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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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 🙂

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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)

 

TBIP’s Microtel Baguio Review 2017

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When we go to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we always pass by Microtel Inn & Suites in Upper Session Road.   I couldn’t help but to notice the cute blue structure next to Te Quiero Tapas & Bar Restaurant and Victory Liner.  It was just recently that I discovered that there is a shortcut from Te Quiero leading to Victory Liner Bus Terminal.

We traveled last month via Joy Bus because I thought that Victory Liner doesn’t have De Luxe so I didn’t bother to check.  (That was actually my fault!)  From the drop off point, we had to get a cab to bring us to the hotel (which was more of a hassle).  I was contacted by the reservations staff few days before we travel and I told them that our arrival will be around 9am, but because we had the non-stop bus, we have reached Baguio City at 7:30am.  There were no available rooms yet so I just settled the full payment and we just left the luggages in the front desk.  After few hours of strolling in Burnham Park and Botanical Garden, we went back at 1pm and luckily, we got a room. 

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Because we were dead tired when we checked in, I wasn’t able to take photos of our 2 Queen Beds Room.  As the name already describes, the room has two queen beds and a daybed.  I inspected the bathroom– it was ok, there were free toiletries but the shampoo was too small and obviously it wasn’t enough for all of us there.  I couldn’t help but to compare it to the other hotels we’ve checked in before.  If there is a kid or another person, he or she would be included in the toiletries.  On Day 1, we only had two toothbrushes.  We just bought another one in a pharmacy near the hotel the following morning.

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On our Day 2, we left the room unorganized, with towels, clothes and pairs of shoes everywhere, but to our surprise, when we came back, it was clean.  Hehehe, I just noticed that we left the sign on the table (we didn’t do that on a purpose but thanks to the staff!).  Also, they placed a new small bottle of shampoo and two boxes of toothbrush and replaced the towels.  (Too late because we already bought another toothbrush and sachets of shampoo and conditioner because I didn’t like the scent of their shampoo).

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Unlimited Coffee

If there is one thing that I like with Microtel aside from its very convenient location is that they have free flowing cofee in the lobby.  There is also a hot/cold water dispenser so you don’t have to spend much in buying bottled water.  Another thing, even if Baguio has already a cool weather, they still have airconditioning in the rooms.  In the other hotels, they do not have aircons anymore– they only provide fans.

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Mang Domeng, our private driver and tour guide in Day 3

If you will go out, taxi drivers are already waiting outside the hotel to drop you where you will go.  If there is none, the guard will help you look for one.  Unfortunately, it was peak season when we visited so it was seldom that we find a cab outside the hotel.  We were able to book Mang Domeng in our Baguio Day 3 Tour because he gave us his contact number the day when we arrived.

The room rate is quite reasonable already @ P3,300 per night with free breakfast.  (My review about Te Quiero will be in a separate post).

In our last night in Baguio, I found out that my booking with Joy Bus didn’t get through, so in my pajamas, we went to Victory Liner to purchase tickets.  There were many people on queue, but we patiently waited for our turn, and ALAS!  After an hour and few minutes, around 1 pm, it was already our turn and luckily, we were able to book bus tickets to Cubao at 9:50 am.

The check out was a breeze, the staff were efficient and we even got luggage help from the room to the bus station.  How convenient it was!

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If you plan to have a Baguio trip, I recommend Microtel Inn & Suites, however; there are things that they need to improve:

  1.  Give enough toiletries (shampoo and conditioner please!)
  2.  Provide iron and ironing board in the rooms.  My clothes were crumpled in my bags.
  3. One closet isn’t enough for 2 adults (probably that will work for others, but I was the only one to utilize the closet.  Hubby and my kid used their bags in storing their clothes.
  4. Consider having a fitness center and spa in the hotel.

These are just minor things, but if they will consider, it will give them a higher rating.   Other than that, no more complains— we LOVE Microtel Baguio and we will definitely be back!

MICROTEL INN & SUITES BAGUIO

Upper Session Road, Baguio City

(074) 619 3333

https://www.microtel-baguio.com

 

 

TBIP’s Relaunch @ 2018

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Happy New Year, everybody!  Let us welcome 2018 with GOOD VIBES and with that, I would like to share with you some achievements I had in 2017 and updates for TBIP’s relaunch on April 30, 2018.

2017″s HIGHLIGHTS

1.  TBIP’s NAME

Since I started blogging 11 years ago, I’ve been using different websites and different names, but in 2017, I finally decided to stick with WordPress and change MY BARBIE WORLD to THE TRAVEL BLOGGER IN PINK.

2.  ONGOING BEAUTY ROUTINE

With my stressful work as an educator and blogger, I was able to establish my beauty routine.  Thanks to Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge Marcos Highway and Nailaholics Spa & Nail Salon Metroeast Branch.

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3.  SUCCESSFUL BAGUIO PRESS TRIP

TBIP continues to share various contents to our followers and readers.  Though, there were changes with my original Baguio itinerary, it was still successful.  Big thanks to the following:

  1.  Belfrei Spa (CJH Branch)
  2.  JIC Baguio English Academy
  3.  Baguio Red Station
  4.  Le Vain Bakery
  5.  Cafe Lusso
  6.  Samgyeop Pocha Korean Restaurant
  7.  Sage Cafe
  8.  Route 55

 

TBIP’s RELAUNCH

On October 30, 2018, TBIP will have its formal relaunch @ Mama’s Fish House (beachfront) in Diniwid Beach, Boracay Island.  We will have live IG and FB coverage and exclusive posts about this event.

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To celebrate this, PRASHANT SPA (A Tirta Spa Brand) offers 40% of their rates to the spectators since that will be open to everyone as this will be held in the beachfront of Diniwid beach (Laboracay week).  We will distribute the brochures on the said event.  You may also send a message to jasmine@thetravelbloggerinpink so I can send you the coupon and brochure.

