Relaxation & Serenity @ Z Spa

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As promised, I will share about my experience in Z Spa last week.  I have chosen the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub as suggested by the owner, Ms. Chat.  Well, as the name suggests, it can give you a glowing effect on your skin.  We were ushered to our executive room with its own CR (with shower and bath tub) and sauna.  After I had the sauna for about lesst than 10 minutes, I took a quick shower.  The therapist, Karen, handed me a disposable T-back underwear and a towel.  

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For my Mother of Pearl Body Scrub

In the photo above, you will see the aloe vera, the coconut oil and the other one (I forgot what it’s called) for the foot reflex.  I was informed that all the ingredients used in their spa are all-naturals.  Unlike the other spas, they do not use mineral oil because it can make the skin very dry.

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Below is the video of our body scrub treatment.  I wasn’t able to take a photo of all the dead skin cells removed by Karen.  The Mother of Pearl Body Scrub is a whitening treatment, but of course do not expect quick results.  Yes, your skin will be lightened, but it won’t take long.  You need to have at least 2 sessions per month for your skin to achieve the best results.

 

 

After taking a hot bath in the tub, Shane and I had our foot wash and  my Swedish massage after. 

 

Their foot wash is something different compared to what we had in Discovery Shores last summer.  It was foamy and very relaxing.  

 

 

 

Because we were relaxed, we forgot that it was already 7pm, hihi!  You won’t get bored during your treatment because you have the option to turn on the TV in the room.  For those who would like to be relaxed, there’s a soothing music being played during the treatment.

I would recommend Z Spa because the place is really clean and the staff are very professional; however, I would appreciate it more if they would have the clients fill out the info sheet first before they start the treatment.  My therapist asked me if I have allergies or any sickness, but it would be better if they will have their own file as well.

Z Spa

2nd Floor, Ace Hotel and Suites, United cor. Brixton Streets, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Disclosure:  This post was made possible by Z Spa.  The opinions written here are from my own judgement and based from my own experience.

 

 

 

 

 

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My First PT Session @ Fitness First

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Yay!  So I finally signed up for  an 18 month membership with Fitness First.  Because I was really busy, I could only devote Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for my training.  Yesterday, I had my first PT session with Cath, my personal trainer.  It only lasted for an hour, but it felt good and I didn’t have body or muscular pains at all.  Even if there is, I am already motivated to have a drop-dead gorgeous beach-ready body this coming summer.  So, this is it!  I accept the fitness challenge and I swear, I will be able to tone down my muscles and legs and have a flat tummy by next year.

 

 

I am not really familiar with the exercises and workouts to do and later, I will have my second session to try out the other machines on my own.  After the session, I had a shower and tried their sauna bath.

Finally, I had coffee with my guest (my 13 year old son Kyle) who had a complimentary pass.  Every Friday, I have that kind of privilege. We had to wait for the mall’s opening because I had to shop for training outfits.  I will feature that on my next post.

 

The Alagao Salad @ Crescent Moon Cafe

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Crescent Moon Cafe located in Dalig, Antipolo is well-known for its one of a kind dishes served in their weekend lunch buffet and one of its renowned dishes is the Alagao Salad.  It’s like the usual salad station wherein you put the ingredients on top, but the difference with this one is that you put the ingredients (basil, dried coconut, chili, ginger, kamias, onion, shrimp and sweet peanut sauce) on the alagao leaf.  Hmimm, it it the first that you’ve heard of this appetizer?

 

 

The Alagao is one part of the Pito-pito (the combination of seven wonder herbs and seeds considered effective for lowering cholesterol and increasing blood circulation).  Yes, you have to eat this raw and fill it in with the ingredients and roll it like a lumpia.  In the video below, you will see how I create mine and my reaction when I tasted it.

 

 

 

 

 

I actually couldn’t describe the taste– the fusion of the sour, spicy and menthol-like tastes is very dominant in the crunchy leaf.  My Alagao wrap was more of sour because I put more kamias.  I recommend only having it once because if you had more, you might not be able to have appetite in trying the other dishes because of its strong taste.

