Posts Tagged ‘asia’

Durians + Booze = Fail

Friday, September 18th, 2009

I can’t believe this is true. I’ve heard this myth a ton of times and always thought it to be a old wive’s tale. Who knew.

NewScientist

Word of the day

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Today’s word of the day is “Kiasu”. Kiasu is an adjective that describes a person usually. When a person is kiasu, they can’t stand to be left out or more accurately, this is a person that wants it all.

For instance, say there are multiple events going on in the same evening, a person who is kiasu will have to go to each one even if it’s just for a few minutes at each. Or, a friend might have just bought a new gadget so you need to go out and buy it as well.

I suppose this translates into a phrase used occasionally in the US, “Keeping up with the Jones”

Singapore and Asia in general has a lot of “Kiasu” going on. I think it has to do with always being a step or two behind the West or Europe. I guess that’s why we have an indoor snowboarding facility, an ice rink, and soon a casino.

Be prepared for crap

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Don’t read this post if you’re about to eat a meal or are squeamish about bowel movements. You’ve been warned.

While travelling a few weeks ago, I had a moment of great clarity and dread. I went into a restroom to drop a couple of kids off at the pool. When I finished my business I reached for the toilet paper, only to find the roll empty. I quickly scanned around and found a second roll, but not before I noticed that the toilet I was using was equipped with a bidet.

I’ve never used a bidet before.

Nor do I know how to use one. How do you use one? Do you just splash water on yourself, hoping that the force of the water loosens everything and it all falls neatly into the bowl? Or do you use your free hand to help things along? How do you know when it’s all clean? What about after your done? Do you just “air-dry”? Or do you use tissue paper as well? Which makes me ask, why not use tissue paper to begin with?

Then it occurs to me that I don’t know how to use a squatting toilet either. These kinds of toilets are even more common in Asia. Sometimes, they are just a hole in the floor. Sometimes it has water and flushing mechanism as well. How do you use one of these? Do you pull your trousers to your ankles? What if you have a particularly powerful session? (This is going to be gross) Won’t there be splatter? And what about cleanup? If it’s just a hole in the floor, will there be tissue paper? Or do you need to bring your own? There are just too many questions.

Paying for crap

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

An interesting thing I’ve noticed traveling around Asia is the fact that you need to pay to use restrooms in some countries. The cost is a trifle. .05c to .30c.

The thing that bothers me though is that usually they state that the money is used to maintain these facilities. And invariably, those facilities are the ones that are the dirtiest, filthiest and in the most disrepair.

I don’t mind paying. Heck I’d pay more if the facilities were better maintained. But then again, that’s just me.