Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yakimix Greenbelt

About a month ago when I first had my dose of Yakimix at Greenbelt, Makati during our <3 anibersari. Dumating kami sa resto 7pm or earlier and madali kaming naikuha ni ate attendant ng table with couch. After all, I said, it was a Tuesday and five days past the payday so I was on the assumption na konti lang ang kalaban sa tempura. Chos. After gathering my foodang first my first round, napansin ko na may mga waiting customers na agad and ang dami na nila. To the point na parang ubos na yung seats sa waiting area. To my surprise, napupuno pala ang Yakimix on an ordinary day, kahit na pwede kang mag-cartweel sa Greenbelt sa konti ng tao.

Anyway, ika nga ni @ActuallyNPH (Neil Patrick Harris), LET THE FOOD PORN COMMENCE. Charot.
My plate. Hindi ako nahihiya. LOL

Le boypren's
Luto-lutuan adult version
Akin lang silang lahat. Leboypren can't take sweets
Bottomline: It was a nice experience. Sympre anibersari celebration. But before coming back to Yakimix, I'd try to make it to a point na I'll try Vikings na lang muna so as to compare and to know which buffet I would really want to indulge into again. Honestly, may ibang dessert na hindi masyadong patok sa tastebuds ko. Pero overall, okay naman. :)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Beijing Foot Spa - Greenhills

So I'm off to another blog post this Easter! This time, though I've vowed on a teaser yesterday to write 3 restos, let me divert to another spa haven this time in Greenhills, San Juan. I'm talking about Beijing Foot Spa, which is right in front of Mercury Drug in GH and a stone's throw away from G Strip and the GH mall parking lot.
Photo from
This was a random spa pick since le boypren and I went to Tiendesitas for some window-puppy-shopping (btw, most of them look sickly and sad). Thanks to the free shuttle from Tien to GH, we got our feet on another adventure. We didn't intend to have a foot massage pero the walk we had in Tien and some strolling in GH for Sigma lenses were both exhausting! We were so tired, siguro dahil na rin sa init ng panahon, so I said na if we could find a TonTon Thai Massage branch somewhere in GH, we would go. Pero we had no more energy left to explore the place even further. We ended up in this posh-looking spa which was both heaven and hell. Let me continue explaining.

Heaven: There was a good atmosphere upon entering the premises. Yellow lights (my favorite mood-setter) and calming music welcomed us. Though to my surprise, may TV sa reception area, which is very uncommon in spas kasi they usually aim for minimized noise.

It is also 'heaven' to note kasi I had a great time with the way my massage went. Le boypren and I chose the foot massage package that included head, hand, legs, and should massages aside from the foot massage itself. This went on for 70 minutes or more and cost P500 per head. They don't have full body massage prolly because they want to build a reputation on their foot spa expertise and not become one of the common massage centers. Also prolly because of the pic below:
They don't have beds! This is not just true for our package. I checked out other rooms na nakabukas yung doors and lahat sila, ganyan ang laman sa loob. Lazy boy chairs with LCD TVs. Pareho yung movie na nagpplay sa lazy boys namin ni le boypren but we opted to turn our TVs off. We wanted to relax and concentrate on that feeling. Movies can be done some other day.

Hell: While I was struggling not to sleep--ang sarap kasi nung massage sa akin--I noticed that le boypren kept on asking his 'ate' for specific directions, tipong wag po madiin, stuff like that. Nung pauwi na kami dun nya sakin sinabi the torture he went through. Haha! It's something kasi le boypren is a part-time masochist (gustong gusto nyang "tinatapakan" ko sya at hinahampas sa likod. massage yon sa kanya), pero this is the first time na sumuko or nagreklamo si le boypren sa pain. So I must have been lucky with my 'ate'!

Bottomline: If not for le boypren's daing, haha, I would have praised this spa ng bongga. I guess, with spas, hindi talaga pwede ginegeneralize kasi at the end of the day, your experience will depend with how your particular "ate" executed the massage.

