One thing about having interior designer friends is you get a totally different perspective on building design and public spaces.
For instance, I had long ago succumbed to the fact that establishments in Singapore don’t always have their own bathroom. You have to leave the premises to find a shared bathroom used by the building. While I find it a little off putting but just one of those quirks about living in Singapore, my interior designer friend was highly annoyed.
“How can an establishment this big NOT have a toilet?” moaned Lee.
“I don’t know, but speaking of, can you tell me where the toilet is?” I answered.
She pointed me out the building and around the corner. While there, I snapped a photo of this.
I sent the photo to my friend in the US who has spent some time in Singapore and also finds these campaigns fascinating. As I have mentioned before, the number of campaigns in this country is staggering.
“Hrm… is that really a problem?” she asked.
“I guess so,” I answered. “Otherwise there wouldn’t be a campaign for it.”
I shared the conversation with Lee and the other folks at the table and received back a unified “Yes, yes, YES. It is DEFINITELY a problem.”
“There you go,” I answered.
Here in Singapore, sometimes the loos are completely spotless, like at Changi Airport or the Zoo. At other times, not so much. It really shows you what an effort is put into keeping the clean ones clean. The next time I use the facilities at Changi Airport and am asked to rate my experience, I am giving the attendant full marks. It’s not an easy job, and often a thankless one.