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 screening@smarttutee.net.

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!

 

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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).

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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.

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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.

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the vanity

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the shower area

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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.

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Oats and Milk Body Scrub

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ms. Hazel

MY VERDICT:

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?

GOOD POINTS

  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.

GOLDEN LEAF HEALTH SPA

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

0917-3323378

 

 

 

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.

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 🙂

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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.

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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!) 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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hot towel and a glass of lukewarm water after the massage

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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.

SOULSCAPE SPA & WELLNESS  LOUNGE

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)

 

The Best Spas I’ve Visited in 2017

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One of the things that I include when I travel is not only to discover about interesting activities to do, places to eat and hang out, but also a spa that you can recommend to my readers.  I know that most of us have a busy schedule and we need to squeeze our precious time to destress.  In 2017, I have discovered four of the best spas in the Philippines.  Please take note that I do not recommend all the spas that I have visited.  I may probably post some photos or videos, but to recommend or feature the spa or  service is something that I am careful of.    I do not want to mislead the public with false information– so when I recommend something, I believe that it would be beneficial to the other customers as well.

(The sequence of the numbers are not according to the ranking, but to the first one that I have visited.

  1.  TIRTA SPA (April 2017)

Sitio Malabunot, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, 5608

https://www.tirtaspa.com/

 

How can I forget about my summer escapade in paradise?  Tirta Spa made me feel like a queen when I visited Boracay.  From the moment I enter their gates til I hear the sound of the gongs announcing my arrival, and the professionalism of the front desk officer, Rose,  when she welcomed me with a glass of calamansi drink prepared personally by the owner’s mother, I was mesmerized and flabbergasted.  Not only the sight of their impressive architectural design, luxurious villas, classy Asian furnitures, relaxing ambiance and awards of excellence are the proofs why Tirta is the best spa in Boracay Island– it is their excellent service to their clients.

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Tirta’s professional therapists

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I had their Anti-time Facial and body massage for 2.5 hours.  My therapist, Ms. Lady started with the foot wash ritual.  She explained to me about the products that she will use prior the treatment.  I left the spa with an incredible feeling and even my family members noticed the different glow in my skin.

2.  Z SPA (November 2017)

2/F Ace Hotel, Brixton cor. United St., Pasig City

I was really impressed with the cleanliness and elegant furnishings that Z Spa has.  The place is very spacious- 400 plus square meters with VIP and common rooms.   I had the Swedish massage and Coco Body Scrub in their VIP room. The room had clean beds, TV, with own bathroom (with private Sauna room, bath tub and shower.

 

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What can you ask for? I have totally enjoyed everything that I almost forgot about the time.

INTERESTING THINGS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

1. The owner, Ms. Chat, personally prepares the apple cucumber welcome drinks.

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2.  Ms. Chat personally makes sure that the therapists are really good.  They have the simulation test wherein she acts as the client.  If you can’t please her, you won’t be a good therapist– so in order to be one of the Z Spa attendants, you should pass her standards.

3.  Ms. Chat is very particular with the cleanliness of the spa.  She personally checks if the rooms are clean.

4.  They use all-natural products and NO MINERAL OILS.

When I visited, they just opened the spa so I think they have added more services now.  The underarm whitening is something that it quite interesting.  You should try that.

3.  SOULSCAPE SPA Marcos Highway (December 2017)

2/F The Pinnacle Plaza, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

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Finally, I’ve discovered a classy spa near our location.  It’s very convenient to me because in just few minutes, I am already there.  Here are the different areas in their spa:

 

Soulscape is a part of my Christmas glow achievement and of my beauty routine to achieve my summer-ready skin and stress-free look this coming April.  These are the treatments I had in my visit last month.

  1.  The Minty Peppermint Anti-Dandruff Treatment

This is the one that I really need as of the moment because my hair is exposed to dirt.  After the spa treatment, at home, I noticed some white flakes fell on my clothes.  I found out that peppermint has this ability or should I say magic to drive away all the flakes in your hair and to maintain its shine.  Until Christmas, I got rid of the flakes, but when I travelled to Baguio City on the 27th, I noticed that it went back.  I think I have to include this hair treatment in my spa package everytime I visit Soulscape.

