FREEZE! The Toxic Month Update

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Hello, dear readers!  Ever since the month started, I haven’t had any opportunity to squeeze my precious time for beauty, destressing, staycation, fitness and pigging out sessions– it’s because I’m loaded with paperworks in school.  Next week will be even more toxic because we will start computing the grades and more paperworks to submit.


I already have anticipated this scenario that’s why I went to Fitness first on February 28 and asked the reception to have my March on freeze because I won’t be able to go to the club for the whole month.  I did the same thing for April so for two months, I will have my fitness routine and diet on my own.

It might take some time before I will have another blog post but I promise to give you updates as soon as I have finished everything on the first week of April.  Probably before April 6,  I will have my hair treatment, foot spa, manicure and pedicure session @ the salon to reward myself.  After that, I have two months of work and play 🙂  Vacation galore so I will spend my time to bond with my family.  It will start on April 19 for my daughter’s 11th birthday celebration @ Edsa Shangri-la.

Next will be the much-awaited 6-day Boracay 2018 special from April 29 to May 4, 2018.  I will be having a detailed review of Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast, Azalea Boracay and Estacio Uno Resort.  Please wait for my update because I will be sharing my Boracay 2018 packing list as soon as I have the time.  I am now in the process of sorting old and brand new swimsuits and ordering summer outfits.

I mentioned work and play earlier— of course, I need to work even on vacation.  Aside from being a public school teacher,  I am also managing SMART TUTEE In-Home Tutorials, On April 23, 2018 and May 7, 2018, SMART TUTEE will be screening in-home tutors for the following areas:  QC, Antipolo, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Cainta and Marikina.  We will be in the Linden Suites from 10 am to 12 nn to screen applicants.  Interested applicants may send their resumes to

On May 8, I will also be in Holiday Inn for a staycation and will be visiting our new Smart Tutee office in Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas.  Starting May 18 also, we will be accepting registration in our new office for SY 2018-2019 and will screen tutor applicants.

I don’t know if I can still manage to feature or review hotels, spas and restaurants for April and May but I would love to do so 🙂  Please drop me a short message in my email for collab.  I will only take some time to rest this month but I promise to give you guys new updates soon!  Til next post, dear readers!



My Boracay Summer 2018 6-Day Itinerary

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Probably you are wondering why of all the places to go this summer, why did I choose Boracay despite of the negative issues? Well, I already planned this trip as early as August and I already have booked our roundtrip flights and transfers via BPHT.  Boracay is one of my favorite summer destinations– the primary reason why I decided to have the our 6-day summer vacation there is the awesome powdery white sand beach.  There is something enigmatic with this paradise– something unexplainable that makes me keep coming back.

Supposedly, I have an important even scheduled on the 30th of April, but it was rescheduled due to some problems.  Since the trip was already prepared, all I need is to enjoy this long vacation before I finally face work this summer.

I would like to take advantage of our long stay, that is why 3 different hotels were lined up for my hotel review.  Here is the 6-day itenerary for my summer vacation.

April 29, 2018

-Depart from Manila to Caticlan

I chose to have a morning flight to enjoy the rest of the day.  This time, not only hubby and I will travel, but my family members as well.  They will be in another plane via Kalibo in the afternoon.

boracay airport

-Check in to Fairways & Blue Water.


-Tour of Fairways & Blue Water for my hotel review.  I alloted the whole day just to roam around the place and see their different pools, restaurants, and other facilities.  I will also check their spa for my Spa Detective Series.

– Night stroll @ White Beach (take out of dinner and buying of grocery                                      supplies).


April 30, 2018-

-Restaurant Review

– Morning walk @ White Beach

– Private island Hopping @ 1pm


-Dinner and review of Mama’s Fish House

May 1, 2018       –

-Horseback Riding

– Transfer to Azalea Residences and hotel review

– LABORACAY celebration and feature

-family dinner and restaurant review

May 2, 2018 

-breakfast and restaurant review

– Parasailing

-Tirta Spa Review (for my Spa Detective Series)

treatment preparation

-dinner and restaurant review

May 3, 2018          –  Transfer to Estacio Uno

estacio uno seaside

-Terra Wellness Spa Review  (for my Spa Detective Series)

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-dinner and Restaurant Review