We hope to see you there on our special event.  For collaborations or if you would like to take part in our event, please shoot me a quick email.

 

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Coffee Craving Satisfied @ Cafe Lusso

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I included Cafe Lussoin my 4-day itinerary in my Baguio press trip last year.  I was quite curious why people have considered it as one of the best coffee shops in the City of Pines, and I had to find out why.

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Cafe Lusso is located at Ecco One Bldg., Gen. Luna Road cor.  Assumption Rd., Baguio City.  The cafe caters mostly to students and professionals who would just like to hang out, work quietly, and have a cup of coffee.  The ambiance sets a homey feeling that would make you feel comfy and at ease when you are in the cafe.

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As a coffee lover, my day won’t be complete without having a cup of coffee.  Though that day, I just had a cup of cappuccino in Le Vain Bakery, there was an urge for me to try their coffee at Cafe Lusso; unfortunately, their hot drinks were not available so I just had cold Cafe Mocha.

Cafe Lusso has become very popular not only because of the homey ambiance but with the coffee and meals that they offer.  Yes- you read it right!  Customers do not just go crazy over their coffee but their meals as well (pasta, bingsu, breads and pastries by Le Vain bakery).

 

 

According to the staff, here are the best sellers that you should try:

Frappe:  Strawberry Mint @ P138

                Cookies & Cream @ P123

Meals:  Honey Bread – P99

               Pasta Alfredo or Pesto + Drink @ P169

 

 

I highly recommend this cafe to everybody.  Eveyrthing is quite perfect especially if they will renovate the place but I loved the classic look (Just minor renovation will do).  

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Ecco One Bldg., Gen. Luna Road cor.  Assumption Rd., Baguio City. 

 

 

JIC Baguio- A World-Class English Academy in the Philippines

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There are different countries that offer online and on-site ESL, IELTS assistance and TESOL certification and I never thought that Philippines would be one them– not until I have learned about JIC English Academy in Baguio City.  I had the chance to have a tour in their academy in my Baguio press trip last month.

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JIC Baguio is situated at 73 Del Nacia Apt., Upper West Camp 7, Baguio City.  Outside, it looks small, but when you enter the property, you will see the buildings with different facilities and dorm as well.  They have two main buildings:  the PS/IELTS Center and the IB Center.

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It’s not just a tutorial center.  JIC Baguio is an English academy with different amenities

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THE IB (Intensive Basic) CENTER

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The PSI Center (Power Speaking -IELTS)

(The two photos above are courtesy of JIC Baguio English Academy)

In my quick tour in their academy, I was really impressed with how the President, Mr. Leo Im and his staff has managed to make JIC Baguio as competitive as the other international schools are concerned. 

Here are the different reasons also why JIC Baguio is now considered as a world-class English Academy:

  1.  They have learning facilities like the study area (free from distractions) where the students can have self-study and the CNN room where they can do their research during their vacant time.
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the study area

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the CNN room

2.  They have different classrooms suited for different number of students (a cubicle type and medium to large classroom) equipped with the learning materials that they have personally developed.

 

3.    They have one-on-one and group classes handled by professional and certified English teachers who teach American and British conversation classes.    The students don’t just learn English, but they also get to meet other foreign students.  (80% of the students are Koreans– the rest are Japanese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Thais and Chinese)

4.  They have amenities like the court where they can play outdoor games and gym where the students can have their daily workout and burn calories.

 

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the gym

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5.  They implement the CHALLENGER PROGRAM which is very effective in enhancing the communication skills of the students.  In JIC Baguio, the students will pay P500 if they speak in vernacular.  I have adapted this technique in my English classes– everytime my students speak a Filipino/Tagalog word, they have to pay P3.00. I can see that the students are improving and they try to speak English. In less than a week, I have noticed that my students became confident of themselves even if most of the time they are not grammatically correct.

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6.  They have different type of rooms in the dormitory where the students can stay (single to 4 pax).  Each room is already furnished with sofa set and television.  It has a  kitchen where the students can cook their own food.  It also has a refrigerator where you can stock cold drinks and preserved foods.  It has single type beds and closet where they can place their clothes.

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7.  They provide customized classes or courses depending on the students’ needs.  After the assessment, the length of the program will be determined.   Interesting programs include the following:

a.  Working Holiday Program

This is for the students who would like to travel in Australia, Canada and New Zealand and develop their communication skills (speaking and writing) in preparation for employment.

b.  Internship Program (Part of the WH Program)

– Barista Program Internship at Cafe Lusso (The students will be equipped with everything they have to learn about coffee and hands-on training).

– Tour Guiding (The students will be trained how to mingle with different nationalities with Tour Guiding essentials and problem-solving skills.

– Volunteer Work (such as medical mission, feeding program, donation events and tree planting)

8.  They have a cafeteria that prepares nutritious meals for the students.  They have schedule of meals prepared in advance but students can also request their preferred meals.

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The mini store where the students can buy snacks and beverages

Here are some photos of our tour in the academy. (Photos are courtesy of JIC Baguio)

Thank you, JIC Baguio for accommodating TBIP.  In my next Baguio press trip (probably next year-2019) , I am planning to have a documentary blog/vlog about two topics:  how it feels to be a student in JIC (I will attend a class and will live in the dorm) and will teach as well.

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For more information about their courses and fees here are their contact details:

JIC Baguio English Academy

73 Del Nacia Apt., Upper West Camp 7, Baguio City

Website:  http://www.baguiojic.com

FB pagehttp://www.facebook.com/baguiojic

Phone Number:  +63 74 442 5970 (Main office)

Vice President:  +63 936 936 1833 

Marketing Consultant:  +63 995 463 0730

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!