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6 Signs That Say You’re a Long Way from Home

29 Aug

Sign in Indonesian airport toilet, showing users not to squat on the toilet, throw food, utensils or bottles into the toilet, or flush the toilet using a hose.
1: Instructions on how to use the toilet. [tweetmeme source=”@mummy_t” only_single=false]

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Makassar airport, Indonesia, caters both to Westerners and locals on, perhaps, their first flight ever. Which is why the Western-style thrones have these handy instructions on the side of the cubicle.

For safety reasons all weapons must be kept by air crew during flight.
2: Weapons? Just leave them with the cabin crew. Continue reading

10 Ways to Tell Your Child Has Been in Asia A Long Time

1 Aug Sign on Malaysian taxi door, reading "This is metered taxi. Haggling is prohibited. Request for your receipt."

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1: A desire for previously unknown accessories in routine consumables.
Eg? “I want that toothbrush, mum, definitely that one.” “Why?” “It has a built-in tongue scraper.” Continue reading

Anyone the Wiser?

9 Mar

bizarre doorless bidet setup-up, bao lao border, vietnam-laos

Does Debretts Have a Special Page for This, or What?

I have seen some unusual bathroom set-ups in my time. But this, on the Vietnam-Laos border at Lao Bao, has me completely stumped.

The ladies features one traditional WC, with door, fairly standard sink set-up, with mirror, and these two objects which I would, without making any risky assumptions as to their functionality, term bidets.

As you can see, they are positioned in cubicles, side by side, in a sociable fashion, so ladies can chat as ladies do. Yet the cubicles have no doors, and are only about waist-high (when standing) and not much higher when squatting.

The mop in the picture would suggest they are regularly used. But for what?

I hung around a bit, but no one came by. So I’m still none the wiser.

Answers on a postcard, please, to the usual address. In the interim, I’ll be going with “lustral basin”.

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Mr. Toilet

15 Feb

The Phnom Penh riverside has been beautified of late. Glamorous pagoda-styled buildings in hues of red and yellow send serpentine corner eaves skywards like dragon’s breath, competing with the Royal Palace opposite. Much of the pavement is actually paving, rather than a colourful mix of dirt and plastic, and every side street is tarmaced to the max.

The breeze off the Tonle Sap both cools and and mitigates the general scent of garbage, burning and decaying, that permeates the city. There is even a pedestrian promenade! And grass!

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