May 4, 2018 

-Last stroll in the island

-Depart from Caticlan to Manila

NOTE:  This is not yet final and could be updated for changes.  For suggestions of activities or place that you would like me to review, OR for collaborations, please contact me @



5 Hours of Pampering: A Comprehensive Review of Golden Leaf Health Spa

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Black White Detective Murder Mystery Invitation

Welcome to the first review of my SPA DETECTIVE series.  As promised, I will give you a comprehensive review of the Golden Leaf Health Spa in Marcos Highway, Pasig City and ta-da!  Here it is!  If you will come from Masinag Market and you will go to Cubao, you will notice the sign at the right side. The spa is on the 3rd floor of the Semicon Bldg. (just before you reach Ayala Feliz Mall).


A few days ago, I booked for body scrub and deep cleansing facial by texting their number.  The receptionist has successfully confirmed my booking for yesterday’s treatment at 11am.   Because I knew that I had to be on time, I even texted them while I was on my way to the spa– I got no reply.   When I reached the third floor, I thought that I had opened the glass door by mistake because it looks like an abandoned place, then I saw the Golden Leaf Spa sign– I was relieved that I came to the right place.   I was expecting that they knew about my appointment, but there was no receptionist when I came.  There were two ladies who entertained me and it was strange that they do not know about the services and packages that they offer.  They had to verify by calling the receptionist about the packages.

My first impression:  The reception area was just fine, but not that impressive.  In the metro area, I should say Z Spa has the coziest and most relaxing ambiance so far.  The place was big though, and I was excited to explore it.  There were decorations and floral arrangements, but the furnishings and accents are not as modern as what Z Spa and Soulscape Spa use.  Well, I knew that i couldn’t judge just because of the first impression and I waited patiently to find out more if I would enjoy the experience.

While the two ladies (which I found out to be food servers) were contacting the receptionist, they ushered us to the dining room area where they turned on the television and offered us glasses of iced tea and mini siopao.

After drinking the complimentary refreshments, Ms. Ruth ushered us to the Female Sanctuary wherein the wet area is located.  The place reminds me of Baguio City wherein the furnishings are quite old and worn-out, but I must commend them for having a wet area which is FREE usage in most of the services and packages that they offer.  Actually, that is what I am looking for in a hotel or fitness club– a functional wet area.  We were given the locker key and she assisted me with the use of the steambath, sauna and jacuzzi.

In the locker, there was a pair of old gold robe and shorts, old white towel, a bottle of mineral water, a pair of blue slippers and a mint.


The place needs a TOTAL RENOVATION and MAKE-OVER as well as UPGRADE in everything that they use in the spa.  Theres should be new and fresh towels and linens.    In the wet area, there is one toilet, 3 shower areas, steambath, sauna and a jacuzzi.


the vanity


the shower area


When I arrived at 11 am, I was the only one there so I had the wet area only to myself.  After almost ten minutes in the steambath and sauna, I had a hot shower and used the jacuzzi!  The good news is that I was the first one also to use it 🙂

After few minutes, I talked to Ms. Percy, their supervisor/manager and clarified about the service I booked.  Originally, I booked for body scrub ala carte for P650 and deep cleansing facial for P350–that already includes the wet area usage.  What I wanted was to find out if they have other packages close to my budget.  If I will use a private room, which I really wanted because of privacy, I need to add P300 and the total bill that I have to settle is P1300.  I was informed that there is a package amounting to P1499 which includes 24k facial plus body scrub and usage of private jacuzzi.  (I was thinking that it would be practical to avail this since I will just add P200).  My mind was already set that I will be having that package instead.  I knew that I only had the jacuzzi for myself that time, but there might be customers who will use the wet area in a while, and I will have NO MORE privacy at all.

When I was already prepared for the body scrub, I was confused because they led me to a room with a curtain.  I was thinking that I would be in the private room, but I also thought that probably, they a room intended only for body scrub. In my mind, I knew there was something wrong already because if I chose a private room with private jacuzzi, why don’t they let me use the room for the body scrub so I can have my privacy?

Because it was already past 12nn, I decided to eat first.  We had our unlimited dimsum which was also included in the package.  We had bowl of goto and glass of iced tea.  They have food servers to assist you with the food and drinks.

After lunch, we went back to the Maple room and I was surprised to see what they are using in their body scrub.


