Fish Spa in Puerto Princesa

During my trip to Palawan, I had the opportunity to check one item on my bucket list… FISH SPA!

Can you see them little fishies? They are so excited to eat my toes- err sorry! my dead skin cells I mean.

 Purple Bamboo Spa & Wellness Center opened a few days before I arrived in Puerto Princesa. It is actually the first in Palawan to offer a Fish Spa with Foot Massage. I’ve always been curious about this ever since I saw it in Bohol. Good thing that I was acquainted with one of its owners Mr. Isagani Sibal.

Please excuse my bony feet. But can you see their excitement?

It was a very weird experience. Imagine small toothless mouth trying to gnaw on your feet, that’s how it felt for me. The therapist Jam, explained that these small fishes are called Cichlid fish. They are actually related to the Tilapia that is commonly served on our table. The Cichlid fish in this spa is originated from Thailand and there are about 1200 of them in that tub. They grow up to 6 inches long, but by that time I’m sure you’d also be afraid to put your feet inside the tub. The Cichlid fish use their small teeth to eat the dead skin cells on your feet. The owners of Purple Bamboo told me that the original fish spa, uses the Gararupa fish. The Gararupa fish eats the dead skin layers through suction. But they are more expensive than the Cichlid fish, and are more delicate also.

Some enlightenment for the general public

Prior submerging your feet in the tub, you’d have to rinse it to remove all the chemicals on the skin layer (lotion or whatever it is that you apply to your skin).

Wishy wash. Lezz remove all the lotion or it might poison the fishies

The submerge-your-feet-in-hungry-fishies-tub actually took about 20 mins. After that they’ll rinse your feet again and give it a nice foot massage. The whole experience costs Php 199.00 only. Fish spa -Cheeeeeeeeck!

The Purple Bamboo also offers food for their customers. They have a menu consisting of healthy foods, crafted specially by their own chef!

I got to try the Tomato, Cheese and Basil Sandwich and it was so good. I never knew that simple things could result in something so awesome! It’s a must try! πŸ˜€

When you’re in Puerto Princesa don’t forget to drop by Purple Bamboo and have a go at this one of a kind spa.

Purple Bamboo Spa & Wellness Center
Goodwill Ramada Building, Rizal Ave.
Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
0917 584 3123

Greenwich Pizza Party

Yes, you’ve read it right. Pizza party! *squeals while doing cartwheels. lol just kidding*

I got invited to the Greenwich Blogger-only event.. And since the words pizza party are such music to my ears…Here I am! Blogging…for food! πŸ˜€

The Greenwich Pizza Party was held at SM City Davao last Sept. 14, 2012. It was a very good opportunity for me to meet the members of the Davao Bloggers. The place was really packed and every one was in a good mood.

They introduced the Better Than Any Other Greenwich Special Overload pizza and the Crispy Glazed Chicken. I was more than happy to try it of course!

*All photos are from Ria Jose

To be honest, I didn’t expect the chicken to taste that good. It was lathered with this sweet viscous sauce. And since it was practically sloshed all over, I thought that the chicken skin would somehow be soft and gooey (I really wasn’t paying attention to its name *cough* CRISPY GLAZED *cough* ).But I was wrong, it was still crunchy and nice to munch on. I’m really not into foods who offer less resistance to my teeth, so I really did enjoy the crunchy coating. Thank you for living up to your name! Aside from the yummy taste, it’s very affordable too. One piece glazed chicken with rice and drink is sold at Php 89.00.  And if you’re a lazy person like me, you don’t have to worry coz they now accept deliveries in Davao City! Yeaaaay~

G/F SM City Davao
(082) 225 1000

Puerto Princesa In A Rush

Uh huh! I went to Palawan in a rush because of work. And since there is a direct flight from Davao to Puerto Princesa, in a few clicks after the phone call with my boss, I was booked and ready to experience Palawan for the first time!

