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Passage New York

I received a credit card voucher for Passage New York that I finally put to use. It was a good deal as far as spa treatments go – a diamond peel facial and body scrub plus massage – S$88 for three hours. I simply CANNOT resist such offers.

Passage is at Keck Seng Tower on Cecil Street, on the ground level and obvious from the bus-stop. I was slightly confused upon walking in, because all I saw was a tiny, posh room with clothes racks and mannequins. Huh? This is a spa? 

Turns out the spa section is concealed in the vast area behind the shopfront. I was led there by a friendly consultant, Faye, where she impressed me by saying that I looked like I would benefit from massage concentrated in the neck and shoulder regions, and even guessed correctly that I prefer strong massage.

Off I went in the company of a stocky masseuse named Cherry. The massage room contained a shower and tub in addition to the couch. After the scrub, Cherry proceeded to administer a very serious-minded massage to my problem areas. Good heavens. Paaaaaaain. But strangely good pain. After that hour, I didn’t want to move anymore. At any rate, I had mostly lost the ability to do so.

Nonetheless, I made a very slow trek to the facial room, where the diamond peel treatment was performed by Evelyn. This treatment requires a special machine, and provides exfoliation and deep cleansing, and feels like a rough cotton pad applied with suction. You are shown the dead cells later (ewwwwwww).

After the peel came the scary-lovely procedure of blackhead extraction. I have gone to other spas and undergone various ways of having this done – from air suction to squeezing to the metal loop thing (yes I know guys probably have no idea what I’m talking about) – but never have I had the experience of having the damn things plucked out with a contraption that looks like needle-tipped tweezers. It hurt, like having hair tweezed, but not as much as with the metal loop.

The last part was easy – various masks for face, eyes and neck that were icy cold, but felt good after the blackhead-plucking. I fell asleep for a bit at this point, lulled by the familiar Christian instrumentals playing in the background. I have never heard Christian music at any other spa. I wasn’t surprised when I later learnt that the spa was run by a devout boss.

All in all, I found this a superior spa experience. The staff called me by name, were efficient and pleasant, communicated well, and did not skimp on time and materials. To top it off, there was a freebie in the form of a dress – a sleeveless, knee-length black number in a super-big posh box, in a humongous black bag that made me feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman on her high-class shopping spree. Price tag: S$450, I kid you not. Here’s a pic:

Passage NY Dress

My recommendation: if you have that voucher, don’t mind extraction and Christian music, GO. I’m glad I did.

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April 18, 2009 at 20:16 2 comments


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Books read in 2010 and 2011

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling) - 'cos the movie's coming out!
Frankenstein: Lost Souls (Dean Koontz) - ah, bugger, it's part of a series! Now I hafta find all the books...
Dismantled (Jennifer McMahon) - oh, good one
Tigerlily's Orchids (Ruth Rendell)
Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
Holy Fools (Joanne Harris) - it's official: I prefer her scary books
A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
The Little Friend (Donna Tartt)
The main books - 11 so far - of the Southern Vampire series; the Aurora Teagarden series except for A Fool & His Honey - that makes it 7; Sweet & Deadly (Charlaine Harris)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Bachman Books (Stephen King)
Men At Arms (Terry Pratchett)
Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
The Fifth Elephant (Terry Pratchett)
Beauty (Robin McKinley)
The Sandman, Vol 1 (Neil Gaiman)
The Burden (Agatha Christie) - her crime novels are waaay better
Snuff (Terry Pratchett)

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