My coworker, Lisa, and I went to Haeundae Beach to tan for two and a half hours, and then went to a spa - I've forgotten its name, but it's one of the biggest ones in Asia. Arriving sweaty and hot, we stripped and went up to the bath area. (In case you are unfamiliar with public spas and jjimjilbangs, the bath areas are segregated, and you go completely naked. It was a bit of a shock when I went to my first jjimjilbang last year, but I'm over being modest or self-conscience.)
There were main baths in the middle of a large room, and a tonne of others we discovered in the maze of "rooms" and areas. There was a yellow-mud spa (pretty cool), a foot bath (not all that exciting), a range of sauna rooms (different temperatures and with walls made of different material) and a steam room. The place also had a "rose bath", and hidden in a cave were three pools. The first, labelled "Jasmint Bath" in English and "Jasmine" in Korean, had water coming out of a deer's mouth and had a slight smell of jasmine. The next, labelled "Philosophy Bath" had water dribbling out of the mouth of a buddah-like statue (and it did indeed look as though he were dribbling). The third had water coming out a deer's mouth as well and was labelled (slightly disturbingly) "Person Bath". Considering the other baths (except for the philosophy one) contained or were scented with what they were labelled as, it was cause for wonder, and in the end we did not go into the Person Bath.
Leaving the bath area, we donned clown-like pj's (shirt and shorts) and went into the main area of the spa. There was a large common floor area where groups of people were sitting around in cloned pj's chatting, watching TV and drinking (for the most part) cold green tea (neng nock cha). Around this area various igloo-type rooms were placed. There was a cold room (about 6 degrees), a "jewel" hot room, a yellow-mud hot room (and it was HOT), and a rainforest room(cooler, but scented and with a picture of a rainforest on the roof (two of the segments of the picture are upsidedown). Down some corridors there was a high-oxygen room, and a few more hot rooms. Each room had a sign outside telling you what the benefits of that room were. Like "to loose weight", "promote energy", etc. Some of them were pretty funny.
So, unlike the holiday we had yesterday (Tuesday) for Memorial Day, that was my well-spent day off last week. In honour of this week's holiday, here is a recipe for you (one guess as to how I spent Tuesday).
1 part gin
1 part rum
1 part triple sec
1 part tequila
1 part vodka
1 1/2 parts sweet and sour mix
1 part coke
shake and pour
Captain Worker (ha!), enjoying her 4-day weeks.