Spa Movie Theatre – only at BlueWater Day Spa

It’s a movie theater turned into a spa treatment room. Or maybe the other way around. In any case, you can have a relaxing foot spa while watching your favorite horror movie Saw (and freak out during the part wherein the guy rips off his own feet with a hacksaw).

BlueWater Day Spa has recently introduced this spa movie theatre concept as a one-of-a-kind service being offered at their newly opened Ortigas Avenue branch. It’s the first ever spa movie theatre in the whole wide world according to their president, Francis Simisim. If ever you see one of those posters or billboards of Marian Rivera and Piolo Pascual endorsing a spa, it’s them – BlueWater Day Spa!

Sorry for the horrible visuals earlier. Imagine this instead – relaxing foot reflex treatment with back and shoulder massage, Marian Rivera as your masseuse (just kidding), HD cinema projector with Dolby Surround 7.1 sound system, reclining Lazy boy type leather sofas, and a refreshing drink of whatever drink they serve there. (I hope they serve wheatgrass – it’s the new “in” thing with health buffs nowadays). The spa theatre can accommodate up to 28 people so this is ideal for business or group meetings, private parties, conferences, and the like. You should check out their website at www.bluewaterdayspa.com to learn more about their other products and services. To see how relaxing it is over at Blue Water Day Spa, here’s a YouTube clip:

BlueWater Day Spa Movie Theater Competition

They are doing this online contest wherein 28 lucky winners will get to experience their spa movie theater for free. It’s called – Blue Water Day Spa Movie Theatre Competition (duh!). So I have to blog about what would be a great “family” (or wholesome is what Francis is trying to say I believe) event inside the spa movie theater.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Watch an Ateneo vs. La Salle UAAP Basketball finals match together with your buddies. The number of Ateneans and La Sallites must be proportionate so that in the event of a rumble inside the theatre, the brawl is even.
  • Enjoy the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight inside the BlueWater Day Spa – Spa Theatre instead of watching it in SM Megamall or in the basketball court of your barangay together with the city mayor, tanods, and manong guard.
  • Let say it’s your family’s turn to sponsor this year’s grand family reunion. So to impress your grandest lolo alive and everyone else in your clan, take them to a “Spa Movie Theater Family Reunion”. But since only 28 people are allowed at a time, maybe you can just do it in batches. As for the movie, make sure you prepare a special one-hour family tribute presentation.
  • You can save up and celebrate your next birthday party in the spa theatre (para sosyal!). And then so that your girl pals will no longer think you are cheap, treat them all to a surprise Brazilian wax. They’ll either thank you or never talk to you again for that. If you have more than 28 friends at the moment, then you better start making enemies.
  • Since I will most likely volunteer again (as if I have a choice) for the next Philippine Blog Awards (PBA) event, a spa movie theater session would be a nice treat to the volunteers. Better yet, why not do all the planning and meetings in the comfort of a spa theater! Anybody else want to be a PBA volunteer? (And can someone please send Francis a sponsorship letter! Hehe.)
  • Lastly, and since this is a travel blog, I surely wouldn’t mind going straight to a spa movie theater session after spending a weekend trip together with my travel mates. That will be truly awesome!

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TheTaj Guesthouse in Boracay

Last December, we spent a windy weekend in Boracay during the holidays. We flew there via SEAIR and since it was a sort of last minute outing with friends, we have not made early reservations at any hotels. But since at that time, surprisingly there weren’t too many tourists, we managed to get a 3 days / 2 nights accommodation at The Taj Guesthouse situated along Station 2.

If you’re looking for a no-frills, cheap yet classy mini hotel in Boracay, then The Taj is one of several guesthouses located just 3-minutes away from D’Mall in Station 2. How to get there? You can check out Nina’s (of JustWandering.org) guide to cheap accommodation in Boracay diagram. Rates for their Standard Room accommodation can go as low as Php1,000 during off-peak (June to November), Php1,500 during peak season (December to May), and Php2,500 during holidays. Here are their rates and amenities.

The Taj Guesthouse in Boracay

It’s important to note that The Taj is a actually a guesthouse and not a big hotel. It’s ideal for people who wanna make the most of Boracay by spending the least as possible with the accommodation to maximize their spending on the other stuff that you do in Boracay. And among all the guesthouses I’ve seen along Station 2, The Taj is by far the cleanest and most appealing. It is also near a sari-sari store. It is managed and operated by the owners themselves.

THE TAJ GUESTHOUSE
Balabag, Boracay Island (Station 2)
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Phone: (036) 288-4628 (+6332-2884628)
Mobile: (0920) 919-6509 (+63920-9196509
Fax: (036) 288-5695 (+6332-2885695)
E-mail: tajboracay@gmail.com
Website: http://thetajboracay.com/

Note: As far I know, their official website is the one indicated above and NOT the old www.tajboracay.com website. Most of the time, they are fully booked so it’s best to call them up via phone. Make sure to ask if they have any special promos or discounts ‘coz most of the time, they do.