Oats and Milk Body Scrub


Oats and milk body scrub

According to Leah, our therapist, they use oats and milk to moisturize the skin, leaving it soft and smooth after the treatment.  Surprisingly, it wasn’t itchy and Ms. Leah made me feel comfortable also.  I was advised to go to the steambath and sauna again after the body scrub treatment for a better effect in my skin.  I dipped in the jacuzzi and while I was enjoying, a customer came to the wet area.  I inquired about the private room with private jacuzzi that I availed earlier.  I was aghast when I was told that I won’t be using a private jacuzzi and there was no private room either.  That particular moment, I was about to explode, but I controlled myself.  Honestly, though the place is quite old, I like their wet area and the private jacuzzi and bath tub.  I was about to complain because I was really upset how they were disorganized–suddenly, Ms. Percy appeared and told me that she already prepared the private jacuzzi.

When I asked about the facial (because I was expecting that I will have the 24k facial for 1 hour, she told me it’s the same a la carte deep cleansing facial that i will have in a few minutes and because I added a private jacuzzi, I will just settle only P1300.  It was like, “Oh no! What the hell are you talking about?  A while ago, I already told you what i wanted.  I emphasized the word PRIVACY!   How can you be guys that disorganized?”   (I was only yelling at them mentally) Probably, she could have sensed that I was getting impatient, she left to check their packages and told me that in the P1499, the inclusions are the following:  body scrub, deep cleansing facial, hot milk bath, full body massage and private room.  Only in that particular moment, we have understood each other.  As much as I wanted to complain, I didn’t ruin my day anymore– the fact that the reason I was there was to destress.  We were ushered to the Bamboo room, and prepared for our hot milk bath.


In the room, there were two beds intended for couple.  There was no door to isolate the toilet.  It’s just an open space wheiren the bath tub and shower area is located with dividers for the lavatory and watercloset.    I had the milk bath for about 20 minutes (next time, I will have it loooonger).   It was the best hot bath I had so far and I will have it again in my next visit.


After the hot milk bath, I went to the facial area for my deep cleansing facial.  It only lasted for less than 30 minutes.  Honestly, the P350 is not worth it 😦  I would love to try the 24k Facial next time.

After the facial, I went back to the Bamboo room and got ready for the massage.  I only requested to have a back massage and Shane availed of the remaining minutes left.



I enjoyed the massage, it was too relaxing.  In other spas, you won’t feel relaxed.  On the contrary, it looks like you were beaten after the treatment.   Thanks to Leah for listening well.


After the treatment, I asked Ms. Hazel, the receptioinst for a cup of coffee in the dining area.  I was expecting her to order the servers to prepare that for me since in Soulscape Spa,  the receptionist request the hot tea/water over the phone as well as the treatments to be pfrepared.  I was even more astounded when Ms. Hazel prepared the cup of coffee herself and gave us bowls of goto, siomai and siopao.  She even served the other guests.

I remembered Ms. Leah told me earlier during our massage treatment that all the staff that I see are also massage therapists including the janitress and food servers.


Ms. Hazel


I was satisfied with the body scrub, facial, massage and wet area, BUT there are few things that they need to improve.

  1.  The staff should be knowledgeable about their spa packages.  They should be coordinated as well.
  2. The receptionist should be there in the opening to welcome the guests.
  3. Since they own the place, they should renovate it and give a modern and more relaxing ambiance plus an upgrade of the furnishings and almost everything in the spa.
  4. Add more food in their unlimited dimsum.
  5. The staff should be professional in dealing with customers.

Though I was quite disappointed, I will come back 🙂  Why?


  1.  The place is spacious enough.
  2.  They have unlimited dimsum included already when you availed of their packages/services.
  3. They have free usage of wet area (jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna).
  4. They have private jacuzzi and bath tub in the private room.
  5. Their spa packages are reasonably priced.

I definitely recommend Golden Leaf Spa; however, clarify the service that you avail to avoid confusion.


3/F Semicon Bldg., Marcos Highway, Pasig City





Certified Spa Detective 2018 Part I

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Yes, I admit that I am beginning to be a spa addict.  With my stressful work, I really need to destress and pamper myself.  I just had this realization recently and it’s true that if you love and give time to yourself, you will feel better and will be more productive.

