Typically I subconsciously try to avoid using toilets outside of the home for number 2 (public toilets or otherwise). Dunno exactly why, but as soon as I step out the door that part of the brain just shuts off and I’m good to go till I get home.
Sometimes you just can’t help it though and, the day I was out and about exploring Miaoli County just south of Jhunan, turned out to be one of those days.
Having got up quite early in the morning to cram as much cycle exploration in as possible, we head out and began our journey. Lunch was at some random eatery out amongst nowheres in particular and apart from the odd stop for number 1, I was good.
Until mid-afternoon… when that familiar emerged. Y’know, that ‘I don’t really need to go right now but this isn’t going to go away‘ one.
In one of those rare stretches of Taiwan where there’s nary a 7-11 in sight for miles around (greater Miaoli is full of urban “off the beaten track” experiences), I settled for the pleasant-looking toilet block of the unfinished Zhenan Temple (鎮安宮).
Say what you want about the unfinished temple, the toilet blocks looked quite modern and inviting.
Stepping inside and not expecting much despite the shiny new exterior, things looked pretty clean and odor-free.
Taking that as a good sign I walked into one of the cubicles. And that’s when this happened:
Alright so I should have expected at least one of the toilets to be filthy… no worries. This place is deserted and there’s a female toilet on the other side. I doubt anyone will care if I pop in there for a sec…
‘GOD DAMN MOTHERFUCKER! YOU IDIOT OZ, WHY DO YOU KEEP FALLING FOR THIS CRAP?!?’
As I stood outside cursing nobody in particular, I resigned myself to the fact that there was no way I was going to even try to make use of Zhenan’s toilet block.
I mean, I totally get that it’s a temple and nobody likes to clean toilets but god damn, who the fuck leaves such a mess in both toilets at a freaking temple located in the middle of nowhere?
And how fucking hard to do you have to be trying to miss that freaking wide? I mean Jesus Christ did the fucking lard-arse Donut King family just visit the temple before us or what?
I totally don’t expect a temple to have impeccably clean public toilets, much the less an unfinished one, but if you’re going to open them up how about cleaning them at least once a day or something?
Typically I’ve found people like to blame southeast Asians or Chinese tourists for squat toilet messes but I’ve walked into enough bar, restaurant and public squat toilets and been met with similar scenes to know that’s just BS.
The worst I’ve seen was at a bowling alley down near Shilin Night Market (torn down and doesn’t exist anymore). Walked in there and the fucking pile of shit was so high I could have sat on it and read a newspaper.
I have nothing against squat toilets per say, but there’s apparently a significantly high proportion of Taiwanese people who just flat-out have no idea how to use them.
Nowadays if I need to go and I see squat toilets I don’t even bother. Fuck you Taiwanese squat toilets, never again!