A Hammam Spa Treatment For The Best Friend

Hello!


Few weeks ago, I decided to bring my best friend, Aliana for a spa treatment in Hammam. She is 8 months pregnant now and I thought that it would be great if I could bring her somewhere that could help her unwind her and relax. Hammam would be the perfect idea since they also provide pre-natal service to those who are expecting. So. just what is Hammam? (If you’re wondering.. lol)


Hammam is a  Moroccan version of the Turkish Bath. The word ”Hammam” means ‘Spreader of Warmth’ in Arabic and has its origins deep in ancient Greek-Roman bathhouse culture. It’s a practice which has charmed and influenced thousands from different cultures throughout history. Since its inception, the Hammam has been a gathering place, to relax, socialise, build connections, even to do business, and to celebrate life events like bridal parties, baby showers and birthdays.”


I’ve heard of this place quite some time ago when I was in Publika and I’ve always been curious and wanted to try. Initially, I wanted to treat and bring my mom here, but ever since I went with Aliana, okay, the thought of bringing my mom to this kind of place is a big NO NO! I ain’t gonna see my momma naked in front of me!!!! Let me tell you about my Hammam experience.


It was the first time for the both of us, she didn’t know that this place existed until I mentioned to her about it. And boy, was I excited! Getting my body scrubbed! Hah! I bought the “Hammam & Gommage” and the “Aromatic Massage” package respectively for the both of us. You can click on this link here to see what packages they have to offer according to your Hammam needs. lol. “Hammam & Gommage” is their popular signature spa treatment that detoxifies, steams and purifies our body. Traditional Moroccan Black Soap are applied on our body by trained Hammam Therapists that prepares our skin for a vigorous exfoliating scrub from head to toe, with the skilful use of a traditional Hammam glove. Feel your cares melt away as your skin is gently sloughed of impurities as you are rinsed from head to toe, by bucket after bucket of delicious water.


If you’ve been to Publika, you would have never thought that such place like this existed. Publika is like any other conventional malls, except that it is full with hip cafes and trendy restaurants that attracts the younger generation. Hammam is located above the heart of Publika. We were awed by the lovely tiled space in the Moroccan styled architecture. It was simply beautiful and breathtaking. The atmosphere and the idea of a mall could suddenly change into a relax and tranquillizing place. The experience began in a lovely changing room where we were asked to strip, left nothing on our bodies except our disposable undergarment accompanied with the wrap of a robe. Then we continued our journey by proceeding to a room that felt like a cave because it was warm in a dome shape ceiling with three marble beds. We took off our robes and our undergarments later to commence the rubbing session. It felt awkward having someone showering and scrubbing you while you’re naked, but after a while, you kinda enjoy it! lol. I felt like a queen for a moment. It was slightly painful as the therapist scrubbed  all my dead skin away because it felt as if like my skin was peeling off. I could see the dead skin covering all over the marble bed as she scrubbed more and more, as it was still painful for me, I told myself to hang in there for a little while more. Aliana was enjoying every bit of her time there and suggested that this should be our routine once a month!


After approximately 45 minutes of scrubbing, showering and being hair washed by the therapists, we were wiped and wrapped with a robe and were guided to a lounge. We were then served with a sweet Moroccan tea accompanied with a plate of baklava. The fact that we were scrubbed at every inch of our body and soul (lol!), we have never felt so clean. Our skin is  smoother than ever.


We ended our spa journey with a 60-minutes aromatic massage by using a blend of precious Argan oil to release all tension with the combination of deep pressure applied and long rhythmic, gentle strokes at specific points. It was soooo good, it relaxes and soothes my body,mind and soul. It was such a stimulating and vitalizing experience that we would definitely come again. Why don’t you give it a try?










XOXO

Jawbone UP

Hello!

 

I’ve always wanted to post this up, but I didn’t had the time to do it. I got my Jawbone about a year ago from London, and now, it came out with a newer version, Jawbone UP24. I hope I’m not too late to write this post.

 

Jawbone UP is a fitness wristband that tracks the user’s steps and sleep. It syncs with Jawbone app via the head-phone jack and transmits all the data gathered from the Jawbone UP. The app show users progression of their steps and sleep statistics on their phones. The app can also be used to track workouts, calorie intake and more. I wear my Jawbone all the time, removing it only when I need to sync it and when I shower (although it is waterproof).

 

It calculates my steps, how far I’ve walked and how many calories I burnt. It is really useful when I’m overseas, because I walk a lot, like probably 15,000 steps which is about 8.5km. Here in KL? Hmm. I roughly walked about 3,000 steps. It’s not wise to walk here and I prefer driving. I can give a lot more reasons why but people just don’t walk here but I’m not going to as you all know most of them. LOL.

 

When I want to workout, I press the button twice to enable timed-activity mode. This allows the Jawbone UP to track my performance within the time limit that I set. To end the workout, I just have to press the button again. In addition, timed-activity mode is also good for band calibration to ensure better accuracy when reading and taking your steps progression. When I sleep, I press the button longer till it turn to sleep mode. It can read how well I slept the night before, whether I was in deep sleep and how many times I woke up. It’s pretty accurate I must say. Every time the band is synced, the app will let me know the goals and tips whether I need more sleep or  exercise to keep fit.

 

Have you ever wonder how it works? I was curious myself and did a lil reading. In this strip of rubber, there is an electronic component that includes a lithium-ion battery, a motion sensor and a vibration motor. The motion sensor detects changes in acceleration. Acceleration has two components: speed and direction. If an objection in motion experiences a change in either speed or direction, it has a change in acceleration. Motion sensors detect these changes through tiny electromechanical elements. Geddit?

 

In the app, it also display my fiancé’s data so that I can track his progress too! The app has a food diary feature that lets me enter my meals during the day as well so that I can see if I am burning more calories than I am consuming.

With all the information shown on the app, it provides me insights that can help me make decisions to feel my best and further motivate me to do better. I love my Jawbone UP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken in London.

XOXO