tunhuang spa

i am dead set to get on with my spaholic chronicle and my latest  spa conquest was akin to finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. 

feeling adventurous on a friday afternoon, i decided to look for the third massage spa in my directory, the tunhuang spa.
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my familiarity of el grande avenue in bf homes, paranaque city gave me confidence that i wouldn’t have trouble finding it. riding the cheapest form of transportation again, i knew i would be successfully delivered on the doorstep of this new haven. you see, i hadn’t tried driving our car every time i would have my spa wandering for fear that my hazy sense of direction would lead me to a labyrinth. besides, my problem on parking had not been remedied yet! Smiley
a security guard immediately greeted and smiled at me when i alighted from the trike. he held the glass door which led to another door before i found myself in the dimly lit (this is common among spas) receiving area. 
like a genuine seance practitioner or spirit questor, i strongly sensed the positive energy in the room. it was a good thing. if it were a negative external stimulus, i might have been in trance. hahaha!
well, there was a little “paranormal” in the atmosphere which met me. may be because of the lighting, the color of the wallpaper, the knickknacks potpourri in the shelves, the native rattan seats which i failed to recognize at once as their color blended with the dingy illumination, and even my attire! 

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framed certificates, papers, and knickknacks

the genghis khan bronze sculpture
the menacing looking genghis khan (?) golden sculpture 
on the desk
framed dried dried flowers
framed dried flowers

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the wallpaper design

the rattan chairs
the cushioned rattan chairs

but, i liked the brown and khaki combination of hues. so earthy, so natural, so ethnic.  
the receptionist, sheryl (i knew her by name now because i placed a call before going there to find out if it’s operational), left her post behind the front desk upon confirming  my business there.
saving myself from any suspicions, i asked permission to start taking photos and informed them that i am a blogger and told them that i would write about their spa. sheryl’s smile became wider. she was elated to hear me do a free promotion of the establishment, thus her already very friendly reception of me escalated to the highest degree. it shifted to a treatment fitting for a celebrity. hehehe. 
kidding aside, i could tell that these people in tunhuang spa would extend a similar warm welcome to anyone, popular or not,  who entered their door. congenial smiles  from the therapists on standby were flying on air.
after taking my first set of pictures, a young lady in black pencil-cut skirt and white blouse approached me. i thought she was already the masseuse only to find out that she was the spa’s attendant. she led me to the area where i would undergo again the “washing of the feet”. this is now where i met my second masseuse named christine. 
christine doing the "washing of the feet" on me
christine doing the “washing of the feet” on me
four people were crowding around me while the pre-massage ritual was being administered. hmmm…they might want to have a closer look of this para-celebrity or there was no customer yet to be attended to except me. Smiley
the receptionist continued feeding me bits of information while i asked. afterwards, the attendant told me to follow her upstairs.
the presence of a second floor made TS the very first spa to have it unlike queen’s secret (https://wanderingjouster.com/2013/06/03/spaholic-chronicle-1-queens-secret/) and sesitra spa (https://wanderingjouster.com/2013/06/21/spaholic-chronicle-2-sesitra-spa/). 

the carpeted wooden stairs leading to the second floor
the carpeted wooden stairs leading to the second floor

water cascading on this wall
water cascading on this wall…

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… and falling into these artificial or real water lilies…

from my ascent to the second floor, what met me in the second level elicited “ohs” and “ahs” from me. my eyes took in the knockout beauty of my fresh discovery’s interior design. 

the fusion of colors, giving the hallway a wonderland effect
the fusion of colors, giving the hallway a wonderland effect

one of the paintings which caught my eyes
one of the paintings which caught my eyes

fiber glass wall
bluish fiber glass wall

the receptionist, following behind and acting as my guide, pointed out the different areas in the second floor. this level houses several rooms for lone clients and family and the tv room. space was obviously not a problem in TS. 

the family massage room
the family massage room

the massage bed for me
the massage bed for me

image source: https://www.facebook.com/tunhuangspa
tv room (image source: https://www.facebook.com/tunhuangspa)

this tour was enough for me to be very excited and eager to find out whether their massage service would be as delightful and as arresting as the interior of the spa. 
a hot pack on my back! this was another first from TS. while christine began kneading the back of my legs, she placed this on my back. the warm temperature neutralized the coolness of the room. i loved its soothing effect. 
“do i believe in love at first sight?”  NO. Smiley
“do i believe in love at first touch?” YES. Smiley
christine certainly possessed the gift of  touch  and she was an interesting conversationalist! 
and for one and a half hours, i had to ascertain the truth in TS’s tagline “we provide advance therapeutic and relaxation massage in a safe, comfortable, friendly and relaxing environment.” 
verdict? i stamped this spa RANK NUMBER 1. 
i was not only  handled professionally by my therapist! i was pampered like a child. finishing her work, christine wiped the menthol cream from my upper extremities and down using warm towels one after the other. very hygienic indeed! i wonder how many white towels were allotted per client every massage. 
then, she asked my preferred drink between tea and pure ginger extract. for a change, i picked the latter.
alone in the room, i took my time in looking around especially in their washroom. among the spas which i had looked into and tried, it was the most roomy! designed and decorated like a hotel, this part of TS would let you luxuriate. 

image source: https://www.facebook.com/tunhuangspa
shower room (image source: https://www.facebook.com/tunhuangspa)

hanging cabinet where the dry towels were kept
hanging cabinet where the dry towels were kept

wooden wall emphasized by the dramatic lighting effect
wooden wall emphasized by the dramatic lighting effect

the oval-shaped mirror
the oval-shaped mirror

for free use!
for free use!

as i went down, sheryl was there to inquire about my experience. i was profuse with my compliments which prompted her to continue showing me the rest of the ground floor including the adjacent japanese diner, little rio, owned by their very enterprising employers. 

for the couples wanting a private bubble massage
for the couples wanting a private bubble massage

simple but catchy painting
simple but catchy painting

painted ikebana
painted ikebana

little rio, a japenese resto owned by a korean

the rooms were decorated as lavishly as the rest of the tunhuang spa which made me conclude that the korean husband-filipina wife tandem made sure that their business would stand out from the rest. 
i sipped my ginger tea and my taste buds enjoyed it.
the pure ginger drink
the pure ginger extract
i approached the front desk which had already sheryl’s reliever when she’s on a day-off. christine was seated a few meters from the receptionist on-duty. the bright light gave me a clearer picture of my commended therapist.  we exchanged a quick smile sealing an instantly forged “bond”. 
now, brace yourself  for another surprise. for 90 minutes, i was charged php 570.00 but because they gave a 20% weekdays discount from 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m. , i only shelled out php 456! yipeee! cheaper than what i had to pay in the first two spas i explored. TS was the only spa so far where i enjoyed this special offer. 
a thumb for you TS
a thumbs up for you TS
expectedly, i had a beaming smile when i left  tunhuang. a very satisfied customer, i don’t have to entertain a second thought to keep on revisiting this place unless a new spa, which is waiting for me out there, dethrones it from its well-earned spot. 

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excess:
to experience this pampering, visit  TS at #303  el grande avenue, cor. havana street, bf homes, paranaque city or call 8258603 and 09192996165. for complete details, log on to https://www.facebook.com/tunhuangspa.
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