Recently a teacher at my school was raising money for a children’s charity by selling arm covers. “What are arm covers?” I hear you ask. Well dear friends, these are arm covers:
Koreans are VERY keen on white skin. They will often wear ridiculous amounts of clothing (including arm covers) to prevent even the smallest flash of sunlight getting to their skin. I have seen arm covers in every colour of the rainbow, and have even seen people wearing them at night.
But these were no ordinary arm covers, my co-worker assured me as if I would know the difference. These special arm covers were guaranteed to lower your body temperature by two whole degrees! And they had been advertised on TV by a famous person I had never heard of! She looked at me expectantly; I bought 2 pairs. At least the money went to charity.
The back of the package was a bit puzzling. I understood that I could wear the arm covers while I biked but the other pictures were a mystery.
I went for a walk in the Bamboo forest where even at 7pm it was still 32C. My arms felt like they were on fire. I tried flapping my arms slightly, making me look like a chicken.
The more I walked and flapped, the hotter I got. The hotter I got, the more I sweat. The more I sweat, the wetter the arm covers became. And strangely enough, the wetter the arm covers got, the cooler they were.
However, it wasn’t a pleasant, refreshing cool; it was a clammy, wet-bathing suit cool. UGH.
The only good thing about the arm covers was the attention I got wearing them. Women smiled, and then pointed at my arms and theirs and said “Oh! Same, same!” Men gave me the thumbs up and said “Bu-rue! Nice-uh!”
And so even though my arms felt like they were about to burst into flame, I wore the arm covers for my entire walk. I felt that for the first and probably last time, I fit in. 😀