Saturday, December 27, 2014

Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa

Just before Christmas came, we had the privilege of spending a weekend of fun and relaxation at the first and only hanging gardens and spa in the Philippines at Luljetta's, located in the mountain resort of Loreland Farm in Antipolo City, Rizal. Unique and a first of its kind, I wouldn't miss any chance of de-stressing after weeks of relentless parties and Christmas shopping.

We initially had qualms of booking a room at Loreland because of the negative reviews from previous guests but since we didn't want to move from one place to another, we decided to give it a try. Well, the reviews were right as the rooms were small, had musty odors and not well-maintained. The only consolation though is that Luljetta's is just walking distance from our cottage.

The standard room at Loreland costs Php2100 per night inclusive of the accommodation and use of its facilities. But if you wish to visit Luljetta's, an extra fee must be paid at the reception area.

Landscaped gardens and lush greens provide a calming ambiance that will surely cast all your worries behind the moment you step foot at Luljetta's. Who would imagine that a dreamy place like this exists just a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of city life?

There are several packages that you can avail at Luljetta's depending on your budget and needs. Since we arrived late in the afternoon because of the heavy traffic going to Antipolo, we opted to book the Hanging Gardens Retreat (Php930.00 per person) which is inclusive of 7 hours stay at the spa, welcome drinks, use of sauna, heated jacuzzi, hydro massage pool, infinity pool, dr. fish spa, shower, and locker room. Guests are also given traditional batik robes and towel that were so comforting since December breeze will make you shiver especially at night time.

Hydro Massage Pool

Dr. Fish Spa

A dip into the infinity pool with a dramatic backdrop of Metro Manila and Laguna de Bay was the highlight of my visit at Luljetta's. So even if the water was icy cold, I wasted no time and took a plunge into the inviting pool, a decision I never regret because swimming in a cold pool also has its health benefits like heightening your senses and revitalising the body to boost the cardiovascular system and seal the pores. Just a suggestion, if you want space and quiet, avoid going on a weekend because the pools are not designed to fit in large crowds. 

Infinity Pool

Last call for dinner is at 6pm so before going to the spa area, the staff took our orders which we asked to be delivered an hour after. Good thing we had late lunch before going here since most of the food that we like in the menu is out of stock except for these.

Carbonara - Php100.00

Ham and Egg Sandwich - Php160.00

Tuna Pesto Pasta - Php125.00

I'm glad that we found this gem that's not far enough from home should we need a quick getaway to distract ourselves from the stress of work and drain the toxins and tension off of our bodies. And this long holiday vacation might just be the perfect time to recuperate and book that long overdue massage so you can welcome the new year armed with a clear mind and relaxed body.


Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa
Loreland Farm Resort
Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City
Rizal, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 622-8779

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Treats No. 38

Hiyashi Chuka - Php380.00


Mitsuyado Sei-Men
Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines 
Tel.: (632) 847-9514

Monday, December 1, 2014

Big Mama Chicken and Beer Korean Restaurant

It was a fine Sunday afternoon as we drove by Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes Paranaque and saw a Korean place that offers the famous Korean fried chicken. I've heard great things about Chicken and Beer in Quezon City but since we were on the other side of the Metro, we ought to search for a place that offers the crunchy and spicy chicken that I was drooling over for the past few days.

Big Mama Chicken and Beer Korean Restaurant is known for their delicious Yang Nyum, the sweet, spicy and crunchy fried chicken that everyone loves and crave for, thanks to Bonchon franchise. And why not, Big Mama's is the next best thing they can get their hands on next to the authentic fried chicken they enjoy back in their hometown Korea. 

We dined at Big Mama around two in the afternoon so we got the place and the undivided attention of the staff to ourselves. But during lunch and dinner times, reservation is a must if you prefer to be seated right away as BF is home to many Korean families.

On our table

A staple in any Korean table setting, Banchan are side dishes served to prepare your palate before your main course arrives. Or in my case, satisfy my growling tummy at least temporarily.


Salad with Apple Cider Dressing

Fish Cake

Kimbap - Php120.00

Kimbap is my go-to meal whenever I'm in a hurry and don't have time for a proper sit-down meal. I love it so much that one of my goals before the year ends is to perfect the art of rolling the Kimbap so I can just prepare it myself and put as much ingredients to it as possible!

Korean Style Fried Chicken - Php430 (Half)

My initial reaction was that the staff had drizzled so much sauce that I kinda felt umay just by looking at it. You see, I was used to the drier variations of Korean chicken like the aforementioned Bonchon, so this is somewhat new to me. But I'm glad Big Mama proved me wrong because it was so delicious and addicting! The skin was ear-numbing crunchy while maintaining the tenderness and juiciness of the meat. As for the sauce, it was the perfect marriage of sweet and spicy flavors that added more punch to an already mouth-watering dish.

I will definitely be back for more! But for the gorgeous people from the South, no need to leave the comforts of your home because Big Mama delivers them hot and fresh off the frying pan. 


Big Mama Chicken and Beer Korean Restaurant
179 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes
ParaƱaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel.: (632) 945-0798
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