Travelogue: Ilocos Sur

We always look forward to holy week vacation due to busy schedule of my dear husband. This is the longest days we can be so-disconnected in city life. It’s a good thing once in a while. This year my husband opted to go for a long drive, take note: during peak season, NLEX and SCTEX can be your worst nightmare. We’ve been stuck for an hour just to get ticket. My husband said that in U.S. there is no such thing like that, why can’t it be free, if not now, when? le sigh.

My husband was the one who always make our itinerary, it is very detailed all the time 🙂 from the hour we should we wake up until dinner time! he is full of surprises man. I am, on the other hand, in-charged in everything! from being a mother-packer to master chef. I lovet!

This year around, it’s different. We visited not only one church as we used to be, prayed, discovered new culture and take tons of picture. Walkathon is the main event! so to speak. In our 5 days in Ilocos Sur, we only spent three times walking beside the beach and took the plunge for 10 minutes. I guess, we are sawa na kaka-swim sa beach.

From the place we stayed in “Camp Hope” which was owned by a rich family (former Gen. Reyes ++) in ages, the place is to die for! It’s a front beach with a divine fish pond- right before your eyes! Oh my, I just fell in love and from the healthy brekky they served.

Crisologo Museum

I couldn't stand Mr. Sunshine anymore and bought me a hat for Php150.00. My first kikay hat 🙂

Calle Crisologo

Cafe Leona

Baluarte ni Chavit (Hacienda)

Not even wearing a makeup cos it will literally melt in your face! anything when you are doing a walkathon.

Narvacan Beach, sporting my no-brainer warrior yoga pose 🙂

The famous- Vigan Garlic Longanisa

Pinsal Falls, Sta. Maria

Suso Coral Beach

Old abandoned bell tower (picture not edited)

I feel that husband wants to learn rock climbing! (at Biak na Bato/ Bat Cave in Candon)

Inside a rock mini cave on the way to huge bat cave!

Emote time! a great rock formation.

We shared one bed, and I am so okatokat (scared) on the other one! hehe 🙂 I am claustrophobic, so if there's affordable bigger room, we get it.

This is where we usually have our food trip together with an old dog 🙂

How can you not fall in love with place 🙂 so peaceful, no banging sounds of party. (yeah, I am a boring person)

Ahhh, moments like this.

Sta. Maria Church (where my husband was totally amazed)

Sta. Maria Bell Tower

Husband and I really had a good time, discovering new things together, laughing and flirty glances. Priceless.

Places: Ilocos Sur, Sta. Maria, Narvacan Beach, Suso Beach, Candon and Vigan.

Travel time (Holy week): 12 Hours MNL-VIGAN

Stop over: 3 times, max 30 minutes.

Transportation: Car

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SNOE Suntervention

Summer is here! All of you must be excited to hit the beach, the walk in the sand, the smell of grilled food, the sound of waves and the heat of the sun! so am I.

As far as I remember, the last time I hit the smooth waves smothered with sun block lotion, I went straight at the beach, floating and staring at the beautiful blue sky before the sun totally shows up… it was almost 7 a.m. and I haven’t seen the sun but the sky is so lovely. When beams hit up, I rushed to the sea shore, put a sarong and run back to our hotel room and boom! My husband told me, you’re tan.

I was in awe as I am always protective with my skin; I am one of those girls who are afraid to be toasted which is so ironic. I could have blamed the sun block with SPF 50 or the nature itself. I guess I just needed higher SPF!

Until I was invited once again by SNOE Beauty inc. that really surprised my craving for new discovery of higher SPF Sun Block.

Soon to hit the stores nationwide!

*****

Snoe Suntervention Bloggers Convention is a get together with finest beauty junkies who loves, of course, beauty products. Snoe is the only local brand that I am very in love with;

L-R, Bec, Moi, Clair, DOnna, Mich and Carizza

with super hip kim yenko!

