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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A visit to BellaVita Alaminos to see their PHP450k house and lot


Hey Merryland Blog readers!
If you are planning to buy an affordable house and lot that won't hurt your savings, then I want you to check out the socialize housing of Bella Vita. I may sound like a real estate and property seller, but I just want to share some of my findings after I visited one of BellaVita's housing projects in Alaminos, Laguna.

Food Panda PH features the Valentine's food treat of Bizu, Cold Stone Creamery and Paper Moon Cafe at Alabang Town Center

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Hey foodies!
I'm sure all of you are busy this week and some of you might be celebrating Valentine's Day on a weekend. Sad to say that Feb 14 is right in the smack of a Monday, those lovers, couples and partners  might be busy in their day job, office or work at home, and they might plan on going out for a date this weekend. But for singles, hey! you should celebrate Valentine's Day even if you are single! Celebrate the month of Love with your family, parents, grandparents, siblings and your kin.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Great British Festival is coming #GreatBritishFestival

The British Embassy is bringing British markets to the Philippines! British markets are one of the most sought after attractions in the UK. Enjoy one of a kind entertainment, sumptuous gastronomic delights, street artists, art workshops, car displays, and the very best of British fashion only at the #GreatBritishFestival from 24-26 February at Bonifacio High Street.

And like any other British market, freebies won’t disappoint! We’re not only giving away a free taste, we’re giving you a chance to win 6 roundtrip tickets to the UK via Etihad Airways ( .

Celebrate the vibrancy and vitality of UK culture only at the #GreatBritishFestival!
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WWF-Philippines and celeb ambassadors invites you to donate to keep their advocacy alive


Our friend who are working with WWF-Philippines for so many years told us overnight that they will be at Greenbelt 1 in one of their WWF-Philippines booth last January 31 for a  WWF-Philippine fund raising hour.

Ahavia Lounge Spa opens at Maria Clara st. Q.C. - offers the best 2hrs massage!


My body is beaten and stressed after 2 days of going under the sun and under the sea. Our beach trip in Nasugbu, Batangas left me some sunburns, and fun times with my family, oh I forgot, it also left me that painful sprain on my leg and also body sores after snorkeling all day.

I'm glad that I got introduced to try the Ahavia Signature Massage, its a 2 hour massage here at Ahavia Lounge Spa in Q.C. Its a new branch of the Ahavia Lounge Spa, a franchise kind, but it differs itself from the mother branch and other franchise branch, because this newly opened spa at Maria Clara st. Q.C. shows modern style interiors and facility, luxurious setting and homey atmosphere. If you are a fan of everything Instagramish, then I suggest you check them out.

Good to hear that their therapist are certified with the NC2 by TESDA,  customers wont be worried because their body will be in good hands with certified therapist who undergo training and with certification.


Ahavia Lounge Spa
#55 Maria Clara St. Quezon City
Tel # (02) 244 4350
opens 1pm-1am

So why did I travel from Cavite to QC just to experience a 2 hour massage? my reason is that my body need to relax and need to recover, and the price range of the 2 hour massage is just PHP 698. And its my first time to try the 2 hour massage, that's why I chose to go here and instead of the nearest spa center right across the mall.

Also I want to try their service and how good it is.
My review and recommendation are posted below this blog post.


Here are the rates.

For me, the price range of massage services are OK.
Not too pricey and with a reasonable price. Where will you get a 2 hour massage for a PHP 698. In other spa centers, that's almost around 3k for a total of 2hour massage plus use of their facility.

