Most tourists when traveling to the Philippines want to know:
I mean, all of us are going to need to use it.
Imagine your body tells you that you need a toilet in the next 30 seconds but your hotel room is 30 minutes away. Hmmm? This is a conundrum. Therefore, knowing the location of the nearest toilet might be the most important piece of information of your Philippines vacation. Because not knowing could be a lesson in public humiliation.
No Public 'Bathrooms' in the Philippines?!?
Why aren't there any public bathrooms in the Philippines? Many Filipinos take the term 'bathroom' to mean an area where you will bathe. Instead of bathrooms in the Philippines, we have C.R.s.
What's a C.R.?
Here in the Philippines, the bathroom is referred to as the Comfort Room or the CR for short. Using the CR in the Philippines is a very different experience than in the States. Most toilets do not have a seat and are merely a toilet bowl on the floor.
So now you have found the CR. Whew! Ok... I see the toilet I see a bucket with what looks like a scooper in it. But where is the toilet paper?
In the Philippines, the Filipino public CRs use what is called the tabo instead of toilet paper to clean the backside area.
So... What is a Tabo?
A tabo is a small bucket, easily held with one hand. It usually has a long handle for easy grip. Most homes in Philippines have no shower and must use a tabo/kabu to bathe. Lucky you. Now you get to bathe your back side using a tabo, and hopefully not getting you clothes completely soaked. Ugh!
Business Complete!... but now I definitely need to wash my hands.
Hmmm... Where's the soap?
This is common in the public CRs too. More often than not... You will discover no soap to wash your hands after your Tabo experience. What's a person to do? (I'll answer this shortly).
As you walk out of the CR, you will find an attendant waiting for money. Yes, it costs money to use the Public CR. So be prepared to pay for this unique Filipino experience.
Solutions to make this experience less traumatic:
I hope what I learned will benefit you on your future travels to the Philippines. Please share with someone who will appreciate this story.
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