All About Bathing

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, May 16, 2009 | Published in


I am supposed to blog about my trip to Manukan Island today but I think I would blog about it in my next post if you don't mind.

Instead, I want to talk about bathing.

Yes, bathing.

I know of someone who goes into the bathroom to have his bath and comes out less than 5 minutes later. Now tell me, do you think he had a decent bath or not? I mean, is 5 minutes enough time to ensure you are clean?

To me, 5 minutes bathing is like "mandi kerbau". To those not familiar with this Malay term, it means not proper or ineffective bath or shower. It also means one who bathe with water only, without using soap.

I just cannot imagine how one can do a quickie in 5 minutes. And I am not talking about sex. Can you imagine he finishes his shower before I finish cooking my instant noodles?

How on earth he manages to clean his scalp, scrub the part behind his ears, in between each of his toes, his armpits and his private parts in under 5 minutes? Oh, you don't do any of those things? I see. Well, if anyone of you say it's possible to do all those in under 5 minutes, please make a YouTube recording of you bathing and show it to me! Haha!

Image taken from Hansgrohe

My next issue with bathing is how often do you take your bath? Once a day? Twice a day? Or once a week?

I know of someone living in UK who bathes once a month. Can you believe it? I know the cold weather there does not make you sweat as much as here in Malaysia, and I'm not too keen to shower in the cold too, but once a month?

I don't know about you, but I sure as hell don't want to be any where near that person!

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My third issue regarding bathing is do you sing in the bathroom? Well, do you? I don't know why but some people become instant karaoke singers in the bathroom. I'm amazed they could remember every single lyrics of the song or songs they are singing. And they sing so loudly, I won't be surprised if the next door neighbours can hear them too!

It's OK if they sing like Kelly Clarkson or Adam Lambert, but no, they sound too much like William Hung to me!

Well, I am embarassed to say I like to sing in the bathroom too, but I don't sing so loudly to the extent that people come knocking on my bathroom door and ask me to shut the hell up! Maybe it's the acoustics in the bathroom - it sort of make your voice sound so much better, doesn't it? No joke, I thought I sounded so much better than David Cook at one time. In the bathroom, that is.

Or maybe it's nicer to sing in the nude? Hmmm....

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By the way, do you use soap bar or liquid shower gel for your bath? I prefer shower gel mainly because it's more hygienic if you share with others. Secondly, I just feel that the bar is too clumsy to be used when your hand is wet.

And this is an advice especially for men. You don't want to be picking up that bar of soap on the floor in a public bathroom that is filled with other men. You know what I mean, don't you? No? Never mind! Just don't use the public bathroom!

Just two days ago, I was at Tesco in Damansara Mutiara and I saw this special offer. Buy a 1 litre Dove shower gel for RM19.90 and get a free 400ml Dove shower gel. Pretty good deal yes? So I quickly grabbed three bottles!

And I brought back three 400ml bottles (only one bottle in the picture, which is the one on the right) free!

If you don't want to miss this offer, quickly head over to Tesco now!

Oh, and since we are on the subject of bathing, if you really don't know the proper way to shower, read How To Take A Shower from wikiHow. Showering will never be the same again!

Have a happy weekend, everyone! : )


(69) Comments

  1. nic

    Yes Yes~! im the first!! woohoo~~ FoongFoong, told u i do it religiously...

    May 16, 2009 at 9:03 AM
  2. fufu said...

    it sometime depends how long i will spend my precious time bathing in the bathroom... i do it three times a day... morning and afternoon will be a quick one... the longest will be at night... will really spend time on scrubbing to get the dirt off... i am using shokubutsu! have been using it since i went to japan 7yrs ago

    May 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM
  3. annant said...

    walao...teaching someone how to shower? =.=|||

    May 16, 2009 at 11:27 AM
  4. [SK] said...

    well to me taking a bath is a very personal things, so it's just up to us to enjoy ourselves as much as how we like it, be it 5min or 50min.. hehehe :p

    May 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM
  5. lina said...

    I like to sing in the shower, and Raimie does the same too, much to the amusement of Zaini. :D
    All I can say of those omitting to shower in the morning - use a deodorant, please and spare some of us from BO!

    May 16, 2009 at 12:04 PM
  6. foongpc said...

    nic, congrats for being FC here! Hope you don't mind if I use your 'camwhoring' picture even though your blog no longer active! I don't like to put just your name without picture and no link there : )

    May 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    fufu, wow three times a day! At most only 2 times a day for me, unless it's hot and sweaty. I used Shokubutsu last time too, but have since switched to Dove : )

    annant, haha! Why not? Not everyone knows how to shower, you know! : )

    May 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM
  8. foongpc said...

