Slow Adventures in Slothville

July 8, 2004

Travel Journal Part 3

Filed under: Photography, Whateverall — shhville @ 6:30 pm

I took this picture in a public loo in Sydney.

Went to dim sum today. They call it "yum chow" here which I think is far more appropriate. It was just a big huge room filled with Asian people shoving food in their gobs. Ate all sorts of mysterious tidbits that tasted good but could have been cat loin or wombat balls for all I could tell. Also drank 800 cups of strangely addictive green tea. Back to the hotel to freshen up (yum chow can make a lady perspire) and then off to the aquarium. Yay!

Wow – aquarium was amazing! Glass tunnels through the exhibits allow one to walk beneath and beside the animals. The manta ray was fascinating from the caudal view – alien looking, with a small mail slot of a mouth and flat, white gills. It flew through the water like a great, gray cape caught in the wind. The sharks were enormous – bulbous in the middle, even. I got my first really close view of their many rows of teeth. They are such amazing, evolutionarily perfect predators.

After the aquarium we went for cocktails at a club on the harbor. It had cooled a bit so we sat near a heat lamp and watched the water. At the bartender's recommendation I got my cosmopolitans with a burnt orange which involves a lighter and an orange peel and a 4-foot-tall bartender with a flirty streak. Finally, Italian food and then back to the hotel for hibernation-type sleep.

It is of note that all of the toilets here have two buttons for flushing. One shows a circle half filled in and the other a circle all filled in. Like an SAT answer bubble. One is for a half-flush (pee) and the other is for a full flush (poo). Why do we not do this here? It seems like it would save a lot of water. Posted by Hello



  1. wiggety nice picky; let’s be besties!

    Comment by Cupcake Man — July 8, 2004 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Pretty picture (i think that’s what the prev. comment was saying). Got a shot of the loo’s multiple choice questions? urine:flush::______:superflush

    Comment by Michael — July 8, 2004 @ 6:44 pm

  3. If you hit the wrong button, does it give you a shock? That would be neato.
    Oh, and have you ever noticed that most hard-core bushies cannot argue in his defense if you give them a single fact? They just blubber, “Uh, erm, uh, Saddam is bad, so is Al Quaida, They had to go!” Easy pickins usually! I am gonna have a car full of new voters this year! My goal is to fill every seat in my car, and make a day of it!

    Comment by Jamie — July 8, 2004 @ 7:28 pm

  4. Slothie Slotherson–how do we reach you? You have no IM, you have no email address. Woe are we….
    I’d like it if you’d write me (if you’re comfortable doing that) at

    Comment by Aimee — July 8, 2004 @ 9:14 pm

  5. Sloth, nobody is in the loo as much as yoo.

    Um, the aquarium? You’ve pissed me off for the last time.

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — July 8, 2004 @ 9:54 pm

  6. Two different flushing mechanisms? That seems kind of complicated. Can’t they just remember the “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” mantra?

    Comment by Gooch — July 9, 2004 @ 12:27 am

  7. That’s a great idea Sloth. If only there was some way to detect when someone hasn’t washed their hands, so a voice could come out of the tap saying “Dude, aren’t we forgetting something?”, or even “PigPen! PigPen!”.

    Comment by CountChocula — July 9, 2004 @ 1:42 am

  8. “yum chow” means afternoon tea. That’s the meal you’re having. I’m not 100% positive, but I’m pretty sure. Dim sum simply means little appetizers.

    OK, I’m coming out of hiding. I secretly read your blog and I can’t stop. I’m a sloth-a-holic. 🙂

    Great pictures as always..

    Comment by Pup — July 9, 2004 @ 1:56 am

  9. I think I’ll save my comments on the toilet in lieu of the fact that I don’t have much to say except I’m enjoying the posts. Pun intended.

    Comment by Mark — July 9, 2004 @ 2:14 am

  10. Sounds wonderful! The pic is wonderful. You get a lot of those run-down toilets in the ghetto streets of Malaysia. 😛 Haha!