Btw, medyo nagulantang lang ako nung nag-cr ako dito. Ang CR sa spa na ito ay separated by gender, so no sharing of cubicles sympre. Pero nung pumila ako sa labas ng pambabae, nagulantang lang ako kay kuya na lumabas ng pinto! Nagulat din sya and I guess napahiya nung nakita ako, dahil we both know he shouldn't have been there! Baka di na nya makontrol ang tawag ni Mother Nature at dahil may tao sa boy's CR  he pushed his luck. Naloka ako, di na sana ako tutuloy, pero ang tagal na ng hinintay ko sa labas.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Zen Institute Diamond Peel and Full Body Massage

This experience is nearing its anniversary so I have to dig deeper in le memory. I got the services due to again, a GC from le former boss RJ as my welcome pack in the magazine where I was features editor. The GC was good for P5,000 worth of services in Zen Institute which is tumbling-away from my previous office in The Fort. It's a bit hard to notice since it's right in the middle of a gasoline station (Shell) which is very unassuming. Akalain mong may tulad ng Zen Institute somewhere there. This Shell I'm talking about is across St. Lukes Med Center in Taguig.

In places like these (spa, facial clinics, etc), I am reluctant to take photos. I don't think I'm the only who thinks that going to these places is considered a private thingy for many. So, no official photos from yours truly.

This was my first time to have a Diamond Peel evur. Akala ko kung anong meron sa treatment na itey. Bakit may ginugulong lang na pen-like electric chever sa mukha ko which was making (machine) noise? Sabi ni ate attendant, there's a diamond daw in the dulo of the pen-like chever. Haha. Nakakairita na ba ako? Oh well, ayun. After 30 minutes or so, may tumigil ang pag gulong ng pen-like chever na ito at may ipinakita si ate na bulak; sabi nya yun daw yung dumi na nakuha sa fez ko. In fairness! Halos waley! Ineexpect ko sing dumi  ng tambucho pero wala! And it worsened my dismay to the whole process even more. I thought to myself: Kung kakarampot lang ang nalilinis ng magic pen na yan, bakit ang mahal and bakit sikat?

Noticing my dismay, (naks!) ate said na it takes a lot of sessions before you totally appreciate diamond peel kasi it is intended to tighten your pores daw. So having 1 session only obviously won't help, but it's a start. Anyhow, I still detested its price (naks ulit, f na f?).

And off to the massage. The body massage I had prior to this was in Club Balai Isabel. Siguro after two weeks or so dun ako nakapag-Zen Institute so medyo fresh pa sa sistema ko yung sarap ng body massage sa Balai Isabel. Therefore, I had a recent experience to compare Zen's service with. I can say that the massage was "kebs". Siguro kasi na-impress ako masyado sa treat ng Balai Isabel at that time (it's a resort in Batangas where Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Boy Sotto wedded).

For one, the cubicle in Zen was so maliit. Mas malaki pa cubicles yata ng Lay Bare Waxing Salon. Ang sikip, and the design was not as grand unlike other high end centers. Actually, it was as plain as it could be. Anyway, people go for massage and not for sight-seeing diba? But I hope I make my point clear when it comes to decors and interiors on spas, especially when it's trying to build a zen image: you have to look like it for customers to think that they're feeling it. Illusion with design. Makes experience more intimate and worth the penny.

Another thing, may isang manong na maingay dun. I guess nagpapamassage din sya a cubicle or two away from mine. He was on the phone with someone, and I think sa lakas ng boses nya, pati kami kausap nya. I know this is beyond the center's control, pero he just added insult to injury. Chos. Nakakairita e. Up to this day naaalala ko yun and gusto ko pa rin syang batuhin. Haha. I just hope na attendants and spa/beauty center managers will be able to devise a polite but effective way of saying shut up to other customers. In all of the spas na I've been to, I've always been considerate of the other customers around by whispering if and when needed to talk. I don't know why people who have been adults for a longer period than me still fail to execute such manners.

Bottomline: Won't go there unless for free again. ;) ORR, might try their other services if given the chance and if needed desperately. I think they have similar services with Belo.

Another teaser alert!

Okay, let me pressure myself by making this promise: I am to blog about Sentro Restaurant and Chateau in Greenbelt and Buddy's in Timog really SOON! And Cyma in Greenbelt and Shang! (Hopefully in Rob Ermita too). Gosh, so kailangan ko talaga ng public announcement para seryosohin to, lol. :)

Photos from google search PA LANG. Have their pics na but again, lazy me. Thanks to fellow random bloggers for le pics ;)

Grabe I have so much in my list. This is bad. And teka, puro restaurants! :(

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