Day 46- Using the Restrooms

Trip Start Aug 23, 2009
Trip End May 23, 2010

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Saturday, October 10, 2009

The worst part of the day is when I have to take a shit. Luckily for me I am staying in a western influenced hostel where they have western toilets with toilet paper. But the bathrooms are shared by everyone staying in the hostel. The toilet area is very small and is also used as the shower area with no curtain or anything separating the two. They are literally right next to each other so it feels very crapped. The second issue is that the toilet has a horrible flush. I end up flushing over 3 times, not because of the shit but because the toilet paper wont go down so I usually say fuck it and leave.

For the locals and their bathrooms it is a whole another game. First off most of the public bathrooms you have to pay to get in (around 5-10 cents). Then once you get in you notice pretty much a hole in the floor with porcelain surrounding it. The locals use the squat technique and there is no flush or toilet paper. To flush they ladle water out of a bucket that is right next to the toilet and manually flush the shit. For wiping there ass they use their left hand with water. Sounds disgusting and I am usually up to try anything the locals do but this is something I refuse to partake in. I read a book where the writer put it in perspective. He said if you got shit on your face would you wipe it off with water and your hand or would you wipe it off with a paper towel. I would wipe it off with water and my hand but I don’t care. If in the near future I have an emergency I will squat but I always keep a roll of toilet paper in my book bag just in case.
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sunny on

i know..right.. the squat technique is terribly difficult my legs would want to give out doing it....

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