Hello Puerto Princesa! πŸ˜€

Look what I found at the Arrival Area of Puerto Princesa Airport~

It’s actually very helpful for those who didn’t book their hotels ahead of time. Even with the time constraints of this assignment, I was still able to book and even arranged for an airport transfer. I really like this service, it saves me from all the trouble. And the driver who picked me up was very friendly and funny. I was booked at GoHotels Palawan and along the way there’s this building that is green and yellow…

So I asked the driver if it was the hotel and this is what he said:

Driver: Actually ospital po yan ma’am. Adventist hospital po, pero ang tawag nga po ng mga nurse jan is Gohospital
Me: uhhh.okay *don’t really know how to react here*
Driver: Ang gohotel ma’am is katabi po ng Robinson’s. 4 minutes walking distance po. Pero pag umuulan 1 minute lang po guaranteed…
Me: oh okay (thinking that if it rains it’ll take a minue via jeepney or tricycle)
Driver: Kasi ma’am tatakbo po kayo, sure yun ma’am 1 minute lang.
Me: BWAHAHAHAHAHA! (Almost fell out of the car seat)

Newly opened Robinson’s Place Palawan (sorry took this shot from a moving vehicle)
And this is the real Go Hotel~ πŸ˜€

 See? They do have the same color scheme! And I’d have to give credits to manong driver for cracking jokes. He was also very enthusiastic to answer all my questions about Puerto Princesa City. He even mentioned tour packages for the usual tourist destination. Since it is work and I have limited time, I wasn’t able to explore the beauty of Palawan *cries*.

And because I’m a pig, I had to try Ka Lui. The locals said that any trip to Puerto Princesa wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t eat at Ka Lui. They were right! Ka Lui served sea food dishes using the freshest ingredients.

During this short trip, I also visited the Baker’s Hill / Baker’s Kitchen. 

And some pasalubongzzz of course! πŸ™‚

Had to go back to the hotel afterwards. I’ve also arranged my transfer back to the airport through my booking so I didn’t worry that much. And guess who my driver is? Yes! Izz the same funny driver.

Driver: Ma’am nakapag Firefly watching po kayo?
Me: Uh no.
Driver: Maganda po dun ma’am. Sayang! Dapat nagpunta kayo.
Me: Ah next time.
Driver: Marami nagppropose dun ma’am tapos wala pa sumagot ng hindi…
Me: Ah kasi romantic?
Driver: Opo, bukod doon ma’am, itry mo sumagot ng hindi ilalaglag ka sa bangka..

Thanks to Kuya Driver for making me laugh again. Even if my trip to Puerto Princesa City was short, I still had a lot of fun. I’ll be back! And I’ll definitely visit those famous tourist destination!

Good bye Palawan! Til next time! πŸ™‚

The Iska Experience

Bragging! lol. Dunno what to call that case thingy.
Iz just a case, the real diploma was given a few weeks after.
I really can’t help but be proud every time someone would ask me where I graduated. Of course, it’s UPLB! Not because of the academic ranking shinennigans but because of the culture in UPLB that I really love. It’s in UPLB that I’ve found my self confidence.
Dress Code (or lack thereof)

This university taught me how to be comfortable with who I am. I could go to class wearing whatever I want and the professors and classmates wouldn’t treat you any different (except for laboratory classes where you’d conduct experiments and  analyses then of course there’s a mandated dress code for safety purposes). The most that you’d probably get would be a few surprised stares if you’re wearing something on the levels of bikini or see-through clothes on a fully airconditioned lecture room. But no one, not one, will ask you why you’re wearing what you’re wearing. As long as you’re fulfilling your tasks and responsibilities as a student, then no one cares. Every one minds their own business. No one will force you to wear or do something that you don’t like. 

