Traditional Hilot

Di daw pwede yung masahista mo.” Gary woke me up last Sunday with this. And then followed by, “Mag TheSpa ka na kasi.

For weeks I’ve been complaining about my very painful (upper) back and I know I badly need a massage that would release all the nodules (lamig) inside my body. I’ve been planning to go to TheSpa again and try their Volcanic Rock massage. It costs 2100 each in suite/villa (private room with private facilities), and 1500 for executive. Nagcompute na nman ang lola nyo. For a thousand, my trusted home massage therapist can provide massage service for two plus tip. So I texted my therapist and made a schedule. Unfortunately, she cancelled it on the day that I was expecting her.

So Gary and I went to The Spa Fort instead. We arrived around 12pm, and learned that they open at 1pm so we had our brunch first. The Volcanic Rock Massage was not available so we ended up getting the Traditional Hilot.

As always, I used 20 mins of my time inside the steam/sauna. Heaven! Para akong piniprito sa sarili ko’ng mantika, bonggang-bongga ang pawis ko. After the steam, I already felt an improvement on my back. After a quick shower, I was lead to the room where Gary and I will have our massage.

Gary:”Ang haba ng ngiti mo ah! Eto mga gusto mo eh. Dapat pala palagi ka nandito para lagi ka naka-ngiti.


Then we talked about having our very own Sauna in our dream house.

The traditional massage started in a couple of minutes. They did our (upper) back first, perfect. They placed oil and hot leaves on top of our back after the massage. Even more perfect!

All in all, it was way worth it. This blog will remind me not to compare the price between a home therapist and TheSpa (with all its perks) anymore.

Starting the year right

My bulging tummy was my last straw to finally enrol myself (tagging along Gary) to the gym. Not that I used to have a flat belly to flaunt but neither it was this big. I did not mind the membership and admin fee, monthly fee, personal trainer’s fee and all the other expenses associated with it because I just thought of it as an investment. Gary and I don’t have any form of exercise and day by day it’s making us fatter, weaker and more stressed. We decided to get personal trainer because I know we both need someone to motivate us to go to the gym regularly and push harder during workout (obviously, we can’t rely on each other). During the first day, I learned that my body consists of almost 30% fat and that I am dehydrated. It was an eye opener… at the same time alarming. My goal is to lose 8 kilos of fat at the minimum for 3 months. I don’t really aspire for a fabulous, perfectly toned sexy body in time for summer (though I wouldn’t mind if I get that :D ), I just want to lose the excess fat, be healthy, look younger and be strong.

Each day at the gym gets more interesting while the workout becomes harder. Believe me, exercise is no joke. I am usually dead tired at the end of the day. The irony of it is that my body aches most of the time but the feeling is awesome. So far so good… I hope this lasts for good as well.