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Spa Betty Series: 2nd Base On Day Two. Things Move Fast In Bali

October 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

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After yesterday’s rough and tumble massage, I decide to give my muscles a break and focus on my epidermis. One of my favorite indulgences in San Francisco is the Javanese Lulur Body Treatment at Kabuki Springs and Spa. Currently inhabiting the island that neighbors Java, I am delighted to discover that lulur is extremely popular in Bali.So I wander into Putri Bali II, and am led into the fairly basic treatment room with a massage table, an open shower stall and a tub. I am grateful that this time the woman gives me instructions. She asks me to undress and before she leaves, hands me a pair of disposable underwear (the kind you’d expect the makers of hospital gowns to invent).I slip into my new drawers and hop onto the table facedown. Then the woman comes back in and starts rubbing an exfoliant of turmeric and rice powder all over my legs, arms and back. At this point I start wondering what’s going to happen when I turn over. There is no towel or cloth covering me, so I wonder if this is just a one-sided treatment. My question is answered soon enough when she asks me to flip.Bred in the Midwest, it is at this point that my fear of people seeing me naked and my fear of hurting someone’s feelings do battle. Yes, I realize that by taking on this 30-day spa challenge, I should have expected a bit of exposed skin. But in the U.S., we at least carry on the façade of decorum by allowing the technician to fold sheets in various ways. In those situations, it is very easy for me to believe nobody can see my goods.Timidly, I oblige her request and then the next, even scarier question comes to mind. Is she actually going to slather this stuff on my boobs? She can’t. I mean that’s kind of crossing the line, isn’t it? She’ll probably just work around them. Right?“Excuse me, sorry,” she says kindly.“It’s okay. Thank you.”Wait! I just gave permission to and then thanked a woman for rubbing her hands over my bare breasts with a thick, yellow Javanese concoction. Not only that, but in just a few minutes I know that she’s going to have to return to the scene of the crime to wipe it all off. And not just with a gentle brushing, but with pressure. This stuff is goopy and dries like elementary school paste.I decide once we are done, I will quietly file this away deep in my psyche where the other awkward moments live. There it can take its rightful place next to such scenarios as “The time the Vegas stripper from Cheetahs insisted I fondle her newly enhanced chest” and “The time the bikini waxer told me I was pretty down there.”Before I know it, the masseuse moves onto the yogurt conditioner, which she also rubs across my chest. Then she escorts me to the shower to rinse off. I notice that the once-empty tub is now filled with water and a thick mat of red and pink flower petals. It’s pretty and strikes me as being very thoughtful, much like the woman herself has turned out to be.Putri Bali BathAfter a cool shower, I submerge into the warm tub. The woman brings me a cup of water and tells me to take my time. As I lie back and let the buttery flower petals caress my skin, I decide that aside from the initial shock, this whole experience really hasn’t been half bad. Perhaps I’ll even do it again sometime. I mean, I’ve got 28 more days to go.Travel Betty BasicsPutri Bali II(Jl. Seminyak near Supermarket Bintang)Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5 Passion FruitsTreatment: 4.5 out of 5 Passion FruitsCost: 100,000 rupiah (including tax)What that means in U.S. Dollars: $10.90

Tags: Bali · Spas

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  • 4 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Andy // Nov 2, 2007 at 7:55 am

      That is the most unerotic and awkward story of girl-on-girl breast massage I have ever read on the internet.

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    • 2 mickey // Nov 3, 2007 at 1:04 pm

      Whew, that was close.

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    • 3 kj // Nov 4, 2007 at 1:53 pm

      I’m the happiest girl in the world right now. I’m the one who got married Oct 27 (Halloween themed) and who’s not getting HER Bali experience/spa thrills/honeymoon till January 1st…so I’m reading your entries with the greatest of vicarious pleasure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! more more more!!!!!

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    • 4 APOGEDON // Dec 2, 2007 at 1:04 am

      more!

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