Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Su Esthetic Boutique Spa in Bangkok

As part of Jem's Bachelorette Weekend in Bangkok, which you can read about here, we looked for a boutique spa, which was much nicer than the dime a dozen massage place you see on every street corner, but wouldn't break the bank like the hotel spas do. For an ordinary person, just looking at the hotel spa prices can definitely induce stress, not reduce it. Hahaha.

Of course, we wanted good service too, and for that part, we had to rely on online and tripadvisor reviews, and my other criteria was it had to be centrally located because I wasn't willing to go to the middle of nowhere in Bangkok in search of a spa I have never heard of before.

One of the spas I really liked was Su Esthetic Spa located in the Sukhumvit Area, walking distance from the Emporium where Sof and I stayed for a month when I had to go to Bangkok for work in 2010. 

Su Esthetic Spa was offering a package online where they had a 90 minute treatment which includes a facial and a massage among others, for only Baht1,000 (discounted from the original Baht1,800 price). Sucker for a sale that I am, I knew this was the perfect spa for us. I just emailed them from Manila to book our treatments, which they confirmed - with the condition that I call them to confirm at least a day before, which the hotel concierge helped me do when I arrived in Bangkok.

The place did not disappoint. It looked as beautiful in person, just like
the pictures.
Totally unplanned, but the spa matches the bride!!!
As if I planned it that way. Hahaha.

The place feels like you're a guest in a cozy renovated old home.

We totally skipped brunch in order to make it to the spa in time for our treatments so we were all starving.
Too bad the A la Carte Menu did not have any food on it!
We had to make do with the tea, which was served in pretty cups.

They also sell personal care products, as well as handmade trinkets.

You need to make a reservation prior to coming because they can only accommodate 6 people at a time.
We asked for a room for 3 because we were doing a Bridal Shower Activity,
so they just put up a curtain to separate Tim from our side.
This is our before picture.
It's not really clear here, but this was our after picture.
It was really one of the best facials I ever had, and the massage was good too.
True to his role as slave of the bride, Tim is helping Jem remove the lint
from her butt!

It should be more visible in the following pictures how fresh and rejuvenated we were after our treatment.

The only catch is that you need to pay in cash, so make sure you bring enough Baht. They will also encourage you to tip at least Baht 100 for a Baht 1000 treatment which I think is quite reasonable since the service is good.

Su Esthetic Spa is located on a side-street off- Sukhumvit Soi 26, so it's not that easy to find it, but once you're on the correct street, you can't miss it.

Ironically, it's a Korean Spa in Bangkok, but I love it so much, I can't wait to go back for work so I can schedule another treatment. just saying.

Su Esthetic Home Spa
Soi Thanphuying Phuangrat Praphai, 
Sukhumvit Soi 26, Bangkok 10110. 

In Thai: สุขุมว‘ท ซอย26, ซอยท่านผู้หญ‘งพวงรัตน์ประไพ

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1000th Post! Off to Turkey...

This is my 1000th post... I just want to say thanks for all the blog love for the past three and a half+ years!!!

Ironically, it's also my 14th year anniversary working for the same company, so it's time to take a short break. 
If you can guess from my hat and my coffee maker...
I am off to Turkey!!!

I am ticking off another country from my bucket list... with a bonus side trip to Greece since you just need to cross a bridge to get from Asia to Europe. 

If I'm not mistaken, I think only Russia is left on my bucket list after this trip.

This blog will be on a break too! Will be back soon with more food, shopping and travel tales for sure, so just sit and read my old blog posts for now. Hahaha. just saying.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

DIY Iced Espresso Latte

Ever since I tried the Iced Espresso Latte from Roast, a winner brunch place in Bangkok which you can read about here, I've told myself, it should be easy enough to do this at home. Ofcourse, I never had the time to try it out...
Iced Espresso Latte from Roast in Bangkok

And I was right! It's super duper easy to do... and yummy too.
I just made espresso using a 3 cup Bialetti Moka, which is a staple in my
kitchen, no matter what country I live in.
You can read about my love for Italian Espresso and Bialetti here
Note: The three espresso cup serving is just enough for one Ikea flower ice tray. One flower wasn't as full as the rest from all my spillage. Hahaha.

The Ikea ice trays actually say For Water Only but we've used them for DIY
Rainbow Crayons before, which you can read about here.
I guess you should just remember what shape you use for what, so you
don't use it for water again afterwards.
After a few hours in the freezer, my espresso cubes were ready.
Voila! There you have it. My own version of Frozen Espresso Flowers Latte!
Serve with steamed milk, and mascovado syrup.
Yummy!!! I no longer need to go to UCC (Kori Kohi) or Bangkok for my
Iced Espresso Latte fix! Much cheaper too!
Just add milk and syrup to taste.
Perfect drink for a coffee lover on a humid day. just saying.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pie Face for Savoury Pies, Great Coffee and the Best Lemon Pie Ever is now open in Eastwood!

I love savoury pies. They're not too common in the Philippines, aside from the usual Chicken Pie, good thing my mom makes a killer one which she used to send me frozen when I lived in Singapore and I'd live on it for months, so whenever I traveled to Savoury-Pie-Eating Countries like UK or Australia, I normally ate my fill. 

Good thing, Australia's famous savoury pies are now in the Philippines! Pie Face just opened their Eastwood branch (Hooray! It's so close to us!) and they also have a branch in SM Mall of Asia too.