Anyway, the Alagao Salad tasting is one of the highlights in my visit to Crescent Moon Cafe and it’s definitely one experience I couldn’t forget. Below is the contact number of Crescent Moon should you decide to try it.

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Introducing Z Spa: The Perfect Place to Destress in Metro Manila

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A day before my birthday I was given two special treats:  first was the discounted membership fee @ Fitness First and after a 20 -25 minutes ride from Robinsons Metroeast, I had a relaxing and destressing session in Z Spa.  It is located on the 2nd Floor of Ace Hotel & Suites in United cor. Brixton Streets, Pasig City.  They just opened this October that’s why most of you are not familiar with Z Spa yet.   The spa itself (with the area of 460 square meters) is well-maintained (literally spotless because the owner is very particular with cleanliness and hygiene).  The interior design is impressive as well.  The furnitures and home decors are made of  wood because it is associated with the meaning of Z in Zosima which is life.

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Upon entering, we were welcomed by their receptionist and after that, we waited in their lounge and we had our welcome drinks.  I have learned that it was the owner, Ms. Chat, who personally prepares the refreshing cucumber juice with ginger and lemon.

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I have chosen to have the Coco Body Scrub (for anti-aging) but after talking to Ms. Chat, I decided to have the Mother of Pearl Body Scrub (for whitening) instead.  I was actually intrigued because she told me that i will be amazed of the result.  (There will be a separate post  about my Z Spa Experience).

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There are two hallways.  The first one has De Luxe rooms for the Thai & Swedish Massage with a common CR and the other one has Executive rooms (with own CR, sauna, bath tub and shower area).

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This is the room for single person used for the Thai massage.

 

The De Luxe rooms for two and three persons

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The common CR

Below is our executive room (for two persons) where I had the body scrub.  Like the De Luxe Rooms, all rooms are also air-conditioned.   I liked the privacy and comfortability that we had.  We started the treatment at 3pm and because we were so relaxed, it ended at past 7pm.  My therapist, Karen, was very friendly and she made me feel comfortable.

 

 

 

For you to appreciate the place more,  I have here a video of the lobby.  It would be better though if you will visit in your free time and destress just like what I did!

 

 

Here are the services that they offer:

Thai Massage  (60 mins-P750) (90 mins-P1100) (120 mins P1300)

Swedish Massage  (60 mins-P850) (90 mins-P1200) (120 mins P1400)

 Foot Reflex (90 mins-P970) (120 mins P1250)

Body Scrub

Mother or Pearl Body Scrub (90 mins) P2200

Coco Body Scrub (90 mins) P2000

Underarm Whitening Treatment (Package of 6 sessions) 5 + 1  P6,800

This Underarm Whitening Treatment is soooooo interesting— honestly, I need this for my Boracay escapade this coming April 2018; however, another option is for you to have the body scrub at least twice per month to have a glowing effect in your skin.  Their slimming service is something also to be watched out for and they will offer it SOON.  The skin tightening service is quite interesting.  This is the perfect solution for those who are dying to have nice legs and arms this coming summer.  This is actually my problem, hihi!— once I have solved my problems with my weight, the problem is that my skin sags.

In Z Spa, all the therapists were professionally trained.  They have certificates from TESDA and had one month training from DOH.  One thing that I also like is that they are kid-friendly.  In fact, they allowed my daughter Shane to stay in my Executive room to watch cartoons, have a hot bath in the tub and a have a calming foot wash.

 

 

This is definitely worth a try!  To be pampered and relaxed, you may visit them and see for yourself.

Z Spa

2nd Floor Ace Hotel & Suites United cor. Brixton Avenues, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

http://myzspa.business.site/

0917 117 2428

 

Disclaimer:  This post was made possible by Z Spa but everything in this article is based from my own judgement and my ideas are not influenced by the management.

My New Chapter With Fitness First

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I never thought that I would actually be a member of Fitness First as I had plans before but I never pushed through with it.  I was reluctant before due to these factors:  time and the monthly fee.  I was motivated to pursue this when I stayed in Discovery Suites last month and was impressed with the Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club.  The membership fee is P5,000 per month (too expensive for me!) and it is located in Ortigas.  Definitely, it’s a NO-NO for a working mom like me with limited budget.  I just inquired in Fitness First Metroeast (located in Robinson’s Metroeast, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal).

