Learning & Innovation - August 9, 2008
By Moje Ramos-Aquino, FPM
The exhilarating spa business and sorority bonding
We asked our sorority sis Raquel Jacobo and her hubby, our frat brod, Jake, what they want to do while on vacation here from
In the news today, many
Oh, well. So off we went to Urban Spa on the fifth level of Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Urban Spa did not disappoint, from the reception to the spa experience and the free bibingka at C2 Restaurant after. The 90-minute therapeutic hot stone massage was very rejuvenating. I like the oil they used because it is not greasy and is not scented. This massage is done only in the
The spa business is part of the burgeoning health and wellness industry around
A favorite indulgence when you are in Boracay is the massage by the DOT-trained and accredited masseuse. They are very good and their service charges are really practical. They are all over the place and they do the massage right on the beach. However, if you want a more private session in your room, most hotels require some kind of a fee. I really don't understand this extra levy.
I go to the spa only once a year as a birthday treat and when we have visitors from abroad. On a regular basis, I am very satisfied with my trusty neighbor and "manghihilot," Aling Upeng whose 83-year old hands are very soothing and caring and the force is just enough to lull me to sleep.
Going back to our gallivanting, off we went to
The view from the Fort across the
The Manila Cathedral is as serene and as striking as always, in and out. And all churchgoers there are dressed appropriately—no mall or sports clothes.
We enjoyed our dinner at the Seafood Market along
Tourism is good, not only for business, but also for the mind and soul.