|My caption says: So this is how it feels to be a lady.|
Comments I got were:
"Hindi sayo 'yan pramis!"
"Ang yabang na ng kuko mo!"
"Totoo ba yan?!"
"Walang gustong maniwala, di kasi kami sanay na may kuko ka."
My friends couldn't believe these were actually my hands because they all know I had the ugliest fingernails in the whole wide world. That is not an exaggeration. In fact, if there's any other adjective that is worse than ugliest then you could probably use that to describe my fingers. Below is the proof (Too bad I didn't keep a clearer picture of my entire hands showing my disgusting nails, because I always thought they will be like this forever):
Having this kind of nails actually runs in the family. On my dad's side, my uncles, aunts and grandma used to have the same nails because we have the same habit. We love cutting our nails too short, until they bleed. Also, whenever I am stressed or bored I tend to kutkot my nails (sorry, I don't know how to say this in English.. so let me be a lil konyo for now.. haha!). I know other people bite their nails (especially when under pressure) but I never bit mine, I just kutkot using the nails/fingers from the other hand.
So there, after almost 30 years I finally grew my fingernails. It was really a challenge for me as it used to be a way to kill time and boredom. It was like stopping a bee from producing honey, or rich girls from splurging on shoes and clothes (kidding!)
And because my nails grew long enough to have their first taste of manicure, I searched online for the best nail spa in Singapore. The first on my list of things to consider in choosing a spa is the cleanliness. I've seen a lot of mediocre nail spas that do not practice proper hygiene and I would never ever enter those kind no matter how cute the nail art could be. Besides, I want my first ever trip to the nail spa to be unforgettable.
So finally, I saw this review online of a nail spa called Auum - The Honest Nail Spa. They call themselves the honest nail spa because they do not upsell unlike others that keep insisting services even those that do not suit the clients well. Auum educates its clients on their products and services and they let the clients choose what they want to be done based on the information Auum shared.
Auum is located in Pasarbella, The Grandstand in Bukit Timah. The place can be quite hard to reach as there is no public transportation taking this route but there are free shuttle services from 6th Avenue (look at the schedule online). We actually waited for the shuttle for about 20 minutes. It was worth it though, because Pasarbella is really a nice place.
And why are they the cleanest nail spa? Because they practice strict hygiene standards. They use disposable towels, toe separators, foot files, etc. All other tools are disinfected and cured under UV light.
All these proved to be right when I went there weeks ago to have my first ever manicure session. I was supposed to avail of their Signature package worth S$38 (soak + shape + trim cuticles + callus removal treatment + scrub + massage + polish) but I've got blisters on my palm after mopping our apartment floor earlier that day so I just opted for their Essential package (shape + trim cuticles + polish). This costs S$28.
Auum doesn't carry all those famous nail polish brands because they contain harmful toxic substances that might damage our nails (and bad for our health, in general). Instead, they use non-toxic brands such as Scotch Naturals (eco-friendly and toxic free), Deborah Lippman (used by Hollywood celebrities), NCLA, etc.
Another thing that I liked about this spa is the interior. The couches are so pretty I wanted to take them home with me (and they are actually up for sale).
I enjoyed it. Hopefully it was only the first of many trips to the nail spa, because I honestly feel this just confirmed my being a lady. Hahaha. And so.. this is how it feels to be a lady eh? :)