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My appointment to speak with a representative was 10am.  We were there for about 2 hours for the consultation, tour and member orientation.  What I was waiting was the membership fee and monthly fee.  When I was informed that the monthly fee will just be P2,300, I thought that it’s already a good deal and I had to grab this opportunity; however, when Raymond (the one who handled my inquiry) told me that I need to settle a one-time payment amounting to P9k plus, I said NO.  It ended up with the P2,600 one time payment instead and the monthly fee of P2,300 which will be paid every first day of the month.

 

The purpose why I decided to join Fitness First is to have at least 3x per week training/workout.  I’m super busy with work, hobby and family that it’s really hard to squeeze some time for this— but this time, I am really determined to change my style and routine.  I would really like to lose weight and be physically fit.  For now, I would be allotting 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for this.  The good news is that I can bring a guest for free every Friday so hubby will be training with me.

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There are 4 sessions each with my Sports Rehabilitation Trainer (Cath) and my nutrionist whom I haven’t met yet.  My first day of training with Ms Cath will be on Friday (November 17, 2017) at 6:30am.  I am excited already!  Watch out for my next post about it (more pics and videos) . I am already shopping for training/exercise outfits but they are kinda expensive.

I have signed up for 18 months with Fitness First and I hope that I won’t regret doing it.  I have seen the equipments and quite impressive.  They have free classes daily as well and you can stay in the lounge area for free coffee.  The only thing that I do not like or they need to improve is their comfort room.  They have sauna but they do not have jacuzzi.  I hope in the future they will be considering that, but anyway this is the NEW chapter for me and as a membeer of this fitness club, all I have to do is to make the most out of my membership.

As of Nov. 12,2017 my weight is 59.7 kgs.  I swear this coming April, I will have a beach-ready body.  Til next post!

 

A Budget Beach Wedding in a Limited Time

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Hello, dear readers!  Yes, I am organizing a beach wedding in 5 months and take note– it doesn’t have to be extravagant as we have a limited budget for this.  I already have coordinated before with Estacio Uno for their wedding ceremony and reception package for P145k for 30 pax and another P15k for the pastor, but I’m thinking on having a DIY instead or having an affordable package somewhere else.  Having spectators in White Beach would be a good experience, but I have also considered having privacy  so I am considering Puka Beach and Diniwid Beach this time.

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As of this writing, I haven’t closed anything yet as I am still waiting for the hotels’ responses. I am considering The Orient Beach Hotel in Puka Beach and I am waiting for Wahine Weddings in Diniwid Beach.   I am positive that this month I can get the proper venue for the ceremony and reception and the other details will be easier to handle after I have ensured about this.  Remember, we can always find a better option and we need a lot of patience and persistence to do this.  Good luck to me!  If ever you can help, feel free to contact me.

Update:  I found White Beach Resort in Station 1 inexpensive; however, the date I have chosen is one of their busiest days as they are celebrating a big event during that time-the LABoracay.

I am still finalizing the details with Wahine Weddings in Diniwid Beach and we are getting there.  My next post about this will be on April 2018 (winks!).

Ethnic Musical Instrument Making Workshop @ Crescent Moon

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It was just recently that I have discovered Crescent Moon Cafe in Dalig, Antipolo.  What makes them distinct from the other cafes is not only the food they serve but they also offer different workshops.  One of the workshops that I was able to observe is their Musical Instrument Making Workshop facilitated by Sir Jose Vufourth, a Music teacher in HEDCEN Antipolo.   The fee to join is P1,900 per head inclusive of lunch buffet.  This seminar is recommended for MAPEH teachers especially to those who teach the musical instruments.  The students would appreciate it more if they can see their teachers create or play the musical instruments in front of them.

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Out of scrap materials, the participants created their own musical instruments and we have also had lecture about the other musical instruments that I honestly do not have any idea with.

The TRIANGLE

 

The Agogo (a musical instrument that originated from Africa)

 

This is Kubing from the Philippines but according to Sir Vufourth they also have the same instrument in Vietnam, only the latter is smaller than ours.

