My Birthday at The Farm

15 12 2008

Tomorrow is a special day for me.  Yeah! It’s my birthday but I’m going to spend it at work and it will be my first time.  It has been a tradition for me to go on leave on this date but it’s Tuesday and because I had exhausted my 5-day mandatory leave credits (due to earlier travels) for the year, I had no choice.  

I wish I could do it all again… like in the year 2004 when I spent the whole day pampering myself like a queen at The Farm in San Benito, Lipa City.   Yes, on December 16, 2004, I left my house a little earlier for my appointed 6:00 a.m. departure from the Mandarin Hotel in Makati  (former location of its Manila office).  I almost quit a day before when I learned that I will be traveling alone with Mang Nemeng, the driver, to San Benito (a friend had 5 unknown companions during her time). But, I realized later that I was quite lucky, for in my solitude, I had the time to ponder on all the Almighty’s bountiful gifts, and there was this pure excitement of anticipation of bonding with myself, with nature as I was only about two (2) hours away to experience the Wellness Lifestyle at The Farm. 

*The Farm (photo courtesy of The Farm)

The Farm (photo taken from The Farm website)

I was enthralled as I drew near the reception area.  Anyone could really make a conclusion right away that it is a complete healing place for the body, mind and soul with the majestic sight of  Mount Malarayat, verdant landscapes, abundance of tropical flowers and plants, flowing waters and the freshest of air.  A nirvana! From there, I was led to my temporary abode for the entire day – the Anahaw Villa, fully airconditioned and uniquely designed two-floor structure, inspired by the local traditional leaf-roofed houses.   

The 85/15 Gourmet Cuisine (now called Alive), photo taken from The Farm website

The 85/15 Gourmet Cuisine, now called Alive (photo taken from The Farm website)

 After I settled my things and got a feel of my “new home”, I went straight to the 85/15 Gourmet Cuisine (now called Alive, a vegan resto)  offering “living” food (85% uncooked fruits and vegetables, germinated grains and nuts, only 15% cooked)  for the buffet breakfast.  I missed the orientation on healthy lifestyle held at the meditation pavilion early that morning.

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Raw and crunchy to bite sprouts (photo taken from The Farm website)

The food (all photos taken from The Farm website)

Delectable cherry tomato (photo taken from The Farm website)

After the sumptuous breakfast came a moment of  rest and relaxation in the comforts of one of  the beds in my villa.   Next was the guided tour of the resort grounds – the lagoon, ponds, secret garden and pool, nooks, meditation pavilion, gym, library and the other accommodation facilities followed by my participation in the stretching and yoga class.

My stroll (photos taken using my Point & Shoot camera)

My stroll (photos taken using my Point & Shoot camera)

Soon after a quick shower, I returned to the 85/15 Gourmet Cuisine for my 5-course gourmet lunch.  Almost everything was raw – unusual but definitely healthy, the greens freshly harvested from its Organic Garden.  

Back to my sanctuary, I savored that moment in my life.  Anyone would envy me that very day for that wonderful experience of a lifetime.   Life was so beautiful…

Part of the package was a  medical consultation with free live blood analysis.  My schedule was at 3:00 p.m.  I told the doctor I wanted to skip the latter for an earlier one-hour spa treatment. 

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The Salus per Aqua (photo taken from The Farm website)

Instead of the one-hour relaxation massage after bathing in the open, I was privileged to indulge in the two-hour Oriental Journey at the Salus per Aqua which consisted of Honey Scrub with Thai Massage and iced lemon tea, all because Mang Nemeng will not make it to our scheduled 6:00 p.m. return to Manila.  He needed to pick up some guests from the airport for tomorrow’s wedding at the spa resort.   And since, it was almost dark when I was finished, I was offered a free a la carte dinner.  That was really a blessing in disguise!
But as the adage goes, all things must come to an end, to good things as well.   I didn’t want it to end but there’s always a next time… I just hope my next time will include an overnight stay or maybe a detox retreat package. 
Aside from a few purchases (slices of fresh bar soaps) and snapshots, I brought home a new sense of well-being,  a true discovery. 
Hasta la vista!
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