A Basic Life Style Change

After moving to the Philippines and if you plan to stay here, there is one basic lifestyle change you need to consider making. In the USA bathrooms are made of wood and sheet rock and the tiles are often glued to the floor or mortared. This means they are not very wet friendly. However here in the Philippines a bathroom is made of concrete the walls and floor are all solid concrete if you plugged the drain you could fill one up like a pool. The tiles are often concreted down with only a decorative mortar between the tiles. They can handle lots of water without the tiles coming up. often the toilette and shower occupy the same space and taking a shower is no problem in a Filipino Bathroom. Now this is where the change needs to happen. The septic tanks in the Philippines are not as good as the ones in the US and if you flush toilette paper down the commode drain it goes into the septic tank and just sits there. After a while this collects in there and causes it to back up. You then have to hire a crew to come out and dig out the cover and manually empty the tank. I know we had to do it twice at my Bogo house. In the Philippines it is not recommended to throw your toilette paper in the commodes, instead it needs to be thrown into a trash bag or can. This can be a problem for both smell and bacterial contamination.  This is the reason most Filipino bathrooms known as a CR here short for Comfort Room have little sprayers attached to the water line to wash you but with. Most Filipinos do not use toilette paper here rather they use the sprayers to wash themselves with. Or you can use a bucket of water and a cup with a handle knows as a kabo and splash water on yourself to clean. I made this change about 6 years ago and now the only tome I use tissue paper is to wipe my nose. It works for me and I suggest you doing likewise. See photos of typical bathroom configurations. Sometimes even Filipinos choose to use toilette paper in spite of the problems it causes and they need do a cleaning of their septic tanks every once in a while to get it all back out. Personally I haven’t used any for about 6 years now choosing to do it the Filipino, Chinese and Thailand way using water and a little soap.

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