Almost every morning while on my climbing trip in Thailand, my partner in climb and crime Simon and I would warm up on some easy sport climbing routes on the beach. One morning, we marched down to our usual warm-up wall, only to find out that the area was “closed.” “Closed?!?!,” I asked. “Closed” is for book stores, restaurants, schools and offices; places surrounded by four walls; not an outdoor climbing area!
“They’re filming a Japanese commercial for a toe cream,” said one of the island locals. We approached the beach to find a helicopter parked in the middle of the beach. In it sat a giant toe.
YES, A GIANT TOE! It was almost the size of those fastfood mascots and looked exactly like a big toe in pretty bad shape. A man dressed in black wore the suit on his head (and half his body), and he was safely fastened inside the chopper, which would fly by the front of the beach whenever the director shouted “Rolling!” (or however you say it in Japanese).
Seeing that big toe—its nail enveloped in fungus—made me question the state of my toe. And hopefully it will make you question yours.
Make an appointment with your manicurist, and make sure your technician uses properly-sanitized tools. Better yet, buy your own set (Check out O.P.I.’s complete manicure set in Essenses, Rustan’s). Other establishments like Dashing Diva in Rockwell provides you with your own set which comes in a sealed pack that the manicurist opens in front of you. Just some food for toe-t.