One thing that has become popular over the last few years is to treat yourself to pampering and a day at the spa. It is often an expensive treat which you splurge on rarely. In China it is much less expensive and as popular as a Tim Hortons on every corner! Massage parlours, nail salons and mini day spas are everywhere. We often wonder how they compete and stay in business! Some expats go weekly… I have done the pedicure maybe 4 times since we’ve been here…. still a nice treat.
The hot weather hit about 2 weeks ago, 32c+ and humidity, but has come down to a much more bearable 25-28c. Shorts weather and sandal wearing is now here to stay so I decided it may be best to treat my feet. With the hot weather a pony tail has been my daily hair… so I thought maybe I should go shorter for the hot months. Remember last August when it felt like 50c???
So today John and I had a pamper day… for about $55 we both had haircuts and pedicures! I went for a sparkly pink polish and John just the foot scrub and massage. Although he joked he wanted colour -which sent the ladies into fits of giggles.
Getting your haircut here is a real treat… they really know how to pamper you. First they start off with a shoulder massage. Then the next fellow did my shampoo right in my chair! He gave me a good scalp massage and worked my hair into a nice lather. Then to rinse they bring you to the sinks where you lay down in easy boy type chairs. It is WAY more comfortable than the awkward chairs we have at home (especially when you are short like me and they just don’t quite fit right). As I was getting my hair cut the other lady worked on my feet. Once she was finished she gave me a very intense foot massage. I wonder how many people fall asleep here? I know I was ready to drift off a few times.
So after a day of pampering and relaxing I am ready for bed and another busy week at school. Hard to believe we are down to about 6 more weeks. My class did their assembly Friday (the 13th) and it went well. Our theme was “Our Favourite Things”. Each child talked about their favourite thing from the year and what they thought my favourite was… most said English since I speak English, or marking homework because I do it everyday! (oh joy oh bliss!) My co-teacher’s favourite is Chinese because she is Chinese and that is all she does… too funny! We had a good laugh 🙂 about what they said. I left them unchanged… let them be honest. We had lots of positive feedback from parents, teachers and even my VP!
So stay tuned to the last few weeks as we wind down a busy year… wow where has the time gone? We’ve been living in CHINA for almost a year! Who would have ever thought this was possible??? Certainly wasn’t anything I thought was ever possible.