thank goodness! pampering my body and my stomach

yesterday my friend and i decided to spend our day doing 2 of the things we love in this world: having a massage and eating.

1. the spa.

we tried out the branch at High Street at the Bonifacio and as usual, the experience was blissful. i had the deep tissue massage as my back has been killing me the past few days. this particular branch was not a spectacular one (the Libis branch is, for me, the best) but still, the ambience and, of course, the massage were great.

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the chairs were beautiful, and the front desk people were very pleasant (i never had any bad experience with any of the spa front desk personnel)

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the jacuzzi and the steam bath were indeed nice, i loved how it had that zen to it feel. however, it would’ve been better if they had placed a whirl pool, a cold bath and a sauna, just like how it is in their libis branch.

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the massage itself was true to what the spa is all about — not painful and it definitely hits the right spots.

will visit another branch (i’ve visited them all, though) next week to try out their volcanic rock therapy.

2. soms noodle house.

who knew that there was this small restaurant (canteen would be a better name for it) within this residential stretch beside rockwell which served authentic thai food? no one really, and i think this is one of those hidden culinary secrets in manila.

it actually reminds me of the small holes-in-the-wall along khao san road in bangkok. the food was good (not outstanding, but really really good) and the price, well, it totally blew my mind, very inexpensive! if you want a quick thai fix, then go to soms.

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visit soms at 5921 Alger Street, Poblacion, Makati

3. yes there’s a number 3. “manila’s best kept restaurant secrets”.

Manilas Best Kept Restaurant Secrets

soms was featured in the said book and we saw a customer who took it out and asked for the owner to sign the page dedicated to her restaurant. so my friend and decided to take the customer’s route — buy the book and, as soon as we have time, try out all 60 places mentioned by the authors. i believe i’ve been to some of them, but it would be great to have this kind of food trip with a fellow foodie.

the book is available at any fully booked outlet.

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