I remember the day that I met the women behind Snoe, Ms. Jen Gerodias-Diaz, who is very hands-on, brilliant, driven, talented, empowered, founder and CEO of Snoe Beauty Inc., I was so amazed, so star struck and undeniably inspired.

Jen Gerodias-Diaz

I also had an opportunity to meet NOE, her daughter where the brand name SNOE came from!

Noe and li'l brother 🙂

I have met a lot of CEO and worked with all my life but this one, is so humble and go getter which I love. Our meeting that time was productive and I am glad to know the products personally.

The Snoe convention was fun, the company really knows how to throw a hot party. The place was divine at the luxurious residential in Dasmarinas Village, Makati. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by the professional staff together with my personal photographer, Christian Amiel Tira, with healthy smoothie and introduction with their new line. I was well entertained; the manpower of Snoe is truly amazing, not to forget their staff at the mall. I observed that very well.

Aside from dashing welcome, we are also given a chance to get Snoe paper money as our shopping moolah for the event. How brilliant the idea for a fun and I bagged Php 700.00.

There are a lot of fun and games, delicious food and entertainer: the fire dancer.

The presentation was interesting and didn’t make me yawn for a second. The host is uplifting and Ms. Jen together with her staff roams around to make sure we are all assisted well.

If summer is sooo hot, so as the main game of the event!

Though, I am not lucky to have been selected to play in games, I just feel lucky enough to splurge my Snoe money in Snoe’s well known product-  The Emutox  oil (Botox Serum + Emu+ Acai) and Emu facial wash. I will definitely know if this will work after I tried it but knowing Snoe works for me, I have 100% trust on this.

And on my way home, I have Snoe Suntervention serious sun protection SPF 80++ (yes, more than 80 but not over 90) Broad spectrum UVA/ UVA block. I am so happy, I have tried Snoe Sun Block SPF 45 as my everyday protection and it works well on me like my sun block from Belo Medical group but much cheaper. I am so excited to use this in our upcoming getaway and smother it including on my face.

The weather was even experiencing hormonal imbalance! But it didn’t ruin the party, in fact we have Snoe umbrellas with us! It was truly fun meeting new people which always interest me. It was nice to meet all of you dear beauty junkies.

Thank you Snoe Beauty Inc. for a delightful party, I can’t simply wait to do a review on EMUtox and Suntervention.

P.S.

Readers, Snoe is giving away trip to boracay! Join now!  it’s now or never.

Zenyu Eco Spa

Rizal Park

I’ve been to Rizal Park (Luneta, MNL) twice with my husband during summer to play kite and watch sunset. Now, it’s my third time to set foot in a not so maintained grass but still a lovely park because of peaceful surroundings. I forced my friend named Amiel to join me for walking in the park and took some shots if we are lucky enough to spot a green grass. Luckily for me, I found one. I took off my shoes as fast as I can, and told him that I’ll do a jump shot. The grass was so soft and I wish all the field has it. It was 12 noon when I enjoyed my self in the heart of Manila.

After  few minutes, we go straight ahead to Hotel H20. The last time that I went here was year 2010 to witness an event and enjoyed the Manila Ocean Park. This is the time that I am fortunate enough to experience the only negative ion hotel in the world that I consider as me-time. You know all, that I value personal space and that’s when I gave my self a lot of spa treatments.

Dr. Eric Tan and Noria Adam Lim, invited highly chosen bloggers including me to experience the A-list treatments that Zenyu Eco Spa.

Dr.Eric Tan

Dr. Eric Tan,  manager of Zenyu eco spa, is so hospitable and kind to greet me personally as soon as I arrived the hotel. I was expecting a secretary or someone but I am so honored and proud to say that he welcomed me himself. He showed me around the hotel and I was so amazed as I love staying in a hotel such as Shangri la Edsa, Makati and Sofitel Manila. Yeah, I am a hotel junkie as well.

It was hard for me to believe at first that the hotel is made of negative ion, until I saw their experiment that was conducted 2 years- present!