    Comment by KinkyPugKevin — July 9, 2004 @ 8:16 am

  11. Wait, I never asked, was Yum Chow mostly dumpling variations? Was the food served à la carte? The Dim Sum I’ve had was done in such a manner.

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — July 9, 2004 @ 10:56 am

  12. My back hurts.

    I saw a manta ray once in the ocean, I was scuba diving in costa rica, which is funny because I’m not licensed or anything and I was down about 60 feet (with a non-english speaking scuba guide)…all of sudden this shadow appeared and i looked up and saw this manta ray gliding along… the thing was massive… beautiful though, then we saw a turtle… and fishies…lots and lots of fishies.

    Comment by The Dave — July 9, 2004 @ 11:31 am

  13. Patrick – I don’t know who you are but…thanks…I think…I’m more of a beastie than a bestie.

    Daddy Sloth – I should have thought of that. Sometimes I get too focused on taking pictures of pretty things and I forget to take pictures of things that illustrate what I’m talking about. Superflush. Is that like superfly?

    Jamie – drugs are bad, mmmkay? civil rights and education are bad, mmmkay? helping the environment is bad, mmmkay? if you’re a woman, a child, a person of color, an honest taxpayer, or an endangered species, you’re bad, mmmkay?

    Aimee – no offense at all, and this is totally not about you, but I am more comfortable keeping my site anonymous. Some people I know read it but they don’t comment here and I know you are a completely lovely, normal, non-whackjob kind of person, but I feel I have to make a kind of blanket rule about not being directly in contact with anyone, because as I’m sure you’ve noticed in your internet travels, there are a lot of freak shows out there. I don’t use my real name, my IM, my email address or my place of business because I don’t want some random nutcase being able to track me down. Call me paranoid, but…I guess I’m paranoid. Anyway, like I said, it’s not about you even a little bit, I just don’t want to start down the slippery slope of letting people know who I am and where to find me. I hope you understand.

    Dastard – there will never be a last time. You may as well resign yourself to it.

    Gooch – I hate that mantra. I hate peeing in the pee. Don’t you hate peeing in the pee? Doesn’t everyone?

    Lovisa – or “Peep!! PEEP!!!”

    Pup – Holy crap! I have addicts!! I’m bad for you, but I feel sooo good. Ok – so this is an interesting distinction. I called it dim sum and they all looked at me like my nose was on fire. But it was definitely dim sum – people rolling up with steaming carts of dumplings and noodles and more dumplings and lil’ bits o’ this and that. But it was in the afternoon, and there was tea involved. So…there you go.

    Mark – I wanted to comment on that story you put on your site about the kids who were tortured…but I just couldn’t. It was too overwhelming. I’m glad you had a good time with your dad. He sounds like a hoot.

    Kev – not that you would know anything about that, though, right? 🙂

    Dave – that is amazing! The Dastard scuba dives, don’t you Dastard? I, sadly, am not certified. Although apparently if you are as fabulous as Dave you don’t have to be. I will just work on my fabulosity. Thanks for being the peacemaker, by the way. I was about to crawl over there and very slowly kick some ass.

    Comment by Sloth — July 9, 2004 @ 2:20 pm

  14. Anytime cutie pie!

    I wanted you to know I tried to get some yum chow for lunch today, but all i could find was vietnamese wraps… which are like my 3rd favorite thing to eat.

    Comment by The Dave — July 9, 2004 @ 2:34 pm

  15. Yum! I love those! What are your first two favorites?

    Comment by Sloth — July 9, 2004 @ 2:42 pm

  16. Careful The Dave, I smell a Slothful trick.

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — July 9, 2004 @ 3:28 pm

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your travel log with us. You have an amazing way of bringing us wherever you go.
    Mad luvs to ya grrrl!

    Comment by Vadergrrrl — July 9, 2004 @ 3:53 pm

  18. Enjoying your travel journal and pics… hey and no wiseass cracks about loos either 😉

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