An ex-colleague is coming to pursue his master’s degree here, and was quite gutted when I told him to prepare some light layers, even though today is so-called summer. Summer here is not something like in tropical countries or in Australia, where we can walk around with shorts, tank tops, and open-toe sandals, and get some sunburn.
Well, mr. mck got some sunburn once when he played golf 3 weeks a go, but only the brave ones will be able to pull off such outfits which heavily depend on the weather. I usually push my boundaries by wearing a summer dress with jeweled sandals, but it is always layered with cardigan and a light coat. I am still wearing my Australian winter coat during night outs, outside my skimpy outfits, as it’s not warm enough for winter but perfect for spring/autumn. It’s hilarious, though, to see stores sellingsummer outfits but then to see people insisting on wearing shorts with tights underneath (girls, if you think it looks cool, ask the guys).
And of course, because it’s officially summer, fake tan products hit the stores and are put in strategic positions where we wouldn’t pass without noticing.
I, being an Asian, who had been brainwashed by the Asian beauty standards, namely fair skin and luminous/freckles-free face, wasn’t interested in the beginning. But everywhere I turn, they’re there, and soon I imagine the healthier, sun kissed, glowing, golden colour version of me. So one day, out of curiosity, I bought a tinted moisturiser, and started applying the lotion all over my body. I think I am in my third bottle now, but skin-colour change is not visible, and I become yellow rather than golden tan. And every time I put it on, I can’t spray my favorite perfume because it makes my skin colour uneven. I’m not brave enough to try the real tan products, but I found myself holding Fake Bake and St. Tropez bottles. Turns out there are many confusing steps to follow, so I put the bottles back in the shelves. Maybe later.
In the mean time, I have changed my template to this which I think is perfect for summer. It has been an agony for the past 2 days, trying to work it out, as – contrary to what people think – I am not an HTML/CSS savvy. The template is grabbed from Jackbook, who provides lots of wonderful templates. However Jack (I suspect he’s an Indonesian, looking at his last name) assumes everybody has more than just basic knowledge, so he doesn’t provide a step-by-step tutorial and lets us do the rest of the work. Luckily, I got a help from Tech 2 Check who opened the last 2 doors I had been knocking since 3 AM this morning. Once he showed me the way, everything falls into its place.
I am lucky that I am heading to a very hot country for real summer moments. Only three weeks to go.
Indonesia, I am coming!