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Residencia Boracay

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Before Boracay shuts down for a 6-month healing and clean-up program, we were able to visit the island, just before proper summertime. This time, we opted to book a room at Station 1. This would be my first time in this part of the coastal strip, and it's definitely way better than Station 2 and 3. Less people, less boats or whatever water activity equipments nearby. The ocean seems bigger and not crowded. Good thing Residencia Boracay still had rooms available. Most beachfront resorts were full.
View from Residencia Boracay's beach beds.
Residencia Boracay is one of those fortunate resorts which has both beach access at one end, and roadside entry at the other. We took the services of Island Star Express, which was cheaper than Southwest Tours (like 1 grand less). They dropped us off the resort's gates. 
Front desk / concierge. You can also borrow beach towels here, and just return it after use.
Room Rates as of March 2018
Massage Spa rates
Water Activities
Dining area for buffet breakfast
Welcome drinks
Nice, clean exterior path
Most Superior Rooms were located at the back of the resort. More expensive rooms were closer to the beach. But no matter, it's more quiet here, with a village-like feel.
Superior Room: Php3300 (Agoda)
We added Php500/day for the 3rd person, which includes buffet breakfast. There was a double and a single bed in all Superior Rooms. It was actually designed for 3 pax.
Bathroom, TV, vanity, phone, bottled water (refillable), thermos, cups, teas/coffee sachets
Door leading to Drying Room, and main door (leading outside)
Drying Area attached per room
Closet, and mini fridge
Towels provided, glasses (for brushing), bidet
Water Heater works. Just make sure to mix to your desired temperature. It could get scalding hot on and off.
Soap and shampoo packets
The restaurant faces the beach
Cabanas, tables and chairs
Massage Area
Buffet Area. There is also an Egg/Pancake Station at the side. You can request for omelettes, sunnies, crepes, or pancakes.
Several viands, rice
Soup, or congee
Fruits, breads
Grains, cereals
Residencia Boracay Menu
Residencia Boracay Menu
Residencia Boracay Menu
Grilled Blue Marlin with Mango Salsa: Php270
Herb Roasted Chicken: Php320
Mashed Potato: Php120
Golden Pumpkin Bisque: Php140
Mango Shake, Watermelon Shake: Php125 each

Remarks:
  • Dishes were quite affordable, with huge serving size. 
  • Staff were nice and approachable. We requested for a few extra hangers, and they gave us about 6 more.
  • There were hotel staffs keeping an eye on house guests by the beach. Really helpful, especially because most guests just leave their bags and items on the beach beds while they frolic in the water.
  • Mineral Water Dispensers (hot and cold) were provided for hotel guests, stationed near the rooms, and by the restaurant.


Boracay Beach Front Hotel
White beach Station 1, 
Sitio Pina-Ungon, Boracay, Malay,  Aklan
Phone: (02) 928 9363
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Design Studio Salon

Monday, April 9, 2018
I tried the treatment Permanent Blowout with Infinity Cleanse and Keratin Masque: Php4950 at Deign Studio Salon. It's a discounted rate from DealGrocer. Although DealGrocer claims it's originally 14k, salon staff said it's regularly priced around 7k. So it's still a good deal. Plus, the salon was great! Clean, sophisticated, uncluttered, and staff were super nice and knowledgeable.
Salon's receiving counter.
Comfy black sofa for waiting.
Amply spaced client chairs, with individual tall mirrors, and low tables available to be pulled next to you for your things, or when they serve you beverages.
Foot Treatment Area
Hair Rinsing Area. Very comfortable, chairs were soft and would recline almost horizontally.
Complimentary berry tea. They also offered coffee, and water. Fashion mags available.
Hair Assessment: I wasn't allowed to take the treatment immediately. They did a strand test for my hair, and it failed big time. My hair was weak due to past, harsh treatments. I was advised to get the Olaplex treatment which would strengthen my hair. Olaplex: Php3000 for shoulder-length hair.
Hair after Olaplex.
They made it clear that there'd be no visible change in my hair, except for it being stronger. Which was actually true. Almost no hair fall during showers, yey!
I was asked to return 1 week after Olaplex to finally have my Permanent Blowout Treatment.
Hair before Permanent Blowout
Permanent Blowout result, just after drying.

Permanent Blowout (3-4hours):

  • 5-mins Infinity Cleanse
  • 20-mins Cream Soak
  • Rinse
  • Iron
  • 10-mins Cream Soak
  • Rinse
  • 150mins Keratin Treatment Soak
  • Rinse
  • Blowdry
After 3 days
After 2 weeks
 11 weeks after (almost 3 months)
 After 5 months
After 6 months

Remarks:
  • All in all, my experience in the salon was great. But let's face it, hair would re-grow and those would be skewed, wavy, and needs attention again.
  • The Blowout was good for 3-4 months, no maintenance or blow-dry needed. Worked as wash-and-wear.
  • I was advised to have Olaplex each time I get my hair coloured, as any hair treatment contributes to its weakness. I hope I could follow up on that, but not all salons offer Olaplex.
  • Anyway, I found a new treatment service I would probably use more. Bench Fix's Hair Relax: Php2500 (medium-length hair) took only 2-3hrs, no iron, and the end result was same, similar to rebond, or permanent blowout. Not sure yet how many months it would last, but advisable to get every 6 months. I'll post a review for it soon.
Arnaiz Metrobank Building
908 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati
Tel: (020) 899-9977
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