    SK, yes it's a personal thing, but I really don't think you can clean yourself effectively in 5 mins! So how long you take for your bath, if you don't mind me asking. Hehe

    lina, you like to sing in the shower too? Haha! What song? Zaini doesn't sing in the shower?

    Using deodorant can really mask BO? Sometimes I think deodorant plus BO = stinks! LOL!

    May 16, 2009 at 12:13 PM
  9. Anonymous

    I think how long one takes isn't so important so long he/she is clean and don't reek of BO...body odour!

    Then..there are those who spend so long in the's wonder they don't turn into prunes! :)

    May 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM
  10. Faisal Admar said...

    fuck. i miss FC again. damn it!

    i take ages to finish my shower and i simply love the dettol smell on my body. rubbing my own body... adore it when its wet... with water. see the water goes through the hard-dashboard abs... close eyes tight.


    too much for elaboration? duh!

    to mei teng, i always turn into prunes... and a warm cuddle and kiss all over will turn me back to human :)

    May 16, 2009 at 12:58 PM
  11. Merryn said...

    i bathe 3 times a day, ethan bathes 3 times a day too. we use liquid soap. err.. wat else? i NEVER bathe together with ethan... nonononono.... toddler can remember! we dun sing.
    err... it will take more than 5 minutes if my hubs and i are bathing together! LOL! wink! wink!

    May 16, 2009 at 2:05 PM
  12. khengsiong said...

    When I was in China and California, I still bathed twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. I couldn't change my habit ;)

    I know of a few girls who spend just 5 minutes in the bathroom. Aren't girls care more about cleanliness?

    May 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM
  13. .:: Ant ::. said...

    Wow so much Dove, your skin must me smooth as silk.

    I bathe at least thrice a day, more on weekends especially now since the weather has been so hot and humid. Morning and before bed showers are a must. 5minutes is definitely a no-no. I think 15mins sld be the minimum, even when we are running late for something.


    May 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM
  14. lina said...

    I like to sing Ella's song. Rock baby! LOL But usually I just hum in the shower.

    Raimie usually will sing the "Wonder Pet" son while in the shower. Don't know why, but kids sure like to sing the "Wonder Pet" song a LOT!

    May 16, 2009 at 2:49 PM
  15. ladyviral said...

    Well, it depends on the shower I guess. Some people don't wash their hair all the time they shower anyway. Some just soap their body, wash it off, wash their face and their out. that might take 5minutes. But if you're talking about hair washing and all, yes it doesn't take 5minutes.

    I use shower gel. Dove Cucumber & Green Tea scent is my favorite now. I hate bar soaps because I don't like the idea that during the times of you not being in the shower, it is left to be exposed to bacteria or what not... >_<.

    I definitely don't sing in the shower xD. RM19.90 is cheap! I got my for RM21.90 in Carrefour -__-".

    Have a great weekend, foongpc!

    May 16, 2009 at 3:14 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    mei teng, I know of people from the two extremes. One spent less than 5 minutes taking the shower, and the other spent more than 45 minutes!

    The person who took longer than 45 minutes was using the shower and not relaxing in the bath tub like some people like to do! So I really do not know what is going on inside the bathroom!

    May 16, 2009 at 3:28 PM
  17. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, I have to rate your comment as PG13! No 4-letter word here pls because we have minors reading this blog! Haha!

    And you have gone way too elaborate with your description of your shower. Another reason to rate your comment PG13. Haha!

    Eh, you got hard washboard abs ah? Sure or not, or just your fantasy? Show photo, pls. LOL!

    You spent so long in the shower till you turn into prunes? Kiss you all over and you will turn back to human? Hahaha!! Excuse me, no more PG13 oredi, it's 18SX!! : )

    May 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    merryn, you don't bathe together with Ethan? Why not? He needs it. LOL!!

    You and your hubby do the quickie in the bathroom? ; )

    khengsiong, you'll be surprised! Some girls are dirtier than guys!! : )

    anton, I think my skin is pretty smooth for a guy! Haha! Not sure if it's because of Dove or not, though : )

    I agree 15 mins is the absolute minimum, but I seldom bathe more than 20 minutes. But if running late, I think 10 minutes will do! : )

    May 16, 2009 at 3:42 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    lina, wow! You are a rocker! Didn't expect that! Haha. Very cute when I imagine Raimie singing "Wonder Pet" in the shower : )

    May 16, 2009 at 3:50 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, even if I don't wash hair, I will need at least 10 minutes.