Ever since, I had dry skin and ever since I had the body scrub in Z Spa and my dead skin cells were removed, there is an improvement with my skin.  And because I already have established my beauty routine, I really need to give my skin a treat every two weeks.   What I need is body scrub for  and facial to achieve that youthful glow.  I need a radiant skin for my Boracay trip on April 29-May 4, 2018.

As a journalist and spa detective, I know that I have to give my honest opinion (based from my own experience) and it is my obligation to provide you also with facts and helpful information.  I will start this year of comprehensive reviews of different spas.  My aim here is to suggest and recommend treatments suited for the readers and also to warn them if ever the service is terrible.

Here is the tentative list of the spas that I will review this 2018.

1. Golden Leaf Health Spa (Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal)

This weekend, I will have my review of Golden Leaf Health Spa located in Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal.  I have learned that they have a wet area and that’s quite interesting.  Other spas don’t have jacuzzi and they have a plus point for that.  I still have to check whether their service is excellent and the place is well maintained and of course— a relaxing ambiance.  I have to see and experience for myself.  If you see posts of Golden Leaf Health Spa in Instagram, TBIP Facebook Page and here in WordPress until April 2018, it seems I found the perfect spa for me.

2.  Chi, The Spa at Edsa Shangri-la (Ortigas Center, Pasig)

We have booked a suite for my daughter’s birthday celebration in Edsa Shangrila on April 19, so this is the opportunity for me to hit their fitness center and experience their spa.  I will update you guys if it’s worth the money or just a waste of time.

3.  Terra Wellness Spa (Boracay)

I already booked myself for their Beauty and Bliss (massage and facial package) on May 3.  I am quite curious if Terra Wellness is comparable to Tirta Spa so I might as well try to find out.

4.  Tirta Spa (Boracay)


I’ve been here last summer and so far, it was the best that I have visited.  During that time though, I had their massage and Biodroga facial.  This time, I would like to try the body scrub and their wet area.

This post will be updated for additional spas that I will be visiting for the entire year.  Since this a review, please expect that i will have my HONEST opinions featuring positive and negative feedback about their service.

Long Weekend Bonding: A Review of the Linden Suites

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I have modified my Valentine’s Day plan since we have a long weekend for the Chinese New Year on February 16, so I just decided to book for an overnight stay in a hotel.  In blogs and reviews that I have read, Discovery Shores Boracay is often compared to The Lind Boracay so I am quite curious about this property.  If DSB has Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, the Lind has the Linden Suites.  Last October, we have already spent our wedding anniversary in Discovery Suites, so for the Post Valentine Celebration, I have settled to the Linden Suites.  I booked a one-bedroom suite via for about P5,00 inclusive of taxes.

My excitement was replaced with disappointment when we have reached the hotel’s lobby.  It wasn’t what I expected–I was visualizing the same large lobby as what they have in Discovery Suites.  There weren’t enough chairs for the people and while I was on queue for the check-in, my hubby and kids were standing and after about 20 minutes, they were able to find vacant seats.  It took me about 30 minutes or more to check in (which was another disappointment 😦 ) When finally it was my turn, I was pleased with the professionalism of the receptionist.  She asked for my ID and the credit card that I used in booking.  She has explained clearly why we need to give a security deposit of P2,000 which can be refunded upon check out.  She also explained about the rules of the hotel.


Upon checking in, we got 2 keycards (for the elevator and room) , 1 power card, the WIFI password details good for 2 devices and 2 breakfast coupons.

When we got our keycards, we waited for few minutes AGAIN for the elevator.  Our one bedroom suite was located in Tower 2 and our assigned suite number was 2107.  When we opened the door, I was quite pleased because the room was spacious.


I liked the kitchen–it is already complete with almost everything that you need.  You can cook there- no need to bring pans and other utensils.  They have provided liquid soap and soap dish, but there is no sponge.

What I like about Linden Suites is that they permit the guests to hold parties inside the room/suite but the limit of the number of guests is only up to 15 and they need to leave before 11pm.


Our living room has a small sofa and working table ideal for small family.


In the dining area, we have a welcome fruit plate and a complimentary tumbler courtesy of the hotel.  I was appreciative and thankful, but I couldn’t help but to compare with Discovery Suites.  With the latter, we were able to feel at home and special because they have carefully done their research.  There was a welcome banner, dessert and more freebies.


