When did having a manicure and pedicure become a necessity and stop being a treat I ask you?
Wearing flip flops all the time and walking a lot on sand in bare feet means that our soles very quickly metamorphise to resemble a soiled piece of used sandpaper. That’s the excuse most ladies come up with in order to justify the regular trips to the nail parlour. As for the finger nails, I’ll need more time to come up with a feasible excuse (unless you walk on your hands a lot).
I know I should take more care of myself. I hardly ever treat myself (frankly I’m too busy to, rightly or wrongly, worry about my tips and toes). The last time I had my nails done was when my friend Lisa was with me in November. With the prospect of my mum arriving I’d been cleaning the house like a demon (anything that stood still for too long got a thorough bleaching) and hence my nails were in a sorry state.
Now I know they were looking a mess, hence I went to the nail parlour. I didn’t need the Philippino ‘nail technician’ to point it out to me. She picked my right hand up by my little finger like an oily rag and pronounced: “Madam, don’t you oil your cuticles?”
Meanwhile, an equally disgusted technician grimaced at my feet and said: “Would madam like callous treatment?”
NO I WOULDN’T. Please don't make me feel like a pariah. Just make a vague attempt to create a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I’m know I’m an oddity out here, but I really don’t mind getting my hands dirty cleaning my own house.
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).