I Wore Skirt and Long Sleeved Blouse in the Pool

Philippines
August 31, 2008 8:54am CST
This thing is not strange in the country where i and my family have just moved six months ago. Every weekend we visit my uncle who lives in a flat located in front of the beach. It is a tourist village. People there, just like in my country, swim wearing swim suits. But being married to a local, and have been localized as well, it is not proper for me to wear a swimsuit, nor anything that shows skin when swimming. I cried buckets at the beach arguing my case to my husband. We used to swim a lot together back in my country, and now...? He said i could swim but just wear the appropriate attire. And appropriate means "covered from head to feet." I couldn't do it. I could not imagine myself wearing such in the water. Until the entire family in my husband's side went on a weekend trip at a private beach. I could not resist the water, so i swam. After wards, the women went to the pool side, and to my surprise, my sister in law, clad in long pants and long sleeved blouse made a perfect dive to the pool. Her form was so perfect except for the suit. But for all of them, what we wore was just perfect for a summer day at the pool. I told my husband there is already a swim suit for women in this country and i think its out in the stores now. It is made of the same material of a swimming trunk except that it looks like a tight and leotard and would perfectly and completely cover the entire body. But he said that women here are still not open to such knowing that the material hugs the body so well and shows the woman's figure. Though i had fun, and wearing such attire in the water is an amusing experience for me, i still wonder, what if the skirt or long dress suddenly goes over the head after a dive and shows the underwear? Still, i could not refute the law, more so, a religious and cultural belief. I could only enjoy the moment, and learn.
3 responses
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Where are you know ? Just wandering where is that place . Well , I guess that's a tradition that they really want to keep. IT will cause you no harm so follow that temporarily i suggest. Sometimes may be it is nice also to try different thing aside from what your already doing. Swim up . LOL
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
This is some world in here. But quite a good one, a country with really strong moral and religious values. Remember those days when there were laws and rules against wearing revealing and open clothing? Like the time of Christ? I am way back there, right now. :)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Oh i see . Im glad you are there . Have fun
@maximax8 (29568)
• United Kingdom
3 Sep 08
I am very keen on traveling and I like to respect local customs of dress. If people cover their arms and legs I do too. I wear a swimming costume only if the local people are doing the same. I wouldn't want to upset or offend a local person. I went to the Red Sea in Israel and all the females had bikinis on. Over the border in Jordan all the females were fully clothed, the only thing uncovered were their eyes. I went on a boat trip with them and they felt relaxed enough to remove their head coverings. I went to the Maldives and on a resort island I had my swimming costume on but on the islands where the local people lived I stayed fully clothed in long trousers and a long sleeved blouse. Some local people were actually swimming in the sea dressed like that. I had to wash in a river in Sumatra so I stayed fully clothed in the water. Which country are you living in now?
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
I am in Libya right now. Tourists here do wear bikinis in the beach - for tourists. But the locals also swim here.
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Wow, this is the first time I heard of such a thing. What country are you from? Anyhow, if it's tradition or rule in the country, you cannot do anything about it. You cannot even argue over it because you are in their soil, so you must obey their rules. You can't even say that they're wrong, because that's how things are done there.
• Philippines
31 Aug 08
Right! right! right! Thanks. :)