A hotel stay is not complete without COFFEE, so I was thankful enough for these basic freebies (but I was not impressed).


Anyway, we enjoyed our spacious bedroom.  The kids rested for a while while we have scrutinized every detail of the suite.


The floor was carpeted so even if our kids were super hyper, they were safe.


This is our Post Valentine Date, so we just decided not to go out and just enjoy the room and other facilities.


There were two closets equipped with ironing board and iron (a plus for me!), but we were not able to use it during our stay.  We just noticed that there were only 1 bathrobe and 1 pair of slippers.  The one-bedroom suite is supposed to be for two people so they should have provided supplies for two.  I just let hubby used the slippers since we brought sandals with us.


What I liked most about our stay is the spacious bathroom.  Literally, you can sleep inside! It was really convenient because there is enough room for you to change and there is even a vanity inside.  This is my ideal bathroom– so far, one of the best bathrooms alongside with Estacio Uno Boracay Seaside Suite.


The free toiletries




Seeing the view made me realize that we shouln’t waste our time and we should enoy, enjoy and enjoy!


In my trips, most of the time, I bring my kids because BONDING with them is a very important moment that I have to treasure.  My daughter Shane loves to swim so she was looking forward to our swimming time.


When i told her that we were going to swim, she immediately changed in her swimming outfit!

The indoor pool was located on the 9th floor inside the Health Club.  You need to sign first in the reception area and you will be given towels to use.  To my dismay, the pool was crowded with people 😦





We went to the jacuzzi first since the pool was crowded with guests, but Shane immediately jumped to the pool.






I didn’t swim in the swimming pool and just stayed in the jacuzzi.



After few minutes, hubby and Bruce tried the swimming pool.





It was bonding time for hubby and our four-year old son Bruce.  It was pretty obvious they have enjoyed the temperature-controlled swimming pool.



We didn’t notice that it was past 6pm already and we decided to just go back to our suite.  My plan was to head to the gym right after swimming, but since we wasted more or less 30 minutes waiting for the elevator, I just cancelled my plan.  I was planning also to go to their spa, but was disappointed because they do not offer body scrub. (Body scrub is what I was looking for to get ready for my summer-ready skin )


Out of desperation, we were about to use the stairs to reach the 21st floor but then the elevator door opened, and when we were able to reach our suite, we were already exhausted of standing and waiting.  We just opted to have room delivery service from the Happy Chef.


While watching TV and waiting for the food, Shane offered me a mug of coffee. (How sweet!)


We ordered Margarita pizza for P395 and Chicken a la Pobre for P355.  We loved the pizza but the chicken was too pricey.


We slept early because we would like to enjoy more of the hotel.  I brought my lappy with me but I wasn’t able to use it– I had my beauty rest instead.


We woke up at 4:30am.  Hubby and I had coffee and planned how we are going to spend the rest of the morning in Linden Suites.


I thought of going to the gym since I wasn’t able to go there the previous night due to the elevator problem.  Bruce was also sleeping at that time, so we just asked Shane to look after him while we were working out.


And yes, we were ready to hit the gym!


At 6am, we were already in the gym and yay! We had the gym only to ourselves!  That’s what I really like–PRIVACY 🙂


Well, it wasn’t big as the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  I was looking forward to use the jacuzzi and the sauna in their female wet area right after working out.


Working out with sweetie 🙂










After working out, I went to the restroom and asked if I can use the sauna.  UNFORTUNATELY, they haven’t prepared it yet 😦  There was no jacuzzi also in the female’s wet area.  The jacuzzi was in the indoor pool, so another X for me 😦


There were locker rooms and the shower area is quite old and worn out– it needs remodelling.  For a spa and beauty blogger like me, it would be a PLUS if the hotel has convenient and modern amenities like the gym and spa, but I wasn’t pleased with the female wet area and the spa services.


We peeked in the indoor pool area and was tempted to have a dip in the pool while it was not crowded yet.


We decided to have our breakfast first becaise we have sensed that the restaurant will be crowded also at that time.  When we reached the suite, Bruce was still sleeping, so we took advantage of the time to enjoy the hot tub bath.


After the hot bath, we got ready for the breakfast buffet.




The Happy Chef is located in the 2nd floor.  Our room rate includes the breakfast buffet already except for Shane. (We paid P275 for her.)


