I love Saturday mornings. They bring a sense of relaxation to my life. I generally spend Saturdays out and doing things, and then Sundays at home mentally preparing for my classes for the rest of the week.
Part I: Tales from the Subway
Today was manicure day. I generally go every 2-3 weeks. Since the last time I went, we switched from gel to regular polish to let my nails breathe, I was in desperate need of nail care. The polish they put on lasted a week. Then I had to take it off. I was tired of the colour (a green colour that I hated after 3 days) and it was getting all chipped. So I was very excited to be going today to get a nice set of lovely gel nails.
The subway car pulls up in front of me, and I saw her right away. As the doors opened, she was just setting in a massive roller in her bangs. Because obviously the best way to get ready for the day is to get on the subway and then deal with your beauty routine. I sat beside her since there were a few spaces open, even though I was only going 8 minutes away. She proceeded to do a full face of makeup while sitting there. I’m not sure where she was going but she was going to look all done by the time she got there – as long as she remembered to take the roller out of her hair.
Coming home, the most entertainment I had was an old man starring the tattoo on my foot and scowling. Tattoos are still technically illegal in Korean but I’m not Korean so “it’s ok”. But it still rubs some people the wrong way, and I get a lot of attention because of them. Or at least the ones people can see.
Part II: The manicure
I can’t tell you how much I love my manicurist. She’s so nice and funny. And it’s great that she can speak English so well. Today while we were talking, she was playing Bruno Mars songs on her phone (since we both love him) and she stops what she is doing to flick through her phone for a minute. Then she shows me a video of her 18 month old son dancing to Uptown funk and it is the cutest thing ever!! He’s bobbing on his jelly legs like little babies do, and popping his head back and forth, sticking out his tongue – goodness it was adorable!
I wanted something a little different today and brought in this picture on my phone to see if she could do it (I knew she probably could since her nails always have the most intricate designs on them)
She said “oh sure no problem”, and set off to gather her gel polish colour charts for us to look at. She took a picture of it with her phone and pulled a few colours for us to try once we got to the painting stage.
And hour later, I walked away with this:
She was able to match the colours almost identically, if not perfectly. They are sooo cute! I’m so happy! But when I left, she made sure to give me a big hug because apparently this is her last day at the booth. She is moving to Canada with her husband and son in June so she’s finishing work this month. I’m so sad!! Not only does she get to be in Canada (I’m having a small round of homesickness this week) but she won’t be around to do my nails anymore. She had all the other ladies saying hello in English to me today and she’s introduced me to a few of the girls who can speak a little English. She also didn’t charge me any extra for the detailed work!! It’s normally 25,000 just for gel, plus an extra 5,000 for a second colour. So all I paid today was 30,000! She is so sweet. I will miss her so much, and envy her living in Canada