Thursday, June 9, 2011


For Filipinos, the toilet paper is never enough.  In a typical Filipino bathroom, you'd see either a bidet, a telephone hand shower, or a dipper (which we call tabo).  We always cap off our visit to the throne with any of those three.
So you can just imagine how inconvenient it is for us Filipinos to travel to another country and check-in at a superb hotel, only to find out that all you'll see in the bathroom is a roll of toilet paper.  Horror roll.  Which is why, to be on the safe side, Macy has been assigned as our official tabo provider.  She always brings her Hello Kitty dipper (honestly kind of a hassle to bring) whenever we go out of the country.  It is light, but its shape is not one that we would consider as 'easy-to-pack'.
Thank God Filipinos are very good in improvising whenever the need arises.  We may not realize it but we've actually come up with different solutions to fulfill our bathroom needs.

For example, Filipinos use an empty mineral water bottle in lieu of a dipper, but we find it confusing at times.  We always have this fear of mistaking the butt-bottle as our complimentary bottled water from the hotel, thus the question "Is this the bottle I was drinking from a while ago or is this the one we use to splash water on our bunzz?" always arises.
Filipinos also try to make do with the glass bathroom cups that are provided for brushing our teeth, but those aren't easy to use either.  One would need at least 10 refills before it gets the shi+ out.  Try to visualize how troublesome it is to sit down the throne, wash with a cup, stand up again, walk to the sink to have it refilled, and do everything 10 times. 
We understand that the Filipinos aren't a significant chunk of international hotels' target market but we really hope they'd be willing to consider what is basic for us. 

In relation to this, allow us to thank Japan for their well-equipped toilet seats, even in public places.  We love the seat heater function, the setting for water temperature, and the adjustable water pressure.  Oh, and the music-or-flushing-sound option izz the bezzzt!
a toilet in Fukuoka
a toilet in Tokyo

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1 comment:

  1. Found your blog while searching for posts about Japan. This entry made me LOL. :D Good to know that Japanese toilets have a variety of options. I am anticipating to see the last two pictures in my future trip!