We have travelled the world. Not the whole world, and not like Leon Lai (if you don’t get the reference just check out his amazing song 眼睛想旅行). At least one of us has been to Thailand, Singapore, China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, USA, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Denmark, Finland, England, Ireland, Italy and Spain.
Not too much, but gave us some general ideas about the countries we have seen. I love to see different places, experience different things. I think it’s pretty normal to a Western person to be more impressed by Eastern culture.
Asia impressed me… A LOT. I don’t say it’s better or worse from the West, it’s just different.
Some of the solutions they use are so simple yet so amazing, I think we should use some of those ideas in Europe or in the US.
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Here are 5 (and more) things common in Asia that should be more common in the Western countries.
It’s just a simple, biodegradable bad to pack your umbrella so the water won’t be dripping all over the floor. Can be found in nearly every shopping mall and public buildings in Hong Kong and Japan.
We live in Ireland, probably the wettest country in Europe. Like literally, they should give you one of those the moment you cross the boarder, because believe me – you have 99% of chances that it will rain during your stay. You know what, they should even hand one to parents registering their new born babies, because it will come in handy.
Imagine how much easier and safer it would be, if everyone would pack their wet umbrella in a bag for time being, instead of letting the water drip down from the umbrella.
Ice in a cup
Have you ever traveled and got a cool drink you want to try, but you have no way to chill it? You can try to say a cool joke, but may not work. Some genius in Japan thought of ice in a portable cup, you can get it at local convenient stores.
So simple, yet so brilliant. I hope that guy got a raise, because he deserves it. Pilled mandarins – no thank you, I can do it myself. Ice in the cup? Yes, please!
We REALLY need more people like him in this world.
I’m sure most of you do your groceries in multiple stores. But what do you do with your fresh meat – leave it in a warm car? Take it around with you?
Aeon in Tai Koo provides you with a fridge-lockers so you can leave your raw products there – security won’t suspect you, your food will stay fresh, everyone’s happy.
As someone who does shopping in 3 different stores, I wish more places did this.
Seat sanitizers in the toilet
I’m not a fan of those non-flush able toilet covers. First of all, they never ever get flushed. Doesn’t matter what I do, in the end I have to wrap my hands around with toilet paper, grab that cover and flush again.
You know how embarrassing that is? Everyone will think I did something so nasty that I need to flush twice. Eww.
With individual sanitizing liquids in the toilet cabinets at least I get that mental comfort that even if I lose my stability and fall from ‘the invisible chair’, and my butt touches that germ-y toilet it won’t be as bad. It always makes me feel like I touched butts with someone else. Eww.
Octopus card and payment methods
You know my love for Octopus – it’s so convenient. Not really good when you want to save money, but show me a different travel pass that allows you to pay in stores, restaurants, even allows you to pay for your visa!
You’re not stuck with your cash only, it takes literally few seconds to complete transaction.
London is very close with its ApplePay and the fact that they allow you to pay for subway using your debit card (‘Pay as you go’), but still – you’re using your card, in public, it’s just asking for something bad to happen.
OCTOPUS CARD FOR THE WIN!
I get sick in Ireland quite often, so I try to wear my face masks to not make everyone around me sick. I wish everyone was so considered, because I only get weird look from the people.
Our colleagues in the company got used to it, yet they still call me Darth Vader or Sub Zero (quite cool, tho). But in Europe most of the people won’t care about someone else’s healthy, if they cover their mouth while coughing or sneezing, you can consider yourself lucky.
Then, on the other hand, it’s Asia who usually is having some bio-hazard issues… Weird world, isn’t it?
What other ideas should be more common in the West? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!