2.  Kojic Salt Body Scrub

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Kojic Salt Body Scrub

This is also a must in my list as I am obsessed to anti-aging treatments.  Aside from that effect, it also reduces stress and improves blood circulation.  They also have the coffee and gluta body scrub.

3.  Collagen Face Mask

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Of course, as part of the beauty routine my face needs to be smooth and younger looking as well– that is already included in my list.

4.  60-minute Anti-Stress Massage 

This should be included in your Create-A-Spa package once you have decided to book an appointment with them.  I will guarantee that you will be relaxed and destressed.

4.  BELFREI SPA BAGUIO 

2/F Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

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I have included this in my recent press trip to Baguio and I am very impressed with their service.  I travelled for almost 5 hours and we were hella stressed but it was all worth it.  The customers have to book ahead of time because have a large volume of customers waiting– no wonder why they have 2 branches.  The one I visited in Camp John Hay is the 2nd branch.  The one in SM Baguio is there for a decade already.

I had their Indulge Package (facial, foot spa and massage) because I was in a hurry.  Next time I go back to Baguio, there’s no way that I won’t be able to have that Belfrei Pamper package that includes the body scrub.

 

MY SPA HORROR STORY: (I opted not to give the name of the spa as it would be a mean thing to do.  This will serve as a warning the next time that you choose a spa for your destressing session).  

Not in all times, you will be relaxed when you are in a spa.  Be careful in attractive flyers and ads, when you actually reach the place, it’s like a haunted house and the service is even terrible.  The furnishings seemed filled with dirt and instead of soothing music, you will hear the laughter of the people.

I didn’t use the toiletries because those are yucky and the weird thing is that I didn’t feel relaxed after the massage.  Usually, after a massage i won’t be feeling any pain as what I have experienced in the spas i’ve mentioned above but this one, I felt I was beaten after.

I think they should have genuine concern for their clients because if they were satisfied, they would come back and recommend the service.  I actually have a dark spot here in my right cheek.  I think I got this after the pricking which I do not need at all because i do not have pimples at all.  Worst of all, the prices are quite expensive!  Make a thorough research before you visit a spa.  If you have seen one or two negative reviews, that’s the hint.  Don’t bother to waste your time.

This year, I will be featuring more posts about beauty secrets and I hope this blog post helped you in a way.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Rejuvenated @ Belfrei Spa (My Baguio 2017 Diary)

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When we arrived in Baguio City last week (December 27, 2017), I thought that everything will go according to plan; however, due to unavoidable circumstances, a scheduled trip has to be rescheduled.  And so, we had to be creative in making on-the-spot plans– we ended up at Botanical Garden, which we did not regret at all because we enjoyed the colorful flowers.  In the afternoon, after checking in and unpacking, we decided to go early so we can go to a cafe that we are going to feature, but then our stress began.  We couldn’t find any cab to take us there.  We just cancelled the appointment and luckily, we found a cab that took us to Camp John Hay.  Because we were also starving at that time, we asked the driver to drop us at the Filling Station ( which was filled to the rafters at that time) and ordered for pizza.  We waited for 40 minutes that seemed like eternity.  When the food arrived, I didn’t know exactly what the taste of pizza was.  I mean, everything that I tasted at that time (cardboard or wood) will be pleasant to my taste buds, hehe!

Belfrei Spa has two branches:  the other one is located in SM City Baguio (They are operating for a decade already) and the one I visited is in the 2nd floor of the Ayala Technohub at CJH.

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Belfrei Spa is at the 2nd Floor of the Ayala Technohub (atop Pizza Volante)

The place is quite small but very presentable and relaxing.  It is not a concomitant type that we usually admire (especially if you love spa like I do), but I actually loved the homey and native style of the spa.  The windows are made of the old style capiz shells with 6 small rooms and 4 chairs (for the facial and foot spa).  They have one common CR which is well-sanitized.  On the wall, the photos of some celebrities who availed their spa service were displayed.