Read below for more

Anti-Stress Thermal Massage
Enjoy the heat in oil as it brings comfort and helps sleep quality and calms nerves. Improves the softness and smoothness of the skin. P899 (90 min w/ sauna) P799 (60 min w/ sauna) P599 (60 min)

Ahavia Signature Massage
A very unique approach to traditional massage with the use of long strokes by hand, knuckles and forearm, we combined a lot of stretching into the sequence. P698 (120min w sauna)

Custom Comfort
Specify if you want to concentrate on a problem area where you need special attention! Create a sequence that best fits you. P449 (60min) P669 (90min) P899 (120min)

Oriental Ritual
This is done by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. P349 (60min) P523 (90min) P698 (120min)

Asian Fusion
Inspired by popular traditional Asian massages fused into a seamless wave of healing touch.Great for relief of tension. Lavender oil is used for calming & relaxing the mind. P699 (90min) P929 (120min)

Western Blend
Carefully blending 2 different methods of gliding strokes and by realigning your meridian points, you will get the best of both worlds. P349 (60min) P523 (90min) P698 (120min)

Point Pressure
The technique used in this massage is more on applying pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, and knees to pressure points on the body. P349 (60min) P523 (90min) P698 (120min)

Below are price list of other services.

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Before I get my spa session, I joined a short tour around Ahavia Lounge Spa.
I posted some photos here in my blog for a virtual walk through

Ahavia Lounge Spa in Maria Clara st. Q.C. is not occupying a small apartment, studio type or a room. Their branch occupies a 2 story building with parking lot and open air event center.

First floor has 3 big spa rooms for VIP, couples and separate common spa rooms for male and female. There's also a separate bathroom and sauna for both gender and also a nice waiting area.

At the 2nd floor there are 2 VIP room that can be used by couples or a group or family, complete with lounge area for kids.


Foot and hand massage area


The common room  with curtain divider


VIP room


Lounge area for kids at the VIP room


Sauna room
Customers who avail the PHP500++ range spa service are entitled to use the sauna room
Shower rooms are available to customers who avail any kind of spa service.


Scrub with scents


Lavender is always the fave scent.


Ahavia Lounge Spa also organizes special events and dinner set up for customers. This coming Valentines Day, they invite couples to have a relaxing spa session and also a dinner date at the Ahavia Lounge Spa event center.

Just head over to Ahavia Lounge Spa Maria Clara st. Q.C. FB page to know more details


Visit their post here to know the rates


Here's what I look like before I get the 2 hour Ahavia Signature Massage. I am so ready and excited to try it.

I also learned that the Ahavia Signature Massage therapist are male. I was expecting to have a female therapist, but they told me that male therapist are the most recommended therapist for their Ahavia Signature Massage. They have customers who are athletes who prefer male therapist for their spa massage, because male therapist pressure is hard and its good to treat stressed muscles and  body pain.

I dont have a photo inside the common male room, because its too dark inside and I dont have someone to take a photo for me. So I used one of my stock images and posted here for some reference.

I plan to visit Ahavia this month, I will change this photo after my 2nd visit.


After a relaxing 2 hour massage, they offered me a black tea to help me hydrate myself after the 2 hours rub, bend, stretch and strokes. Ahhh perfect!  Take note, ask them first if you want no sugar, no honey in your tea. Because they gave me a sweet kind of tea and I was not ready for it hahaha. nagulat ako, but its a good tea!


My review:

Before trying the 2 hour spa, the male therapist did the 1st ritual by washing my foot with warm water and scented liquid soap. Then he escorted me to the male common room with curtain dividers. He explained to me first the style of their Ahavia Signature massage, it combines a lot of long strokes, pressure, and some stretching. I took off my clothes and place it in a small locker under the massage table, then I signal the male therapist that I'm ready.

The 2 hour massage is no joke! and the male therapist who are certified to do it did a great job in removing all stress in my body and muscles. I was worried that my ticklish thigh might embarrass me, but I'm surprised that the male therapist didn't even tickle me LOL. I guess female therapist are ticklish to me because of their soft hands, but for the male therapist their hands got some hard pressure and hands are bigger to cover and reach the muscle area of my limbs.

