Wednesday, January 2 2008

Temporary Flat

We will have a month or so to find our dream flat in Shanghai. In the meanwhile, we will have a temporary flat.
I was a bit afraid we would end up with a hotel room. Even high standard rooms, it is quite sad feeling.

Hotel rooms are sad, no ?
Remember Lost in Translation ? Told you, it is sad.
But, luckily, they booked us an apartment.

Seen in the description :

Modern western Kitchen, nice bathrooms, that even have a bidet.

Bidet is a deep mystery for me. Seems to be considered as the finest luxury stuff in a bathroom. I am curious about how many people actually use them.

A little quote from Wikipedia (cannot resist) :

The bidet appears to have been an invention of French furniture makers in the late 17th or early 18th century.
Bidets are primarily used to wash and clean the external vulva and the anus, as well as the skin near these areas, including the perineum. They may also be used to clean any other part of the body; they are very convenient for cleaning the feet, for example. Despite appearing similar to a toilet, it would be more accurate to compare it to the washbasin or bathtub. In fact, the bidet is used by some for a baby bath, though there are some who recommend against this.

I cannot resist to quote this too :

Bidets are common bathroom fixtures in some European countries (especially Greece, Italy (where practically all the houses and hotels have it), Spain and Portugal), some Latin American countries (especially Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela; there they are found in approximately 90% of households), the Middle East and some parts of Asia (particularly in Japan and South Korea). Although France is the country where the word bidet originated, not every house there is equipped with one, especially the smaller or cheaper flats.

Actually, when I was a baby (before 4), we had one. But I cannot remember having seen it in any other places except in some very old-fashion hotels.
I guess we have lost the clean habits of our kings a few centuries ago.

Or toilet papers improved a lot.

Source : wikipedia