Raw egg, pork and cheese (2 years and counting exposed to hotel)

yeah, exposed just like that inside the hotel for customers to see. I can’t even believe that all of ’em has no bad odor. Now, I am a believer.

Hotel Lounge

Don’t you just love the 70’s inspired lounge? It is so posh, cozy and love the comfy chairs.

It has also 2 spacious 4 seats lounge with LCD monitor and mind you, the hotel is wifi ready.

Internet lounge with newspapers

An internet lounge with a relaxing view from the ocean

Bar

They also have a bar that serves good wine and this is not yet finish! isn’t it great? what more when its done? a lot of festive food will be definitely served like the hotels that I love to dine in with perfect live pianist or chamber orchestra.

After, the tour and chit chat at the lounge with new found friends… we proceeded in the heavenly treatments and there is no time limit. We are very well accommodated and wasn’t rushed.

Hotel Staff

Hotel H20 has a friendly, well trained professional staff. They took care of our things and attend to our needs as well as inquiries.

Mango Enzyme Drink

Before we start, we are given a healthy mango enzyme drink and home made yogurt.

Yogurt

All are stored from Ecoparadise products. I must admit, at first I was hesitant because I have an ulcer pain and I am avoiding any kind of fruits except from Banana for 3 months and counting. This was a total risk! Thank god, the next day I didn’t feel any discomfort and flushed the toxins very well. Word!

then… drum rolls…

Total body fish spa, I know right? I really don’t like fish spa for feet that is available almost everywhere. I am a germ-freak when it comes to that… paranoid that I’ll catch a disease from the water that was used by random people. But this one, made me jump in a heart beat and changed my casual get up to swimwear! The fishes came all the way from Africa and Turkey. The water is well filtered and changed everyday, plus the fact that the water comes straight from the ocean. The indoor fish spa jacuzzi is to die for. A must in Zenyu eco spa.

The temperature is so great and the ambiance outside is serene. After 15 minutes which is usually maximum time to let the fish eat dead skin haha! Honestly, my skin all over my legs is so smooth. (Full Body Fish spa Php 300.00)

This is the highlight of my experience. I am so in love with fish spa jacuzzi 🙂

Then, the massage… they also offer room for couples.

Spacious, soft bed, comfy head rest (a must in my spa needs), relaxing nature sound, smell minty nice and professional masseuse. The massage rate starts from Php700.00 to Php1350.

Single Room

After an hour of relaxing shiatsu massage… It was my first time to hit “hotbed treatment”

which I love to call “pugon” for that matter. Just to say, this is the time that I’ll know if my make up from MAC and Benefit is truly water proof!

Hotbed treatment: Php400.00

Photographer: Amiel/ Bloggers L-R: Sarj, Vance, Moi, Noria and Vinz*

A truly complete healing treatments. I am a fan of steam/sauna bath because it makes my skin glowy and I can breathe properly afterwards. There’s an option if you want to turn off the lights to sleep or not 🙂 the temperature can also be adjusted to what your heart desires.

My make up stayed after 20 minutes of sweating hard!!! Even the lipstick still feel smooth! (Face: MAC fix studio, The face shop BB cream/ Eyes: Benefit Brow zings in medium and MAC girl boy/ Lips: EOS lip balm, MAC girl about town) That proves a good quality!

My skin looks so radiant and feel so nice! I also took the challenge of not taking a bath after the massage to test the oil form the massage if it is sticky and doesn’t smell nice the day after. Surprisingly, the next day… I don’t feel sticky and still smells nice. My husband can attest to that because he always hugs me every morning 🙂

Thank you so much Dr. Eric Tan for being so generous and for the entire staff of Hotel H2O Zenyu Eco Spa.

note: Its a nice thing, if you don’t have make up during the treatments. I just wear it for photo op 🙂

Zenyu Eco Spa is located at the 3rd floor of Hotel H20.

02-2386190

e-mail: zenyu.spa@hotelh2o.com