Monday, March 9, 2009

Being Tan

The first time I came here I don’t have any idea that people had to go to a tanning salon pay a certain amount of money or be a member of a salon just to become tan specially in the summer season. And I also didn’t realize that it doesn’t look good to some people hehe.

It was a hot afternoon I and hubby decided to go to Mc donalds to get my favorite yogurt parfait. Hubby didn’t like to order in drive thru so he parked the car and he went inside to order. While I was seated comfortably inside the car listening my favorite R & B music, across from where we were parked is a tanning salon. I was looking at it and all of a sudden the door opened. And two blond haired women came out and I was so shocked of what I saw!! The two women looked like reddish that I could compare it to a cooked shrimp or crabs hehehe. Yup they seem like being cooked. I was giggling to the max since it is my first time to see a woman who has just done tanning. I couldn’t believe it, it doesn’t looked good to me. When hubby came I told him about what I saw and he told me that when I get closer to this people who tanned their body they are wrinkled that it looks like resinette chuks! (Well for the older folks who get tanned. )

So hubby told me to be happy with my skin color. He says women here pay for what I’ve got. That is so cool huh! But we Pinay’s had this mentality that white or fair is beautiful. I guess it came from what we are told by our society back in PI. I remember, I am always compared to my sister who has the mestiza look. While me is not wahhhhhhhhh!! I don’t know if it has an effect on me because I don’t remember that I was mad or having low self-esteem about it. But I could remember the comparison being made by relatives and friends. Shocks!! It is only here in US of A that I am being praised of my skin tone yahooo!!! But you know what even if I am praised of having an exotic color (haha) still at the back of my mind (subconsciously) I still do like the fair or white skin tone. Bad me! Secretly, every time I went home in PI I always hoard for whitening lotion, whitening soap, whitening cream and etc. Isn’t it ironic?? 

Spring and summer is fast approaching I should be outside to enjoy the sun and fun so I could achieve my exotic look in a short time hehe. I am starting to love it though and embraces the fact that I have a skin tone women in America pay to have it. A good consolation to a mind that was shape to think that fair or white skin is pretty. Duh!! 

16 comments:

Weng Forsgren said...

Your right manang Kim, same as many whit women here, but it doesn't look good. Yong iba sa neck nila kanang grove gani nato sa liog kung mohangad sila puti and the other parts pula ang pangit nga color hehe.

My working mates use to say that I have a beautiful skin color, it looks healthy daw, pag brown. And said I like color fair and white like them hehe. But they said they looks like sick hehe.

BTW, I have a tag for you, grab if you have time. have fun!!!

Clarissa said...

yup,even here in Japan lalo na pag summer!!dyosme!!lahat yata ng tanning salon eh maraming pumupunta for tanning.buti na lang ako eh ganito kulay ko lalo na kung summer lumalabas ang tunay na kulay ko.Oh di vah--di ko na kailangang mag aksaya ng pera para dun?!^_^

Neneng(aka baning/banot) said...

Same here in Texas, my mother in law will die to have this skin color. As a matter of fact, she praises me and that i should be thankful to have a great skin. She fly to mexico 4x a year to get some sun... On the other hand, i really embraced well my skin color and proud of it, i'm actually doing more tanning in the summer when we go play golf, i really like it brown compare to what perception of brown in Pinas diba?? filipinos think light skin is more superior than the opposite, which makes me sick just thinking about it.

Manang Kim said...

~~Hi weng thanks sa tag love to answer it. That is what they told me too they look sick kaya they like tan or brown and we like fair hay life. Pag-summer nako mini skirt to the max tayo kasi mas maganda legs natin sa kanila hehe.

Manang Kim said...

~~Claire, you know what I thought sa Japan walang ganyan kasi they don't look too white naman like American they look yellowish lang. I watched Us Girls sa ABS-cbn there are tanning salon na sa Pinas, nalito lang ako kung sino pa ang magpa-tan sa Pinas eh ako nga maarawan lang balik sa dating colore agad!!haha!

