Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa

In my past few posts, I have been very vocal how stressful and tiring work is. Who said being a teacher is easy? WHO??!!! HAHAHAHA! Whenever there is a non-working holiday, I make use of that day to treat myself like grabbing some comfort food, watching movies that I like or going somewhere I've never been. For the July 29 regular holiday, my two other friends and I chose the latter. We searched for a good place to relax that is not very far from Manila. We picked Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa.

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa is a resort nestled at the mountainous side of Antipolo City in Rizal Province. The name of the resort itself made me curious so I read some statements on what people have to say about Luljetta's. According to an article released by Philippine Star in October 2013, "Invigorate all your stressed-out senses at the Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa. Surrounded by lush trees and landscaped gardens, and overlooking Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila, the spa through its backdrop alone can already give you the best kind of relaxation that most spas in the city can only try so much to recreate".

The place was indeed relaxing but our one day stay there could have been better if the weather cooperated and the rain didn't greet us when we got to Antipolo.

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa has three pools situated in different levels so you really have to go up and down the stairs to get to the different pools. It's a bit tiring but the view can compensate for the exhaustion. :)

This is one of our favorites - the hot Jacuzzi

The Hydropool

The Infinity Pool

As part of the one day package we availed, we had complimentary four-course meal during lunch and Antipolo suman for merienda. 

Thanks to Jam and Wi for planning this mini getaway/relaxation day for us! At least for one day we were able to pamper ourselves. :)

For more details about what Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa has to offer, just click THIS. :)

TALES OF A FOODIE: Food Ramblings in Marikina Part 2!

Few weeks ago, I got my BMI (body mass index) and my BMI showed that I am underweight. Underweight problems huh? So how do I resolve this problem? Simple. One word, three letters. Yes, EAT!!! And eat and eat and eat.. eating never stops!! Yahooooooooo!

So here's a second part of my random food ramblings in Marikina area.

Location: Gen. Ordonez Avenue Concepcion II, Marikina

Ambiance: 8/10 (dim yet quaint)
Food: 7/10
Price: Budget-friendly
Wifi Zone: No

This is actually the second branch of Pan de Amerikana that I've been to. The first one was in White Plaines. I liked both branches because they have their distinct features.

Location: Marcos Highway, Marikina
Nearby Landmark: Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall

Ambiance: 8/10 (simple and cozy)
Food: 8/10
Price: Mid-range
Wifi Zone: Yes

I had a short catching up with my grade school best friends and our favorite baby boy - baby Drei :)

After Momma Brown, we headed to another resto which is just right beside Momma Brown - Kanzhu Hand-pulled Noodles Restaurant. The beef noodle (Kanzhu Specialty Beef Noodles) we ordered tastes good plus it's cheap and serving is many. For a bowl of noodles worth 165 pesos, two to three persons can share one bowl of noodles.


TALES OF A FOODIE: Food Ramblings in Marikina

Hola! I think it has been ages since I had my last blog entry (Wowww OA?!! HAHAHA). But seriously, the past few weeks at work, graduate school and other stuff in between were very craaaazyyyyyyy! And they're even getting crazier!!! Good thing I was able to snag a little time to post about my recent food ramblings in Marikina.

Marikina is already becoming a foodie destination because of the different restos and other food shops that sprouted in the area. There are so much yet to see and discover. For now, I would just like to share two of the many must try restos in Marikina.

Location: General F. Santos St., Calumpang, Marikina City

Ambiance: 9/10
Food: 10/10 (I loved their Paella!)
Price: Mid-range to High Budget (can be for sharing due to big serving)
Wifi Zone: Yes

I enjoyed their Paella! I will definitely come back for their Paella!!!

Such a cute of paying for your bill :)

Location: Isabelo  Mendoza St., San Roque, Marikina
Nearby landmarks: Marikina Shoe Museum, Church of Our Lady of Abandoned

*Note: Rustic Mornings by Isabelo only accepts walk-in customers from 8am to 4pm. From 4pm onwards, reservations should be made.

Ambiance: 10/10 (Winner! I am a huge fan of home-styled, cozy restaurants)
Food: 9/10
Price: Mid-range
Wifi Zone: Yes

Beef Tapa

Pork Tocino

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes

with Belle, one of my BFFs in AHS 

AAAAHHH!! Eating is one of my endorhpins. I am looking forward to more food ramblings in Marikina in the days, weeks, and months to come! :))))