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Ms. Joe (the supervisor) at the reception area

I was astounded by the number of clients who would like to avail the service.  I would understand that if I were in their SM Baguio branch were people are elbow-to-elbow.  I was expecting fewer people in CJH, but you have to book ahead of time because they have clients waiting on queue.   If you will analyze, it’s on the positive note– people are willing to wait because of the excellent service.

 

 

I was supposed to have the Belfrei Pamper Package (facial, foot spa, body scrub and body massage) but since it will consume more or less 3 hours, I just availed the Indulge Package (same inclusions minus the body scrub).  I had an appointment after the spa treatment that’s why we shortened the time, but at the end of the day, I regretted that decision.  I should have tried the body scrub as well 😦  The treatment lasted for 2 hours and it was perfect!

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The Indulge Package started with the facial and foot spa

 

Their therapists made each client feel relaxed.  It can be compared to Tirta Spa Boracay as far as service and the massage  is concerned.  I fell asleep because I was totally relaxed and recharged that night.   It was also the best foot spa I’ve ever had– after the stressful experience we had earlier, it was really worth it.  I finally understood why clients were willing to wait.

Well, it didn’t only end with my satisfied feet.  I felt totally rejuvenated after the massage.  The pressure was just right and I didn’t have body pain after.  So, when you are in Baguio City, there is only one spa that I recommend and that is Belfrei Spa.

BELFREI SPA

CJH:  2nd Floor Ayala Technohub, Camp John Hay, Baguio City

SM Baguio:  Upper Ground Floor, SM City Baguio

Mobile numbers:  0922-3980220/ 0917-6105538

https://www.facebook.com/bellfreispa/

 

 

Younger Look with Collagen Facial Mask

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Collagen is known as an anti-aging agent.  The good news is that it is available in beauty shops, department store and grocery stores.  You can have it your beauty cream or moisturizer or even include it in your drinks.  Yes, we couln’t avoid age spots and wrinkles, but we can do something to look younger.

One way of doing that is also by destressing, and I have my twice per month session in Soulscape Spa Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal.   Part of my beauty routine is not only the body scrub– I also included the Collagen facial mask.  Here are the benefits that you will get from this treatment:

1.  It reduces age lines and wrinkles.

2.  It reduces stretch marks and even out your skin tone.

3.  It reduces joint pains.

4.  It strengthens your nails and teeth.

5.  It improves not only your skin, but also your hair.

6.  It helps detox your body.

 

After the Collagen Facial Mask, I had a different glow.  It won’t be evident yet because I only had my first session last week, but I intend to have it twice per month to achieve the youthful glow this coming summer.  You will see whatever improvement I have with my skin as I regularly publish my photos in my social media accounts.

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Thank you to Shine, my therapist in this treatment

For those who would like to make an appointment for Collagen Facial Mask (P299)  in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge, you may call (0906) 328 5939.  They are open daily from 2pm to 2am.

 

 

 

Kojic Salt Body Scrub (Your Skin’s New BFF)

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It’s holiday season and we wanted to look young and fresh–it’s the perfect time to destress and give yourself a break.  In my Christmas Glow feature, part of the treatment I had in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge is the 90 minute Kojic Salt Body Scrub. I personally chose this because of its anti-aging and lightening effect on the skin.

Here are the reasons why I included BODY SCRUB  in my beauty routine:

  1.  It hydrates your skin, making your skin silky and smooth.
  2. It gives you a youthful glow
  3. It helps reduce stress
  4. It helps you get rid of old skin cells
  5. It releases toxins
  6. It improves blood circulation

There are three types of body scrub offered to me (coffee, cream and salt), but I settled for the Kojic Salt Body Scrub because my purpose that time is to have the Christmas glow.  Kojic Acid is known as an agent used to lighten and tighten skin, remove age spots and decrease the appearance of scars.  It exfoliates and regenerate new skin cells that help achieve that youthful glow (that is why it’s sometimes called the Anti-Aging Body Scrub).

 

For busy persons like me, I highly recommend that you should have at least twice per month destressing session like this or once a week if you can afford it.  Pampering yourself is one of the best gifts that you can give to your family— once you are stress-free, you can even work better and bond with them.

Note:  This post is brought to you by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.