It was a 1 hour massage lying down and then 1 hour massage while on bed rest. I expect that I might fell asleep during the massage session, but its hard to get a snooze because the Ahavia signature massage has a lot of arm, legs and body stretching.

After the 2 hour massage, I felt okay and energized. My one day recovery from our beach outing is complete. Muscle stress and pain are gone after the session, but when I went home, I felt some soreness in my body, I waited for 2 days to let my body heal at home, its normal to have that reaction because body stress and cold muscles were removed by a gentle force. Thanks to Ahavia Lounge Spa for rejuvenating me, I super recommend that you try their Ahavia signature massage.

Ahavia Lounge Spa have the ff:
✓ Parking space ✓ Bathroom
✓ Sauna room✓ VIP room ✓ Common room for male ✓ Common room for female ✓ WIFI 
✓ 4G signal is strong outside the spa
✓ refreshements
✓ Towels, flip flops, spa clothes✓ Shampoo and shower gel inside the shower room✓ Foot and hand spa room✓ Lounge for kids at the VIP room only✓ Comfy waiting area✓ Event center for special occasions ✓ Affordable spa rates

QBE Foundation and Efren Penaflorida’s Ecodemya school opened in Amadeo, Cavite


I’ve encountered QBE last year when they launched a partnership with Efren Penaflorida Jr., our CNN Hero and founder of DTC (Dynamic Teen Company). The support for DTC is part of QBE’s CSR project that they want to focus on through a long term collaboration and relationship. After a year of their collaboration, they now officially opened Ecodemya school, the 1st building for Senior High School or Grade 11, students who are under DTC’s free schooling program in Cavite City.

We learned few years back that Efren Penafloria was known for his advocacy of giving free education to street kids, homeless kids and orphans, he use a makeshift wooden push cart as his instrument for the push and go mobile school. He roams around in Cavite City to provide free education to kids who can’t afford to go do school.

After the CNN Hero award, Efren opened the first school in Cavite operated under his company DTC, then he expanded the advocacy also in Cebu City with the same program of DTC’s mission in giving free education to the less fortunate kids.

I also learned that Efren Penaflorida was nominated again for the CNN Hero of the Decade last December 2016, He didn’t bagged the prize, because of fewer votes online. Maybe because Efren is so busy in running his DTC school, and also us pinoy are so busy for the Christmas holiday, but thats okay, the most important is that we have Kuya Ef continued his mission to give hope to kids who want proper education with paying for it.





 here are some info about the Ecodemya
Situated in Cavite, Efren PeƱaflorida’s home town, Ecodemya’s classrooms and laboratories are designed to foster active learning in the liberal arts and academics. The vision of residential campus, with their common rooms, dining halls, and sky gardens, encourage the ambitious linkage of living and learning.

“It has been my ambition to help as many children as I can and change their lives for the better. Ecodemya is a step further for me and DTC in fulfilling this purpose, and we’re so lucky that we have partners like the QBE Foundation in making all these a success,”
- Efren PeƱaflorida, DTC President. 


About QBE
QBE, Australia’s largest global insurer, through QBE Foundation, has been supporting DTC’s program since 2016. By funding the construction of EcoDemya, amongst other efforts that QBE Foundation supports, they believe that they are contributing to DTC’s endeavor to have more children rekindle their love for learning in a safe and conducive facility and environment.


“Ecodemya represents progress in Philippine education in its simplest form. We, at QBE Foundation, believe that everyone has a right to a bright future, and this is at the very essence of what Ecodemya is all about. We are able to provide education to those who can’t afford it, and lead them to opportunities for livelihood, employment and sustainability. More than anything, we are very proud to be part of this feat with DTC.” 
- Karen Batungbacal-De Venecia, Executive General Manager of QBE Group Shared Services Centre (GSSC).

If you know someone who want to go back to study, pls inform them that application is now ongoing, just head over to Amadeo National High School, Pangil National High School and Banay-banay National High School.

Visit DTC -

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collect Transformers toys.
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