I first heard about Pie Face when my friend sent me a box a Frozen Pies.
Thanks Criz!
An adorable concept of savoury pies with different
faces to tell you which flavor you're eating.
Criz sent me a box of assorted mini-pies and I couldn't wait to try them all.
But the OC part of my had to sort and arrange them first,
The cooking instructions Criz sent was pretty straightforward, but I guess the cooking time varies depending on the oven that you're using. Since I was just heating up four mini pies, I decided to use the toaster oven instead.
I followed the instructions carefully, but I must admit,
I got the temperature wrong.
I was so excited to try the pies...
But oops! They were sort of just half baked! Hahaha.
The good thing though is that they're not sensitive.
You can just pop them back into the oven until they're fully cooked.
The first one I tried was Pulled-Pork and I must say, it's one of my favorites.
The other three pies came out better.
But if you do them right from the start, this is how they should look.
The bottom crust will cook better if you don't use a pan under.

The verdict after trying almost all the flavors:
The mini-pies are great for a snack or for as a sampler when you want to eat more than one flavor. However, because the pies are smaller, it's a bit on the crusty-side, with a higher crust to filling ratio than what I would like. The good thing though is that they use Filo Pastry, or Puff Pastry for the crust, so if you like that, then that won't be a gross negative.
Their bestseller is the Chicken and Mushroom Pie
Their other bestseller is the Chunky Steak (upper right),
pictured here with the Aussie Mince (left) and Steak, Bacon and Cheese (big). 
My personal favorites are: Philly Cheese Steak (pictured), Pulled-Pork,
and Spicy Chili Con Carne (which I think we ate before I took a photo).

Since Criz sent me the pies, I have started stalking PieFacePH on Facebook so as soon as I saw that the Eastwood Branch was open, I immediately dropped by on my way home from the office.
Pie Face Eastwood is in the same building as the Supermarket.
I couldn't wait to try their coffee too!!!
I'm a fan of Australian Coffee ever since I tried Holybelly Cafe, my favorite brunch place in Paris, ironically run by Australians, which serves the best coffee ever. You can read about it here.

I was rushing to go home so I just told my driver to double park or go around while I went in to buy take away.
Hello Happy Savoury Pies!
So nice to have you all in a place so close to me!!! 
I was glad to see that they had bigger pies, hooray!
I ordered the Philly Cheese Steak to try it.
I wanted to try the sweet pies too, since I've only tried the Savoury ones.
The Lemon one looks so drool-worthy, reminding me of my favorite
Tarte Au Citron from Paris.
I asked what the best sellers were, so I tried the Chocolate, Lemon and
Cappuccino. I was too scared to try the Raspberry (too pink for me!).
You can get a mix of Savoury and Sweet Mini Pies in boxes of 3 or 9.
Since I couldn't resist leaving without coffee, I ordered their bestseller,
 and what a good flat white it was.
I had my Philly Cheese Steak Pie for diner and it was still a bit warm.
I think it would have been even much better if I ate it at the shop.
It was so good!!! Generous beef filling and oozing cheese with every bite.
The big pies are so much better if you're having one for a meal.
I gave the pies to Sofia for dessert and she wanted to try the Lemon first.
The Sofia Verdict: Ang asim!!! (Too sour) Then she continued eating
the crust around it anyway.
But if you ask me for my verdict, it was absolutely the best Lemon Pie I've had in the Philippines. The lemon filling was just the right mix of tart, creaminess and it wasn't too sweet! Really great value too at only Php49 each, and cheaper when you buy it in a Sampler box.  It's even better than some of the Tarte Au Citrons I've had in Paris.  just saying.

Note: I haven't tried the Chocolate and Cappuccino Pies, but if it's anything like the Lemon Pie, I'd be really happy.

Pie Face Eastwood
Ground Floor of Techno Plaza 2 
Eastwood City

Friday, August 14, 2015

Indonesia Rota+ Finds

I always say, it doesn't matter where you send me, I'm sure I will find something to buy. It's nice to know I have not yet been proven wrong. Hahaha.

On my first work trip to Indonesia, we attended a workshop, so I was in a bit of a panic, grabbing everything I could find from the 1 mini-mart we stopped at on the way to the airport just so I could buy something! I must admit, that trip was a bit desperate and I ended up bringing home a lot of Indomie, as well as Oreos for Sofia, which in my defense came with stackable food containers!

This time around, we went for a trade visit, which means more stores... and more shopping opportunities! I even have a recommended to buy list:

1. Silver Queen Chocolates
Local chocolates with Cashew that my office mates from Manila asked me to buy. I like the Dark Chocolate version.

2. Oishi Strawberry Crunch
Made by a Filipino company, but ironically, the Strawberry flavor is not available in the Philippines. Hooray for something to hoard from Indonesia. 

3. Ceres Chocolate Sprinkles for sandwiches or topping
I was actually tempted to buy this when I saw it last trip, I knew I wanted
it for sure when I tried it from the Sweet Martabak filling
(which you can read about here). I've been told Ceres is the best brand.

4. Must try sadly not for bringing home are the cool Ice Cream Innovations
Red Velvet Cornetto 
Paddle Pop Banana Boat
Peelable Grape Gummy on a Vanilla Ice Cream Stick

5. My favorite discovery of all are the Sanrio x Softex Feminine Products
Available in a whole range too!!! We're just missing Kiki and Lala!
Good Quality too at a reasonable price so I definitely want to hoard more
of this on my next visits!

I say Rota + because due to the flight schedule, I had to stay in Jakarta an extra night so I got to visit Senayan City Shopping Mall.
and at the basement, they have my favorite local cafe which serves their specialty Avocado Coffee!!!
Super Yummy! I just slurp around the Ice Cream to make it less fat.

So there you have my Indonesia Shopping List, and that's only after two visits! You can just imagine what else I'll find to buy after two years! Hahaha. just saying.

Senayan City Mall
Floor L-20
Phone +621 - 72781187

Opening Time 10.00-22.00