On my last trip back to Singapore, I realized that we fobs are quite talented in our ability to use a variety of toilet structures. In fact, during just the commute time from San Francisco to Singapore, I had already switched toilet styles three times:
1. The Western-Style Sitting Toilet
Location: Cathay Pacific flight CX879
Tips: For hygiene reasons, use a seat liner. If there aren’t any, line the toilet seat with toilet paper!
2. The Japanese “Washlet” with built-in bidet
Location: Tokyo Narita Airport during my layover
Tips: Don’t freak out. The water might startle you a little a first, but after using it, you’ll wish you had one of these in your home, too! The bidet’s high-tech console, located next to the toilet seat, includes functions such as water pressure adjustment, water temperature adjustment and drying. They are usually accompanied with “sound” buttons that mimic flushing noises to hide the shameful plops your poop makes. My favorite feature is the heated seat that warms your butt on cold winter nights.
3. The Squat Toilet
Location: Singapore Changi Airport
Tips: If you’ve never used one before, practice the Asian Squat a couple times first to get your balance right. Also, make sure you’re positioned in the middle of the squat–there’s nothing worse than bad aiming! These squat toilets are still very common, and are even found in posh office buildings.