    Oh you use Dove too? Gimme a five! : )

    I like the Cucumber & Green tea flavour too! The smell makes me so relaxed! : )

    That's one reason why I don't like to use bar soap too. Liquid soap is the way to go!

    You don't sing in the shower? But your voice will sound so much nicer in there - try it! LOL!

    Haha! Looks like Tesco beat Carrefour in pricing at least for this Dove shower gel : )

    May 16, 2009 at 3:50 PM
  21. Borneo Falcon said...

    I still bath once a day when studying in the UK even though it is very cold after taking the shower :)

    May 16, 2009 at 7:42 PM
  22. Pike-chan said...

    well.... my shower can be as usual as anyone else. I use bar soap and I dont sing in the shower. Usually it will last for about 20 mins depending any other 'extra activities', lolx

    p/s the star trek answers are already in that entry comment

    May 17, 2009 at 12:26 PM
  23. Monica said...

    I bathe more than twice a day; depends ;-) oh I don't use soap bar; I prefer shower gel!

    May 17, 2009 at 3:27 PM
  24. suituapui

    I always mandi kerbau...very lazy! Hahahahaha!!!

    May 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM
  25. bluedreamer27 said...

    whoah especially this hot summer
    iam spending an hour for bathing heheh

    May 17, 2009 at 11:35 PM
  26. JL said...

    Wow, foong, your questions about bathing are very interesting. Did you buy the shower gel while you were at the Curve?

    I take at least 20 minutes in the shower per day. Mum always saying this fellow always bath for so long, don't know what he do inside one lorh. xD

    May 18, 2009 at 1:12 AM
  27. Neo said...

    Wah, bathing also need a wiki on how to do it... oh, properly. :)

    May 18, 2009 at 1:44 AM
  28. Anonymous

    well, some ppl do a quick shower just to wet themselves.. i always do that.. if the whether is hot.. it's just to cool down the body.. haha..

    well no normal cases, i shower about 10~15 minutes.. and i shower about 3~4 times a day.. haha.. i love wetting myself! =P

    i do sing sometimes.. depends? haha.. and i use liquid soap... easier i guess... the bar i kinda hard to hold.. lol..

    cheers! =D

    May 18, 2009 at 3:21 AM
  29. Anonymous

    you thought you sounded like david cook? hahaha.. awesome.. =D

    and i dont use dove.. mostly shukutbutsu (duno how to spell) and sunsilk.. haha..

    May 18, 2009 at 3:22 AM
  30. Anonymous

    btw.. NICE pics you got for this entry.. haha .. thumbs up! ;)

    May 18, 2009 at 3:23 AM
  31. cibol said...

    in the bathroom, usually got echo .. ha ha ha. That makes it sounds a lot nicer actually. :p

    I do sing in the bathroom - happy lah

    May 18, 2009 at 7:24 AM
  32. jam said...

    I have since changed to organic shampoo and shower gel. You can read it here - They are more expensive but certainly milder to environment and yourself.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:33 AM
  33. ladyviral said...

    Yes the scent makes me relaxed too! I love it so much and it doesn't feel oily on my skin like the pink bottled one that I can't recall the name :P.

    Ha my voice is no nice anywhere lol. I doubt I would sing and have my neighbors thinking a cat is getting some "moment" lol :P

    I should make you buy me those bottles of Dove! No selling to me at Carrefour price xD.

    May 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM
  34. iamthewitch said...

    Taking a shower with long hair takes forever! Shampooing and conditioning already take more than 5 minutes alone. *sigh* You're lucky you're a guy! :P

    May 18, 2009 at 11:37 AM
  35. eastcoastlife said...

    I know 2 young adults who bathe in less than 5 minutes. :(

    May 18, 2009 at 12:22 PM
  36. eastcoastlife said...

    I have a ward who lives with me for 3 years and bathes less than 6 times in those years.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:23 PM
  37. eastcoastlife said...

    His room smells very bad, he smells bad and there is nothing I can do. He's 22 and even his Mom gives up on him.

    May 18, 2009 at 12:24 PM
  38. Prometheus said...

    Lol this is funny.

    I think if you are having a shower you can do it in less than 5 minutes. I normally spend between 5-15 mins depending on how much time I have. Ok lets go through it. Starting from top to bottom.

    I have no hair so I go to my face neck etc. That takes about 1-2 minutes. Another minute or so on your upper body and a minute or so on your private parts and then do your legs.

