shopping can be a fun way to release tension, but after 5 days of travelling and non stop shopping.. things can become overwhelming. and after walking high and low, a refreshing iced coffee from starbucks (it's the only place that had splenda) and a chocolate ensaymada, a famous filipino pastry, from Bizu in Alabang Town Center is the perfect "merienda" or snack to recharge.
This shopping area attracts an upscale crowd that has a nice leisure environment and relaxing atmosphere compared to the chaos and busyness of most shopping centers in Manila.
And to top it off, there's nothing like a good firm massage at such an affordable price that you get 2 in one day! :) Pampering myself and getting all my depilatory needs met at a fraction of what I'd pay back at home was a sure way to regroup and prepare for the long journey the next day.