Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
I’ll admit that we Filipinos are a flawed society; we are what politically correct people would call a “developing country” after all. I know a lot of Filipinos have the wrong mentality in dealing with some issues but I’ll always be proud of my roots. Though, let me be the first one to admit that I’m not the perfect example of citizenship. I was one of those who facepalmed himself with the way many Filipinos see our current situation. I will, however, choose not to criticize and try my best to make my countrymen understand. The point is to influence not to alienate, and who knows, I might even convince the rest of the world.
From what I see on my community and the news, there is a rampant dumbfuckery of hoarding. A lot of folks decided to go full-blown “Walking Dead” and decided to stock up on food, medicine, alcohol and yes, toilet paper. Somehow, some genius out there figured out that toilet paper is the answer to what was happening (feel free to comment down below if I’m wrong).
Well, what’s been done is already done; there is no point in crying over spilled milk. Time to move on and do something about it. For those who are stuck at home with limited or no toilet paper, I got you! You may not like it, (yes, for some of the rest of the world may find this hard to swallow) but extreme conditions demand extreme responses.
Before we get to solving the problem that is wiping our asses, let me first thank every one of you for the support on this difficult moment. In my latest TMI post, I’ve opened up how scared I was about the situation. We’re on lockdown, I have a kid and a mum to take care of and I have a cough. I know it isn’t enough of a symptom, but I would not want to risk it due to asymptomatic cases in which they are not sick but are spreading the disease. I want to remain vigilant but not panicking, arrogant dismissiveness has no place right now and would be dangerous at this point. So thank you for the support on this difficult times.
Again, thank you! Cheers!
At home, most Filipinos never worry about toilet paper, our answer? A humble tabo.
A tabo is a plastic water dipper we common Filipinos use for CLEANING our asses. We fill our tabo with water (it is usually accompanied by a “timba” or a water pail) and wash our asses with it. Yes, we use water and soap to clean ourselves and since it is washed and soaped we use a towel to pat it dry, much like when taking a shower. I know that may come as a surprise to you but that is our solution. It is fine if you don’t like it but beggars can’t be choosers, you know.
There is no tabo available in our country, what should I do? Make one! Use anything that could carry enough water. We can’t use that here, it will make a mess. Then clean it up afterward. Ewww, that’s disgusting! Well, we’ve been using it ever since and we turned out fine. The thing is, my friends, times are changing and we have to adapt. There are solutions to every question, you just had to have the right mindset to it. Like I said, extreme conditions demand extreme responses, beggars can’t be choosers. It’s too bad that there’s no toilet paper but instead of complaining, try to do something about it. Who wouldn’t want themselves to be clean? If you don’t like it I won’t force it to you, I just wanted to help out. At the end of the day, I just want you to be happy and healthy. If there is anything that I could do to the betterment of your lives I would do it in a heartbeat.
Again, a reminder to you all, stay safe and stay healthy.
To Courage and Freedom, and Toilet Papers!
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