Tuesday, 22 December 2015

ms-havachat and the perfect loo

Here's a different chat.


Water Closests.

Wash rooms.

The Loo.

Ladies. Gents. Unisex.

We all use them but it's a subject seldom discussed.

Having lived in Japan and sat on warmed loo seats, let me tell you, there's not much to rival that feeling, especially on a cold winter morning. Learning to master the control panel took time, especially as everything was written in Japanese, but we soon mastered it.

Mind you, traditional Japanese loo's are tricky to use and after 3 years of living there, I still didn't master the skill of squatting.

Now, imagine wearing a dress or skirt and doing this. 

This cartoon sums up pretty much my experience. The few times I did succumb to squatting I literally undressed from the waist down. But enough about me.

I recently learnt that the company that made these toilets so popular has opened a TOILET MUSEUM - yes they have!

There's the raging debate too about which side to pull the toilet paper from. I am definitely an OVER kinda-gal and admit to turning loo rolls around if in fact they are facing under.

I probably should explain that my late father had 'tummy' issues and that our family has grown up with 'tummy' issues and so the loo is definitely something, as a family we just deal with.

However, it can be a really embarrassing situation, especially when a guest in someone's home. Guess that's why I've always paid particular attention to the loo that guests use, except, up til today I thought I was the only one.

We had friends visit last week and, after using our loo she said 'you have a great loo set up. You've thought of everything'

Oh, I replied .... what do you mean? It's just the loo.

She said, no it's not. There's oodles of toilet paper and air freshener for starters.
What do other loos' have I asked?
Not as much as you. You've thought of everything.

So I asked her to come show me what I did that she thought was extra special.

  • Lots of loo paper on display so people can easily replace a finished roll and no one is ever 'left'.
    • I use a toilet roll holder, but you could use a basket. The important thing is not to hide them so that visitors don't have to ask for more or worse, leave an empty roll for the next person. 
  • A large can of room deodoriser.
    • When we have visitors I light an aromatic candle.
  • Creamy hand soap (is there any other kind?)
  • Hand moisturiser.
  • Fresh hand towel. (everyone has a hand towel in the bathroom!)
  • Decorative bin for rubbish (used loo rolls, tissues etc)

She said I should definitely chat about it so that others might benefit from my skills. (By this stage I was laughing, not at her, but with her)

An aunt of mine has a weak bladder and knows every loo in the city of Sydney - which ones have the nicest views, which ones have the softest loo paper, which ones you have to pay to use (this is not a regular occurrence), where they are located in various department stores and shopping malls.

Memories of school camps and digging holes are not good and neither are some of these .......

With friendship


  1. I once, rather bravely I thought, decided to use a 'native' squat toilet in Singapore. Mistake!!!! Never again. Don't know how the ladies in saris and long skirts manage it...

    1. As soon as I realised HOW to use them, I think I tried it once and undressed from the waist down, held my clothes around my neck so they didn't get wet and nearly fell into the loo!

      Wish I could have used them. Would have saved lots of tummy aches.