Manang Kim said...

~~Hi Vanz, bonga MIL mo ha fly to Mexico pa para getz nang sun. OO nga talagang ingit sila sa color natin tayo naman parang alanganin kung we will accept our color or not. Ako parang accept ko na pero sa Pinas gusto ko maging puti hehehe.
Mga artista sa Pinas gustong maging puti kaya bleach to the max dito mga artista babad under the sun para maging itim haha bonga talaga.

Stev&Emz said...

sabi ng hubby ko.. women here spends thousands of dollars just to get that perfect tan we got. kaya ako.. im happy to have a tan skin specially pag summer season na.. i sure like my skin kasi daming nakatingin. hehehe.. lalo na pag na aarawan tapos kumikintab ang balat mo. ganda talaga pag tan. dito ha! hahaha.. sa pinas negrita. lol.

Beth said...

Ganyan din dito sa Germany. Ang hipag ko, inggit na inggit sa kulay ko... sabi nya last summer, pareho na raw kaming brown, sabi ko naman hindi naman sya brown kundi "hipon".

I like your blog!

Mom of Four said...

Manang Kim, ganyan ang feeling ko up to now, kasi maitim alaga ako by nature, since birth baga. When I came her, everybody's saying I have beautiful skin, eh sus ginoo, kuntodo payong nga ako kapag summer at ayaw kong maarawan. Hehehe. Sabi ng hubby ko, ang mga babae dito nagbabayad ng pera para lang maging kakulay ko. Oh ha..Kasi kapag umuuwi ako sa PInas, sinasabi nilang sa lahat ng nag aabroad ako ang hindi pumuputi, aray ko! wag ko nga bigyan ng corned beef, hehehe!

^`º_ßÖßËLLê^ª* said...

hi sis kim I like your topic here hahhaa,,GAnun pala mga puti sa amerika, they spent money just to look tan,,dito kasi sa pinas diba kapag maitim ka they will call you baluga or ulikba, negrita or ita hahaha lahat ata yan tinawag na sa akin,,Pero Im very proud now coz my bf said that he loves my skin color,,ginto daw tingin niya sa akin at hindi uling hahahha,,haba ng hair ko diba??Im proud to be Tan hahhaa..

Manang Kim said...

Hi Emz, kaya siguro lalong na inlove mga hubby natin kasi ganda nang color natin diba? Mga kana kasi dito ang puti na parang sinipsip ni dracula dugo nila haha.

Manang Kim said...

Hi beth, thanks for dropping by here sa munti kong bloggy. Na amuse ako sa description mo parang hipon dito ang description ko para silang bagong luto na crab pareho na rin yon hipon at crab pumula hinde naging brown. Sabi din nang cousin ko na nag work sa London as a nurse, grabe din daw doon mag pa tan yung mga puti. Kaya lang paggumamit sila nang tanning lotion paghugas nila nang kamay (kasi nurse) yung arms tan yung kamay ang puti hahaha. Tawa nang tawa daw cousin ko kasi gusto nga nilang i-imitate color nang cousin ko na sa pinas negrita hehehe.

Manang Kim said...

Hi mommy liz, ay totoo ka the first time umuwi ako (2005) ang itim ko kasi nga summer dito eh kuntudo garden ko dito sa MI so grabe ang babad under the sun. Eh nung umuwi ako ang itim ko shocks sila lahat bakit daw hinde ako pumuti sabi ko walang whitening lotion sa Amerika!!Paki ninyo bwehehehe!!

Manang Kim said...

Hi Belle, naku yung color mo talagang sought-after yan sa mga puti dito. Hinde hamak talagang naglalaway yan sila sa color natin. Dyan lang sa Pinas gusto mga tao magpaputi dito gustong magpaitim.

rosemarie said...

I like being tan actually my boyfriend from US likes it. I think having a Perfect Tan is my lucky charm.

Europatan said...

The secret is not to over do your exposure in the sun to get natural tan gradually. There are alternatives to sunbathing with fake tanning products.