As what we were expecting, we waited for about 20 minutes outside and the reason for this is because they have small space for their restaurant and limited choices of food.  I didn’t bother to feature their food because there’s nothing much to show.




I just had garlic rice, chicken adobo, chicken hotdogs, chocolate cupcake, pancake with choco syrup, choco flake cereals and a slice of chocolate cake for dessert.  I had a cup of hot choco but I didn’t like the taste 😦


After the breakfast, we went to the 14th floor, so we used the bridgeway to Tower 2.




It was time to go back to the suite and get ready to check out.   While we were preparing our things, Bruce was having his hot bath in the tub.


So, there…  my final selfies before we go.


I got a call from the reception 30 minutes before the check out time, reminding me about their standard time of check out which is 12nn.  We left the suite before 12nn and as usual, the same scenario… crowded lobby.


Hehehe, I realized I couldn’t compare it to Discovery Suites because they are NOT comparable– with the personalized service, professionalism, and the modern facilities/amenities.  Well, at least, we wouldn;t know if we haven’t experienced to stay there.

Would I recommend this to a friend who is also very particular with quality service like me? NO.

The Linden Suites

TEL: (632) 638 7878

Balance Lifestyle Fitness- An Excellent Option

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I thought it was a smart decision to sign up with Fitness First, but after few months of being a member, I really feel that it wasn’t worth it.  I would like to make it crystal clear that it’s not the club’s fault– it was MY FAULT for having that impulse decision.  First of all, though the rate is reasonable enough (@ Php 2,300 per month), I couldn’t manage to have that unlimited session since I am a very busy person, and I’m also struggling to make it at least once per month so it’s just a waste of money!

If only I have gotten the reply from The Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club earlier, I wouldn’t have come up with this decision.  I inquired online before I signed up for Fitness First, but I got no reply so I took the opportunity to visit the club before my press trip that day.  Oh well, the only thing that I can do is to head there if I have the time so I could make use of what I paid for.

Yesterday, I inquired in their website again, and I was surprised to hear from Mr, Arem Ignacio, the club’s Lifestyle Supervisor.  He sent me the rates via email and if I will compare, the rates are the same in Fitness First if you will be a walk-in guest.  For P500 per visit, you can use the gym and their wet area including the sauna room, steam bath room and the jacuzzi.  Aside from that, you can also use their swimming pool.

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The jacuzzi

This is what I’m looking for in a fitness club– a jacuzzi wherein I could enjoy the warm water.  That is not available in other fitness clubs.

balance lifestyle receptionists

The downside in choosing crowded fitness clubs like Fitness First is that they have too many clients to give you some time (though if you approach the trainers, they will assist you).  In my experience in our staycation in Discovery Suites last October 2017, I was spoiled by the two receptionists.  I wasn’t able to use the workout machines because I forgot to bring my rubber shoes, but they suggested that I should use their wet area.  They assisted me from the time I put my things in the locker and served as my human timer.  After 15-20 minutes, they come to me and inform me that it’s time to go to sauna and steam bath area as they know that I had to be in the photoshoot at the Serendipity Lounge on time.  

yman machines discovery suites

Next time when I get back, I will use their modern workout equipments/machines (as what I have told Mr. Ignacio, I would just drop by as a walk-in guest because I still have an existing contract with Fitness First for 18 months.  After sweating out, I will head to the wet area.

lockers balance fitness

The lockers are modern as well.  No need for old-style keys, you just use the bracelet with sensor and presto— the locker door will open.

vanity area balance

shower balance

At Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club, there are also toiletries that the guests and club members can use.  I was impressed!  The shower rooms are also clean.

slippers balance

There are also pair of slippers that you can borrow while you are in the female’s area.

pool discovery suites

What I like from this is that you can take a swim first before heading to the fitness club.  Of course, with the same rate of P500, I would go for Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  There, you are not locked in a contract.  You may choose to be a walk-in guest or a club member (monthly, quarterly or semi-annual or annual package).  For busy persons like me, I would suggest to just avail the walk-in rate.

I am still super busy but I know I will be back soon and I am looking forward to that pleasant experience again.





