Thursday, May 3, 2012

Move like rock, river flow around you

I was molested in Saigon last month. 


I am not used to getting a massage, especially the ones I’m expected to pay for. Also, it’s been a while since I’ve seriously dated a girl long enough to say, “It’s been 15 dates. Can I have my free massage now, bitch? Please.”

To men, a relationship is like stamps on a loyalty card – one is entitled to a goody every third date. I hold your hand after the 3rd date, kiss you on the 6th, request to see your chest on the 9th, see it on the 12th and get my free massage on the 15th. If any of the dates involve the purchase of alcohol, I am entitled to a random bonus goody depending on how much rum is drunk. If you do not respect the rules of the loyalty card, I will be disloyal.    

The point is, my only spa experience before Saigon was a fully robed, zero skin-to-skin contact, significantly over priced massage from fairly ugly Thai woman in her early eighties.

So before a massage in Vietnam, when I was asked to undress and wear only a loin cloth, I was sufficiently shocked. For there is something about a grown man, naked but for a loin cloth, standing alone in a room with an 'Asian' girl that has dodgy porn video written all over it. 

The petite Asian ‘masseuse’ lays you belly-down on bed before dousing you with a gallon of oil. You are then rubbed gently from head to toe in a cyclical manner, with her hands choosing to take accidental detours around your waistline now and again. 

Dodgy porn video.

Just to be perfectly scientific about the dodginess – when a near naked heterosexual man, is put on a bed in a dark room and caressed piecemeal by a woman, there is bound to be natural response to dodgy stimuli. The sort of response that becomes evident when asked to turn over. The sort of response that causes tenting

Nether loin tenting. 

You turn over.

This moment - of a man turning over to face a masseuse - is possibly the period of maximum activity ever encountered by the human brain. In those three seconds, you first focus all cerebral energy to try and raze the tent. You fill your mind with as much disgust there is in the world, in the hope that since the mind is sufficiently distracted, the tent would collapse. Car pile-ups. Carcasses. Mick Jagger’s lips. A Camel on a treadmill. Dismemberment. Curb stomping. Michael Jackson. Rattlesnake. Rattlesnake. Rattlesnake. Ferret in a gunny bag. Industrial revolution.Michael Jackson’s carcass 

In the very good chance that it doesn’t, your mind then shifts gears while hurtling through a new set of questions – Can she see it? Well, I hope she can’t. Wouldn’t I feel really small if she can’t see it? She should be able to see it, right? I’m sure she’s seen this before? Of course she has. It’s her job, damn it! To turn men on? Why is she giggling? What did that mean in Vietnamese? Was that a giggle, or more like a snigger or a laugh? She wouldn’t laugh. What’s there to laugh about? A giggle – well sure. Not a laugh. Hah! Laugh it seems. What a hoot! Why is she talking through the walls to the other masseuse? Is she commenting? Judging? What did the other masseuse say? Why is she laughing again? What’s the joke? Share. Please. Share. Okay. Listen. I just happen to be a little more sensitive to foreign touch you know. I don’t mean foreign-foreign. Just anyone who is not me. Not anyone. I meant any woman. Any woman who is not me. But between the age of 18 and 40. Okay maybe 50. It’s the oil. And the music. Stop giggling you cheap masseuse whore. Stop!   

If you aren’t sufficiently mortified by now, she proceeds to straddle your lower body before beginning the rubbing cycles again. Only this time, she’s conveniently perched around the aforementioned loin cloth and I’ve become the pommel horse on which she performs her crude calisthenics. Given that she’s wearing a dress, not trousers, we have now graduated to generous amounts of thigh to thigh contact. My face has become the canvas which her hair strokes back and forth attempting to paint an abstract masterpiece.

She has me in a modestly uncomfortable position, I think. She has my clothes. She has my money. If she decides to run, I am a near naked, turned-on man, running down the streets of Saigon searching for a thieving massage girl.

I won’t look good. 

On my flight back to Singapore (which, my dear readers, is my new home) I’m left wondering what had I paid for. It didn’t look good. I had sex. Only I didn’t. I got a massage. Only I didn’t. 

30 dollars for dodgy foreplay and subtle molestation. 

Sounds just about right, I think. 


kamna said...

yayyy... ure backk! :D :D

LOLing @ nether loin tenting!!! u prude pervert u... making it sound like u didnt have fun... why u pretending to be all goody goody... tell tell... why why :D

also also.. please tell what them travel buddies women did when u were groping maggage girl? :-?

kamna said...

*massage girl :P

anoushka said...

:O :O Vietnam? When did you go there? Why wasn't I told about this trip? So this makes it 6 countries in 2012? 6! Aaargh. You cannot begin to imagine how much I hate you.


notgogol said...

@kamu: It WAS NOT fun! Them women were also being groped when I was groping. Same to same :)

@anu: :D Down girl. Come next time I call you along, then you'll know.

S said...

Thank god you are writing again. Loved it as usual. It made me smile.

Please post more often.

ahem ahem said...

When Sichuanian girl comes a-knocking,
Can you not send her home walking!
She only asked to be laid,
And for your bed to be made,
So don't cry "Massage!" when all you need is a lil 'talking'

Gautham said...

Awesome to have u back to ur best

notgogol said...

Not funny, she really is a clown,
Would not be unhappy is she just did drown,
Why look at China?
when there are desi mynahs,
If interested, I could have you go down?

Thank you!

smartassbride said...

you are whining because your heart is in chandigarh. sigh. if only you could go back. i miss the chandigarh posts man.

bagchi said...

i hope she is blogging about this too.

notgogol said...

@SAB: Grr... How can you wish something so terrible upon me :(

@amrita: Why such a wish? I don't understand :(

Red Handed said...

Now that was quite an sExperience :P

Red Handed said...

"Car pile-ups. Carcasses. Mick Jagger’s lips. A Camel on a treadmill."

notgogol said...

@Red Handed: Lol. Wasn't even a proper sexperience baba :(

not here said...

write? write!

AtomicGitten said...