sweet and spicy me

Summer’s long over, and so is my fascination with crayola brights. Wild about this lovely delicate pink nail enamel I found at the Revlon counter in Robinsons Department Store. It’s aptly named Pink Chiffon. It’s like going through an Essie Ballet Slippers phase once again.

Brought along the Pink Chiffon to Ellitoes. Remember the nail place? It was packed with with Fil-Swiss teenage girls and their moms. I thought they might not be able to take me in, but they did squeeze me in. I asked Joyce for a massage while waiting for my turn at the spa chair.

Pink Chiffon was easy to apply. No streaks. Went for a third coat and it looked even better, like cotton candy pink.

Pretty Mara Manuel, the manager I suppose, offered me a cup of rice tea and cookies.In stark contrast to my pink nails, I chose the Ellitoes BNC black on the toenails. I originally wanted black and white art, but I’m entitled to change my mind☺, and so I asked for glittery stars over my inky toenails. Kinda glam, hahah, something Ericke would want, too.Ellitoes hand and Foot Care Center is at #65 Rizal St. (beside Papa Pau’s Diner) in Laoag City. For inquiries and reservations, contact: local, (077)771-5457, mobile, (+63)932 723 9335. Besides mani-pedi, nail art and massage, they offer other services such as paraffin wax treatment and hand and foot spa. It’s also a fun place for a party, a spa party, perhaps? You’d love it that WiFi access is free.Discovered a parked cool Columbia bicycle as I was about to leave. Oh, it’s owned by Paolo, Mara’s bro. We hit it off right away, and then we started talking about Schwinns, and even Patrias. He’s got a super nice LED headlight. I like his itsy bitsy bike bell (hidden in photo).

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Spa Hoppin’

As a rule, I save up for luxuriating body care and massage treatments. Our scheduled climb to Mt. Palemlem in Adams later this week has put me in a panic mode. A rather crazy idea, to prepare myself for the extreme trek, I hied off to my urban hideaways for detoxification and pampering.

Spa # 1: Toelicious

Toelicious has moved to a new location, the second level of the Alcid Building across the PLDT office along Gov. Primo Lazaro Ave. I go there quite often for nail care and full body massages. Right after a polishing foot spa, for the first time, I tried their foot reflexology.

The 199-peso foot spa started with a foot bath in a warm pink solution, after which 2 different kinds of scrubs were done. The first, with pumice, and the second, with salt applied in massaging strokes. Loved the tingling effect of the gritty salt.

After another foot rinse, a reviving peppermint foot mask was painted on the feet and left on for sometime. Somewhat distracting was Kris’ voice in Pilipinas Got Talent on TV. I would have preferred just the spa music, which was playing at the same time.

Costing me 350 pesos more is a foot reflexology massage. A scentless massage balm was spread on the feet and legs before the masseuse used a wooden stick to stimulate the pressure points. At that point, the Azkals’ Younghusband  brothers were singing on TV.  I also swooned over James’ short rendition of Can’t Take My Eyes Over You and Phil’s melodic Ewan, a good thing all at once. I totally enjoyed the melting foot massage.

Spa #2: Erika Frances

My second time to go to Erika Frances day spa for a healing  ear candling. Indian ear candles, made of organic fabric and  natural beeswax are inserted into the superficial ear canal, and then lighted and allowed to burn up to a certain point. The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes for both ears. The candles are supposed to work as a vacuum for anything undesirable inside the ear canal, thereby promoting a good sense of balance. After my initial ear candling last month, my itchy throat and runny nose were relieved. The effects could not be felt right away. It takes a couple days before you’d believe the procedure is real. The next session was more pleasurable. The first time, I was jittery and squirming on the bed. LOL, it felt like something was frying inside my ear. 250 pesos for the thermal-auricular therapy. I also like their massages and facials. Erika Frances is on the third floor of the Cristina Bldg. II along Gen.Luna St..

Spa #3:  Ellitoes

Only recently, I discovered Ellitoes’ wonderful combination massage, which I ended up trying before a nail art session, the actual reason I visited the new hand and foot care center. I was craving for the same massage by Joyce, but Ericke and our friend, Jo, were already seated in the comfortable spa chairs before I even arrived. Joyce was busy with Jo’s foot spa treatment, while Ericke was about to be prepped by another staff for her pedicure.

The best thing about Ellitoes, their tools are sterilized before use.

We shared my new Orly Green Apple.

Though Ellitoes has a wide array of nail lacquers, Jo brought along her whole Orly “spumoni” collection for fun and cute nail art.

I don’t know what they mean, but the moles on the soles are something Ericke and I also share.

Just a manicure to perk up my overworked hands. I scheduled the massage treatment for the next day. Basic manicure or pedicure is 80 pesos. Imported  nail color costs an additional 50 pesos. 200 pesos for either manicure or pedicure with nail art. Ellitoes is within the restaurant strip along west Rizal St.

*All spas are located in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

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