Fobs prove versatile in restroom use

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:

jet-airplane-toilet1. 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.


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  • Josiah

    squatting is the way to go!! That what they have in HK/China for the public toilets

  • emilyco

    um is it just me or is there poop in the first toilet pic

  • visith

    did you take those pictures yourself?

  • Amy

    hahahahaha oh man, i just noticed that brownish tint….

  • Kwong

    Lol. Last time I was in Nariata on my layover from MNL I had the choice of a squat toilet or western style… or go to the washroom on the plane. Anyways, I personally picked westernstyle because I am not 100% sure I could do the squat one correctly. Oh well.

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