My destination: Island Spa. I was a virgin to this particular establishment, but I've heard nothing but good things about this place, so I picked today to satisfy my curiosity and get a long overdue full body massage.
Pros: the massage therapist's hands... a TV in the treatment room
Cons: noise bleeding from other rooms and outside the treatment area... a TV in the treatment room
Okay, I have to commend the massage therapist (I think her name was Mai). She was a tiny little thing (hmmm... I think she was Nina's size), but with the hand strength of Mighty Thor. Using a mix of swedish and shiatsu massage techniques, and handfuls of rose oil, she was able to untangle almost every single knot in my back (including those I didn't know existed), stretch my back and legs, relax my head and shoulders... in other words, she made me feel goooooooood. I was used to strong massages (I needed them on a weekly basis when I was doing Miss Saigon, as that raked stage was murder on my body, particularly my hips and lower back) so I knew what I was in for... I was not disappointed. I would definitely return... if I could be promised a more quiet treatment room.
In the room across from mine, the volume of the TV was turned up SOOOOOO LOUD! It was a Korean channel (it sounded like a soccer game was on the air)... and there was a little kid in that room that was a bit too noisy for my taste. This was supposed to be a space for relaxation, and unfortunately, the sound level sort of marred my experience. I would have liked a more quiet room. Sayang... magaling pa naman ang masahista.
Island Spa may be worth another visit, perhaps at a less busy time.
After the spa I made a beeline to Rockwell (with baseball cap and glasses on) in order to get a thank-you gift for my beautiful and sexy babysitter (heh heh heh). I really appreciate her volunteering to take care of Nicole for the day. I shall definitely return the favor. Luce! My treat! Bring on the screwdrivers, mwarharharharhar!