    I suppose it is different for women. But men taking 5min or so showers doesnt really seem weird or anything...

    If you rush you can probably clean yourself properly in 5mins!!

    May 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  39. xin said...

    wah so kiasu! :P enough for all yr life eh?
    heheheh. hmmmm i usually spend not more than 15 mins in shower....

    May 18, 2009 at 4:58 PM
  40. bongkersz said...

    I so want to bath with the girl in the 2nd photo. Arghhhhh! Can I? Can I? :P

    I never check how long it took me go through my bathing ritual.. but, I can do it very fast, and very long. Depends on the activities lah! *wink* Or depends on.. whether I am bathing alone, or not. Hehehehee~!

    May 18, 2009 at 6:19 PM
  41. Calvin Foo said...

    i use sukubutchu (donno how to spell that crap), and I don't sing in bathroom, go in, get the job done, and come out.

    May 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    borneo falcon, well, good for you. Lucky you are not like some people who only bathe once a month in the cold weather : )

    pikey, what do you mean by any other activities? You mean like peeing or pooing or self masturbating? Or all three? LOL!

    monica, somehow even without knowing you in person, I know you use shower gel and not bar soap. I think it's my sixth sense or instinct. Haha!

    May 18, 2009 at 8:50 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    suituapui, really? And your wife doesn't complain? LOL!

    bluedreamer27, an hour? You are kidding me, right? But I agree in the hot weather it's nice to shower in cold water! : )

    May 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    JL, which questions do you mean? Yes, I bought it at Tesco near the Curve but it was on a few days earlier.

    So you take at least 20 mins in the shower. I emphasize 'at least'. You mean you can go for longer than half an hour? I think I also as curious as your mom lo. Do you mind sharing what you do inside the bathroom so long? Hehe

    May 18, 2009 at 8:57 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    neo, ya lah. Maybe my next topic will be "How To Pee" - also refer to Wikihow : )

    kenwooi, you love wetting yourself? Hmmm...

    You love to sing in the shower but depends...depends on what, may I ask?

    No, I didn't think I sounded like David Cook, I thought I sounded BETTER than David Cook. There's a difference there, you know? Haha!

    Let me teach you how to spell Japanese word - very easy. Repeat after me. S-H-O-K-U-B-U-T-S-U. Easy?

    Nice pics meh? Which one? : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:05 PM
  46. foongpc said...

    cibol, yeah I guess it's the echo. I think my bathroom's acoustics better than the Philharmonic Orchestral Hall in KLCC. haha!

    You also sing in the bathroom? Good for you, but why you so happy? : )

    jam, I want to be environment friendly too, but for now I'll just stick to Dove, thank you! : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:09 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, I'm not sure which pink bottle you mean. But I've tried a lot and I think I like Dove.

    If I buy Dove for you, of course sell to you at Carrefour's price lah. Must untung sikit what! LOL!

    iamthewitch, I guess if you have long hair, that will make you spend longer time in the bathroom. But I know a guy who bathes much longer than most women and he has very short hair. So what gives? : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:15 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, I think you wrote wrongly or something. You wrote -I have a ward who lives with me for 3 years and bathes less than 6 times in those years.

    If that sentence is correct, I'll faint! : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:18 PM
  49. foongpc said...

    prometheus, thanks for the details! I guess you can shower in 5 minutes if you really, really rush. But don't forget, you don't need to wash your hair! I do! haha!

    Thanks for dropping by! Btw, nice name! : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:35 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    xin, not kiasu lah. Just smart. haha! 3 bottles where got enough for life? At most, will last for 3-4 months only : )

    bongkersz, haha! Getting horny? Must pay lah if want to bathe with that girl!

    So, what activities do you mean exactly? : )

    calvin foo, go in, get the job done and get out? Sounds more like having sex to me. Haha!

    I also go in, get the job done, but before I get out, I sing! haha!

    Btw, it's Shokubutsu : )

    May 18, 2009 at 9:43 PM
  51. Ayie said...

    It's true that some people most esp in cold countries don't bathe regularly. I also feel lazy sometimes since I moved here and during those freaking cold days as in you'll shiver once you're out of the hot shower but it still didn't feel right not taking a bath. I make sure to bathe regularly or more if I feel like having another brisk shower. Scrubbing is a must and all other routines. No more singing this time, during my younger years I had much fun with that.

    May 19, 2009 at 5:28 AM
  52. Shinky said...

    Dove are nice~! Just that my mum think it's kind of expensive ...
    She prefer the cheaper ones.. unbranded. :P

    May 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM
  53. goolooloo said...

