I have been wanting to write about Bum Guns for quite some time but it always seems to slip my mind. Recent travel in Australia however has meant that I have been thinking about it at least once a day.
You see, when I travel away from my home (but not to Thailand) there are a few things I miss. Sure I miss family and friends and those awesome wet season thunder storms but what I miss the most, more then anything else by far, is my Bum Gun.
What is a Bum Gun? Well it is basically a Bidet with an Asian twist.
What is a Bidet? Wikipedia tells me that it is a French word for pony and in old French it means to
have the trots trot. Apparently in those days one would ride a bidet much like a pony is ridden. The bidet is also referred to as the “garden hose.” Basically it is a contraption to clean your bottom with a squirt of water.
So, call it a bidet if you like or even a toilet sprinkler but for myself and thousands of expats living in Thailand it is simply called the Bum Gun.
So why do I miss it when I am away from home? I simply cannot fathom the idea of using toilet paper to try and smear my bottom clean after doing my business. Sure I used to do it this way for many years before my first trip to Thailand but that quickly changed after my first life changing experience with the Bum Gun. I now feel unclean when travelling around non Asian countries and am force to go back to the toilet paper method.
I have left Bum Guns in houses that I have owned or rented around Australia and New Zealand as it is one of the first things I install when I move in to any new house. Thank fully my father had discovered the miracle of the Bum Gun and installed one himself in his house in New Zealand. It makes my visits so much more pleasant! My mother refused to use it so the other day I used the following analogy on her like I have with dozens of other non believers.
If you were out in the garden and a bird was to fly over head and drop a big number 2 on your arm what would you do? Would you turn to the nearest garden hose to squirt the offending dodo off your arm or would you go and find some tissue and smear it over and over until it appeared to be gone? It makes sense doesn’t it? Not only is it cleaner but think about the amount of toilet paper you would save. Better for the environment, better for your budget and better for your bottom!
A lot of people tell me that they are scared to use it because they are not sure exactly how it is done correctly. It really is very simple. After finishing your download just lean forward on the seat allowing enough room to sneak the nozzle into the bowl and point it towards the bodily part that needs cleaning. Press the trigger for a few seconds to clean any possible remaining cling-ons. This is the part that can put some people off as it does take a few attempts to get used to lining up the Bum Gun in the correct position. Be prepared for a little water spraying around the place the first time you try it. Once you feel all clean just pat yourself down with a tiny piece of toilet paper or a small towel.
It really is quite simple and something I recommend you all try at least a few times and perhaps even think about getting one installed in your house. Preferably before I come and visit.
This is the Bum Gun in my house in Australia, we have a few back ups in the cupboard just in case this one has a malfunction.
This is the Bum Gun in the new toilet that we built this year down stairs at our house in Thailand. You can read all about it here if you wish.
Sorry for the break in blogging during the last few weeks. As you can probably tell the family and I are back on the road so life was busy leading up to leaving home.
We flew from Kununurra to Darwin and had a 8 hour stop-over there. It was perfect really as it coincided with my brother and his family having a holiday there and it happened to be their daughter Bethany’s 10th birthday so we all had a blast catching up with them.
The 2am departure from Darwin went well and we landed in Adelaide at 6.30am. Jacob passed his first serious flight with flying colours.
We had a lovely 5 days in Adelaide even if a lot of it for me was involved with quite a few meetings. My Sister and her family made the 300km trip from their home to spend a day and a half with us which was great.
From there we flew to Auckland and drove the 3 hours to Tauranga where we are now staying at my parents house. The kids are having a blast and the weather has been just perfect. My folks are away for a few days at the moment so we are looking after all the animals including milking the cow twice a day! Shortly we will head off for a short road trip to Mount Ruapehu to try and find some snow for the girls as they have never seen any before.
In between enjoying the weather, milking cows and drinking too much coffee I also hope to blog a little more as well!