I may have had a weekend of muddy water but I made good use of that excuse to get some pampering in over the weekend.
On Saturday, Richard and I went for a 30 min head/neck/shoulder massage. It cost just IDR25,000 (USD 2.50) each. This is the best thing about living over here in Indonesia. Its so affordable to go out and get a good massage, manicure, hair spa, all sorts of things to pamper you for when things like muddy water come to ruin your day.
On Sunday, I had mentioned that we needed to go to Novotel for our showers. Well, I took a slight detour to the Spa in the hotel. This was a little bit more expensive because I didn't want to go outside where they might use questionable products on my face so I ended up paying IDR120,000 (USD 13.20) for my facial. This came with a full massage beforehand. The facial was an all natural one with things like fruit and oatmeal. Very soothing and refreshing but I'm not sure if it exfoliated enough of the muck off my skin.
So, there is definitely a good side to living here. Its so easy for me to complain about the living conditions and either wish I was back in Malaysia or Australia BUT....there are many positives to life in Palembang. I must remind myself of this more often. Besides, I feel awful complaining all the time when there are millions of people who live here and never get the chance to even leave this city let alone the country.