    Foong,sorry to say that i hate Dove. No reason. Lately I tried new shower gel, Radox. Price also very reasonable. I love the smell. U know la, girls....

    May 19, 2009 at 2:49 PM
  54. JL said...

    Well foong, what I mean is usually if it were somebody else asking me this personally, I'd be very hesitant to answer him/her. And usually I just play with the water in the bathroom that's why at least 20 minutes lolol!!!! xD

    May 19, 2009 at 7:41 PM
  55. Che-Cheh said...

    Ahem I'm one of those girls who shower in 10mins (malu to say 5mins kekeke). Hahaha I'm the mandi kerbau girl in the family. Kekeke

    My shower time are longer in the weekends. :P Oh and I shower once a day nia. Haha

    I use body gel. Currently using Avalon Peppermint. This is organic shower gel. Smell so peppermint! Yum! I don't use Lux/Dettol/etc anymore. They tend to make your skin dryer.

    I hum in the shower when I'm happy. Dunno why, it just come automatically!

    May 19, 2009 at 8:54 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    ayie, good to know you bathe everyday even though the weather is cold! Haha! And you scrub too? That's good! Haha! But why no more singing? : )

    shinky, oh that's too bad! Gotta do what your mom says. Saving money is good : )

    goolooloo, Radox? haven't heard before! Not only girls, I also like shower gel with good smell - it makes my mood better : )

    May 20, 2009 at 12:51 AM
  57. foongpc said...

    JL, you play with the water? How old are you lah? Haha!

    che-cheh, eh so dirty one ah you? But I think 10 minutes still acceptable if you don't wash hair. Do you? Humming when you are happy is natural - I mean it comes naturally for me too! Haha.

    May 20, 2009 at 12:54 AM
  58. Ayie said...

    The houses here are just drywall system (hallow core and not sound insulated) so all the neighbors in the apartment will hear my concierto! haha

    our house in the Phils is all concrete and nobody cares even if I yell out loud! hehe

    May 20, 2009 at 1:02 AM
  59. Monica said...

    Foong! my new post coming out soon :-D

    May 20, 2009 at 2:23 AM
  60. foongpc said...

    ayie, oh I see! haha!

    monica, wow! Thanks for the hint! : )

    May 20, 2009 at 3:14 AM
  61. Ciela said...

    Quite unbelievable to have 5 minute shower. Our term for that kind of bath is "wishy-washy" where one just spray water and wipe it off with bath towel. Yuck!

    That was a good buy from Dove, huh!

    May 20, 2009 at 7:27 AM
  62. Tekkaus said...

    Hey...sometimes I take my shower in less than 5 minutes. But it is not "mandi kerbau" lar.Well..there's some skills to do that! Ha :D

    I thing I bath...4 times a day!

    You sing while bathing? Same here but sometimes lar. LOl :D

    May 20, 2009 at 8:29 AM
  63. Tekkaus said...

    Some in UK once a month? Still ok lor. Those in Artic....once a year ler! haha :D

    May 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM
  64. Foong Speaks Her Mind said... about bathing also can write so long wan ah?
    In UK, bathe once a month okay wat. Must remember la, if during winter, weather is cold AND dry. If bath too often, skin will peel and become extremely dry and painful. Besides, imagine freezing yourself even when you bath in hot water!
    I remember when in US during autumn, I was too used to bathing at least two times a day here so I continued doing that there. End up with dry, cracked skin and painful rashes so I cut it down to one 'quickie' a day!
    When the weather is dry and cold, we don't sweat, much less have any body odour! Just remember to change your clothes lor.
    ~Foong who don't sing in the shower or bathe longer than 20 minutes because she has to mind a toddler who may have burnt down the house in the time she is in the shower~

    May 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    tita beng, yeah it's definitely "wishy washy" for 5 minutes bath! Yes, good buy indeed! : )

    tekkaus, show me the skills then I will judge whether clean or not! haha! Bathe 4 times a day? Wow! Your skin will become dry lah! : )

    May 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    foong speaks her mind, very long meh, my post? haha! I still don't agree on bathing once a month no matter how cold or dry. At least once a day or if really lazy, then once in 2 days should be the absolute minimum!

    To avoid dry skin after bathing, apply skin moisturiser lah.

    Haha! Your toddler burn down the house while you are showering? very funny! LOL!

    May 20, 2009 at 10:00 PM
  67. Caroline said...

    GOOD ONE! ahaha! gawd, u just can come out with any topic on ur head! lol. btw so now we know u're using dove? hhahaa

    March 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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