Thursday, June 26, 2008

Juria's Salon Special

Isn't it interesting how we always want what we don't have? For example, the curly haired person who straightens their hair every morning and the straight haired person who gets a perm... Well, I am applying that old truth to Americans and Filipinos, and their skin color! Americans seek out tanning. Forget skin cancer, we know better but it doesn't stop us from going to tanning salons or laying out on beaches. And if we want to be good, we use sunless tanning sprays and lotions which is really crazy when you think about it (putting brown dye on our skins.... nice. And by the way, I'm having a Mamma Mia flashback right now.) Well, the Filipinos want to WHITEN their skin apparently. Yes, you heard me. These people who are naturally beautiful shades of tan, buy whitening and bleaching products so they can lighten up. Yesterday I went to the "Let's Face It" Salon to get a massage and saw rows of people... getting their faces whitened. WOW.

Excuse me while I bargain brag... although I love beautiful spas and massage centers, when it comes right down to it, it's the massage that matters, not the setting. I also know that you can spend alot of money and get a bad massage and a little bit of money and get a good one. Thus, my decision to spend my afternoon off yesterday seeking out my favorite form of therapy... cheaply. This led me to the Salon (mentioned above) which was a mere 2 minute walk from the hotel. It was a little crazy cuz all the locals started giggling when I walked in. I asked for the shiatsu/swedish combo... and got a GREAT MASSAGE. This girl was committed. And strong. And the fee for this 60 minutes of satisfying bodywork? ELEVEN DOLLARS! Jearous?

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McSwain said...
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McSwain said...

Yes! Jearous! I'm so excited you're blogging this trip so I can follow you along. I blog under a nickname 'cause of the teaching thing (used to use the real name, but no more), so this is Cheryl here...