My V-Day 2018 Plans

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It’s LOVE month and YES, I am already planning for a perfect way to celebrate Valentine.  It doesn’t have to be on that day as I know that it would be a rush ( I go home before 8pm and I had to wake up early to do some paperworks in school for the following day 😦 )  I actually reserved online for a buffet dinner at Vikings SM Marikina on the 14th but hubby was able to convince me to cancel it.  So, I just thought of buying simple takeout foods and cake for family dinner.

Instead of spending it in Vikings, I thought of just booking a one-bedroom suite in The Linden Suites on February 16, 2018 since it’s a looooooong weekend that day (Chinese New Year).  Spending it with hubby is romantic, but spending the LOVE month with the kiddos will be sweeter.

So, how can you surprise your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day (or even that week)?

  1.  Ordering food is acceptable especially if both of you are so busy, but if you have the time, your partner will appreciate it if you will be the one to personally prepare it for him/her.  If you have the time, though, a romantic dinner in a restaurant would be cool.

2.  A movie date sounds good also 🙂 (I will try to squeeze some time with hubby on                 the 14th, probably a post Valentine movie date will be possible.

3.  A good massage or spa treatment would also be sweet.  Soulscape Spa offers a                     special treat to couples this LOVE month.  For 1.5 hours, you and your other half                 can enjoy their signature Anti-Stress massage plus a bonus 30 minute foot reflex                 for only P1430.00.

4.  Hit the gym/fitness center with your special someone.  Since Feb, 16 is a holiday, I               will see if I can bring hubby to Fitness First in the morning, before we go to The                   Linden Suites in the afternoon.

5.  If you can afford, you may purchase something special for your  special someone.              In my case, my gift for him is QUALITY TIME not only for him but for our kids.

Whatever present or no matter how you celebrate the V day with your special someone, it’s your present that matters and how you were able to make him/her feel that he/she is special.

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Last Weekend Accomplishments (Jan 2018)

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Last week, I wrote about my weekend plans and it’s more on the beauty and destressing sessions.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go the fitness club because of my busy chedule.  I have signed up for an 18-month membership contract with Fitness First, but now I’ve ralized that it’s totally a waste of time and money.  It’s good enough if I will be able to squeeze a once per week visit to the club, but this January, I only visited twice.  It could have been better if I just purchased a treadmill so I can work out at home– but the thing is that I do not have enough money to buy one yet.  My PT suggested that I should downgrade my plan after 6 months so that my expenses will be reduced as well.

As for the destressing session, I was scheduled for the relaxing Volcanic Hot Stone Massage last Friday, so it was a perfect TGIF Spa Day for me 🙂




After the stressful week, everybody deserves to have a Soulscape Destressing session.  The moment I entered the reception area, I felt at home already. (Special thanks to the accommodating receptionists Ella & Rose).  I think they have an idea already that I missed the sauna session last time so they asked me if I wanted a sauna and hot shower.  Because I know that one of sauna’s benefits is to cleanse the skin, I was too excited to head in the sauna area.  After few minutes, Ms. Shine (the assigned therapist) led us the Couple VIP Room.    I took a selfie first before taking a hot shower.


Inside the bathroom where toiletries are available for the clients


I felt relaxed with the heat inside the sauna for 10 minutes.  After that, I drank the cold water and wiped my face with the cold towel.  When we went back to the room, Ms, Shine prepared and heated the stones for my treatment.  Volcanic Hot Stone Massage is different from the other types of massages because it requires skill in handling the stones.  In most cases, not all therapists are skilled with the Hot Stone Massage because they are scared in holding the hot stones.  Fortunately, Ms. Shine is good and very professional with this kind of massage.

While she was heating the stones, I was informed that she won’t put the stones directly in my skin as there is a tendency for it to be burned and damaged.  She started with a back massage that includes a little stretching and I savored every moment of it.  It was a total relief to feel the hot stones in every part of my body including in between the toes and my fingers as well.

According to my therapist, Ms. Shine, the benefits of hot stone massage is to help with the blood circulation, relieve stress and promote sleep.  At the last part of the treatment, when she was massaging my head with oil, I fell asleep but she woke me up after she has finished with the massage.  She knew probably that I might be able to spend until morning there and they need to close at 2am.  (Revelation:  At home, I got a good night sleep and was able to wake up the following day at past 7am already!) 


After trying various kinds of massages, I should say that Volcanic Hot Stone Massage is one of my favorites along with the Soulscape Signature Anti-Stress Massage.

