It came as a shock when my boyfriend Randy told me he’d never had a mani pedi before. Who doesn’t love getting massaged and pampered? I thought, this will be a nice relaxing outing.
We were in luck when we showed up, because they were having a special. Both mani pedi for only $24 dollars. You can’t beat that price in LA. We walked in and shortly got seated. Now this is where they got us. We’ve already agreed to the special, so we naturally assumed that the broken English offers where just options of the special. It’s already hard enough to communicate with someone who looks at you like you’re an alien when you ask them a simple question like “are my toe nails hideous?” However, I partially believe that they know that broken English will get a nod, thus putting you in agreement with what they’re low-key sneaky selling you. Who would have known?
[singlepic id=39 w=320 h=240 float=]This was the best 24 dollar mani-pedi I’d ever had before. I get myself pampered on a pretty frequent basis, and it’s a rare occasion when there are 2-3 people working on you at once. All this and only 24 dollars? I’m not complaining. Randy was the one calling the shots. Due to his lack of experience, when asked if they should continue there was no hesitation. Why wouldn’t you continue? Im paying you 24 dollars for the special.
There is no denying how friendly they all were. Going back to the fact that I’ve had many Asians pamper me, sometimes the language barrier can make me feel defensive. Its like people don’t realize that body language is universal. Just because I don’t understand the words you’re telling your fellow manicurist friend, doesn’t mean the looks on your faces aren’t being seen. The …. Fortunately wasn’t one of these places. They seemed interested in us and made a genuine effort. All while slipping in “ten-dalla-for-ten?”.
Between straining my ears to understand exactly what’s being said anyway, ten dollars for ten minutes, slips in pretty easily.
They’re genius. If this isn’t a system they have going, then I don’t know what is. It took an hour for each of us to get our $24 dollar mani-pedi special. Which in the end was two to three people at a time working on each of us, taking turns asking questions and making sure we had a great experience. Throw in the extra five, Ten-dalla-fo-ten’s per each of us it ended up being a good $150 including tip, for the great experience of course.
[singlepic id=38 w=320 h=240 float=] Review by Aaron Weller, EatinAsian Fanatic and actor!