 

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The Caxixi

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The  Cabeza

I met Divia, an Indian storyteller who participated in this workshop and she created her musical instruments and played the other instruments as well.

 

 

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The Ethnic Musical Instrument Workshop

 

 

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The Rattleseed

 

This one is made from Indian mango seeds.  It will take about less than a month to create this.  It produces a water sound.

The Bungkaka

 

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The bamboo Frog

I was amazed to hear that this sounds like a real frog!

Of all the musical instruments, the SHAKER is the easiest to create.  You only need an empty can and glass beads.

 

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With Sir Jose Vufourth and Divia

I thank Crescent Moon Cafe for inviting me to witness this special event and I have really enjoyed 🙂  For inquiries, you may call the numbers below.

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A Hidden Must-Try Cafe in Antipolo

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Antipolo is known for its famous suman and kasoy and also for the innumerable private resorts.  It’s just lately that I have discovered Crescent Moon Cafe and Pottery Studio, located in Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City.  Upon entering the gate, you will feel the homey and relaxing ambiance (perfect for nature lovers!).

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It’s just as short walk from there to the restaurant/cafe. The staff are attentive and professional– they will usher and assist you to make sure that you are comfortable.   What makes it distinct to the other cafes/restaurants is that they offer uncommon dishes– Yes! In fact, it’s my first time to try the Alagao Salad (appetizer) and it was really undescribable. (There will be a separate post about this Alagao Salad Experience).

 

This video features their lunch buffet dishes.  The buffet is only offered during weekends- P500 during Saturdays and P600 during Sundays.  The cafe is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.  Their menu is posted in their Facebook page so you can take a look in advance.

 

 

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The Alagaw Salad 

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Red Rice

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The Three Cup Chicken

 

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Catfish

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Tom Khai Gai

This one tasted like the ginataang gulay because of the coconut milk.  I liked the spicy taste of it.

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Suman and mango for dessert

I super liked the suman because it’s already sweetened and I liked the ripe mango as well– perfect combination!

 

We also had the chance to observe their workshop and participate as well– they offer variety of workshops but when the day I visited, they had the Musical Instrument Making Workshop at the Glass Bar.  It was really an amazing experience because I have observed how they create the instruments and i think as an educator, especially if you are teaching MAPEH in Junior High, you should also be knowledgeable in creating instruments (the students will appreciate it more if you will be the one to demonstrate it or let them experience how to create it instead of just watching the video. (A separate post will be written about my experience in this workshop)

My daughter Shane playing the Rattleseed 🙂

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With Sir Jose Vufourth (the lecturer) and Divia, a participant in the Musical Instrument Making Workshop

If you have not visited The Crescent Moon Cafe yet, don’t let the opportunity pass!  You may get in touch with them through the contact numbers below.

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Disclosure:  This experience is courtesy of the Crescent Moon Cafe but everything that is written here is based from my honest opinion.

Blogging As A Passion

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So now, I’m a certified blogger, but hey, I have actually started blogging ten years ago and because of the nature of my work as an educator, I wasn’t able to give more time to create interesting stories and share it to the public.  I also shifted from different blogging sites until I finally decided to stick with WordPress.

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Before, I only get to blog when I am on a summer vacation and I would like to share ablout my trip– now, it’s becoming an addiction.  It’s probably because I am inspired to write.  I have realized it’s not only about sharing my experiences; in fact, blogging is also a tool to inform the readers about something new or interesting.  Despite of my busy schedule, I try to squeeze some time (during the weekends) to feature establishments.  Since I am new in travel blogging, I will explore the Philippines first– and hoping to share about my experiences when I get to travel to other countries hopefully soon!

At first, you will be needing your own resources for traveling, but eventually, you’ll get to  to meet partners who will help in your journey as a blogger.  Given this opportunity, professionalism should be practiced at all times.  I always give my honest reviews about the places I’ve been to and I won’t feature something that I don’t believe in.  In order for you to have an interesting content, you also need to enjoy what you are doing.  I am quite surprised that now, I am managing to update my blog.   I have a lot in store for you guys– watch out for my next posts 🙂