Friday, November 30, 2007

Yesterday, YN and i finally got to go for our much talked about spa trip. Armed with our Citispa vouchers obtained from our Shape Run, we met up at the Suntec City branch. Well... I can't say much about their service, and i don't really know what to attribute their rather lacklustre service to (if what i experienced WAS lacklustre).

When we entered the place, the ambience was dark and welcoming, quite nice and peaceful. The counter girl however, was nice to an extent, but presented herself as rather bo chup in executing her professional duties of telling us what we were in for and what we were suppose to do and what we were suppose to expect.

I was dumped into a private room with a steam bath thing, and after 30 minutes of choking on heat and 100% humidity in the steam bath, i got out and waited behind the locked doors of my room for someone to tell me that i could go for my massage. Apparently, no one came, and i had to gingerly open the door every now and then to peek and see if YN would come knocking on my door for her turn in the steam bath.

Instead, on my final attempt at opening the sliding door, i caught the attention of one of the staff and she asked me what was happening, so i told her i was done. She then told me nicely to follow her. Argh. So, i grabbed all my barang, wrapped myself in the towel they provided and scampered after her... Well, not exactly. She did not wait for me to come out of the room before disappearing around the corner into the recesses of the spa. So, I was left panicking a bit and scuttling after her with my bag and slippers in hand, in my two piece swimwear, holding on to the towel for dear dignity. $%%$#^%$^%$&%#$#$

I felt darn vulnerable walking around the spa like that with other people around lor! !$$%#$^%&^%*^

Eventually, i saw her and YN in a bigger room and i breathed a sigh of relief and tip toed in. She spoke to me in mandarin, most of which i could hardly understand... After some guessing and gesturing, i figured that she wanted me to lie down on the bed with my face placed into the hole.
The massage went reasonably well............. But if you thought that i fell into a deep blissful slumber, you cannot be more mistaken!!! Her hands worked fast and furiously on my back and upper butt (yes, butt!) and my brain was cussing away in pain and sometimes, i'd be giggling uncontrollably because she hit ticklish spots now and then. When my back creaked and cracked she exclaimed: "AIYO! You very tired issit? When you very tired, it is like that." Oh. Kay.

After feeling like someone put my back through a pounding machine, my massager (?) left the room without further instructions except for: "Don't drink too much water after 8pm. Drink only in small sips." And left. YN then came out from the jacuzzi in the same room and we talked for a bit, wondering what we were suppose to do. And she offered me one of her home-and-self made chocolate cookies! Yum! :-D

Only after like say, 15-20 minutes, one of the staff came along and told us to get changed while she'll get us some tea. So we did just that and ventured out from the room. By right, i was suppose to have my jacuzzi bath as well, but i was already getting a bit impatient with their lack of organization and personalized care that i decided to forego the jacuzzi.

We came out and wondered where we were suppose to have our tea. We assumed it was one of the rooms that had a tray of tea waiting, but we decided to ask the women at the reception area. The girl was nice and led us back to the said room, and so we sat down to drink. After the obligatory attempt by one of the staff to get us to buy a package (which she was not pushy about, so i give her credit for not being annoying), which of course we declined nicely, we paid and left.

I don't think i'll be going back any time soon. Nuh uh. I'm not sure why they kept leaving us to our own devices. From what i gather, it's either because they took us for regular customers who know what to do, OR, spa goers are generally given as much time as they need to relax and hang around hence they are not hurried. But still! I felt so lost. Bleah.

YN and i parted ways soon after cos i had to return home for dinner. While walking through the suntec towers, naturally, i cannot not go into Nike Bird and Royal Sporting House... Anyway... For those of you wondering what joline likes.... you can never ever go wrong with sportswear. *hhhinnntt*

Ok, i fell in love with this maroon running top (there were two that i liked, but i picked this one to try) and this pair of gold and black running shorts from Nike (but, but!!! The pink and grey one, as well as the purple and pink combinations were nice too!). But then, i went to Royal Sporting House and spotted another pair of running shorts from Reebok and it was equally nice. I'm thinking of getting either one, or two... or three items... Hmm...

I decided not to buy anything yet, but to return home to handle my budget first. Aren't i a good girl. :-) And what muscley legs i have!

Anyway, i shall end my post here now. Tomorrow'll be a long day.


Dominic. said...

heya...that's a nice maroon running top u've got there! and also, there's so many jo's in the picture....u is which one, ah??


joline said...


i sat and thought of how to reply to your multiple jo comment and i couldn't come up with anything. HAHHA. You're more alive than me after your exam ah! Free-DOM!

nice top nice top right?!?!??!?
hm... i'll be visiting the nike rack again today...

cheekysalsera said...

I think spa staff only help you if you reveal how lost you are. I went once with my mum, and even though I was following her around, quite a number of staff asked if they could help me. I guess coz my expression showed that I felt lost there, haha...

joline said...


Hahhahaa, i want to know how you pulled off such a look.
which spa was that?

Anonymous said...

i aint so comfortable with going to facial and spa. Feels so naked. no thks but i also will not go to any in the future. are u actually learning swimming? i thought of learning swimming next year leh. but abit scared....i think i will probably learn after work. better to find some exercise. and hopefully swim to a better shape.wahahahah

joline said...


no lah, not that naked one. really...

i'mnot learning how to swim, cos i know at least the breast stroke which is enough for now.

Lala said...

hahahha... man, ur recounting is hilarious. I was anticipating what would happen next as I read on!!! heh. my first spa experience was VERY similar!!! glad my mom was around and i asked her what to do.... hehehe. but she also, having been before, was pretty bo chup... :P but ur massager sounds awesome. i wanted a hard one but she gave me a soft one! lol.;)

joline said...


awww, la, thanks! i love entertaining you gals and guys with weird things in my life. HAHAHA.

which spa did you go to with your mom? gosh, i wonder why spa experiences are like that. are we too used to the chop chop curry pok kind of lifestyle, or... are the staff not taking stock of what needs to be done?

yeah man, the lady who did my massage did such a furious massage that my back ached for at least 1 1/2 to 2 days.

eh! how was your outing yesterday with the girls? wr and i were totally whacked for the day.

cheekysalsera said...

the one i went to was at ngee ann city. at some level above the shopping centre in one of the office towers...

joline said...


sounds exclusive!