Spa Betty Series: Manicure And Pedicure For A Hindu Heretic
November 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments
The day before my wedding, I decide to give Sicilia Spa another go. But this time for a pretty little manicure and pedicure so the tips of my limbs will be tastefully decorated for the big day.
Travel Boyfriend and I walk in together and I spot a man sitting behind the reception desk. Locking eyes with him in order to offer up my most heartfelt hello, I am blind to the reverently prepared Hindu offering incensing in the middle of the room.
I punt it like a football player.
If this was indeed game day, I’d be carried off the field on the shoulders of my grateful team mates. Instead, I stand in a puddle of my own shame.
The receptionist smiles warmly and accepts my blubbering apologies with grace, although Travel Boyfriend’s judgment is felt without even having to turn around.
Then we get down to business. I’ve got a team of two working hard to buff up my nail beds. A man at my feet and a woman on hand duty.
They do a fine job trimming cuticles and providing me with a basic massage. They pay supreme attention to the paint job and when the man accidentally smudges a toe, his visible concern makes me grieve along with him until it can be repaired.
Once that is all done, a third woman comes in to design pretty little flowers on my big toes. Just a little exotic oomph in case the photographer wants an open-toed shoe shot tomorrow.
They dry me with hair dryers as I sip my water and then send me on my way.
Once home, I spray myself with bug spray to avoid Dengue Fever. A few moments later, I discover that the Deet has melted the glossy coating on my fingernails. I pray for clear polish tomorrow at Tugu Hotel.
Travel Betty Basics
(Jl. Double Six, Legian, Bali)
Ambiance: 4.5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Treatment: 4.5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Cost: 50,000 rupiah manicure / 50,000 rupiah pedicure / 20,000 rupiah flower art
What that means in U.S. Dollars: $13.06