My usual lecture attire would be: short shorts or skirt, shirt, sando, or blouse, and doll shoes or sneakers. I hate/avoid wearing flipflops as all the walking around in campus makes my feet dusty and dirty. Ew. lol. I don’t like wearing pants too, because it’s very humid and I don’t wanna treat my legs as if they’re processed meat in casing a.k.a. Hotdogs. So restrictive, don’t like *insert pout here*.
Shorts! Skirt! Shorts! (Memorieeeees~)
Sometime during my sophomore year, I took swimming as one of my physical education course.
It was stupid of me to select the swimming class early in the morning and right after was a lecture class in food science. Sooooo, I’d usually go to the lecture class hair dripping wet, fresh-from-the-pool look and sometimes holding my towel to dry myself. But in my observation, never did my classmates and teacher (Hello FST 101! Hello Sir Dennis! :D) give me a funny look or judge me. I can never be too sure of what’s in their mind but at least no one in the classroom is petty enough to let outfits and attires get in the way of learning.
All Over the Place
When I was an NF (New Freshman), I did have a few difficulties of adjusting in UPLB. It was a bit shocking for me to meet people from places that I never knew existed. UPLB opened my mind that the world is a very big place and that not everything revolves in my hometown. I met people from all over the Philippines with their own unique culture and experiences to share.
Here are some of the wonderful people that made my UPLB experience more colorful.  πŸ™‚
Clarice, Joms, and I before the graduation started
Clarice Angela Hau – She’s a Filipina-Chinese from Zamboanga. Before I met her I thought that people in Zamboanga always wore those colorful outfits that could be seen in the postcards (lol, those postcards really did give that impression. sorreh!).
Jhoanna Mamiit – I dunno why but my classmates call her Sugar during college. She’s from Alaminos, Laguna which we usually pass by when going to Manila. I’d usually ignore the towns along the way and think of them as insignificant and small. They really are small but ever since I met Sugar I never looked at them the same way again.

Joanna Marizz Mission – My dear friend from Lipa, Batangas. We became friends during our freshmen year. I’d usually sleep at their dorm room even if it’s forbidden (HAHAHA~ hello manong guards in Men’s Dorm!). I blame our Biology 2 laboratory reports. Our individual laboratory report was a complete scientific paper that required at least 5 references. The library always ran out of books that I could use (yes! all the effing time, I’m not kidding -_-). Thank heavens for Janna! She’d usually have all the books that I need (hmmm… I sound like a Nokia here… I love you Janna! hehehe). I was able to visit Lipa City, taste the Kapeng Barako and experience first hand the generosity of BatangueΓ±os, all thanks to Janna!
Ma. Krischen Austria – We call her Chen, Chenita or Lowler for me(Lowler is derived from Lola with a letter R at the end, Lola-r. You know, that period of time where the letter R is added at the end of every word? Silly? IKR! hahaha). She’s from Tuguegarao and I never knew where it was in the map (Sorreh I wasn’t interested in Sibika at Kultura and Heograpiya at Kasaysayan during my elementary days. hahaha). 
Catheroine, Me, Clarice, and Aiko during our PI100 field trip
Aiko Faith Aclon – Proud Dabawenya. Every time she’d go back to eLBi after christmas break or sem-break, she’ll give us Durian candies as pasalubong. I really really hate it back then. I never thought I could like it as I do now. People really change huh? 
Catherine Gigantone – She’s from Bicol. Now that I think about it, I dunno where exactly in Bicol. (sorry neko-chi I fail as a friend T____T). She’s also Janna’s roommate from our NF years in Men’s Dorm. We’d usually have coffee after our FST 122 lecture in IRRI and discuss serious stuff in life. Those were the days~
I actually met a lot of people in UPLB that I’d like to write about but it’ll take forever (yes, I’m lazy) . I am truly thankful for these people (ugh! This feels like acknowledgement in thesis all over again.. T__T).They taught me a lot and made those 4 years very memorable. I’ll always be truly grateful. Often, people would say “highschool life was the best”, I beg to disagree! They probably wouldn’t say that if they’ve experienced UPLB too. πŸ™‚
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