Day 1 (Tuesday) - Laguna to San Juan, Batangas

Trip Start Dec 21, 2008
Trip End Jan 08, 2009

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Santa Rosa, Laguna

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

(Sorrry I haven't had a chance to update since internet service was not available.)
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Because there was a water breakage issue throughout Manila we were taken to my cousin's (Jerry & May's) other home in Santa Rosa, Laguna. After eating a full family-style meal that consisted on fish, meat, veggies and of course rice, we left for San Juan, Batangas to recharge at Virgin Resort. The car ride took 2.5 hours because of traffic thru the 2-lane roads of various towns since it was Christmas time and everyone was trying to head back to their hometowns. At Virgin Resort, it was very isolated and serene. We each had our own Bamboo Hut that was equipped with a bathroom/shower and electricity. It was a very nice way to wind down from our air flight and prepare for our Philippine adventure.

Before dinner we were offered to get a massage. Even though I really didn't know what to expect as to what style of massage, I agreed. Quite odd though to have the massage done on our front porch of our Hut on a thick mat, but there was no one in sight and it was dark. WOW! I was really impressed! The massage was about an hour long which was a mix of accupressure and Thai massage! I would say this massage would be one of the best I have ever had!!! As we finished my cousin May walked by and motioned not to worry it's all paid for but my aunt motioned to tip her $2. Unknowing the price of the massage I figured I'd be generous since I was impressed and gave her $6. I later found out from May that the massage was only $6!!!!!!!!!!
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samsara94 on

That's Highway Robbery!!!
I guess things don't change much. But that makes me think...did I get jipped. In 96, I paid $4 for a pedicure. Man, that should've been a buck back then. What a deal though! Did you find the masseuse knocking on your door the following morning?

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