Squattie potties

I just got back from a biz trip in China and I can still smell the strong stench of urine from the women’s toilets…peeeuuuw! Yes, I’ve complained about my company’s toilets before, but I’m so glad that at least in HK we have seated toilets that do (sometimes) flush.

I know the argument for squattie potties and how they are supposed to be more hygienic, but c’mon! There’s a reason why Chinese toilets smell so freakin bad, thanks to a) all the splatter and b) the baskets full of used (ugh) TP. It’s a nightmare just to have to go to the toilet!

I remember the first time I needed to use a squatter and asking my friend how exactly to do it (you know, cuz it’s pretty vital information). But, have you ever thought about how backwards that is – to have to ask how to squat to go to the toilet? I’m sure that just as kittens know how to use the litter box by instinct, squatting must have been the most natural thing for humans to do when they needed to go to the toilet. But you know, we in the West need to learn how to do this all over again.

Anyway, just when I thought I had it mastered, I saw this sign in a Chinese washroom:

Now I’m all confused again… which way are we supposed to face!? 😦