An amusing sign from the bathrooms at Lucky Plaza on Orchard, which also must be highlighted as the only bathroom that has charged me for entry (and has no real redeeming factors to justify that charge).
A picture of the dread squat toilet. I’d say more than half of the malls (perhaps more, as I’m not making any sort of real effort to search for them) have at least one bathroom with a few squat toilet stalls. Perhaps I’m just really really stupid, but the mechanics of how this works without making a mess or falling over escape me (please don’t explain it to me…I think ignorance might be bliss, here).
A strange (to me) anomaly here in Singapore. To flush the toilet you push a button on the top of the tank. I’m not sure if I first saw this in the hotel or the service apartment, but it still feels weird almost 5 months later. Elanor gets excited when she sees (to my mind) normally flushing toilets with the lever, because she loves to help. The button doesn’t really help with the potty training as one of our planned incentives was letting her flush. At any rate, it seems weird.
Also, Singpore–Can we talk about the bathrooms where there are no walls? Singapore Zoo (among others) I’m looking at you. I get that this allows for “natural” ventilation, but it freaks me out a bit. I don’t have a picture, but try to imagine, if you can, a bank of regular toilet stalls. Across from them are freestanding sinks with mirrors above them….and a wall of trees. Not a wall, but a wall of flora. It freaks me out every time I go there. I thought I had a pic, but after spending a good 20 minutes going through every file labeled “zoo” (and there are many) I can’t find it, so you’ll have to take my word for it until I next visit, at which point, it will become a priority shot.
Finally, I have to say that this is a country with a strong anti-soft toilet paper bias. Charmin is, I kid you not, over $20 but a set of 12 rolls (which is like double the cost of what we’d pay in the US, without a sale, even adjusting for the stronger dollar). We’ve compromised by using Kleenex brand, which is about what we paid for Charmin back home, but you notice the difference. I guess I should just be glad that I can take the existence of toilet paper in public bathrooms for granted, unlike in India, where forgetting the toilet paper might result in uncomfortable or messy results.