After getting dressed up, I was offered a glass of warm water and a piece of cookie.



I felt relaxed after the treatment

For those who would like to book for a 90 minute Volcanic Hot Stone Massage for only P799 @ Soulscape Marcos Highway, you may call 0906 328 5939.

After my destressing session with Soulscape, my weekend wasn’t complete without my hair treatment and foot spa.  I wasn’t comfortable with my hair because it was totally damaged and very dry.  When I visited David’s Salon, my stylist wasn’t there but they accommodated me and I wasn’t informed that my hair couldn’t be rebonded at this time yet, but we can have a Keratin treatment.  Because I was too desperate, I had the 1 1/2 hour hair treatment.



While waiting,  I had foot spa with pedicure (P550) and manicure (P180).


My daughter Shane also had a haircut for her new look for P250.


David’s Salon’s Hair Keratin treatment is P4500 and it comes with a free Keratin Masque that you can use to maintain your hair (twice a week use is advised).

Note:  This February, I will feature some interesting things to do with your other half or sweetheart.  Watch out for my next post about my Valentine Date with hubby.  Ta-ta and Happy Feb-ibig month!



Mom and Daughter’s Spa Date @ Soulscape Marcos Highway

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Who says that only adults need a break from the busy schedule?  Have you thought that kids deserve a destressing session too?  Yes, like us– they also get exhausted from the activities in school and just like the way we wanted to treat ourselves, they also deserve a pampering session at the spa.   A week prior my “spa day” , my daughter was not feeling well and after the stressful exams she had, I thought it was the perfect time for her to relax and have a Kiddie massage.    In this post, I will share about our mother and daughter bonding last Friday @ Soulscape Spa (Marcos Highway branch).

The moment that we have reached the reception and were greeted by the gorgeous staff (Ella and Rose), I can feel Shane’s excitement.  She used to accompany me in my destressing sessions, but now it was the time for her to destress.  While they were preparing our VIP family room, we were given a glass of lukewarm water and a cup of hot tea.

It’s good to know that it was SHINE, who was assigned to us again.  I felt comfortable with her in my last treatment, and as what I have expected, she made us feel comfortable.  She led us to the footwash area where Shane’s feet were washed.

After the soothing footwash, we were escorted to our VIP Family room.  It has 3 single beds and has its own bathroom.  As usual, I loved the ambiance and the privacy that we had in the room.   Before the treatment, I enjoyed few minutes first by just taking selfies before I wear that black silk Soulscape robe.

Everything that you need is already there in the bathroom imcluding cotton buds, handwash and moutwash so I felt really comfortable and at home 🙂  After prepping up, I had the Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Hair Treatment first followed by the Coffee Body Scrub and Collagen Face Mask.  In my previous post, I have mentioned about the benefits of Collagen Face Mask, that’s why I always include this in my beauty routine.


Coffee Body Scrub

Because summer is fast approaching, part of my preparation is having a flawless skin, so I have included this in my beauty routine too.  I decided to try the Coffee Body Scrub because aside from the fact that I was curious, I am also a coffee lover.  No wonder that during the treatment I was awake because of its aroma.  It has the same effect as the Kojic Salt Scrub– Aside from being a stimulant and anti-oxidant, it also helps in the blood circulation, exfoliates, smoothen,  and gives a youthful glow to the skin.  After the treatment, I enjoyed the hot shower and when I came out of the bathroom, Shane was already having her Kiddie massage.  (I totally forgot to go to the Sauna room because I didn’t want to miss Shane’s Kiddie massage).  


After our treatment, Shane felt better and energized and I felt refreshed and rejuvenated.  It was actually one of the best bonding that we had aside from eating and swimming.  I recommend that you should try this too!


hot towel and a glass of lukewarm water after the massage


With Shine, our therapist

For those who would like to treat their kids to a 60-minute Kid’s massage for only P249, you may head to Soulscape Spa (in Marcos Highway or Maria Clara, QC).  Aside from ala carte services, they also have interesting packages in their Facebook Page.  Call them in advance to book as they have many clients especially during weekends.


3rd Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza Bldg., # 1 Marcos Highway, San Isidro, Cainta, Rizal

697-1868 or 0906-3285939

717-9783 or 244-4350 (Ma. Clara branch)