'm a survivor. I mean, I cook decently (ah, what the heck, to hell with modesty, I cook pretty darn well, thank you very much), able to bake a pie or two, I clean pretty well (in a guy's dictionary, 'pretty well' means I don't live in a pigsty, my slippers don't stick to the floor and the toilet is flushed at least once a week).
I do my own laundry. I even know to separate the whites from the coloured (learnt from experience. I still have that bright patchy-pink shirt hanging in my basement).
I wash my own car.
Mop. Do the dishes.
Hell, thanks to my camping days and over 20 camping and hiking trips (including Mt. Ledang, Angsi and Kinabalu) I can even make basic furniture out of small trees and rope, start a fire with just 3 matches. Taking a dump in the bushes and using the leaves to clean up wouldn't unnerve me.
But if there is absolutely one thing, one thing that I hate to do, cannot do, is iron.

Someone once told me, the definition of agony is 'sliding down a razor blade on your balls'. I'm not sure how he learnt that. But I think I'd pick that over ironing.
They can coat the irons with teflon or uranium for all I care, and make it spew steam or whatever it is that they do, but that doesn't make ironing easier. Inevitably, my clothes come out looking more wrinkled after I'm done ironing than before.
Which explains why 90% of my clothes are wrinkle-free. Though the lines do start forming after you've worn them enough. Even though they're supposed to be wrinkle-free (I guess ageing affects everyone. Along those lines, maybe they can coat clothes with botox? Or make the steam irons spew botulinum? It'll be worth the money)
So, when it comes to my future mate, my one criteria will be: MUST LIKE IRONING.
I'll do the rest.

(And no, I haven't the foggiest idea who the babe is. Some Japanese hottie I found online)

Any takers?


Anonymous coolcat said...

Wah, ironing is also one of the basic criteria for me. I'm looking for Iron Man and waiting for the day where I can buy non-wrinkle free clothes. Can place joint advert here ar? :P

10:22 PM  
Blogger Lydia Teh said...

You're going to have a tough time finding your soul mate. If all women are like me, there'll be NO takers to your ad. Good luck. BTW I devoted one chapter on my ironing misadventures in my book.

1:32 AM  
Blogger spinosum said...

Hey Vagus, probably u can "cham siong" (discuss) with ur hospital laundry unit, see if they can give u a discounted price for washing and ironing your clothes -- afterall, they use huge and high tech machines to carry out all those laundry serivce! ;)

2:52 AM  
Blogger Dentist Down Under said...

If you pay for my parents' mortgage I'll do the ironing for u ;p

4:04 AM  
Blogger Dentist Down Under said...

Actually I think it would be cheaper to hire a maid ;p

4:04 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

CC: Sure sure,we can discuss cost for advertising here later :)
Lydia: Yea, i kinda guessed that. But what if i did the cooking and cleaning?
Spinosum: Cannot leh, some of my clothes dry-clean only. Somemore i dun want my shirts smelling like hospital patients
Dentist: Mortgage for ironing? Kinda hefty right?

6:25 AM  
Anonymous mayan said...

haha... funny.. i actually quite enjoy ironing when i'm in the mood for it. find it quite therapeutic to see the creases disappear! but hey... non-iron shirts are actually really difficult to get crease-free i've discovered! hmm.. if u move here & wash my car every week i'll do your ironing for u!

10:11 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Wah Mayan! You never told me that? How come we never hooked up last time? Aiyar wasted.

10:25 AM  
Blogger piffles said...

i don't enjoy ironing too. hehe.

11:23 AM  
Blogger YeePei said...

I hate ironing too! Eekz!

6:53 PM  
Blogger WMD: Wife, Mother, Daughter said...

My husband rather iron his shirts than me doing it. This speaks volumes about my ironing skills ;).

7:34 PM  
Blogger grace said...

hahaha i am one of those women looking for iron man.

absolutely hate ironing which just reminded me i hv a huge pile of laundry waiting to be ironed.

good luck!

7:58 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

Hmm sounds like women hate ironing as much as i do.
then maybe i should master ironing, that way easier to find wife? :P

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been ironing all my hubby's clothes for the past 6 years except those times when I wasn't feeling well. Ironing is okay, isn't difficult at all. But hey, I've been ironing my whole family's clothes (6 elder siblings) since I was 13 years old!). And no, I am not a "Yes" woman. I guess when life's tough, you really gotta do everything. But the good thing is, after doing chores for so many years, you'll breeze through it later in life :) My hubby knows he's one heck of a lucky guy!

11:14 PM  
Blogger grace said... will definetely light up your 'resume'....young independent malaysian doctor who can cook, clean after himself n iron...sounds very promising.

2:17 AM  
Anonymous mayan said...

well.. as far as i remember, when we were in imc together, i had a string of idiots i used to call boyfriends, & u.. well.. u were pre-occupied with other girls lah! :)

10:13 AM  
Blogger spinosum said...

Vagus preoccupied with other girls?! Keh Keh Keh... Vagus, now Mayan has let the cat out of the bag! ;)

4:45 AM  
Blogger dobbs said...

"Hot babe" that likes ironing? Not asking for much are you? :P

9:59 PM  
Anonymous anastasia said...

Lol, I think you're going to die single. =P But, like Mayan said, it can be destressing sometimes.

11:47 AM  
Blogger just me said...

hey, of all the housework i like ironing best but I am taken..haha

4:49 AM  
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