Toilet paper a luxury?

The difference between my trip to the Philippines and Vietnam is undesirable.  This thing called “work” that allows me the means to travel can really put a cramp in enjoying it, as you can tell from my lack of Blog Posts on this trip.

I do have to comment on one particular peculiarity I have discovered.  Apparently toilet paper is considered a luxury item in most office buildings!  This piece of information can become especially important in a country where Montezuma’s revenge or simply have your morning coffee can present a situation best avoided if possible!

What would you do if: You’re sitting in a bathroom stall of a large office building with your pants around your ankles, your morning coffee and/or Montezuma’s revenge having taken their effect, your meeting is starting in 10 minutes, and there is no toilet paper, no paper towels or any other paper product and the entire bathroom:

 I did just think of a similarity between my trip to Vietnam and this one, I remember a few long hours at day break on the Mekong Delta after a few cups of local coffee in a similar predicament, but compounded by the fact that there are no bathrooms on the Mekong Delta, makes the lack of good paper seem small.

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There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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4 Responses to Toilet paper a luxury?

  1. Crooksy says:

    I have been in this situation many times, and feel as though I am an expert on what to do when toilet paper is jnot an options. Underwear is best, but you must be careful on how you use it, you need to be resourceful to get more than 1 wipe out of a pair. I’ve been able to manage 4 wiped with one pair of briefs. Socks are 2nd best, but issue is not having socks is more noticeable in social situations. I’ve used golf towels (side of road), newspapers, and all natural leaves…………..

  2. Mom says:

    What did you do? You can email me!!!
    There is always the left hand.

  3. JohnE says:

    Do they have a sink? Clip your nails, reach ’round back and then wash hands afterward. And remember – everyone else there is probably doing the same thing! Suggest some Purel after you shake hands for this very reason. I recall my elephant driver in Nepal stopped, jumped off, disappeared behind a bush, rinsed hands quickly in a stream, got back on an we continued the journey. When we arrived I waved thanks and goodbye.

  4. Kevin says:

    Before you leave, can you please poll the locals and find out what they do? Could make the difference in whether I ever go to the Phillipines or not.

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