You can learn more about The Taj from these blog posts:
Taj Guesthouse: Classy yet affordable Boracay accommodation
Review: Taj Guesthouse in Boracay
Boracay Hotel? Stay at The Taj Guesthouse!
Taj Guesthouse : Your Perfect Boracay Accommodation

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SEAIR “I love you very much” Special Valentines Promo

Wondering how you can spend your Valentine with your special someone plus another special someone? Spend it in a romantic getaway trip to Boracay by availing of SEAIR’s Buy 1, Take 2 Valentines promo! Hmm, so this means you can bring your girlfriend with you and then tag along a mistress or maybe your ex. This is also enticing for those of you caught up in a love triangle. Whatever the scenario, check this out if you’re planning a trip to either Boracay, Coron, or Batanes this Valentines. Here’s the official press release:

Here’s good news to all lovers and friends, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) has announced its Valentines promo: Manila-Boracay-Manila and Manila-Busuanga-Manila Buy 1, Take 2 promo or a Manila-Batanes-Manila Buy 1, Take 1 promo which may be booked only at the 16th Travel Tour Expo: Travel in Style 2009 on February 6, 7 and 8 at the SEAIR booths 85 and 95, SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

For only PhP14,344 (“I love you very much“), travelers could spend a romantic getaway at the island paradise of Boracay or Coron on a Buy 1, Take 2 promo or at picturesque Batanes on a Buy 1, Take 1 promo.

For inquiries and reservations, please call SEAIR at (632)8490100 or book online at www.flyseair.com. The SEAIR ticketing office is located at the La O’ Centre Bldg.1000 Arnaiz Ave. cor. Makati Ave. Makati City , Philippines. For packages please call SEAIR Leisure Escape Packages at (632) 8437308.

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Kasbah Boracay Moroccan Restaurant

Kasbah Bar and Restaurant
Kasbah (or Qassabah as it is pronounced) is an Arabic term that means fortress. It’s also the only place in Boracay where you can have your fill of exquisite Moroccan cuisine. Back in December, we spent a weekend in Boracay and one of the places where we dined was Kasbah Moroccan Bar and Restaurant. It’s located in Station 1 near Discovery Shores.

I wasn’t too familiar with Moroccan cuisine so I didn’t know what to expect. Moroccan food use an assortment of spices including mint, olives, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chillies, lavender, and saffron which is considered as the most expensive spice out there. It was dinner time when we arrived at Kasbah.

While waiting for our food to be cooked, we tried out their freshly baked Hummus that you eat along with three different kinds of dips. Their signature drink is called Fez which tastes a lot like a mojito because of the vodka and mint blended with iced tea. (Speaking of Fez, you can check out their ‘Fezbook’ account here. They don’t have a website yet.)

Fez
A blurry image of the Fez.

An assortment of dips for the Hummus
Different blends of dips for the Hummus.

The food were served in special dome-shaped Moroccan pots called tajines (or tagines). Apparently, this is where they cook the food as well. A tajine somewhat resembles a convection oven so it keeps the food moist and bursting with flavors. We got to taste some of Kasbah’s specialties like the Beef Tajine – the meat was very tasty and tender, Chicken Tajine – not as spicy as I expected, Moroccan Grilled Shrimp – very juicy and a bit spicy, and Seafood Saffron Tajine – very rich in flavor. Too bad their best-seller Lamb Tajine was not available at that time but we were able to sample Lamb and Seafood Kebabs.

Moroccan Grilled Shrimp
Those are some large, nasty Moroccan Grilled Shrimps… yummy!

Chicken Tajine
Nope, that’s not Chicken Curry. It just looks like one.

Seafood Saffron Tajine
Seafood Saffron Tajine. It looks and sound expensive, but it’s worth it.

Overall, it was a very hearty dinner we all enjoyed. Very exquisite. Very different. Truly Moroccan. At the end of it all, we were served with Moroccan Mint Tea. And like all the Moroccan dishes we have sampled, this mint tea tasted uniquely different. It was cleansing and addictive because of the combination of sweetness and mint. I kept coming back for more cups while everyone was busy chit-chatting.

As for the place, what more can I say. It’s very Moroccan, duh! You have blue tables and chairs, tajine pots all over the place, brass Moroccan lamps, and even the little things like the ashtrays and curtains all have that Moroccan look and feel.

Kasbah Moroccan Bar and Restaurant in Boracay
Kasbah Moroccan Bar and Restaurant in Boracay (Station 1)

The people in Kasbah including the owners (Donna and Martin) are very friendly. If you’re planning to go to Boracay and want try eating at a place that is something out of the ordinary, then you should try dining at Kasbah Moroccan Bar and Restaurant. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with Evelyn Pena (Operations Manager) at 0923-3533803 or email them at kasbahboracay@gmail.com.

Eric of Byahilo.com
Eric of Byahilo.com wearing a Fez hat while drinking Fez.

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SEAIR flies to Kota Kinabalu

I first read about this in the Inquirer newspaper during the first week of January. The article was entitled “Paradise to Paradise route now open”. As its first international flight, South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) now flies weekly from Puerto Princesa to Kota Kinabalu. Flight time is roughly an hour.

SEAIR flies to Kota Kinabalul

So what’s so special in Kota Kinabalu? Think white sandy beaches, white-water rafting and sea walking, first class diving sites, rain forest trekking on the green Gaya Island, and climbing the highest peak in Southeast Asia – Mount Kinabalu. There’s also the famous Kinabalu Park. Kota Kinabalu is located at the tropical island of Borneo and is the capital of Sabah state in Malaysia.

So how much will it cost to visit this paradise? According to the banner ad that you would see in the flyseair.com website, it’s going to be Php2,212 from Boracay to Palawan and then Php1,975 from Palawan to Kota Kinabalu (one-way, all-in rate). So that’s Php4,187 total.

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