Monday, September 23, 2013

I'm Back

It's been almost a year since my last blog. Well I got so busy on some political activities since I'm deeply involve in one. Destiny would have it, we won. What a great feeling.

I'm now back to doing this blog, for good :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Minerva Rewards

Minerva Rewards: It's about time somebody came up with something like this! Brilliant idea. Totally awesome.

Spa Vitalia (Vitalia Harmony) Review

Last night was a treat! <3

Babbah arranged a Vitalia Harmony at Spa Vitalia package for me. Vitalia Harmony is an 80-minute refreshing massage using their signature combination of Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai strokes and methods that invigorate muscles and nerves, revitalize body, relieves stress and calms the mind. I was hesitant to accept it because I don't want a lot of cash-outs (we're working on cash-ins) but he insisted.

The spa was clean and aromatic just what I expected. The attendants were warm and kind to assist me. Right after filling out the information form, one of the lady therapists offered me a pair of slippers and soaked my feet in a lukewarm water. I never experienced it before with other spa houses. I guess it was 10-minute procedure then she dry it off with a clean, blue (or black) towel. After that, she instructed me to go with her upstairs. I choose light pressure massage. To cut the story short, it was really relaxing I dozed off.

Too bad, I haven't uploaded the pictures yet (no card reader, boo!) but I will soon.

My experience with Grand Royal Spa was also different. Although I didn't like that much their massage, I like their spa house. Well compensated? Hehe

To sum up my experience, I'll be posting the strong and weak points.

  • Not so welcoming reception area
  • Staffs were a little too comfortable with each other, sometimes they forget to talk privately (when I was already in the room with the therapist), she did a little chit chat with her colleague who was in the other room next to mine. That should be fine, but I think it could've been better if they talked privately outside as not to disturb other clients
  • No generator set (blackout attack, but it was personally fine)
  • Area (upstairs) wasn't spacious enough
  • Have only 1 bathroom (that I know of) upstairs
  •  Staffs were accommodating, warm and kind
  • The attendant was knowledgeable of what she was doing (was asking her a lot during the massage therapy)
  • Clean, aromatic space
  • Good massage 
Generally, the massage was great. I just hope Spa Vitalia to post more pictures on Facebook. =)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Alibuag Cold Spring

About 15 kilometers from the heart of the Municipality of Medina in Misamis Oriental at the northern part of the Mindanao Island in the Philippines, you can find the natural beauty of Alibuag Cold Spring. The place boasts of natural, chilly-cold and crystal clear water. From the highway, you will need to take about 200 meter uphill climb to reach the area. An entrance fee of P10 (less than $0.50) is charged and another P20 for the parking fee. Cottages are pegged at P100 (a little over $2). The source of the serene water is natural coming from the mountain which was contained in a 100 square meter pool. Its depth ranges from 4 feet to a deep of 7 feet. The area is developed by the local government and offers a perfect haven for total rest and recreation. Comfort rooms and dressing rooms are ably provided. Bringing of food is free of charge. No reservation is needed as you can just pack your stuff and head to the area.

My Personal Review

Having gone to the place twice, I can fairly say that the place is very nice. It is very conducive to relaxation and rest. Cleanliness is well maintained. The freezing water adds to the scenic beauty of nature. One good thing about the water is that you don’t immerse with an itchy body unlike the cold spring I experience in Camiguin Island. My honest rating from a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest: 4.

Capistrano Beach Resort

When you trek the road from Butuan City going to Cagayan de Oro City or vise versa, it would be an exciting travel if you drop by a beach resort somewhere down the road and find a simple yet awesome Capistrano Beach Resort. Situated about 15 kilometers from the heart of the Municipality of Medina in Misamis Oriental at the northern part of Mindanao in the Philippines, it is just beside the more popular Duka Bay Resort. The resort boasts of about a 100 meter off-white sand shore line that would make the water so inviting to dip. An entrance fee of P20 (less than $0.50) is charged per person. If you bring your own ride, an additional P20 for parking fee would just be fair. Cottages are pegged from P150 to P300 (a little over $3 and $6, respectively). Bringing of food and beverages are free of charge.

From the shoreline, you can view the majestic “Hibok-hibok” ranges of Camiguin Island. The resort offers snorkeling and fish feeding adventure at a rate of P250.00 (a little over $5) which already includes the gears to be used as well as some instructional lectures that goes with it. However, if you would want to go for a more cheaper adventure, some kids in the area offer fish feeding and snorkeling adventures at a low price of only P25/head (a little over $0.50). You just need to bring your own feeds. It also offers bottom-glass viewing of the seabed at the same rate of P500.00 (about $10) per hour. No reservations needed as you just go to the place and enjoy its beauty.

My Personal Review

Being a beach lover my visit to the place was reminiscent of my travel to Boracay (the most popular white sand beach in the Philippines) some years back. Although incomparable with Boracay’s party fancies, the white sand shore line was almost the same. The resort crew was just accommodating and insightful. Though my stay in the place was just brief, it was fulfilling though with its scenic beauty and serene waters. My rating of the place from a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest: 4.

Tiklas Falls

Beneath the silence of Gingoog City in the Province of Misamis Oriental lies the majestic Tiklas Falls located at the northern part of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is situated in Barangay Santiago about 8 kilometers from the City proper. For commuters, one can take the “habal-habal” (a single motorcycle that could accommodate as much as 5 passengers J) in going to the place for a fair fare of around P20.00 (less than $.50). An entrance fee of P20.00 per person is charged. Once inside, one can rent a cottage at P100.00 (a little over $2) or you can just be contented with a mere table for P50 (a little over $1)where you can place your stuff.

What is more exciting in going to Tiklas Falls is the beauty of its scenery where one can observe the virginity of its forest notwithstanding the little development done by the local government to provide a little comfort to the visitors. The falls is a staggering 50 feet wide drop of water with a massive fall of about 200 feet from atop. You can take a dip or a dive right through where the water drops or just cool yourself at the pool sourced naturally from water coming from the mountains. It has a knee-length deep swimming pool for kids and one for adults that is about 6 feet deep. Visitors can bring in food, and the good news is no corkage fees J. There are no reservations to make, all you need to do is just go right away to the place and enjoy its awesome beauty.

My Personal Review

Going to Tiklas Falls is pretty much comfortable. The road leading to the area from the National Highway up to the base parking lots is fully concretized. The falls boasts of its astounding beauty where nature is at its best. However, there are downsides to this beautiful place as the comfort rooms and dressing rooms will still take you about 50-meter walk from the cottages. Not too many stores, though, but it was good enough not to pollute the place further. You just have to bring all the stuff you will need in going there. My honest rating from a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest: 4.