Mark, Patty and I got together last Wednesday and had a fun shoot. Patty had her awesome Olympus film camera from the seventies and wanted to try it out. Film scares me. I feel very pressured to deliver or else its just such a waste! We shot at Rogue Studios, a very cozy little place along Ortigas. I must say, it’s a pretty cute studio!
After the shoot, Mike and I went over to Salcedo Village and found a cute boutique hotel called Picasso. At the ground floor was Qi Wellness Spa, which was very inviting after a long and stressful day! Mike and I tried the Qi Tranquility Massage which was very very soothing. I have to say it was very different from the usual Swedish or aroma therapy massages I usually have. The pressure consistenly paced from soft to medium and the techniques used were long and calming. None of the stressful poking, stretching or friction burns from repetitive rubbing! Plus, my therapist Meila had such warm hands, which were extra comforting! I fell asleep minutes into the massage and felt super relaxed.
As a plus, the whole place was spotless clean and beautifully decorated. The walls were made of glassed japanese paper in a cute abstract pattern. I’m not so sure what it represents, but its quirky and I love it!
After the massage, Mike and I decided to walk around a bit, and found a nice restaurant (and expat haven) called Brasserie Boheme. This restaurant is owned by the Lhuiller family of Cebu, who also own a chain of restaurants in the city. Mike and I knew exactly what to order since the menu was quite similar to the one at Gustavian. We had some caesar salad and spinach soup (which I devoured before having taken a shot) for starters. I had the Sole Mexicane, perfectly crisp and tangy while Mike had the Q burger with no fries (haha they ran out of A LOT of things, apparently). Then we finished off with some Strawberry shortcake and tea.
Thanks to the massage and the good food, Manila traffic lost its luster and it was a pretty relaxing day, all in all.
*edit* Oh, and P.S.: